Meet Our Artists

Christy Marie Kent is a writer, storyteller, and math geek living in the Twin Cities area with her husband, two sons, and a cat who begs to a warmer climate. Born and raised in the south, she now lives in Minnesota, where she tells stories about the south to anyone who will listen. She enjoys writing and storytelling because she gets to be creative and make stuff up—something that they frown on her doing in her day job in insurance statistics and calculating indicated rate levels.

All day, Maitreyi Ray has been thinking about you. She writes about death, intimacy, and vulnerability through her experiences as a queer woman of color and immigrant. Please talk to her.

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Joey Schad (he/him/his) Polystylist composer/songwriter, queer, Korean-American pianist and vocalist serving pop and soul. Described as a "high octane performer for the late night crowd." Half of music duo Summer Cotton.

Mina Hollander was born in the summerlands but is colder than a Dutch Wife. She is black or blue or black and blue or pure chocolate and innocently horny. She writes and reads things no one else can see. On the off chance that you recognize her, you may still be asleep. (Did you know hares are solitary animals? Whereas rabbits live in big family warrens.) Mina Hollander is crepuscular & herbivorous, a prey quite afraid of apex predators like you.

Destiny Anderson's stage name is Yoni Light. Pronouns (She/Her) is a 19 year old performing artist originally from Saint Paul, MN. Yoni is a multi-disciplinary artist that not only dabbles in dance but in music and spoken word as well. She has attended SPCPA, Perpich Center for Arts Education and is currently studying at High School for Recording Arts. In 2015 She was given a full-ride scholarship to the TU Dance Center in Saint Paul. Tu Dance was founded by Uri Sands and Toni Pierce Sands (Two former Alvin Ailey Dancers).

Renée Copeland is co-founder of the dance/performance-art duo Hiponymous, a collaborator in the hip-hop based dance collective, BRKFST, and a proud member of Ananya Dance Theatre, where she performs, studies and teaches the contemporary Indian dance form, Yorchha and its intersection with social justice issues. She is also a poet, musician and singer-songwriter. She aims to create art that exposes and heals, relating to the legacies of love, violence and activisms that she inherits as a distinctly queer, female-bodied, third-generation Sicilian-American artist.

 

Gabriel Mata is an independent choreographer, educator, and performer. He graduated from San José State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. The Star Tribune has called him “Sly, subtle and totally virtuosic, theatrical dancer-choreographer Gabriel Mata holds the stage with expressive movement and witty words.” Gabriel Mata/Movements is his solo performance and choreography based project. His dances have been performed in Minnesota, California, and New York. He recently received the Twin Cities Arts Reader Best of Fringe 2017 award.

Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe is a queer mama, auntie, poet, performer and filmmaker.

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