Drag queens are all the rage these days, and Austin’s drag scene has experienced a renaissance over the past few years. One of the most popular and prolific queens on Austin’s scene is Althea Trix, a stage name that’s a play on the words “all theatrics.” Her unique style and professional execution are the work of Jaime Romero, my guest on this week’s episode of “Day Drinkin’ with Arcie Cola and Austin.com.”
Romero is a native of Guatemala, but was raised in Corpus Christi where he developed a love for the theater. After studying at Del Mar College in Corpus, and University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Romero relocated to Austin to pursue his passions.
“I always felt like I was the weird one growing up, because I couldn’t fit in anywhere,” he said. “I really loved the idea of ‘Keeping Austin Weird.’ Austin is open and diverse, and you can’t throw a stick in Austin without hitting a handsome guy.” Absolutely!
Although Romero did not set out to become a drag queen, his theater training and love of live performance gave him an edge. He also thinks Austin is a great city for creative expression. He especially loves that Austin artists “don’t limit themselves.”
“Graffiti was art!” he said. “Trash could become an amazing sculpture… [In Austin] I felt like I could take my love of theater and make it my own, so I combined theater and drag to make some performance art.”
Romero will be combining his two loves in Teatro Vivo’s production of “Aye, No!” from November 6-23 at the Mexican-American Cultural Center. Althea Trix will also sashay through Elysium during the “The ApocaLIPS” drag battle next Tuesday, November 11th. You can also see her incredible performances at Oil Can Harry’s [NSFW link] on the first and third Sundays of every month.