Born and raised in southern California, Bryan Watkins has been performing and dazzling audiences as Shannel, a female illusionist and drag queen for over twenty years.
At the age of 15, Bryan entered and won a Halloween contest in drag- there, Shannel was born. A year later, he began working with Glamour Shots as a make up artist and a hairstylist, providing his expertise on photo shoots. Soon after, he was discovered by a representative of the Chanel Corporation and was hired on as a beauty advisor for Chanel cosmetic.
Shannel’s career took off and he resided in Las Vegas as a host and headliner for over 9 years. In 2009, he was cast in the first season of Logo’s RuPaul’s Drag Race. After noticeable recognition from the show, Shannel returned to Southern California and continued touring around the United States. In 2012, he was chosen to be on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.
In March 2013, Shannel became a part of CeeLo Green’s “Loberace” at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas strip. As springtime finished, it was announced that he would be a returning co host with Frank Marino and his Las Vegas show “Divas”. In addition, he continues to travel and work with the Dreamgirls Revue Shows and special guest appearances in clubs all around the U.S.
In 2014, he created a dinner and drag spectacular at VLVT Lounge in Santa Ana, California. Lipstick & Lashes is a thoroughly designed dinner show, complete with an amazing cast, male dancers, props, character illusions, top 40 and some of your favorite Broadway hits. With the success of the show, it has spawned off two more full production shows: Halloween Madhouse and Cinematic.
As Fall 2016 came to a close, Las Vegas called Shannel back as Chippendale’s new cabaret show, “53X” hit the boulevard at the Paris Hotel. Having a lovely run, “53X” currently is on hiatus as they find a more suitable home. You can currently find Shannel in Frank Marino’s “Divas” nightly as the city’s leading Adele and Barbra Streisand impersonator. For a more intimate setting, Shannel has her own shows at Piranha Nightclub weekly on Thursday and Friday nights.