Amber Bjork

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Amber is the founding member / producer of The Winding Sheet Outfit.

Amber is a freelance actor, director, and writer in the Twin Cites. She has performed with and directed for: The Winding Sheet Outfit, Theatre Unbound, Theatre Pro Rata, Sandbox Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, and Tedious Brief Productions. As an actor, she's also been on stage with Transatlantic Love Affair, Savage Umbrella, Nimbus Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, and others. She served as artistic associate and company member of Theatre Pro Rata from 2009 to 2016.

Amber was named one of the 2019 Artists of the Year by CityPages and is a 2018 Minnesota Theater Awards Honoree (Exceptional Performative Direction, The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox). Other recognitions include awards given to TWSO productions she has produced, directed, and scripted from devised collaborative creation with ensembles:

  • The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox, Critic's Pick, Twin Cities Arts Reader, 2017
  • Blood Nocturne, Artist Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2018
  • Blood Nocturne, Fringe With Benefits Members Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe 2018
  • Blood Nocturne, Southern Venue Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2018
  • Blood Nocturne, Best of Fringe, Twin Cities Arts Reader, 2018
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear, Fringe with Benefits Members Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2019
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear, Crane Theater Venue Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2019

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UPCOMING AS DIRECTOR:

Stabby Stab Stab - Special When Lit & The Winding Sheet Outfit, August 3 - 13 (Minnesota Fringe Festival)

Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bête du Gevaudan - The Winding Sheet Outfit - October 19 - 29 (Twin Cities Horror Festival)

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UPCOMING AS PERFORMER:

Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bête du Gevaudan - The Winding Sheet Outfit - October 19 - 29 (Twin Cities Horror Festival)

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SELECTED DIRECTION HISTORY:

The Winding Sheet Outfit - devised theater

  • Stabby Stab Stab (with Special When Lit)
  • Årsgång: What You Follow Follows You
  • The Darger Project aka The Darger Project (short film)
  • When Your Love Sets You on Fire
  • That Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Bunnies (short film)
  • Midnight Mass of the Dead: An Årsgång Story (short audio play)
  • ...And What Alice Found There
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear
  • Blood Nocturne
  • The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
  • The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines

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Theatre Pro Rata - scripted theater

  • By the Bog of Cats
  • The Minotaur
  • Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Elephant's Graveyard
  • T Bone N Weasel

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Sandbox Theater - devised theater

  • 600 Years
  • Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated la Bête du Gevaudan

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Theatre Unbound - scripted theater

  • Iphigenia and Other Daughters

.

Freshwater Theater - scripted theater

  • Turn Signals

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Tedious Brief Productions - scripted theater

  • Tempests (under Noë Tallen)

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SELECTED PERFORMANCE HISTORY:

The Winding Sheet Outfit - devised theater

  • Årsgång: What You Follow Follows You - Gerda
  • The Darger Project aka The Darger Project (short film) - Amber
  • When Your Love Sets You on Fire - Amber the Storyteller
  • That Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Bunnies (short film) - Josephine
  • Midnight Mass of the Dead: An Årsgång Story (short audio play) - Sissela
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear - The Orator
  • Blood Nocturne - Dorka
  • The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox - The Medium
  • The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines - The Ticketmisstress
  • Birds of Passage - ensemble

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Theatre Pro Rata - scripted theater

  • Silent Sky - Annie Cannon
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Maureen
  • Twelfth Night - Olivia
  • The Good Woman of Setzuan - The Family
  • Lovers & Executioners - Constance
  • Taming of the Shrew - Kate
  • The Spanish Tragedy - Bel Imperia
  • Quills - Madeline
  • Machinal - The Young Woman (lead)
  • Slag Heap - Ashley

.

Transatlantic Love Affair - devised theater

  • 105 Proof or the Killing of Mack "the Silencer" Klein - ensemble
  • Solitaire - ensemble

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Theatre Unbound

  • Silkworms: A Nun Story - Euphrasia (devised)
  • The Tempest - Miranda (scripted)

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Tedious Brief Productions - scripted theater

  • Bard Fiction - Sprint/gimp

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Guthrie Theater - scripted theater

  • Romeo and Juliet - ensemble

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COMPANY AFFILIATIONS

  • The Winding Sheet Outfit: Founding Member 2012 – present
  • Theatre Pro Rata: Artistic Associate 2009 – 2016

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

  • Double Edge Theatre and Mondo Bizarro: Physical-imaginative playmaking (Inst. Matthew Glassman and Nick Slie)
  • SITI Company Master Class: Viewpoints and Suzuki (Inst. Leon Ingulsrud and Akiko Aizawa)
  • Margolis Method: (Inst. Kari Margolis)
  • Sandbox Theatre LAB:  Collaborative Arts (Inst. Several, both Sandbox company and community artists)
  • Clown: Simple Clown, Tragic Clown, Buffon (Inst. Jon Ferguson)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth: Performance, Voice, Movement, Dramatic Theory, and Stage Direction.  
  • (B. A. in English Lit. / Minor in Theatre Performance and Dramatic Theory)
  • Masque Theatre and School, Rochester, MN:  Storytelling and Improvisation, Stage Combat, Puppetry, Mime, Mask Work, Clowning, Dance (Modern, Middle East, and Chinese Presentational)

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SPECIAL SKILLS

Voice (alto); many English language dialects, Russian dialect; experience with French, Japanese and Korean languages.  Knowledge of string instruments (violin, viola, cello, mandolin) with limited proficiency, bowed psaltery, kantele, talharpa, cura saz baglama; good rhythm and pitch, play by ear.  Improvisation.  Needlework. Flat head for optimal balancing of books, urns, sundries.

 

Actor, Director, Playwright
UNION AFFILIATIONS
Non-union

Amber Bjork

Amber is the founding member / producer of The Winding Sheet Outfit.

Amber is a freelance actor, director, and writer in the Twin Cites. She has performed with and directed for: The Winding Sheet Outfit, Theatre Unbound, Theatre Pro Rata, Sandbox Theatre, Freshwater Theatre, and Tedious Brief Productions. As an actor, she's also been on stage with Transatlantic Love Affair, Savage Umbrella, Nimbus Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, and others. She served as artistic associate and company member of Theatre Pro Rata from 2009 to 2016.

Amber was named one of the 2019 Artists of the Year by CityPages and is a 2018 Minnesota Theater Awards Honoree (Exceptional Performative Direction, The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox). Other recognitions include awards given to TWSO productions she has produced, directed, and scripted from devised collaborative creation with ensembles:

  • The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox, Critic's Pick, Twin Cities Arts Reader, 2017
  • Blood Nocturne, Artist Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2018
  • Blood Nocturne, Fringe With Benefits Members Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe 2018
  • Blood Nocturne, Southern Venue Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2018
  • Blood Nocturne, Best of Fringe, Twin Cities Arts Reader, 2018
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear, Fringe with Benefits Members Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2019
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear, Crane Theater Venue Pick Golden Lanyard, Minnesota Fringe, 2019

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UPCOMING AS DIRECTOR:

Stabby Stab Stab - Special When Lit & The Winding Sheet Outfit, August 3 - 13 (Minnesota Fringe Festival)

Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bête du Gevaudan - The Winding Sheet Outfit - October 19 - 29 (Twin Cities Horror Festival)

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UPCOMING AS PERFORMER:

Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bête du Gevaudan - The Winding Sheet Outfit - October 19 - 29 (Twin Cities Horror Festival)

___

SELECTED DIRECTION HISTORY:

The Winding Sheet Outfit - devised theater

  • Stabby Stab Stab (with Special When Lit)
  • Årsgång: What You Follow Follows You
  • The Darger Project aka The Darger Project (short film)
  • When Your Love Sets You on Fire
  • That Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Bunnies (short film)
  • Midnight Mass of the Dead: An Årsgång Story (short audio play)
  • ...And What Alice Found There
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear
  • Blood Nocturne
  • The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
  • The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines

.

Theatre Pro Rata - scripted theater

  • By the Bog of Cats
  • The Minotaur
  • Knight of the Burning Pestle
  • Elephant's Graveyard
  • T Bone N Weasel

.

Sandbox Theater - devised theater

  • 600 Years
  • Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated la Bête du Gevaudan

.

Theatre Unbound - scripted theater

  • Iphigenia and Other Daughters

.

Freshwater Theater - scripted theater

  • Turn Signals

.

Tedious Brief Productions - scripted theater

  • Tempests (under Noë Tallen)

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SELECTED PERFORMANCE HISTORY:

The Winding Sheet Outfit - devised theater

  • Årsgång: What You Follow Follows You - Gerda
  • The Darger Project aka The Darger Project (short film) - Amber
  • When Your Love Sets You on Fire - Amber the Storyteller
  • That Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Bunnies (short film) - Josephine
  • Midnight Mass of the Dead: An Årsgång Story (short audio play) - Sissela
  • You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear - The Orator
  • Blood Nocturne - Dorka
  • The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox - The Medium
  • The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines - The Ticketmisstress
  • Birds of Passage - ensemble

.

Theatre Pro Rata - scripted theater

  • Silent Sky - Annie Cannon
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Maureen
  • Twelfth Night - Olivia
  • The Good Woman of Setzuan - The Family
  • Lovers & Executioners - Constance
  • Taming of the Shrew - Kate
  • The Spanish Tragedy - Bel Imperia
  • Quills - Madeline
  • Machinal - The Young Woman (lead)
  • Slag Heap - Ashley

.

Transatlantic Love Affair - devised theater

  • 105 Proof or the Killing of Mack "the Silencer" Klein - ensemble
  • Solitaire - ensemble

.

Theatre Unbound

  • Silkworms: A Nun Story - Euphrasia (devised)
  • The Tempest - Miranda (scripted)

.

Tedious Brief Productions - scripted theater

  • Bard Fiction - Sprint/gimp

.

Guthrie Theater - scripted theater

  • Romeo and Juliet - ensemble

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COMPANY AFFILIATIONS

  • The Winding Sheet Outfit: Founding Member 2012 – present
  • Theatre Pro Rata: Artistic Associate 2009 – 2016

___

EDUCATION AND TRAINING 

  • Double Edge Theatre and Mondo Bizarro: Physical-imaginative playmaking (Inst. Matthew Glassman and Nick Slie)
  • SITI Company Master Class: Viewpoints and Suzuki (Inst. Leon Ingulsrud and Akiko Aizawa)
  • Margolis Method: (Inst. Kari Margolis)
  • Sandbox Theatre LAB:  Collaborative Arts (Inst. Several, both Sandbox company and community artists)
  • Clown: Simple Clown, Tragic Clown, Buffon (Inst. Jon Ferguson)
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth: Performance, Voice, Movement, Dramatic Theory, and Stage Direction.  
  • (B. A. in English Lit. / Minor in Theatre Performance and Dramatic Theory)
  • Masque Theatre and School, Rochester, MN:  Storytelling and Improvisation, Stage Combat, Puppetry, Mime, Mask Work, Clowning, Dance (Modern, Middle East, and Chinese Presentational)

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SPECIAL SKILLS

Voice (alto); many English language dialects, Russian dialect; experience with French, Japanese and Korean languages.  Knowledge of string instruments (violin, viola, cello, mandolin) with limited proficiency, bowed psaltery, kantele, talharpa, cura saz baglama; good rhythm and pitch, play by ear.  Improvisation.  Needlework. Flat head for optimal balancing of books, urns, sundries.

 

Actor, Director, Playwright
UNION AFFILIATIONS
Non-union
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