Meet Our Artists

Lula Saleh is an Ethiopian-Eritrean American Muslim, multidisciplinary performance artist, writer, poet, singer-songwriter, journalist, organizer and Empath. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and living in both Ethiopia and the UK as a child, she identifies as a third culture kid. Lula is a NEXUS Music Artist and an Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Fellow. She writes and sings at the intersections of her multiethnic, transnational diaspora identity.

Nsasi Vence Guerra (Sandra Santiago Pickett) is a second-generation Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra is a poet, healer, and educator. In 2006, Sandra co-wrote her first production, "Brown Girls Singing," with her sister Dr. Yolanda Nieves. Since then, Sandra has performed with Vida Bella Ensemble, Teatro Luna, The Green House Theater, and Mixed Blood Theater.

Maria Isabel Gonzalez is a performer and educator in the Twin Cities. Her theater work includes performances through TigerLions Arts, Chameleon Theatre and Teatro del Pueblo. She has worked with Teatro del Pueblo in the last few years and has had several successful artistic collaborations with the theater company.  As an individual artist, she co-directed the Spanish play of Clementina at Kyung Hee Univeristy in South Korea.

Carolyn Friedhoff is a Miami native, raised in the space between an American man and a Nicaraguan woman. She is a dancer, and has trained with the Miami Conservatory of Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the American Repertory Ballet, Carleton College’s dance department and Experimental Dance Board, the Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Zenon Dance Company. She studies philosophy and cognitive science, and aspires to be an educator and an interface between cultures.

Sarah Tan is a deviser/producer, performer, and educator born and raised in Singapore. As an actor and dancer, Sarah has performed and trained with the Carleton Players, Semaphore Repertory Dance Company, Pig Iron Theater Company, GreenT Productions and Live Action Set. A strong believer in the importance of creating relevant and impactful work, she has been drawn to work that bring together performance, education, social justice, and community engagement.

Ricardo Beaird, an actor, director, playwright, and teaching artist, is the new Teaching Artist Residency Producer of Patrick's Cabaret. He relocated to the Twin Cities from Nashville to work as an Actor Educator with CLIMB Theatre. He is a company member of GTC Dramatic Dialogues, an interactive workshop collective that facilitates conversations around Date Rape, Diversity, and Substance Abuse on college campuses.
 

Nimo H. Farah is an artist and activist that uses language to express things she finds too confusing. Her current undertaking is to develop her skills as an orator while blending Somali and English. She thinks herself charming and hilarious in the Somali language, but rarely does that humor translate into English. Her poetry and short stories have been published in Water-Stone Review, the Saint Paul Almanac, and the Loft Inroads chapter book. As a storyteller she has shared her words at the Black Dog Café, the Loft, and Pillsbury House.

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