Beverly Cottman is an interdisciplinary artist creating at the intersection of visual, literary, and performance art. As 'Auntie Beverly' she tells the stories of the African Diaspora to celebrate and share her culture and heritage. This performance is dedicated to her ancestors who guide her still. Ashe.
Peggy Darrett Brewer has been singing and performing for over 20 years. Peggy began singing in her church choir as a little girl in Evansville, Indiana. She was in her first band at 16 were she sang R&B. After moving to from Indiana to Minneapolis she fell in love with theatre and began working with Danielle Daniel’s theatre company.
Genesia Williams was born in Chicago at Cook County Hospital, sometime in the last part of the 1980s. She would have stayed there —redlining and decades-old inequities be damned— if her parents hadn't decided to make the great migration to the mid-sized city of Minneapolis. Genesia is a writer, a graphic designer, student at the school of hard knocks, a godmother, a daughter, a sister, an auntie, and a lover of art.
Brenda Bell Brown is a writer, performance and visual artist. She possesses degrees from Brown and Hampton Universities in Theatre Arts and Museum Studies. Currently enrolled in the Hamline University MFA in Creative Writing program, she plans to culminate her studies with a PhD in communication and theatre.
Danielle Daniel is an actress, creative writer and master storyteller. Her storytelling programs and tour shows have been presented in Europe and the United States. She has worked in many schools, colleges, and community organizations using the art of storytelling to entertain, educate, motivate and empower people of all ages. Danielle believes our stories are healing; we should treasure and collect them for our future generations. Her workshops and artist residencies are designed to help students find and develop their own creative voice and style.
Scott Artley is the Executive Artistic Director of Patrick’s Cabaret, a long-standing Minneapolis grassroots queer arts organization with a history of provocative and inclusive work. Since joining the organization in 2014 as Performing Arts Curator, he has developed new curatorial platforms, developed new programs, and stewarded a broad portfolio of community partnerships.
Amanda Jacobson is a graduate of The School of Life with a PhD in No Bullshit. Despite growing up under the affluent umbrella of the western suburbs she somehow managed to find her island of misfit toys and terrify her parents as frequently as possible.
Anthony Michael is a Queer Trans Artist of Color she has been a featured artist with 20% Theatre, in Queertopia at Intermedia Arts, with Live Action Set and at Patrick's Cabaret. Her alter ego Marcel Michelle Obama is a founding member of St. Cloud's premeir burlesque and vaudeville revue, Carnivale Revolver, as well as a cast member of Visions of Sugarplims, Dykes do Drag and a choreographer to the stars with a client list that includes Elektra Cute, Victoria DeVille, Dahlia Dulce and others.
Mandee Driggers is a queer writer, artist, and performer fueled by coffee and resilience. Her work has been published in Bitchin' Kitsch, Paper Nautilus, CrabFat Magazine, and more. She resides in St. Paul where she balances her disdain for winter with her love of community and craft beer.