starring Monique Jenkinson
Monique Jenkinson is a multifaceted artist whose work places itself in the gaps between dance, theater, drag and performance art. She has created and performed locally and internationally at ODC Theater, CounterPULSE, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the de Young Museum, and Trannyshack in San Francisco; the New Museum, Danspace Project, Howl Festival and the Stonewall in New York; the Met Theatre in Los Angeles; the Coachella Festival; and in Reykjavik, Amsterdam and London.
Monique’s drag queen alter ego, Fauxnique, a prolific fixture on the experimental performance scene, made history as the first woman to win San Francisco’s infamous Miss Trannyshack Pageant and was recently named ‘Best Drag Act’ in San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 2009 Best of the Bay Readers’ Poll.
Recent projects and accolades include: two solo shows (Faux Real, which played in NYC and London after a sold-out SF run, and Luxury Items, which culminated to acclaim at CounterPULSE after a sold out premiere at ODC Theater), visual art shows Scores (Lawrimore Project, Seattle) and Presence (Torrance Art Museum); vocals and video for the dance track ‘Lipstique,’ a Guardian Outstanding Local Discovery (GOLDIE) Award for Performance, SF Weekly’s ‘Best Performance Artist 2010,’ and 7X7 Magazine’s ‘Hot 20 Under 40.’
Monique spent five years as co-director (with actor Kevin Clarke) of the performance duo Hagen & Simone, is a current artist-in-residence at ODC Theater, a past artist-in-residence at CounterPULSE, and a 2007 recipient (with mentor Keith Hennessey) of the CHIME Grant. Her solo and collaborative work has received support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Theatre Bay Area. She graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in Dance and Literature.
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