Meet Our Artists

Filip Swiergul is a comedian with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease) from Rochester, Minnesota. Filip found his ability to see humor in even the toughest of circumstances to be an invaluable coping mechanism during his frequent trips to the Mayo Clinic. His comedy focuses on his experiences and observations that are unique and yet relatable. Filip took third place in the 2014 Twin Cities Funniest Person Contest at Acme Comedy Club. He continues to MC at Goonie’s Comedy Club in Rochester regularly and performs in the upper Midwest.

Emily Weiss is a queer femme, chronically-ill artist living and working in the Twin Cities. She could most recently be seen in Full Metal Rabbit(Fringe) and Who’s your Daddy(Top Hat Theatre). When not making art in the Cities, Emily is an avid baker, plant enthusiast, and yoga instructor. She is eternally grateful for the love and healing that fellow chronically-ill people have given her, her partner’s unending love, and the many friends that have lifted her up along the way.

 

Treading North is run by Gabriel Rodreick, a Minneapolis based musician. Gabriel lives with a C5 Spinal Cord Injury, and while he does not let the injury define him, it does heavily influence the music he creates. Treading North’s music is a voyage into the worlds of pain, sex and revolution. A groovy melancholy sound that disguises hopeful ideologies.

Julia Nekessa Opoti is a multi-media storyteller.

Jonah Jamison Sandy is a 21-year-old artist from the Twin Cities. He aims to challenge oppressive ideologies and foster community dialogue through writing, performance, and film. This is his first performance with Patrick’s Cabaret, and his first solo performance.

Anisa Sharif is a 22 year old Minneapolis native who engages art through multidisciplinary forms such as poetry, song, and story telling in her Indigenous Somali language. Anisa is a lifelong learner and scholar that utilizes her art to reflect, heal and change the way she engages with society and its multifaceted systems of oppression.

(Click link for full bio) Deja Stowers began dancing at the age of four with the drill team African Perfection. As she continued to dance throughout junior high she took particular interest in West African dance. Early on she was welcomed with open arms into Voice of Culture Drum and Dance (VoC) by founder Kenna Cottman. Even though trained by masters of the West African dance tradition, Deja found that she was not always accepted by the professional dance world because of her bodacious size and direct, unapologetic demeanor. She struggled to find a home outside of VoC.

Jayden Apollo is an actor and artist in the twin cities. Some of his recent shows include play Xavier in 20 percent theatre's production of ballast, Beta in Mixed Blood's production of Charm, amd Sebastian in Rosetown theatre's production of the Little Mermaid. 

 
Mei

As a Hip Hop artist from West Saint Paul's "District Del Sol" Mei graduated from the Saint Paul Conservatory's dance track, she began dancing at age 12 with a Mexican folkloric dance group, "Los Alegres Bailadores", and writing music at age 13 to cope with depression and anxiety. Growing up submerged within the combining Afro-Latino cultures of her parents, constantly surrounded music, absorbing how naturally rhythm came to them, admiring the way in which her mother spoke to be heard; for this reason she fell in love with Hip Hop before she even knew its name.

Kyra Crawford-Calvert is a silver-tongued time traveler who depends on her flux capacitor — that which makes time travel possible — and catalogs the lessons of her navigation through script[ure]. Her soul-mission is to water the Seed of Divinity ever present in herself and her fellows, especially those with skin from crimson to midnight, before we all head back to the future.

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