People flock to ALEXIS WILSON’S captivating and unique presence. Lean in a bit closer and understand her personal story plus the breadth of her endless jaw dropping talents and all you want is more. Although she comes from first class ballet and Broadway stock, you would never know it from her easy and non-pretentious manner. Her mother was a prima ballerina, her father a celebrated Broadway choreographer. She was born in Europe and bred in New York City where she was a professional dancer. She has performed classically and commercially all over the world. Alexis earned her B.F.A. in drama from the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon University. After retiring from dancing, she acted in commercials and later became a casting associate. She has produced and directed numerous theatrical productions, as well as fund raising events – all with great success. Alexis has written and published poetry, a full length musical, made contributions to a variety of published works, and self-published her recent memoir, Not So Black and White. She is currently working on a book of non-fiction about her self-publishing process, a one-woman show for New York, and a screenplay.
Wilson loves to keep busy and, as a mother of two and wife to a very busy in demand musician husband (Byron Stripling), she rarely has time to worry about that being an issue. But Alexis doesn’t like being busy for the sake of being busy. She likes to sink her teeth into projects with purpose, substance or cause. Her greatest desire is to ask the question, how can I serve? The overwhelmingly positive, motional and personal response she received from her memoir gave her tremendous satisfaction. It was a feeling that, perhaps through her own story, she can be of support or help, encouragement or inspiration to others. While we, in society, continue to break down barriers, bridge gaps, and embrace more inclusion there is still much work to be done. While marriage equality, in some states, becomes more accepted and celebrated we currently have a bullying epidemic in our schools where intolerance and difference remain conduits for fear based violence. For Alexis, having been brought up, since age eleven, by same sex parents and being the product of an interracial marriage, these are topics that hit close to home.
Alexis has lived her life ‘out of the box’ and because of this she is passionate about nurturing others and their differences, insisting that these elements are everyone’s greatest strengths. Alexis reminds us that the power of love always triumphs. Hard work, creating and recreating, conquering challenges, and moving through her life by learning to love more each day is Alexis’s key to growth and continual evolution.
Alexis lives to share these uplifting principles with the world; whether through speaking, performing or writing, her secret is creativity and her power is love!