Announcing our annual Gala “June Jubilee” Entertainment
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS is an actress; singer, author, teacher and activist.
Alexandra stars as “Davina” in Amazon’s multi-award winning television series “Transparent.” The series has won awards from AFI, American Cinema Editors, Critics Choice, DGA, GLAAD, Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, Golden Globes, Satellite Awards, and WGA.
On television, Ms. Billings played “Donna” in the ABC film “Romy and Michelle: A New Beginning,” the first time a transgender actress played a transgender character in the history of television. She has guest starred on “How to Get Away with Murder”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “E.R.”, and the pilot “Nurses” opposite Lynn Redgrave. She stars in the upcoming feature film “Valley of Bones” opposite Autumn Reeser and Rhys Corio.
Alexandra has been acting since 1968 and has performed across the United States in hundreds of plays and musicals. Her latest autobiographical performance “S/He and Me” was performed at Cal State Long Beach. She’s played everyone from “Mama Rose” in “Gypsy” to “Mrs. Lynde” in “A Doll House.” Most of her stage roles are considered to be a first for a transgender actress. Her one-woman autobiographical show “Before I Disappear” toured from Chicago to Boston to Los Angeles, and was performed off Broadway at The Producer’s Club, winning rave reviews and running for over ten years. She originated the role of “Alejandro” in “Time to Burn” by Charles Mee at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago and toured to off-Broadway in Jeff Richmond and Michael Thomas’ camp classic “Hamlet! The Musical!” Alex’s CD “Being Alive” produced by Ralph Lampkin Jr. was up for Grammy consideration.
She is the recipient of five After Dark Awards and a Joseph Jefferson Award.
Ms. Billings’ activism stretches across the continent. This year, she moderated a panel during Transgender Awareness Month at the White House. She has won the TPA Award, The Rainbow Spirit Award, and was inducted into the Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in Chicago. living with AIDS since the mid-eighties, Alexandra chronicles her life’s journey in her blog “Stilettos and Sneakers,” and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her life story “From Schoolboy to Showgirl: the Alexandra Billings Story” for PBS television was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary.
Alexandra married her high school sweetheart Chrisanne Blankenship-Billings in 1996 in a ceremony held at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago. The couple were legally married in 2009.
Alex received her MFA from Cal State Long Beach and is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the university. She is a Viewpoints Associate at The Steppenwolf Theatre and has taught in schools across the country.
Saturday, June 4
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VIP Entry – 5:30pm; General Admission Entry – 6:30pm
Closing – 11:00pm
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