Meet Our Artists

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.

Michael Merriam is a blind storyteller and author who has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, StoryFest Minnesota, Story SlamMN! and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio and has published 8 books and over 80 short stories. Visit his website at michaelmerriam.com

Actor/writer/storyteller Amy Salloway is the creator of the award-winning autobiographical touring solo plays Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?, So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!, and Circumference, as well as the two-person show Entwined.  She’s contributed stories to MPR's In the Loop, CBC radio's Definitely Not The Opera, and the national podcast Risk!, and she performs regularly on just about every spoken-word-inclusive stage in the Twin Cities.

Dylan Fresco is a theater artist and musician who works as a writer, performer, producer, and educator with a diverse array of arts and community partners. Projects take him from performance stages to school classrooms, from community centers to neighborhood sidewalks. In his work, he invites connections between people and communities through story, music, poetry and movement.

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