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Who We Are

The Washing Well Wenches troupe was founded over 40 years ago by our patroness, muse and originator, Danielle Dupont. Or “Laundress Zero.”

 

What began as a series of improv bits in the lanes of Renaissance Festivals from New York to Florida to Colorado has grown into the largest and longest-running female-fronted comedy show performing nationwide on the renaissance festival circuit.

 

Entertaining millions at over 30 festivals in the United States and Canada, and with a combined 104,000 followers on social media, The Washing Well Wenches are likely to be the most notorious and hilarious women at a renaissance festival near YOU!

Danielle Dupont, founder and producer of The Washing Well Wenches, circa 1999.

The Company

Our company is an all-female troupe of actors, improvisors, singers, musicians, and comedians. Every woman hired brings something new to the show, and they bring it with a SPLASH!

 

Our wenches have masters degrees, as well as extensive improv training from The Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC/LA), Second City (Chicago/LA), The Groundlings (LA), IO Chicago/IO West, and the People's Improv Theatre (NYC). We have performed at Universal Studios and at Disney World. We have starred in off-broadway shows, and have written and performed on multiple studio albums. We have been featured on major TV shows, starred in indie feature films, commercials, and voiced audio books. One of our wenches is a published children's author. Another starred in an Academy Award-winning short film. 

If you have any specific questions about our skills and/or resumes, please contact us directly. 

The Wenches 
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Buttercup

Buttercup runneth o'er! 

Butter personality is GREAT! 

Butter finger LACKS. A. RING. *hint hint* 💍

 

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Corky

I drink anything with a cork and my middle name is WHEEEEEE!
It's French.

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Dotti

The "I" in your "E." Dotti loves Unicorns and Guinness and Men in Kilts and Guinness and Jousters and Guinness and also Guinness.

 

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Frannie

I'm hypo-allergenic but I'm not scent free! Approach with caution. Will respond erratically to phrases like, "Free beer," or, "I know a single guy that has dirty laundry." 

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Izzi

I'm Isadora! The wench with a bounce in her step! The one you want to snuggle! My sanity goes with the passing of the tide! You can call me Izzi!

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Myrtle

I am mysterious, I am mischievous, I am your mistress of mis-matched underthings!

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Penny

I am Penny Rosen-I'm here to wash your 'hosen. If you see me pick me up, all day long you'll have good luck!

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Pippa

High efficiency and not responsible for shrinkage.​

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Sophie

Sophie the Bubble Buster...Sophie the Suds Maker...Sophie...the Slippery When Wet!

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Winnie

I may be on sabbatical, but no one worry .... As we speak, every bald head in the New World is being licked and buffed to a shine like they've never experienced before!

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Clover

Sometimes smells like bubbles, mostly smells like cheese.

 

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Daisy

The Dry Clean Only.

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Ester

Ester the Eager, Ester the Elegant, Ester the ENTHUSIASTIC!

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Gerty

I like long walks on the beach and astrology! My sign is Yield. Because I might tell you to slow down but I'll never tell you to stop! 

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Lulu

My name is so nice
You gotta say it twice
If the double doesn’t get you The restraining order will!

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Nutmeg

Our easy, breezy, beautiful, covered in squirrels girl...She loved you, all of you, fiercely. Though our Yogi Muppet crossed the rainbow bridge all too soon, she will always be remembered for her razor sharp wit, her inclusive heart, and her endless talent. We miss you each and every  day.

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Pepper

I sprinkle a little laundry seasoning into your life.  My spin cycle can be mild or spicy according to your taste--and that is nothing to sneeze at!

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Poppy

COMING SOON

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Sprout

Lover of men, louder of mouth, and laundress of mystery. Favorite drinks include beer, whiskey, and Jacob Elordi's bathwater. Now available in Marriage! 

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Coco

I smelled a smell and I liked it!

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Daphne

Daphne the delightful! Daphne the delectable! Daphne the over-starched!

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Eureka

You reek of honey, you reek of beer; I'm Eureka Withers, and I'm so glad you're here!

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Hazel 

Your scrubbing chugging patron saint of stain removal. a-MEN.

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Maggie

I will clean quickly! TikToc I don't stop! 

 

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Olive

I'm Olive (I need to take your clothes off for I seem to have missed a spot) Framp. 

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Petunia

Petunia, our raven-haired, blue-eyed Angel Wench, never met a song she couldn’t sing or a kilt she couldn’t look up. A fearsome actress on the boards of the Big City as well as our own dear mischief-maker, Petunia is up above washing laundry in heaven and pinching Saints’ cheeks. We miss you each day, our sweet girl, and we will never forget you.

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Rosi

Rosi the bold! Rosi the beautiful! Rosi, your English rose bud!  

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Talley

 Our Goddess Divine has joined Petunia and Nutmeg in that great Washtub in the sky. 

A dazzling mix of fierce and formidable. The perfect blend of East-coast talent and universal grit. She was the definition of ‘unwavering heart’. She knew intrinsically that how we treated the least of us was what defined our best. She touched so many hearts across the country, and every one of them holds a special place for her. She didn’t want ribbons or fanfare, just the peace that came at the end of the day from knowing she had given her all.

Truculent. Look it up.

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Cookie

Cookie the calamitous, Cookie the cacophonous, Cookie the caretaker of underwear extraordinaire!

 

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Deloris

Dame of Drippy Drawers.

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Fanny Pinch

Mender of breeches and breaker of hearts! 

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Hildy

Hildy the heartwarming, Hildy the hilarious, Hildy the humble handler of hand wash only!

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Millie

Shirt-Soaker;

Breech-Boiler,

and all around

Wench of the Good Stench!

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Penelope

The prewash princess, the queen of clean, and the pleasantly plump (in all the right places)!

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Pinwheel

Pinwheel has read* many books** in her life***

*seen

**beer labels 

***a dream

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Ruby Sweaters

I am the jewel behind your soiled bloomers.

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Tansy

I'm just like the pile of laundry on your floor: I'd go away if you just fold me! 

Washing Well Wenches Performing on Carnival Cruise Lines, circa 2006. From top left, clockwise: Ruby, Myrtle, Pearl, Daphne, Petunia, Dotti. 

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