Meet Our Artists

Bernard is a Bahamian native still trying to survive the Minnesota winters. He enjoys devoting his time to writing and performing, as well as volunteering at local poetry slams. He's the producer for the Minnesota local SPEAK Poetry Slam show, competed in the College Union's Poetry Slam Invitational in 2016 to represent the University of Minnesota, placed 6th at the Great Plains Poetry Pile Up in November, and has work featured and upcoming on Button Poetry. 

An award-winning Haudenosaunee (Seneca Nation, Heron Clan) mid-career choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN, Rosy Simas is a designer and director of dance, solo and collaborative performer, movement-based and multidisciplinary teacher, events curator, Indigenous and multicultural arts advocate, and mentor of diverse artists. For over 20 years, her immersive, intersectional, Indigenous-centered artistic practice has remained historically situated, geographically grounded, and politically current nationally and internationally. A movement and multimedia-based Native feminis

Pedro Pablo Lander, born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, discovered the performing arts at Winona State University. Currently, Pedro is a Teaching Artist with Upstream Arts, a Resident Artist with the Pillsbury House Theater, a member of the April Sellers Dance Collective. Pedro has shown original work at the Walker Art Center, Red Eye Theater, Open Eye Theater, Public Functionary, 9x22 at the Bryant Lake Bowl.

 

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee poet and arts based community organizer. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship and is a current graduate fellow at the University of St. Thomas in English Literature. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices Magazine, On the Commons Magazine and in Burn Something zine and Ellen Hinchcliffe's recent collection Walk Towards It.

Kenny Ngo is a queer Vietnamese-American writer and performer.  He represented Hamline at CUPSI (College Union Poetry Slam Invitationals), and at the Great Twin Cities Poetry Read.  Being the youngest son of immigrant parents, he first picked up a pen at age one and started writing by age three.  As a writer, he blends together the essay and poetry in works that deal with heritage, self-love, and the value of emotional honesty.  He enjoys walks in the forest and cuddling with his two dogs, Cloud and Cash.  

A.P. is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Minneapolis, MN. Their performance work has been performed as a part of 20% Theatre Company’s Naked I and Q-Stage, at Queertopia, Patrick’s Cabaret, Bryant Lake Bowl, and Madame. In addition to performance, A.P. works with photography, poetry, non-fiction based narrative and sometimes dance. A.P. believes their artistic process is sort of like a spiritual science, and remains curious and open to its outcomes. 

 

A graduate of Macalester College and the Clarion writing workshop, Gabriela Santiago is a writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has been published in Lightspeed Magazine's People of Colo(u)r Destroy Science Fiction!, Nightmare Magazine's People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror!, Betwixt, Black Candies, and States of Terror. Her fiction has also appeared on the GlitterShip podcast.

Ifrah Mansour is an internationally recognized Somali multidisciplinary artist and educator, interweaving text, movement, digital media, and sound. Her self-produced original show "How to Have Fun in A Civil War" played to full houses in 2016 and was remounted in 2017. She has performed at Intermedia Arts, the Children's Theater Company, Red Eye, the Minnesota State Fair, and Patrick's Cabaret, among others, and has become known for her uniquely humorous approach to exploring trauma.

 

Liv Hnilicka is a Midwest based performer, writer, comedian, and advocate for TBLG identified people. As a graduate of Second City, she has performed at Annoyance Theatre, UIC, Depaul, and MCA. She also was a regular contributing artist to Chicago's underground drag and burlesque communities, collaborating with organizations like Chances Dances, Salonathon, and Northern Lights. She also loves her puppy Madame Chang and roasted brussels sprouts.

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