Performance (interdisciplinary)

Lula Saleh is an Ethiopian-Eritrean American Muslim, multidisciplinary performance artist, writer, poet, singer-songwriter, journalist, organizer and Empath. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and living in both Ethiopia and the UK as a child, she identifies as a third culture kid. Lula is a NEXUS Music Artist and an Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Fellow. She writes and sings at the intersections of her multiethnic, transnational diaspora identity.

Sandra Santiago Pickett is a second-generation Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra is a poet, healer, and educator. In 2006, Sandra co-wrote her first production, "Brown Girls Singing," with her sister Dr. Yolanda Nieves. Since then, Sandra has performed with Vida Bella Ensemble, Teatro Luna, The Green House Theater, and Mixed Blood Theater.

Mai Cha Vang graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with a degree in Psychology, and Justice and Peace Studies. She works in the Accounting and Finance Department at World Endeavor, based in Minneapolis. She also works seasonally with Prepare and Prosper to help people from low income get their taxes done. She is excited to try something new and thrilled to be part of the current experimental performing piece.

Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty graduated from Grinnell College, studying languages and linguistics. She worked in refugee and immigrant communities in Germany and then in Minneapolis until going back to school to get a MEd. for teaching ESL. For the last 12 years, she has been working with young people in public schools. She enjoys watching as students gain confidence in their abilities in English and navigating their world.

Maria Isabel Gonzalez is a performer and educator in the Twin Cities. Her theater work includes performances through TigerLions Arts, Chameleon Theatre and Teatro del Pueblo. She has worked with Teatro del Pueblo in the last few years and has had several successful artistic collaborations with the theater company.  As an individual artist, she co-directed the Spanish play of Clementina at Kyung Hee Univeristy in South Korea.

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.
 

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