Fauxnique is the drag queen alter-ego of artist/choreographer/dancer/writer Monique Jenkinson. Lauded for her “campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art,” she sees the performance of femininity as a powerful, vulnerable and subversive act. Since making herstory as the first cis-woman to win a major drag (queen) pageant, she has performed her works in wide-ranging venues and contexts nationally and internationally, including Joe’s Pub, New Museum, Judson Church and the Stonewall in New York; Afterglow Festival and Harvard’s A.R.T./Oberon; Stud Bar, Oasis, City Hall, YBCA, ODC and de Young Museum in San Francisco; and in New Orleans, Seattle, London, Reykjavik, Berlin, Rome, Catania, Cork and Zürich. She created space for kids to dress drag queens at a major museum, played the DIRT (originated by Justin Vivian Bond) in Taylor Mac’s Lily’s Revenge and Eurydike in Anne Carson’s ANTIGONICK, and engaged in public talks with gender theory luminary Judith Butler and RuPaul bestie Michelle Visage in the space of a week. Faux Queen, her forthcoming memoir is from Amble Press.