ABOUT

Bio

I am an artist, performer, choreographer and writer. I made herstory as the first cis-woman to win a major drag queen pageant and subsequently my solo performance works have toured nationally and internationally in wide-ranging contexts from nightclubs to theaters to museums — from Joe’s Pub, New Museum and the historic Stonewall in New York City, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, ODC Theater, The Stud, CounterPulse and de Young Museum in San Francisco, and in Seattle, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Provincetown, London, Edinburgh, Berlin, Zürich, Paris, Reykjavik, Rome, Catania and Cork.

I have created space for kids to dress drag queens at a major museum and created college curricula. I played the DIRT (originated by Justin Vivian Bond) in Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge and Eurydike in Anne Carson’s ANTIGONICK. I engaged in public conversation with Gender Studies luminary Judith Butler and RuPaul bestie Michelle Visage within days of each other. I am currently writing a memoir.

Honors include residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Tanzhaus Zürich and Atlantic Center for the Arts, an Irvine Fellowship and residency at the de Young Museum, GOLDIE and BESTIE awards and 7X7 Magazine’s Hot 20. I have been nominated for the Theater Bay Area, Isadora Duncan Dance (IZZIE) and Herb Alpert Foundation awards and have received support from San Francisco Arts Commission, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, CHIME, Center for Cultural Innovation and the Kenneth Rainin and Zellerbach Family foundations.

Artist Statement

My work exists at the crossroads of Cabaret and Contemporary Dance and considers the performance of femininity as a powerful, vulnerable and subversive act. I emerged out of a feminist, postmodern, improvisational dance and choreographic lineage, and grew toward a tradition of radical queer performance that uses decadence and drag both to entertain and transcend. My practice of feminism celebrates glamour as masterful artifice, and my intimacy with both the oppressive and empowering effects of feminine tropes allows me to create a zone of play from which I make my particular critique.

Since 2003 I have been deeply engaged in an ongoing performance project, my drag queen persona Fauxnique. As a lens through which I magnify my artistic concerns, Fauxnique typifies and expands the evolution of drag-based performance and furthers the feminist line of inquiry in my work. As Fauxnique, I approach the established tradition of the drag lip-sync as a dance in its own right, and bring to it the rigor of my dance training. I am on the vanguard of what is now a common practice: museums and larger institutions embracing nightclub culture as queer history and contemporary art practice.

CV

Selected Solo & Group Works
2020 QUEENT
collaboration with Mica Sigourney
Quarter Block Party, Cork Ireland — also To Be Free: CounterPulse Festival, San Francisco 2019
Premiere: FRESH Festival, San Francisco 2019
2019 Imposter Syndrome
Afterglow Festival, Provincetown, MA
2019 The F Word
Williams College, Williamstown, MA – also Oberon/American Repertory Theater, Cambridge 2018; Joe’s Pub, NYC and University of San Francisco 2017; Monster Ronson’s Berlin, Oasis San Francisco, ReBar Seattle and Ace New Orleans 2016; Afterglow Festival Provincetown and Sid Gold’s Request Room, NYC 2015
Premiere: Hackney Attic, London 2015
2018 GIRL
collaboration with Marc Kate
Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
2018 Drag Movement Study #3
FULL, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
2017 Ordinary Practices of the Radical Body
collaboration with Judith Butler
Radical Movements, Bridge Project, CounterPulse, San Francisco
2017 OhMyEarthGoddess
Transform Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
2017 C*NT, or, The Horror of Nothing to See
Walking Distance Dance Festival, ODC Theater, San Francisco
2016 Disintegration Study
Box Blur, Catharine Clark Gallery
2016 Delicate Study
FRESH Festival, Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
2015 Instrument
zürich moves!, Zürich, Swizerland – also San Francisco Art Institute, Bennington College 2014, CounterPulse, San Francisco 2013
Premiere: de Young Museum and CounterPulse, San Francisco 2012
2015 Faux Real with Fauxnique
Oasis, San Francisco – also Ashby Stage, Berkeley, 2015; Afterglow Festival, Provincetown, Sid Gold’s Request Room, New York City and Hackney Attic London 2014; Genderotica Festival, Rome 2013; Stanford University, Re-Bar, Seattle and ODC Theater San Francisco 2012; New Orleans Fringe 2011; Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London and Climate Theater, San Francisco 2010; New Museum, New York City 2009
Premiere: Climate Theater, San Francisco 2009
2015 I Could See You Were A ___ of Distinction
collaboration with Mica Sigourney
FRESH Festival Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco
2013 Am I Square
collaboration with Liz Tenuto
We Have This, Z Space, San Francisco
2012 Our People
de Young Museum, San Francisco
2011 I Want What You Want
This is What I Want, The Garage, San Francisco
2011 Beautility
Rotunda Dance Series, San Francisco City Hall
2010 Drag Movement Study (these Shoes are Called Pleasers)
Truly, Madly, Deeply, Movement Research Festival, Judson Church NYC
2010 A Glamour
Presence, Torrance Art Museum 2010
Premiere: Scores, Lawrimore Project, Seattle 2009
2010 Luxury Items
CounterPulse, San Francisco
Premiere: ODC Theater, San Francisco 2009

Awards/Honors/Residencies
2020 Herb Alpert Award nominee
2019 San Francisco Arts Commission grantee
2018 Kenneth Rainin Foundation grantee
2017 Headlands Center for the Arts, Artist in Residence
2017 San Francisco Arts Commission grantee
2016 Artist in Residence, Tanzhaus Zürich
2016 Bay Area Reporter BESTIE award for performance
2016 Kenneth Rainin Foundation grantee
2016 San Francisco Arts Commission grantee
2015 Theater Bay Area Award nominee for role as Eurydike/Ismene in ANTIGONICK
2014 de Young Museum Artist Advisory Board
2014 Atlantic Center for the Arts, Associate Artist with mentor Stephen Petronio
2013 CHIME Across Borders with mentor Tere O’Connor
2013 Della Davidson Prize
2012 Irvine Fellowship, de Young Museum
2012 San Francisco Arts Commission grantee
2011 Isadora Duncan Dance Award nominee
2010 7X7 Magazine Hot 20 Under 40
2010 SF Bay Guardian Local Discovery GOLDIE award for performance

Performance/Choreography
2015 Ismene/Eurydike in Ann Carson’s ANTIGONICK (Shotgun Players)
2011 The DIRT in Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge (Magic Theatre)
2008 Edie (and choreography) in David J.’s Silver for Gold: the Odyssey of Edie Sedgwick (Met Theater, Los Angeles)

Teaching
2019 Queent workshop
FRESH Festival, San Francisco
2018 Pry Bars for Creative Jams
ACT Studio, San Francisco
2015 All Drag is Faux Drag & Faux Drag Is Real (workshop)
TBA Festival, Portland, OR
2015 Setting Up Camp: Queer Theory as Embodied Practice
St. Mary’s College of CA
2013 Embodiment for Artists
New Genres, San Francisco Art Institute
2008 – present Guest lecturer/performer
Dance, Gender Studies and Humanities
Stanford University, University of San Francisco, CCA and Dominican University
2007 – present Discipline for Deviants: Concrete Techniques for Unclassifiable Performance

Publication
2019 “To Be Faux Real” in The Bodies of Others by Selby Wynn Schwartz, University of Michigan Press
2012 Society of Dance History Scholars Newsletter Visual Culture and Dance – an Academic Discipline

Education
BA Double Major Dance & Literature Bennington College

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