Amber Bjork

Last updated

March 10, 2020
 

Biography

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

(You can find The Winding Sheet Outfit's website and Facebook in the links above. Follow The Winding Sheet Outfit on Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewindingsheetoutfit)

Résumé

UPCOMING:

*Ideal (or Picture Frame Couple) (director) with Special When Lit at Gremlin Theater as part of Theatre Unbound's Girl Shorts, March 21 - April 5, 2020
*Five Fifths of A New Hope (director/performer) with The Winding Sheet Outfit at the Cowels Center for Dance (Goodale Theater), May 4, 2020
*ÅRSGÅNG: What You Follow Follows You (director) with The Winding Sheet Outfit as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, July 30 - August 9, 2020

 

Past Experience:

AS DIRECTOR

The Winding Sheet Outfit (founding member)
...And What Alice Found There
You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear
Årsgång: What You Follow Follows You
(MN Fringe Drafts & Draughts April 2019)
Blood Nocturne
The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines

Theatre Unbound
Iphigenia and Other Daughters

Theatre Pro Rata
The Minotaur
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
Elephant’s Graveyard
T Bone N Weasel

Heather Bunch
You Know We're Related to Debbie Reynolds (Red Eye Works in Progress 2017)

Sandbox Theatre
600 Years
Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bete du Gevaudan
Suitcase: “The Morrigan”

Freshwater Theatre
Turn Signals
A Festival of Awkward Moments: "Cut or Uncut"

Tedious Brief Productions
Tempests (as co-director under Noe Tallen)

 

AS ACTOR - Stage (EMC Candidate)

The Winding Sheet Outfit (founding member)
You Are Cordially Invited to the Life and Death of Edward Lear - Orator
Blood Nocturne - Dorka/ensemble
The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox - The Medium
The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines - Ticketmistress
Birds of Passage - Ensemble - (Mark Benzel)

Theatre Pro Rata (company member and artistic associate 2009 - 2016)
Silent Sky - Annie Cannon - (Carin Bratlie)
The Beauty Queen of Leenane  - Maureen - (Carin Bratlie)
Twelfth Night - Olivia - (Carin Bratlie)
Good Woman of Setzuan - The Family - (Carin Bratlie)
Lovers & Executioners - Constance - (Carin Bratlie)
Dido, Queen of Carthage  - Anna - (Carin Bratlie)
The Taming of the Shrew - Kate - (Carin Bratlie)
The Spanish Tragedy - Bel-Imperia - (Carin Bratlie)
Quills - Madeline - (Zach Morgan)
Machinal - The Young Woman - (Carin Bratlie)
Slag Heap - Ashley - (Carin Bratlie)

Transatlantic Love Affair
105 Proof or The Killing of Mack "The Silencer" Klein -  Ensemble - (Diogo Lopes)
Solitaire - Ensemble - (Diogo Lopes)

Umbrella Collective (aka Savage Umbrella)
Sweet Dreams, Alfie - Rosie - (Laura Leffler)

Theatre Unbound
Silkworms: A Nun Play - Sister Euphrasia - (Isabel Nelson)
The Tempest - Miranda - (Carin Bratlie)

Sandbox Theatre
Suitcase: “The Boyd Girls” "By the Time You Read This, I'll Be in Idaho"

Navel Gaze Productions
Fringe Orphans 3: “Fit in This” - creator/performer
Fringe Orphans 2: “The Sound of Food” - creator/performer

Freshwater Theatre
Freshwater Goes Back to High School: “Alien Love Triangle”  - Robin - (Katie Starks)
A Festival of Awkward Moments: “Bagels and Flapjacks” “No Goat” - (Ben Layne)

Nimbus Theatre
An Accidental Death of an Anarchist  - The Journalist - (Liz Neerland)
Beautiful Things - Meridee - (Josh Cragun)

Tedious Brief Productions
Bard Fiction - Sprint / The Gimp - (Carin Bratlie)

Guthrie Theater
Romeo and Juliet - Chorus - (Ethan McSweeny)

 

AS ACTOR – Film

Metasynthesis Films
Theater People (Season 1) - Julie (Matthew Anderson)

Pommelhorse Productions
Sandwich - Girl (Matthew Glover)

 

EDUCATION
University of MN, Duluth -- B.A. English Lit

TRAINING
Masque Theatre and School (4 years) -- mask, mime, puppetry, movement, dance, clown

Sandbox LAB (Sandbox Company Ensemble) -- ensemble arts and Viewpoints

SITI Company Intensive (Akiko Aizawa and Leon Ingulsrud)  -- Viewpoints and Suzuki

Kari Margolis Workshop (Kari Margolis) -- Margolis Method

Jon Ferguson  Workshop (Jon Ferguson) -- Clown

Double Edge Theatre (Matthew Glassman) and Mondo Bizarro (Nick Slie) Workshop - Physical-Imaginative group creation

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