Meet Our Artists

“Dance is my world. 2012 started to learn and teach others about Integrative Dance. Teacher and student of the All Abilities Dance class with Young Dance. Set up a dance company 2015 I Can Dance You Can Dance was founded in 2015.

“I am a filmmaker and a storyteller. Currently, I am completing production on a documentary film about GLBT baby boomers and marriage equality.  I’ve made my story the central theme, as remember and told by me, a storyteller.

Catherine Charles is a Minneapolis-based writer/performer/musician. Their work has been featured at Story Club, OUTspoken, Queer Voices, and in 20% Theatre's Naked I series of plays. Musically, their interests include ragtime, torch songs, and retro video game scores.

Tu the Judoka is a Judoka Poet born in San Jose, California and currently living in Minneapolis, MN. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with honors in 2015, where he majored in English and Asian-American Studies, and a minor in Dutch Cultural Studies.

Nikki Abramson is an actor, performer, teaching artist, choreographer, writer and author of 2 books and 5 anthologies. She is a Korean adoptee with multiple rare genetic disabilities: mitochondria myopathy and dystonia whose desire is to share her story and message through the stage. She co-produced, co-wrote with Breaking Barriers with Toolbox Theatre LLC  'No Limits' and 'Beyond Limits' which addresses adoption, disabilities, and assumptions using a message of overcoming challenges. In addition to curating 2017 CabarABLE, Nikki appeared in the 2016 CabarABLE.

Peder Hagen (Iris Oconnell) always felt born into a different time and relates to Iris O’Connell, farm wife from western Pennsylvania. Iris likes Judy Garland because they both didn't feel like they fit in when they were young and now they do.

Bruce Ario began writing when his recovery began after taking an incomplete degree in law school and a period of homelessness. He began as a poet, moved into playwriting, and settled in as a novelist.

 

Hailing from the Mesabi Iron Range, Rae is a queer, nerdy poet currently spoiling the good name of the Twin Cities.  Hecklers are encouraged.

Lucas Scheelk is a white, autistic, trans, queer-identified poet from the Twin Cities. Lucas uses they/them/their pronouns. They are the author of This Is A Clothespin(Damaged Goods Press, 2016), and Holmes Is A Person As Is (self-published, 2016). Lucas was one of the recipients of the VSA MN Emerging Artist grant in 2016, and they were one of the 24 poets chosen for the Saint Paul Almanac IMPRESSIONS Project in 2017. Lucas can be found on facebook (lucasscheelk), instagram (lucasscheelk), and on twitter (TC221Bee).

Michael Merriam is a blind storyteller and author who has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, StoryFest Minnesota, Story SlamMN! and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio and has published 8 books and over 80 short stories. Visit his website at michaelmerriam.com

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