Molly 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.