Meet Alexis M. Rouge, performer extraordinaire and co-founder of Lexi Ravyn Productions*
Tell us a little about yourself and where you’re from?
I am a 24-year old transsexual born and raised in the Badger State. I’m a home-grown cheese-and-bratwurst kind of girl (laughs). I’m a graduate of MATC Madison, but considering going back for business or nursing.
What do you do by day?
I work with developmentally disabled individuals as a Job Coach for REM WI Inc.
I am also a peer counselor at OutReach (you can come see me during my Monday shift, 3-6 p.m.), I’ve been on their Speaker’s Bureau and have been working with youth programming and transgender advocacy/ally training. I try to do my part to give back to our community.
For five years I’ve served on the board for Madison Pride. I co-hosted last year’s event with Cass Marie Domino. I hope to continue to work with Pride to create an event for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy!
And by night?
A few years ago I launched Lexi Ravyn Productions with one of my best friends, Brian Ponce. I’m an entertainer, performing in Wisconsin and now across the greater Midwest. After performing for over three years, I still get a rush of excitement and adrenalin each time I step on stage. I’ve competed in over 30 pageants and currently have the honor of being the reigning Miss Gay Great Lakes Regional USofA, my first major system title. I just returned from Miss Gay USofA nationals in Dallas! I travel extensively for shows, touring Wisconsin and working on deals in Ohio, Iowa and Illinois.
Lexi Ravyn Productions is an entertainment troupe whose founders/principal performers search the drag and entertainment world, adding others to their shows and events. Lexi Ravyn consists of a variety of entertainers like Candi Stratton, Jazmyn, Kurtis Ryan, Bryanna Banxs, Cass Marie Domino and Alexis M. Rouge. Lexi Ravyn also has a strong team of people working behind the scenes. Our photographer and diva-extraordinaire, Ms. Tina, our road assistant and host in training, MC Ravyn, and our seamstress, Mr. Jezebelle, all help Lexi Ravyn continue to grow.
What makes drag work?
Variety helps to foster individuality— from “skag drag” to “glam/pageant”—the entertainers with staying power are continually reinventing themselves. The world of entertainment is constantly evolving and changing based on trends in music and fashion. The trick is finding what you are comfortable with as an individual and staying true to that vision. It is exciting to know that I am doing my part to foster that growth.
*Editor’s Note: Alexis M. Rouge semi-retired from drag in 2010. She now lives in Chicago with her partner out of the limelight for now. Lexi Ravyn Productions has since been renamed Ravyn Entertainment and is ran by co-founder, Brian Ponce and new co-owner, Josh Bartz. Ravyn celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary in 2015.