Guest Editor Ira Brooker is a writer and editor residing in Saint Paul's scenic Midway neighborhood. He holds down a corporate job by day and does freelance and creative work at night. He has been published in a number of venues both local and national, several of which you may have even heard of. He occasionally prattles on about pop culture at A Talent For Idleness and maintains an archive at irabrooker.com.
Beth Burns is now the executive director of Lutheran Music Program. She served as director of national and regional touring, and later education programming, at the Guthrie Theater from 1998-2006. She is on the board of MN Citizens for the Arts and the newly-formed MN Music Coalition.
Isaac Butler is a writer and director and recent transplant from Brooklyn, NY. His websites are Parabasis and Stagegrade and his writing has appeared in American Theatre, NYMag's Vulture Blog, Buzzine, and several other places. He is currently pursuing a creative nonfiction MFA at the University of Minnesota.
Michèle Campbell is a high school French teacher, writer, and
performer. She has an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Hamline
University and believes that doing a show for the 2010 Fringe was the
most fun she's ever had on summer vacation. She thinks you look
fantastic today and would love it if you'd visit her website: voixdemichele.com
Charles is an interdisciplinary artist with glasses and patched pants. Interested in work that thinks for itself, he has created multiple pieces with Skewed Visions where he is a co-founding Artistic/Managing Director. He has also appeared in the work of Flaneur Productions, Megan Mayer, and Mad King Thomas. http://www.skewedvisions.org/about/charles-campbell/
Playwrights Center producing artistic director Polly Carl, Ph.D. oversees a quarter-million-dollar fellowship and residency program and curates an annual season of new play readings. Carl also manages ongoing collaborations with Twin Cities and national theater companies and playwrights, launched an American-Japanese playwright exchange with Tokyo International Theater Festival, and regularly consults on the creation of new play programs for leading arts institutions.
Chris Carlson has improvised for over 15 years at stages including Brave New Workshop and guest appearances at Second City. Chris teaches improv at the Guthrie where he is also the lead teaching artist for corporate programing. He is also founder of NarrativePros, a practicing immigration attorney, and adjunct faculty at Hamline law school.
Beth is a leading professional actor based in the Twin Cities. Her extensive voice-over/on-camera portfolio includes hundreds of radio and TV commercials and over a thousand industrial and corporate training programs. Audiences have seen her on several local stages as well.
Roy M. Close was a critic for the Minneapolis Star (1971-80) and the Saint Paul Pioneer Press (1981-92). Since coming in from the Dark Side, he has written a lot of plays of varying length, including Lies, Lies, Lies (The Truth About Newspapers), and, with Bill Semans, Exit Strategy. In his day job, he is Director of Resource Development at Artspace Projects.
Prior to his role as Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center, Cohen served as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage from 2003 to 2010 where he directed a wide variety of plays including, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical, I Am My Own Wife, A Christmas Carol, and more. Other regional theatre credits include U.S. and world premieres at Centerstage, the Alliance Theatre, the Alley Theatre, Theater J, Steppenwolf, and more.
Samantha Johns and Paige Collette met 3 years ago and have collaborated on 6 performance projects since. Most recent was their "Man Show [what we want to see]" at Mixed Blood/Bedlam. Paige is an actress, writer, creator, and burlesque performer named Maxine LaRue. Sam divides her time between directing, acting, choreography, scenic design, and scenic painting. She often collaborates with George McConnell -- most recently on the show SNOWFUCK.
Leah Cooper is a freelance stage director, nonprofit administration consultant, co-founder of this here Web site, and the Executive Director of the newly formed Minnesota Theater Alliance. She also serves on the Minneapolis Arts Commission and the board of directors for Live Action Set. From 2001 to 2006, she led the Minnesota Fringe Festival to annual attendance increases and financial stability. Up next, she is directing August: Osage County at Park Square Theatre.
Kevin Coss is a Twin Cities freelance journalist and an intern with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Formerly a staff writer for the now-defunct music review site 30music.com, Kevin is presently finishing up a journalism degree at the University of Minnesota.
Jeannine is a Minnesota native and the author of more than 10 full-length plays and numerous shorter works. Her plays have been seen at Clubbed Thumb, Manhattan Repertory, Producer’s Theatre, Stage Left, History Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Thirst Theatre, Minnesota Fringe, Ebullient Theatre, Playwrights Center, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota-Duluth and A Theatre Company. Her work has been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Heinemann. Ms.
Scot Covey is a journeyman marketing contractor. He was Marketing Director at Theatre de la Jeune Lune and now works with Bedlam, Skewed Visions, and Dominique Serrand and Steve Epp. He has also done marketing and messaging for at least nine political campaigns since 2004.
Story Maker Joshua Cragun has been creating and directing work for the stage, printed page, and screen for nearly twenty years. As the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Minneapolis’ nimbus theatre, he has been breaking boundaries and redefining the act of creating new work for over a decade. With nimbus, he has directed 20 plays, 5 of which were new work created in collaboration with another author, and 6 of which he wrote and created using the company’s innovative workshop process.