MND Bios

Kim Egan
I am excited to make my debut with Mission Theatre Company! I have also recently worked with Green T Productions (The Hobbit), Mu Performing Arts (Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, outreach programs), and Chain Reaction Theatre Project (SEVEN). In July, I will be embarking on a new adventure and moving to Poland with my husband Jeff. I will miss the Twin Cities theater scene dearly and urge you (the audience) to continue supporting local theater! I would like to thank my family for their constant love and support.

 

Matt Ouren

I am overjoyed to be part of such a unique and brilliant piece of theatre. I am truly proud to be working with the talented and adventurous cast and crew of MTC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It is a real thrill to be working with adult actors again, as I have been extensively working in children’s theatre over the last year. Past roles have included Charles the Duck in two world premiere musicals: Giggle, Giggle, Quack! and Duck For President, with Stages Theatre Company. I have also been fortunate to teach theatre for 4-6 year olds over the last year, and my students remind me every day how to stay young and imagine big. Thank you to friends, family, and the wonderful cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for keeping me constantly looking forward and pointed in the right direction.

 

Rachel Linder

I am so beyond excited to be working with Mission Theater Company for the first time! I recently graduated with a B.A. in Theater Arts from Carleton College and quickly went on the road with a new work entitled Winter House, which ironically debuted at the Kansas City Fringe Festival in 110-degree heat. A little closer to home, I was recently featured in the dark and creepy Crawlspace as part of After the Apple, a short play festival focusing on the works of female playwrights. Other places you may have seen me around town include: playing a saucy maid in Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Urban Samurai, creating radical feminist theater with Riot Crrrricket, or at your door, canvassing for local non-profit MPIRG.

 

Michael Kelley 

I am thrilled to be a part of this cast and production. As an actor I have worked with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare and Company, The MN Shakespeare Project, Pioneer Place Theatre, and Savage Umbrella. Productions I have directed include: Little Shop of Horrors, Romeo and Juliet, Laughing all the Way II, The Seagull and Jesus Christ Superstar all for Pioneer Place theatre. I am a member of 3AM Productions and will also be playing Petruchio and MacDuff for Shakespeare and Company this summer. I want to thank all the cast and crew for their work on this extremely rewarding show, and a special thanks to Leah who gets to deal with me off the stage!

 

Ilana Henckel

I have loved working with this cast and learning many new things. Other Shakespeare shows I have been in include A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Helena and Much Ado About Nothing as Beatrice. When I grow up I am going to travel the world and be an actor. My dream role is Hamlet.

 

Anneliese Stuht

I am honored to be working with Mission Theatre Company once again on this production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare has played a huge role in developing my interests as a performer; some of my favorite past roles include Emilia [Othello] and Gertrude [Hamlet]. I’d like to thank my family and friends for continually supporting my endeavors, and for putting up with me during the process. We hope you enjoy our production as much as we enjoyed creating it!

 

Amy Vickroy
I am so excited to be working with Mission Theatre Company for the first time.  This will be my second time in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and I am having so much fun with this cast of amazing actors.  Other productions I have been a part of in Minneapolis include the Fringe Festival production of Musical: The Musical, Halfway Home with the Urban Samurai Company, and Raucous Caucus at Bryant Lake Bowl.  I would like to thank Mission Theatre for the great experience and the director, Penny, for all the amazing knowledge she gave us!

 

Andrea Rose Tonsfeldt 

I am so thrilled to be a part of MTC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It has been a joy being a part of this group and learning new techniques to make Shakespeare accessible to all.  Other past roles that have been important to my growth as an actor include: Bella in Lost in Yonkers, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors and Emilia in MTC’s inaugural production of Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief. I would like to thank my family and friends for always supporting my dream and listening to me when I get all consumed with a show.

 

Abby DeSanto

I was delighted to be a part of MTC’s inaugural twin city’s production last summer and am thrilled to be a part of their second and have the opportunity to create this show with such a wonderful group of artists.  Locally, I have also worked such theatre companies as: Bloomington Civic Theatre, Theatre In The Round, Workhouse Theatre Company, Classical Actor’s Ensemble, and Minnesota Shakespeare Project.

 

Victoria Pyan

I am excited that my debut with MTC is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have appeared locally with Theatre Unbound (Girl Shorts, Julius Caesar , Xtreme Theatre Smackdown), Public Dreams Theatre (The Tempest), Pioneer Place (Laughing All The Way), The Flowershop Project (Jason vs Medea: The Rubicon WaltzAlmost Got it Made), Theatre Terra Firma (Shake in a Day) and Maximum Verbosity (Penner vs The Hydra).  Other ventures include co-creation of T.E.A.S.E. – The Easy Access Script Experience, coming again June 29th and I look forward to the 3013 MN Fringe Festival where I will be co-directing- How to Date A Werewolf.   Special thanks to my family, familyesque friends, audience members and ice packs.

 

Lindsey Hunter

I was born and raised right here in the great Twin Cities. After more than 30 years on this earth I am still discovering my depth of love for the arts. I am constantly working in a “triple threat” mentality: the love for dancing, singing, and the theater. As a graduate of the Perpich Center for the Arts, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts and Communication, training at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, and vocal performance training at McNally Smith College of Music, I have never doubted my undeniable commitment to developing my talent. Not only do I get to perform, but I also am afforded the pleasure of being able to bring the arts to others by working in Development at The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. Some performing credits include: A…My Name is Alice, Children of Eden, and now, excitingly, A Midsummer’s Night Dream!

 

Brennan Blickhan

I’m super-stoked to be making my Twin Cities stage debut with MTC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I’ve learned a lot from this production and have had fun working with everyone involved. Past roles that I feel have played an important part in getting me to where I am today include Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Mason in Take Me Out, and Chorus Boy in James and the Giant Peach. A big thank you to all my family and friends, but especially to Godric, for always being there!

 

Amanda Johnson 

I am so excited to be part of this amazing a beautiful production! Some of my favorite past roles include, Audrey In Little Shop Of Horrors, Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, Molser in Plough And The Stars and Velma Kelly in Chicago. I want to thank my family, my love Blake and my other other half Lexie. Also a shout out to my kitty Evita for listening to me run my lines. Thank you so much for all the love and encouragement you give me. If it were not for you guys and your support I would not be able to live my dreams!

 

Antonio Duke

I’m an ambitious actor, playwright, and choreographer. During my acting career I have worked with Pillsbury House Theater, Penumbra Theater Company, Pangea World Theater, Climb Theater and many more. Recently I was accepted into the University of Minnesota/Guthrie B.F.A acting training program. I will be in the graduating class of 2016. As a playwright, I was privileged enough to be a 2012 recipient of the “Late Nite” series grant through Pillsbury House Theater, which allowed me to create a fifty-minute performance art piece entitled, Searching. This piece combined my poetry, hip hop dance skills, and original music compositions. My play A Cool Breeze was featured in the 2012 Bedlam “10×10” theater festival. I have been a hip hop dancer for eleven years now. I partnered up with the Children’s Theater company to choreograph Flow by Will Power as a part of their fall senior showcase. As an artist I am trained in many different disciplines and nurture them with passion on a daily basis. When describing my art I say, “A bare stage is a blank canvas. My life experiences make up a variety of colors. My body and voice are paint brushes. When I use these implements I have the potential to turn a blank canvas into a masterpiece.” You can expect me to be painting pictures on stages for many years to come.

 

John Gebretatose

This is my first play ever. I perform standup comedy and improv. This is awesome and I’m thankful to be in this play.

 

Alec Barniskis

I am so grateful to Penny, Mission Theatre Company, and the rest of the incomparable cast and crew of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for making this such a fun and rewarding process. All of you are simply amazing. I have been previously seen in Twin Cities productions of Romeo & Juliet, Angels in America: Part 1, A Streetcar Named Desire, Macbeth, Jeffrey, Wash My Sin Away, and The Taming of the Shrew. I’d like to thank my friends and family for all of their love and support and Alex Letsche for being the best boyfriend anyone could have asked for.

 

Shelley Burton

I’m the American half of Cardboard Suitcase Productions (working alongside Penny Parsons-Lord) and am thrilled to be working with Mission Theatre Company on A Midsummer Night’s Dream as dramaturg and assistant director! Recent dramaturgical credits include: Violent Delights (Sydney and Phoenix productions), Vote! and Change Agent with Saavali Theatre, Tales From the Vienna Woods with the Monash University Centre for Theatre Arts and Drama, and Ladyhouse Blues at Brigham Young University. Prior assistant director credits include the 2010 production of Violent Delights, Sure Thing, Inheritance, and The Telling: Or, An Escalation of Violence Using Matter-of-Fact Statements. When I’m not making theatre, I make soap in my kitchen. Love and thanks to Wes, for everything.

 

Penelope Parsons-Lord

I am very excited to be directing my first production with Mission Theatre Company; it’s been wonderful to work with such a dedicated and talented company of actors, designers and crew. My directorial credits include: Violent Delights (Melbourne, Phoenix, and Sydney), Wacky Shorts (Melbourne), Macbeth (Melbourne), Secret Bridesmaids’ Business (Melbourne), Much Ado About Nothing (Melbourne) and A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Canberra). I have also designed and constructed costumes for a number of productions including: Violent Delights (all productions), Reefer Madness, The Crucible, Wacky Shorts, Julius Caesar, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Closer, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2006 I worked as the MUST Acting Artistic Director for three months. My acting credits include: The Cherry Orchard, Tales of the Ovid, The Revenger’s Tragedy role of The Duke, Antigone in the role of Tyrisessius, both of MUST’s productions of BOG as Sally O’Mally-Bog and Alice: Nightmare’s in Wonderland role of The Duchess (as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival). Currently Shelley Burton and I are developing our international theatre company, Cardboard Suitcase Productions.

 

Alexis Cuttance

I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.A. in Theatre Arts in 2004.  Since then, I have stage managed in the Twin Cities, Houston, and London.  This is my second show with Cardboard Suitcase Productions, and my first with Mission Theatre Company – and I would like to thank the members of both for a wonderful experience.  I would also like to give my sincerest thanks to the hugely talented cast and crew for their hard work and dedication.

 

 

 

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