Faye Price, Co-Artistic Director

Faye PriceFaye has served as the co-producer of PHT mainstage productions since 2000.  As an actress, she most recently appeared in the PHT productions of The Story, Bel Canto, Boesman and Lena and [sic] and served as co-director of the PHT production of Mr. Bundy.  From 1995 through 1999, she served as dramaturg for the Guthrie Theater working on over a dozen productions including Crowns directed by Tim Bond, Summer and Smoke directed by David Esbjornson, The Magic Fire directed by Libby Appel, and Thunder Knocking on the Door, directed by Marion McClinton.  As an actor, Faye has worked extensively at the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra, Mixed Blood Theater, and Illusion Theater.  Nationally, some of the many stages on which Faye has appeared include:  Circle in the Square in NYC, Center Stage in Baltimore, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.   Faye is an alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar. She has also served as a panelist for the McKnight Fellowships for Theater Artists and as a literary reviewer for the NEA/TCG Theater Residency Program for Playwrights in 1997.  Awarded the August Wilson Fellowship to study Dramaturgy and Literary Criticism, Faye received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota.

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Noël Raymond, Co-Artistic Director

Noel RaymondNoël has helped make theatre for over 13 years. She holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota and a BFA from Ithaca College in New York. Noël currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Multicultural Development Center and the Burning House Group Theatre Company which she co-founded in 1993. She is also a company member of Carlyle Brown and Company. She has taught acting classes and theatre movement in multiple settings to children, college students and adults with developmental disabilities.  She is an Equity actor who has performed with Pillsbury House Theatre, the Burning House Group, the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Bryant Lake Bowl, and Minnesota Festival Theatres in Minnesota as well as the Hangar Theatre in New York.  Noël’s directing credits include Underneath the Lintel, An Almost Holy Picture, Far Away, Angels in America:  Parts I and II, and [sic] at Pillsbury House Theatre, From Shadows to Light at Theatre Mu, The BI Show with MaMa mOsAiC, and multiple staged readings and workshops through the Playwrights’ Center, among others.  Noël  has served on numerous panels including TCG/American Theatre, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Playwright’s Center and United Arts to name a few.

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Alan Berks, Director of Communications

Alan M. Berks is the author of nine full-length plays, seven one-acts, and numerous short plays and monologues that have been seen in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Indianapolis, and New York. Awards include: Minnesota State Arts Board (Ringtone), MacDowell Colony Fellow (They Want), and Jerome Fellow (Mourning Rituals). As a marketing and public relations consultant, he has worked for the History Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Great River Shakespeare Festival, and Burning House Group as well as the Lawlor Group, Succeed Consulting, and more. He also co-created Thirst Theater and

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Corrie Zoll, Development Manager

Development Manager Corrie ZollBefore becoming part of the Pillsbury House community in 2011, Corrie served on the Minneapolis Arts Commission and as a board member of Bedlam Theatre and Franklin Artworks. Corrie is a graduate of Grinnell College as well as the National Theatre Institute, and expects to complete a Masters Degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2013.

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Elizabeth R. MacNally, Production Manager

Elizabeth has been a freelance stage manager in the Twin Cities for over 10 years. As a stage manager she has worked with Pillsbury House Theatre, History Theatre, Jungle Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, as well as others. In 2011 she took became the production manager of Pillsbury House Theatre. Elizabeth is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and holds a BFA in Theatre Production from Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois.

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Ellen Fenster, Director of Chicago Avenue Project

Ellen Fenster has been with Pillsbury House Theater since 2001, working as a Breaking Ice actor and director, teaching artist and main stage assistant director. She is currently the director of PH+T’s Chicago Avenue Project. Ellen has been an artistic associate with the Illusion theater for the last ten years where she curates the annual Lights Up! Series, a presentation of new work by young and emerging artists. Recent directing credits include Sea Marks and Burn This with Gremlin theater and Proof with the Phoenix Theater Project. Ellen enjoys her work as a teaching artist around the Twin Cities, she is currently the director of the South High Theater Program. Other recent education projects include directing Our Town at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts and choreographing West Side Story at theater e3, a summer theater institute for children where Ellen has served as the creative movement teacher and choreographer on 11 musicals. Ellen feels honored and blessed to work with the people at PH+T and considers it her artistic home.

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Kurt Kwan, Artistic Programs Associate

Artistic Associate Kurt KwanKurt Kwan has been creating performances and facilitating dialogues around issues of Diversity and Inclusion with the Breaking Ice company since 2001. He also manages the Late Nite and Naked Stages programs.  As an actor he has performed with Ten Thousand Things, The Walker, Childrens Theatre Company, Mu Performing Arts, New York Asian American Writers, The History Theatre, and Theatre La Homme Dieu.

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Mike Hoyt, Arts on Chicago Community Liaison

Mike has dedicated his career to enriching the lives of young people through the arts while generating value for artists and their work within our communities and cultures. He is a practicing professional artist who produces participatory public art projects as well as exhibits artwork locally, nationally, and abroad. He works to establish new and unique methodologies that push boundaries for what, why, and how art engages diverse public participants while challenging the conventional role of art and the social role of artists in contemporary culture. Hoyt has received fellowships from the MN State Arts Board and is currently an Art(ist) On the Verge Jerome Fellow through Northern.Lights.MN, working experimentally at the intersection of ar t, technology, and digital culture.

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Siddeeqah Shabazz, Teen Programs Specialist

Siddeeqah headshotSiddeeqah received her B.A in theatre from the University of La Verne and a diploma in theatre from the Guildford School of Acting in Guildford, England. She has performed on the stages of the Luna Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, Electric Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Theatre Garage, and The People’s Center Theatre. She has toured with CLIMB Theatre for 2 seasons and worked at Pillsbury House Theatre as a resident teaching artist and team lead since 2012.

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Kelsye Gould, Marketing Associate

Marketing Assistant Kelsye GouldKelsye A. Gould has been helping businesses and nonprofit organizations communicate ideas both visually and through the written word since graduating from St. Catherine University in 2010. As a freelance graphic designer and marketing communications consultant, she collaborates with a number of organizations, doing everything from print and web design to writing and implementing marketing plans. In addition to Pillsbury House + Theatre, Kelsye has worked with Actors Theater of Minnesota, BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, Concrete and Grass Lowertown Music Festival,, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, and Teatro del Pueblo, to name a few.

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Molly Van Avery, Director of Naked Stages

Naked Stages Coordinator Head ShotMolly Van Avery is an artist and arts advocate. Her performance work has been shown at Bedlam Theatre, Open Eye Figure Theatre, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater and the Walker Arts Center. She has received the MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, the Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Grant, the Jerome Travel and Study Grant, and the Naked Stages Grant for emerging performance artists. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University. As an art maker, Molly creates performances that weave together her personal history with broader social themes to inspire both introspection and action in her audiences. As an arts advocate, Molly is committed to making spaces that support the development of emerging artists. Molly believes that creativity is a powerful catalyst for transformation within schools, neighborhoods, institutions and artists themselves which is why she is honored to be a part of the work of Pillsbury House Theatre.


e.g. bailey, Late Nite Series Curator

Multidisciplinary artist, e.g. bailey, is an award winning spoken word artist, poet, theatre artist, filmmaker, and producer. He recently released his debut album, American Afrikan, which debuted  on the CMJ Hip Hop Charts. He is currently Assistant Directing The Brothers Size, for director Marion McClinton, presented by Pillsbury House Theatre and the Mount Curve Company, at the Guthrie in September 2012. e.g. can be heard on Verbal Graffiti Radio, a hip hop and spoken word radio show, on Sunday nights at 10:30pm, on KFAI Fresh Air Radio (’

Laurie Smith Carlos, Naked Stages and Late Nite Series Curator

Laurie Carlos is a dynamic, OBIE Award-winning actress, who created the role of Lady In Blue in Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf; an inventive, two-time Bessie Award-winning choreographer (for White Chocolate and Heat) whose work with the Urban Bush Women is the stuff of performance legend and a unique director, who has helmed the premieres of new work by award-winning writers Sharon Bridgforth, Carl Hancock Rux, Lourdes Perez, Suzan-Lori Parks, Zell Miller lll and Daniel Alexander Jones. Laurie has received grants and awards from NYFA, NEA, and TCG. She is a 2004 Bush Fellow, curator for Naked Stages and Non-English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series at Pillsbury House Theatre and has served on the Jerome Foundation Board for nine years.

Anton Jones, Resident Artist

Resident Artist Anton JonesAnton’s mission is to Change the Face of the American Theatre audience. As an interdisciplinary theatre artist, Anton Jones has devoted his career to fusing his experience as a playwright, director, theatre educator, composer/sound designer, and dramaturg into his own unique approach to the creation of live performance. For the past 6 years, he has worked with theatres like the Guthrie, Pillsbury House Theatre, Pangaea World Theatre, The Illusion Theatre, and History Theatre. In 2006 he received the Playwright’s Center/Jerome Foundation Many Voices Residency where he developed The FUNeral, a fusion of Hip-Hop Theatre and Commedia Dell’Arte.


Masanari Kawahara, Resident Artist

Masanari Kawahara is a performer, designer and educator who incorporates puppetry, mask, and movement into his work. He was a company member of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) from 1998 to 2009. His last production as a company member, A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh (2009) which was chosen as outstanding puppetry by Lavender. He was the co-creator and designer of GOTAMA: Journey to the Buddha (2006), recognized by City Pages as one of the ten great sets/scenic designs of the year. Currently he is working on HIROSHIMA (work-in-progress) to be presented by Pangea World Theater for spring of 2013. He is a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow (2010-2011).


Jen Scott, Resident Artist

Jen Scott

Jen Scott is a Twin Cities based theater artist. She’s been teaching for over a decade in the Twin Cities, at the Brave New Workshop, Children’s Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, and others. She’s a regular improviser at HUGE Theater; recent scripted theater credits include work with the Hennepin Theater Trust, Four Humors Theater, Walking Shadow Theater Company, and the Red Eye Theater. Jen has been involved in a variety of ways with Chicago Avenue Project since 2007 (she’s often the lady behind the piano). She’s originally from Iowa, but now lives in Minneapolis with her husband, an angry cat, and a rapidly growing ten month old named Oscar.


Pramila Vasudevan, Resident Artist

Trained in Indian dance and visual media, Pramila Vasudevan has been teaching the art of performance from and dance and media perspective at Pillsbury House Theatre since 2010. She is the founder and artistic director of Aniccha Arts where she uses dance and electronic media to create immersive performance environments that interrupt public spaces and invoke mass response. Highlights of her work include Dousing the Mirage (2007), presented by Center for Independent Artists; an excerpt of The Wet Bug Hush (2008), featured in the Choreographers’ Evening at the Walker Art Center; The Weather Vein Project (2009), a part of the Artists on the Verge fellowship at the Weisman Art Museum; and Words to Dead Lips (2010) of the Catalyst Series at Intermedia Arts, and In Habit: Living Patterns at the 2012 Northern Spark Festival. Major influences include Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, Ranee Ramaswamy, Dr. Balanandakumar, Piotr Szyhalski, Ali Momeni, and Dipankar Mukherjee.


Jamila Anderson, Clare Brauch, Laurie Smith Carlos, John Catron, Christiana Clark, Paul de Cordova, Stephen DiMenna, Brian Goranson, Signe Harriday, Daniel Alexander Jones, Jodi Kellogg, Blayn Lemke, Marion McClinton, Kimberly Joy Morgan, Sonja Parks, Heidi Batz Rogers, Michael Wangen, James A. Williams, Payton J. Woodson
Ralph Remington
Norah Shapiro, Chair; Cordelia Anderson; Pamela Arnold; Melodie Bahan; John Humleker; Jim Langemo; Sarah Milligan-Toffler; Eric Mueller; Julie Sand; Anthony R. Wagner; Nedy Windham