Meet the 2017/18 Arts Organizers!
Addison Sharpe is deeply grateful to begin their relationship with Pangea World Theater via the Arts Organizing Institute 2017/18. Addison is a performer, writer and activist with a demonstrated history of social practice art. They have performed with 20% Theatre Company, Patrick's Cabaret, and The Minnesota Fringe Festival, among other arts organizations across the Midwest. Their ambition is best exemplified by their long and arduous quest to pet every dog.
Alys Ayumi Ogura
Alys Ayumi Ogura is a dancer and movement-based performer. Her training started as a child in Japan under the guidance of Mika Kurosawa, who later became to be known as the “Godmother” of Japanese contemporary dance. Ogura progressed to earning a BA in theater studies in Iowa, and she was awarded the “Most Outstanding Student” of the Theater and Dance Department in her graduating year.
She has been performing in the Twin Cities since 2010 and has worked with Aniccha Arts, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, Hauser Dance, Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company, Live Action Set, MotionArt, Raw Sugar, Melissa Birch, Maggie Bergeron, Emily Gastineau, Marylee Hardenbergh, Vanessa Vaskuil to name a few. Nationally and internationally, she has worked with AXIS Dance Company (CA), Karlovsky & Dance Company (MO), Sandrine Harris (CT), Company Blu (Italy), and Kata Juhasz (Hungry).
Alys Ayumi’s choreography has been seen at Bryant Lake Bowl, Patrick’s Cabaret, and the Landmark Center. One of her improvisational pieces was featured at the Future Interstates series, curated by BodyCartography Project and Hijak.
Her 2017 summer concludes by dancing for Maggie Bergeron & Company at HERE HERE 2017, a live movement and music festival at The Cedar Cultural Center. She is looking forward to starting her fall at Pangea World Theater’s Lake Street Arts as a fellow cohort of the Arts Organizing Institute 2017/18
Beliza Torres Narváez
Beliza Torres Narváez is a artist/scholar/educator, from Puerto Rico, and Assistant Professor at Augsburg University’s Theater Department. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Drama from the University of Puerto Rico and did acting training from Laborotario Teatral Malayerba in Ecuador. She also has an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University and a Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas with a focus on Gender Studies and Cultural Expressions of the African Diaspora. At the college level, she directs and has taught courses like Movement, Acting, Theater History, Applied Theatre, Theater of the Oppressed, and Latin@ Performance. Moreover, Beliza has worked as a teaching artist in community-based projects with different underserved populations. As an artist, she was a resident puppeteer of the Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont, as well as the artistic director of Teatro Camagua, and a dancer of Hincapié Contemporary Dance Company in Puerto Rico. She has collaborated with other artists and also develops and performs original solo performances such as Cuerpo Público (2004), Y…Pervertida (2006), Doña Ana no está aquí (2007), Counting my lunares (2008), Sexy Picnic (2013), and Resabios the Amargura or that bitter cabaret (work-in-progress).
Caspian Wirth-Petrik: I welcome they/them and she/her pronouns to honor that we are an amalgamation of many beings and our landscape. I deeply identify with returning to the circle as a community member artist who creates art as an offering to remember our expansive imaginations, connections, and living from our whole selves that honor intuition and body wisdom. Movement, craniosacral bodywork, and art nourish me to grow into more expansive ways of being alive by undoing oppressive conditioning. I cherish the connections, seeds, and magic in the MillionArtistMovment, Don't You Feel It Too?, Soul Medics: Psychological First Aid, Patrick Cabaret's Lightening Rod, Gadfly's fairytale festival, Ananya's summer dance intensive, and Pangea's Directing and Ensemble Institute. Mountains of well wishes, oceans of peace, and forests of wonder as i thank you for being all that you are and all that you share in creating our world into a peaceful and creative circle.
Dahlia Stone is a queer performing artist, playwright, arts educator, activist and oral history enthusiast based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dahlia recently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College where her studies centered on politics of inequality, education and theatre. Dahlia most recently wrote and performed her own play titled Challah and Enchiladas, which explores multi-cultural family life in relation to food, displacement, adolescence, and the idea of ‘coming home’. Alongside this project, Dahlia conducted oral-history interviews with female descendants of survivors of genocide and/or displacement in a cooking show titled “On Genocide, Forced Displacement, and Food.”
Diana Siegel-Garcia is so excited to be joining the Pangea and Lake Street Arts! family. Diana graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a B.A. in urban planning and women's and gender studies, in addition to studying the fine arts at New College of Florida for two years. Diana relocated to Minneapolis because of her year of service to College Possible through AmeriCorps, and is staying on for a second year because of an additional year of service through VISTA. She has yet to find a solid slice to live up to her New Jersey expectations- recommendations welcome! While her Monday-Friday hours are spent at the Pohlad Family Foundation, her weekends are spent with IfNotNow Twin Cities, walking around Lake Bde Maka Ska, and hanging out with her cat-ty roommate, Feminist Noir. She is beyond thrilled to continue a creative path that combines all three of her main interests: community organizing, urban planning, and the arts.
Eric Tu is a Judoka Poet born in San Jose, California and currently living in Minneapolis, MN. Eric graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota in 2015, where he majored in English and Asian-American Studies, with a minor in Dutch Cultural Studies. Eric has performed his work for Hamline University, the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, Honey, Pangea World Theater, Intermedia Arts, the Fox Egg Gallery, Button Poetry, and others. Eric recently made his mainstage directorial debut for Patrick Cabaret's Lightning Rod. Eric represented Minneapolis in the Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam in June. He loves Gameboy Color and has kept it One-Double-Oh since 1991.
Kallie Melvin was born in Calcutta, India and was adopted in Minnesota —where she has been since she was a baby .
Kallie grew up with an arts-loving family and participated in almost every kind of performing arts imaginable. But she found her passion in theater and dance. She has been acting in professional theater for more than 15 years. Some of the companies she has worked with include the Guthrie, Mixed Blood, Stages, Children's Theater, Illusion Theater, and Pangea. She has also written pieces that were performed at Illusion Theater and UMD Home Series .
She currently lives in Saint Paul with her two cats and works as an early childhood education teacher.
Keila Anali Saucedo
Keila Anali Saucedo is a playwright and artist who is interested in the ways art can lead to social change. She is a recent graduate of Augustana College, where she studied in theatre arts, anthropology, and women and gender studies. There, she also wrote and Produced 'Only I', her first play. As a xicanx femme identifying individual, she brings her heritage and family into her work as she questions identity and its relevance to problems in our changing world. She has had the honor being a past Pangea World Theater intern and friend.
Khadija Siddiqui was born in New York and raised between Pakistan, New York, and Minnesota. They graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin cities in 2015. Khadija is an actor and ensemble member at Pangea World Theater with past credits including starring in “The Sitayana” as part of the Gadfly Feminist Fairytales Festival, completing an intensive with Ananya Dance Theater, as well as acting in “5 Weeks” put on by Pangea World Theater.
Maria Asp is the Program Director and lead teaching artist for The Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges program where she partners with classroom teachers to use storytelling and theatre to teach Critical Literacy to inner city public school students. As an actor, Maria has appeared in 22 productions At FRANK THEATRE including Sicilian Nights, The Cradle Will Rock, The Love song of J.Robert Oppenheimer, The Resistible rise of Arturo Ui, Self Defense and The Three Penny Opera. She has also appeared in several independent films. As a writer/ performer/musician/singer she has appeared in The Mother Project and the I’m Telling productions. She is part of the Million Artist Movement. She also plays and sings with the band The New Paper Airplanes with her husband Razz.
Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus
Max Yeshaye Brumberg-Kraus is a playwright, poet and performing artist originally from Providence, RI. He graduated from Beloit College, WI with departmental honors in theatre, having double majored in theatre and classics with a minor in Critical Identity Studies. For his thesis he directed an original play, Henosis, about the ancient poet Sappho and a 20th French gay pornographer meeting in a benevolent purgatory. At Beloit, he also co-founded the House of Larva Drag Co-Operative with Guadalupe Angeles, in which he performs as “drag ogress” Çicada L’Amour. In Minnesota, he has performed as a queer Isaiah the Prophet in Day of the Dead Poet’s North at Pangea, his own poetry at open mics--including at Pangea and Fox Egg Gallery--, and as Çicada L’Amour with Patrick’s Cabaret. Through his art, Max examines the formation of lgbtq communities across time, transgenerational trauma, the location of trauma and memory in the body, and how theatre can be used for interreligious and intercultural dialogue. He currently works at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, where he is also pursuing a Master's in Theology and the Arts.
Ray MacAiran is an artist, teacher and playwright. She has been organizing arts workshops in the twin cities since being a part of In Progress photography studio as a teen. This year she has been involved with Theater Unbound and the One Minute Play Festival.
Richard Amos is a visual artist as well as the former Program Director/Recruiter for St. Stephen's Human Services in South Minneapolis. Since his incarceration in 1989, Richard has enrolled in college at the University of St. Thomas and Minneapolis Community and Technical College where he received a Chemical Dependency Counseling Certificate in order to help counter the drugs in his community. He has maintained a close relationship with the Islamic community and visits prisons to share his stories with others. He hopes for change.
Rowin Mateo Breaux
Rowin Mateo Breaux, born and raised in Northern California, is an actor who has migrated to Minneapolis to continue his theater career. Rowin studied musical theatre at Idyllwild Arts Academy for two years and is trained in stage combat, jazz voice, and all forms of musical theater dance techniques. He has performed in many plays and musicals ranging from the musical comedy " How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" to the Jacobean Tragedy "The Changeling". Rowin enjoys doing bad impressions of 1950's movie stars and loves The Los Angeles Dodgers.