Meet Our Artists

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.

Eric Tu is a Judoka Poet born in San Jose, California and currently living in Minneapolis, MN. Eric graduated from the University of Minnesota with honors in 2015, where he majored in English and Asian-American Studies, and a minor in Dutch Cultural Studies. When not working or writing poetry, Eric is at judo practice or thinking about playing the Metal Gear Solid series.

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.

Rae Skahl is a queer poet whose pieces address themes such as health, history, science, social justice, mythology, and farming. Originally from the Iron Range, she now lives and works in the Twin Cities.

Lucas Scheelk is a white, autistic, trans, queer-identified poet from the Twin Cities. They were one of the recipients of the VSA Emerging Artist grant for 2016.

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