Old Pro Productions
Founder & CEO
Kaytlin Bailey is a contrarian by nature and a provocateur by trade. Bailey is an internationally touring stand-up comic, sex worker rights advocate and writer.
She came out as sex worker in 2015 with her critically acclaimed one woman show, Cuntagious, which sold out performances at NYCFringe and United Solo theater festivals in New York City in 2016.
She started The Oldest Profession Podcast in 2017 to make sex worker stories from history more accessible. In 2018 she got back into politics as the Director of Communications for Decriminalize Sex Work to challenge laws criminalizing the oldest profession. In 2020 Bailey founded Old Pro Productions, Inc. where she continues her stubborn crusade against whorephobia.
Her biting quotes, personal essays, and op-eds continue to raise awareness in a variety of local and national publications.
Her second one woman show, Whore’s Eye View is in development.
Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher
Historian, womanist, activist, and lover of most things Kentucky, Charlene holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, specializing in 19th century United States and African American history and gender studies. Prior to attending IU, Charlene led a domestic violence/sexual assault program as well as a large reentry initiative in New York City, assisting women and men in their transition from incarceration to society. She also served as a lecturer of Criminal Justice at LaGuardia Community College and an adjunct lecturer in Global and Historical Studies at Butler University.
Dr. Charlene’s research and forthcoming book explores the experiences of confined African-American women in Kentucky from Reconstruction to the Progressive Era, specifically illuminating the lives of confined Black women by examining places other than carceral locales as arenas of confinement, including mental health institutions and domestic spaces. She seeks to explore how these women both defied and defined confinement through their incarceration, interactions with public, social, and political entities of the period, as well as how they challenged ideas of race and femininity.
Dr. Charlene’s work is motivated by her personal and professional experiences — particularly her work with individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and incarceration — and these experiences continue to fuel her passion for her work today.
Designer & Website Developer
Leah studied at Rhode Island School of Design and is a graduate of Smith College with a dual degree in the Study of Women and Gender and Studio Art with a concentration in Electronic Media. In addition to being a Reiki Master Teacher, Leah is also trained as an herbalist, Medicine Caller, and is an award winning photographer. She shares tools for personal growth and how to manage self care through success in her free monthly email and also on Instagram @withleahmoon.
Irene Fagan Merrow
Merrow moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a career as a writer and stand up comic. While doing nightly shows, occasional tours, and various freelance gigs, she picked up multiple side hustles to support herself. In 2018, she finally found one that stuck when she began stripping.
Merrow’s experience with online and in person sex work made its way into her comedy and writing. She found a passion for presenting audiences with the radical idea that sex workers are people. She dedicated her punchlines to lifting up sex workers and punching down on the narrow minded people who discriminate against them. She also wrote multiple articles for Betches Media advocating for sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work. Her written work has also been featured on Reductress, Someecards, Paste Magazine, and BestLife Media.
Merrow’s stand up comedy, published articles, and social media content aim to rid people of their whorephobia and inspire them to cherish whores as much as she does. She wants you to laugh but she also wants you to shut up and listen.
Savannah Sly is a career sex worker based in Seattle who embraces the arts as a medium for change. Sly has worked with community in Seattle and nationally to host educational variety shows and full blown festivals that elevate sex worker voices and stories. As an organizer, Savannah has coordinated lawmaker education via legislative testimony, constituent meetings, protest, and media engagement. Ever the advocate for business and pleasure, Savannah gleefully acted as sales director for Velvet Swing, a water soluble cannabis infused lubricant launched by Mistress Matisse. Most recently, Savannah is honored to have served as a coalition organizer for ACLU-WA, specializing in allied mobilization on issues relating to technology and privacy.
Continuously inspired by their peers, Sly recently completed their first album INDEPENDENT MEANS, which is dedicated to sex workers everywhere. Sly is presently honored to bring sex worker history to life via their role as national coordinator for the #OldProProject.
Learn more at savannahsly.com.
Mx. Pucks A’Plenty
Mx. Pucks A’Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle’s Own Mxtress of Thiccness! Pucks is the founder and co-producer behind What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival. The Femme Daddy that your mother should have warned you about, Pucks is not only a performer and a producer, but stage manager and themcee.
You may have seen them in VHOF (Virtual Burlesque Hall of Fame) this past August. They have performed in several festivals as well including the Buxom Blaze Burlesque Festival, Savannah Burlesque Festival, FIERCE! Queer Performing Arts Festival, Edmonton Burlesque Festival, They/Them Festival, Disabilitease Festival as well as performed in The Body Political in San Francisco and as a guest performer with Bless Your Heart Burlesque in San Diego and Gritty City Sirens of Tacoma. They are also the current Mx. Congeniality of the 2019 Savannah Burlesque Festival.
When they aren’t burlesquin’, Pucks is a sex educator and activist. You can catch them on Instagram under @_sexuali.tea_ as co-host to an intersectional sex education podcast with a mission to ‘queer up’ sex ed! They also run the FemDom lifestyle group Diadem-Events which features play parties, workshops, high protocol teas, and socials.
“The They/Them/Yas Queen of Burlesque” is Mx. Pucks A’Plenty and they have #nopucksgiven.
Director of Development
Regan Ferrell is a fledgling fundraiser and human rights activist. She has been interested in sex work advocacy since high school when she wrote a 50 page paper debating the moral philosophy of sex work. While interviewing local lawmakers and professors for the paper, she realized how much work still needed to be done to protect sex workers’ rights.
She may be new to fundraising, but that hasn’t stopped her from tricky fundraising strategies usually saved for huge nonprofits. When she looks back on the initial calls with Kaytlin — sitting cross-legged spitballing ideas on the grass of her grandparent’s lawn — she’s blown away by the progress of the #OldProProject. She believes there’s no greater joy than getting money directly into the hands of those who need it, and this project is doing just that.
An ardent vegetarian, you’ll frequently hear her lamenting factory farming when she’s not protesting human rights issues, hanging around the beltway libertarian scene, or reading tarot.
Marie Cecile Anderson
Producer & Audio Engineer
The Oldest Profession Podcast
Marie lives in Brooklyn, but hails from Nashville, Tennessee. She is best known for being one half of the country/comedy duo Reformed Whores and co-host, editor, and producer of their podcast called Difficult Women.
As a Southern songstress and musical comedian, Marie has toured the country opening for the likes of musical parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dweezil Zappa, and Les Claypool from Primus. Her musical comedy duo Reformed Whores premiered their hour-long show “Grand Old Cuntry” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, and was hailed by the press as “an empowering shake-down of country music clichés and tired pop parodies that the industry is long overdue.” Reformed Whores have fans all over the world thanks to their growing YouTube Channel, Difficult Women Podcast, and two comedy albums available on all music platforms. They’ve been featured on IFC, PBS, CBS, SiriusXM, Gotham Comedy Live on AXS tv, WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens live show, Dan Savage’s Hot Mic on Audible.com, The Comedy Show Show presented by Will Arnett, Huff Post, Splitsider, IndieWire, The Washington Post, BUST Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Nerve.com, Glamour Magazine, and more.
When Marie isn’t touring the world singing about sexual freedom and equality, she stays busy acting & writing, and editing podcasts for the Last Podcast Network and Zero Cool Media. Most recently she worked on the Netflix show Maniac, directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and once a month can be seen on Twitch.tv writing and performing live sketch comedy on The John Twitcherman Sketch Program. Marie is super pumped to be on The Oldest Profession Podcast team.