Meet Our Artists

Larry Johnson did JFK's 50 Mile Hike in 1961, just before telling his first campfire story and learning to play music on a bent tent pole.  At Age 61 he did the world famous 61 Mile Hike, leaving at 6:10 on the 61 bus to hike Highway 61.  Now, because he turned 70,he just completed the 70 Mile BEATING WEAPONS INTO WINDMILLS WALK.

Gretchen Pick is Co-Artistic Director of Young Dance, and an Independent Dance Artist. Under her direction, Young Dance launched All Abilities Dancing in 2010, programming that continues to steer her own personal and professional development. Ms.

“Dance is my world. 2012 started to learn and teach others about Integrative Dance. Teacher and student of the All Abilities Dance class with Young Dance. Set up a dance company 2015 I Can Dance You Can Dance was founded in 2015.

“I am a filmmaker and a storyteller. Currently, I am completing production on a documentary film about GLBT baby boomers and marriage equality.  I’ve made my story the central theme, as remember and told by me, a storyteller.

Catherine Charles is a Minneapolis-based writer/performer/musician. Their work has been featured at Story Club, OUTspoken, Queer Voices, and in 20% Theatre's Naked I series of plays. Musically, their interests include ragtime, torch songs, and retro video game scores.

Gumo O (Eric Tu) is a Judoka poet, born in San Jose, CA, and currently residing in Midtown Minneapolis. Eric finished his manuscript for "Space Channel 612", a collection of poetry about his family's journey to the United States after the Vietnam War, back in February and is releasing the physical copy this month!

Nikki Abramson is an actor, teacher, speaker, mentor, and author. She enjoys performing and writing pieces about life story that help inspire others in their journey.

Peder Hagen (Iris Oconnell) always felt born into a different time and relates to Iris O’Connell, farm wife from western Pennsylvania. Iris likes Judy Garland because they both didn't feel like they fit in when they were young and now they do.

Bruce Ario began writing when his recovery began after taking an incomplete degree in law school and a period of homelessness. He began as a poet, moved into playwriting, and settled in as a novelist.

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