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Claire is 2005 Minnesota transplant from New England, Claire Avitabile has been directing and producing theatre, and curating performance events for over 15 years.

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Baby Patê consists of depraved BFFs gelli spinelli and Christian Balden. gelli is a nonbinary HIV+ queer internet angel. They run the trans youth art group Ham Time, create content for meme pages including That Gay Shit, Antifash Whiscash, Call Your Sponsor Sweaty, and Give Me Cumemes, Daddy. Christian is a nonbinary HIV+ queer sex demon, environmental justice activist, and radical performance artist. Together they have curated messy and interactive events at Minneapolis DIY spaces including Wrestelgaynia, Little Mx Mothership, John Waters' Drag Race, and Sugar Slut.

Rosa Garcia, aka DJ MotherTRosa, is a self-taught DJ, event producer, and youth activist born and raised in Minneapolis. They have played DJ sets at spaces throughout Minneapolis, including First Avenue, the Nomad, and Palmer's, and produced multiple multidisciplinary events in underground spaces, including the "tropikal dans" party TUERCA that brought together percussionists, DJs, installation artists, and dancers. They are currently working on reviving DJU, their series of DJ classes for queer femmes of color.

Nicole M. Smith is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children's Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what's been established and finding point of entry based on interest.

Sellers came to dance and welcomed dance because, as a woman from a small town, dance celebrated alternative voices. In dance, she found a long history of females creating change. In addition to choreography and performing, Sellers is renowned for her workshops, curatorial practice, and community engagements. Through the work of ASDC, she uses dance to tell the stories of her generation and provide a platform for other voices and experiences to be heard.

Sarah Tan is a deviser/producer, performer, and educator born and raised in Singapore. As an actor and dancer, Sarah has performed and trained with the Carleton Players, Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, Pig Iron Theater Company, GreenT Productions and Live Action Set. A strong believer in the importance of creating relevant and impactful work, she has been drawn to work that bring together performance, education, social justice, and community engagement.

Ricardo Beaird, an actor, director, playwright, and teaching artist, is the new Teaching Artist Residency Producer of Patrick's Cabaret. He relocated to the Twin Cities from Nashville to work as an Actor Educator with CLIMB Theatre. He is a company member of GTC Dramatic Dialogues, an interactive workshop collective that facilitates conversations around Date Rape, Diversity, and Substance Abuse on college campuses.
 

Nimo H. Farah is an artist and activist that uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Her current undertaking is to develop her skills as an orator while blending Somali and English. She thinks herself charming and hilarious in the Somali language, but rarely does that humor translate into English. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Water-Stone Review, the Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Inroads chapter book. As a storyteller she has shared her words at the Black Dog Café, the Loft, and Pillsbury House.

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