Meet Our Artists

Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, poet, playwright, and teaching artist. She completed her B.A. at Macalester College, studying American Studies, Urban Studies, and Theatre. She is in her third season as a dancer with Minneapolis based professional dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT). Julia is the recipient of The Playwrights' Center's 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship and was one of five artists awarded the 2016-17 Creative Changemakers Apprenticeship by The DIAL Group.

Ellis Perez is a gender non-conforming, queer poet and performer based out of Minneapolis. They have been featured in shows produced by the Err Collective and Slap Happy Studios. Their work is vulnerable and aches like a fresh bruise. They eat too many Pop Tarts, take too many naps, and live in a cozy apartment with their dog and partner.

nnezz "Nezzie" Garcia is a queer Cuban flow arts and fire performer born in Chicago, Illinois and based out of Minneapolis since 2006. Her passion for flow arts began when she picked up her first hula hoop in 2010 and has flourished in the 8 years since.  From there, she began to explore a variety of props such as poi and fans, but her prop of choice is the hoop.

Mimi Solis is a hip hop artist and dancer who grew up on the West Side of St Paul. she is a performer with New Black City. With her disciplined dance background and use of hip hop as activism, Solis’s craft is one that makes her stand out as a promising up and coming artist in the Twin Cities.

Christian Ybarra is a visual artist who grew up on the West Side of St. Paul, reoccurring themes throughout Ybarra’s work showcase themes on mental health, queerness and self discovery, all through a surreal and expressionist lens, to make a body of work that is uniquely theirs. 

Beliza Torres Narváez is an artist/scholar/educator, and theatre professor at Augsburg University. Since moving to the Minneapolis in 2015 she has directed Karina Casiano’s Silence is Health (Augsburg), she was a puppeteer in Bookworms Tales (HOTB), and she presented her solo performance Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret (Strike Theatre).

Keila Anali is a theater maker in the twin cities and proud ensemble member of Pangea World Theater. Her first production "Only I" was performed last spring, "What I Have Left To Eat" is her second full(er) play and she is humbled by the opportunity. Keila's work is informed by her identity, the lands of which she is indigenous to, and a deep connection to spirit and ancestry. She's grateful to Hector and Patrick's Cabaret for making space for her in this special event.

Dua

is a multidisciplinary performing artist based in Minneapolis that centers afrofdiasporic expression. Within the past two years, this artist has worked and performed for Amnesty International, So Far Sounds, First Avenue, Intermedia Arts, Patrick's Cabaret, 20% Theater, Button Poetry, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Five Watt, The Loft Literary Center, The Illusion Theater, The Cedar Cultural Center, MNKino Film Score Fest, and so on.

I come from Malmiñañ, a Bàsàa land in southern Cameroon. In this place where all the stories are told, I am Sandjock Likinè, a Bog ArtiVist collecting and recounting stories from oral tradition or language conversation. Bog means to fix what has been disturbed. An ArtiVist uses arts for activism. This social 'me' Sandjock Likinè promotes and protects culture with language. She differs from the personal 'I' Veronica Quillien, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota specializing in the re/making of culture.

Teighlor is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. They are a spoken word poet who has performed in a number of slams. Their work focuses on experiences revolving around the intersections of race, class, gender and disability. The are currently pursuing their bachelors degree in Women’s Studies and English at St. Catherine University. 

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