Meet Our Artists

Daonna Lewis was last seen in “The Spirit of Hope” written by Danielle Daniel in the 2015 Fringe Festival at the Ritz Theatre, and was teaching artist for Harambee at the Ordway.  In 2014 she was in Park Square Theatre's production, "The Color Purple"; she was also artistic staff and dance captain for this production; and received a scholarship to go to Manhattan and train at the Alvin Ailey summer intensive.

Nothando Zulu is a Master storyteller who has been sharing stories with audiences since 1976.  She shares stories that entertain, educate, motivate and inspire.  She has performed at many venues locally, nationally and internationally.  She draws from an extensive resource of colorful, often funny characters whose antics and follies leave audiences pondering their own life’s lessons.

Beverly Cottman, a multidisciplinary artist creating at the intersection of literary, visual, and performance art. She writes poetry, creates collage art works from found objects, tells African and African American folktales as Auntie Beverly, and in all things celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the African Diaspora.

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 loves performing. Her vivacious style fills the stage with a swirl of characters. She is an actress, creative writer, teaching artist 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.

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.

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