Lindsay Forsythe returned to Minnesota two years ago, after spending her adult life living on both coasts for the previous 25 years. Some of her identities include: dancer, full-time mother, social worker, music club owner, and pilates instructor. Among the dance artists she has worked with are Philippa Kaye Company, Suarez Dance Theater, Tom Truss Dance Company, Orjan Andersson, and Mary Oslund. She has shown her work at Dance New Amsterdam in New York City and 9x22 Dance Lab in Minneapolis.
An adventurous (most often stationary) traveller, her creative ambition has increased by 1000% since visiting the West Coast a year ago. As long as she can remember, Adrienne has been scheming up scenes and dialogue in her mind that she hopes to one day cultivate into a masterpiece for the big screen. She can’t thank her loved ones and peers enough for fiercely showing her their love even in times of intense Virgo neuroticism. A very special thank you to Peanut and Penny for inspiring this project.
Binary Canary, a laptop and woodwind duo hailing from Minneapolis, Ted Moore and Jeffery Kyle Hutchins began collaborating in 2013, creating solo and chamber concert works. As this collaboration evolved, the results became increasingly improvisatory and technologically interactive. The musical vocabulary that developed as a result of this co-performer/co-composer exploration became the basis for Binary Canary.
Karen Folman is an up and coming singer-songwriter, from Saint Paul, Minnesota, who’s been performing her original music at open mic nights and showcases throughout the Twin Cities since 2003. Her style encompasses contemporary folk, pop, and soul, but not limited to. Karen’s soulful voice and her poetic lyrics are authentic, emotional, and real. Her music appeals to a variety of generations, as she spreads a universal message and vision of hope.
As an improvisational artist, Queen Drea uses the energy of each night to give her set life, creating a special bond with each new audience.
Keno Evol is a six year educator having taught at nineteen institutions across the state of Minnesota. Evol Teaches Black Voices at Washburn offered through TruArtSpeaks a course centered on providing MPLS students an opportunity to engage with black literature, theory and the craft of poetry. TruArtSpeaks is a non profit in St Paul, dedicating to cultivating literacy, leadership and social justice through the study and application of spoken word and Hip Hop culture. He currently is an editor at The Loft Literary Center Manuscript Critique Services.
Jen Wang is a first-generation Taiwanese American and Twin Cities-based mess of teeth and spit. She is currently a teaching artist with Upstream Arts.
LaDonna Funderburke is a Kansas City native. She is a local fashion designer who grew up singing gospel and jazz. She uses music as a way to channel healing and creativity. Her love for music, poetry and fashion has given her the opportunity to bring theatrical fashion to the stage. "I believe that fashion, music and poetry are connected in a way that creates a soundtrack to who you are."
Zerbine Atosha: I was born in Congo DR but my bloodline starts in Rwanda. My family and I came to the U.S. when I was 9. I've always been an advocate for empowering individuals through education because I believe that education can help bring awareness to a lot of issues we face in society. Therefore, I want to be a literature teacher because I believe that being a teacher is a form of social justice. One of my hobbies is performing spoken word poetry because it allows me to express myself.