Angela Olson has been living and working in the Twin Cities for the past six years. As a Minnesota native, working within and for her community has become very important to her. She participated in Northern Spark last year with wanderlust, a suitcase show with projection and motorized shadow puppets. She has worked as a puppet-maker in the community with Open Eye Figure Theatre and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre. Last summer she toured small communities in and around the metro area with a group of artists performing her show balloon balloon balloon, balloon balloon, an interactive, bicycle-towed puppet show for children, funded by the Jim Henson Foundation. Her show my beloved had turned and was gone was performed in early February 2011 as part of Heart of the Beast’s Jerome-funded PuppetLAB. Based on a collection of work by Charles Bukowski, my beloved combined live acting, puppetry, and live music to create an immersive environment for audience members. Currently, she is working on a series of canta historia shadow shows, teaching puppetry after school with Pillsbury House Theatre, and continuously working towards art making that is important and accessible to the community she lives in.