The Infamous Nina Nightshade grew up in Minnesota and Colorado. She took a few dance classes as a child, but it was in high school that she found her place in the arts in theater. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Design.
Nightshade began performing Burlesque in 2008. She was a belly dance performer and owned a retro-vintage clothing store. Through Burlesque performers Go-Go Amy, Megan Mayhem, and Bettina Mae, she was introduced to the Portland Burlesque scene. She immediately began to produce shows in the Salem area, and continued as a producer and performer after moving to Portland.