Theater

Oskar Ly is a Queer Hmong French American artist and cultural producer. Her creative practice is rooted in social change, using organizing and facilitation as a means to engage communities. She is the founder of ArtCrop, an art & food community supported share program to deepen investments in Hmong artists and farmers. She also has her own fashion art label under Os.Couture. Having led cultural productions such as the Little Mekong Night Markets, SOY New Year, Fresh Traditions Fashion Show, her work focuses on culture, community development, and social enterprise.

Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. She is an award winning artist and writer. She is the co-editor of Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World, and Drink of the Winds, Let the Water Flow Free. She has performed with Illusion Theater, the American History Theater, and Pangea World Theater. Her Poetry has been included in numerous anthologies including the St. Paul Almanac, Indigenous Women's Network and others.

Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, poet, playwright, and teaching artist. She completed her B.A. at Macalester College, studying American Studies, Urban Studies, and Theatre. She is in her third season as a dancer with Minneapolis based professional dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT). Julia is the recipient of The Playwrights' Center's 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship and was one of five artists awarded the 2016-17 Creative Changemakers Apprenticeship by The DIAL Group.

Beliza Torres Narváez is an artist/scholar/educator, and theatre professor at Augsburg University. Since moving to the Minneapolis in 2015 she has directed Karina Casiano’s Silence is Health (Augsburg), she was a puppeteer in Bookworms Tales (HOTB), and she presented her solo performance Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret (Strike Theatre).

Keila Anali is a theater maker in the twin cities and proud ensemble member of Pangea World Theater. Her first production "Only I" was performed last spring, "What I Have Left To Eat" is her second full(er) play and she is humbled by the opportunity. Keila's work is informed by her identity, the lands of which she is indigenous to, and a deep connection to spirit and ancestry. She's grateful to Hector and Patrick's Cabaret for making space for her in this special event.

Ashawnti Sakina Ford is an actress, teaching artist, improviser, poet and playwright in the Twin Cities. Her work focuses on social justice and arts accessibility. She has been seen across Twin Cities stages performing with companies such as the History Theatre, Full Circle Theatre and Sandbox Theatre. She hopes to inspire youth of color to become artists and art patrons to ensure a future of a culturally diverse artistic community.  

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 A CRACK IN THE SKY @ History Theatre FEB 2018 

THE IMAGINARY INVALID w/ Combustible Company MARCH 2018 

Chava Kokhleffel is a theater artist, educator and organizer with deep roots in Theater/Pedagogy of the Oppressed and physical approaches to devised performance. Chava’s artistic process sparks in the space between rigorous play and conceptual fervor, creating performances that challenge, connect and incite. She has worked with Children’s Theater Company, Teatro del Pueblo, and Steppingstone Theater Company doing youth-work, as well as performing and directing at Bedlam, Red Eye Theater, Raw Sugar, Patrick's Cabaret and other DIY spaces.

Seth Matz is a community artist and facilitator based in Minneapolis. His past performance credits include 20% Theatre Company, The Friction Collective, Madame of the Arts, St. Catherine University, and Patrick's Cabaret. He has also served as a teaching artist with youth from infancy through school age, in schools and organizations throughout the metro including Sabes JCC, Minnesota Internship Center High School, St. Paul's Childhood Center, and Laura Jeffrey Academy. He currently lives in Uptown with his partner, Jenn, and their three cats.

 

Khary Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer and musician. He is an alumnus of Cave Canem, the esteemed writing fellowship for black writers. He has written 12 plays, one of which (Water) was produced in 2009 at Ink and Pulp Theatre in Chicago. He has been a recipient of several grants, including the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Writing, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s 2012 Cultural Community Partnership Grant and 2010 Artist Initiative Grant for Poetry, as well as the 2009 VERVE Spoken Word Grant from Intermedia Arts.

Ray Macairan is a twin cities artist, teacher and playwright. She is tisay and a second generation immigrant to the United States. This year she is working with Pangea World Theater as a part of their Arts Organizing Institute. This year she participated in Lightning Rod at Patrick’s Cabaret, X-treme Theater Smackdown with Theater Unbound, and the One Minute Play Festival.

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