Khary Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer and musician. He is an alumnus of Cave Canem, the esteemed writing fellowship for black writers. He has written 12 plays, one of which (Water) was produced in 2009 at Ink and Pulp Theatre in Chicago. He has been a recipient of several grants, including the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Writing, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s 2012 Cultural Community Partnership Grant and 2010 Artist Initiative Grant for Poetry, as well as the 2009 VERVE Spoken Word Grant from Intermedia Arts.
The performer known as Ondine boasts a great many accomplishments on stage and screen. They've performed in at least 2 1/2 church plays, read the lunch menu over the intercom one time in high school, and captivated audiences of more than four on Lake Street by pretending to be a statue. Their Vine video "BEY-VIBES #LetEmRip" boasts 13.7 million loops and has garnered such praise as "lol" and "same" from critics. In their spare time, Ondine enjoys making erotic statues out of gummy bears and pressuring Tomi Lahren to apologize for being white.
Amanda Costner is a solo comedic musician who hails from Oklahoma and bases out of the Twin Cities. Amanda has performed at Second City, Brave New Workshop, Looney Bin Comedy Club and bars & theaters throughout the Midwest. Her comedic songs range from acoustic pop ballads about being a gay preacher’s daughter, to soul-comedy pieces on the war of sexual frustration. Pulling her electric guitar out to showcase jazzy humorous tunes & bluesy songs about being poor, Amanda takes listeners on a laughter-filled ride of eclectic music stylings.
Ray Macairan is a twin cities artist, teacher and playwright. She is tisay and a second generation immigrant to the United States. This year she is working with Pangea World Theater as a part of their Arts Organizing Institute. This year she participated in Lightning Rod at Patrick’s Cabaret, X-treme Theater Smackdown with Theater Unbound, and the One Minute Play Festival.
hi im facialgod. im 17, nonbinary, and autistic. when im not facialgod im just olive and thats okay too. i love loving others. thats just how i spend my time when im not choking on school work or drowning in commissions. I like being warm and damp and i pee myself less frequently than last year but still pretty frequently. ive been in art shows before and im not sure ill ever be proud of myself. enjoy yourself.
Zoe Cinel is a video maker, multimedia artist, and curator from Florence, Italy. With her work, she explores performative aspects and vulnerability in Virtual Reality experiences in public spaces. As an immigrant, she is also interested in representing communication issues and cultural shock. Her goal is to build a sense of belonging and community through art and social engagement.
Alanna Stapleton is an illustrator and embroidery artist. Her work explores personal narratives and the role of women in society through the subversion of traditionally feminine craft, narrative storytelling, and a little bit of humor. She specializes in illustrative hand embroidery, often focusing on on themes of memory, documentation, nostalgia, and everyday occurrences. Alanna is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.