2024 Naked Stages Fellows Announced!

Pillsbury House + Theatre (PH+T) is excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 Naked Stages Fellowship:

hal sansone, Atim Opoka, Sarah M. Greer, and Skye Reddy!

From left to right: hal sansone, Atim Opoka, Sarah M. Greer (photo credit: Benny Moreno), and Skye Reddy





Project: hal will create a project that lives at the intersection of joy and grief. He will explore the ways that this intersection speaks to healing, shifting relationships to power, and nuanced experiences of love. This particular project looks at transforming grief through ritual, drag, disco, poetry, sensual pleasures, and rest. It also looks at two often hidden griefs in his life: ongoing attacks on trans/gender-diverse people as well as how his body’s ability has drastically changed in the past year and a half due to chronic illness.

Bio: hal sansone (he/him) is a theatre artist, poet, and herbalist-gardener. He creates in the traditions of love, sweetness, gentleness, and mysticism as radical acts. He has been a company member with Sandbox Theatre since 2019. Most recently with Sandbox, he organized and directed the Minneapolis premiere of the Trans Voices Cabaret at Mixed Blood Theatre as well as co-created Light My Way, a multimedia performance about softness and healing from intergenerational wounds. He has worked with various theatre companies in the Twin Cities as an actor, theatre maker, and teaching artist. As a poet, his micro-chapbook Winter Garlic: Healing Poems for my Root System was recently published by Ethel. He tends a garden in the warmer months. hal holds a BA in Performance Creation from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in Herbal Studies from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. 


Project: Atim will create a project based on interviews and stories from refugees & 1gen black immigrants on their experience in america. They are hoping to explore themes of what it means to be black in america. How do you build a home and community away from home? What traditions will you keep? And what traditions and rituals will you throw away to build anew? This project will dive deep in joy, fear, grief, adventure, traumas, sacrifices, anti-blackness and love. The bravery/fear it takes to leave everything that you know and love, for a chance of a better future.

Bio: Atim Opoka is a Ugandan-American songwriter, vocalist, composer, producer and teaching artist who fuses afro-pop and alternative beats while embracing the power of transformative storytelling. They are a 2023 Jerome Hill Fellow, 2024 Monkeybear Cohort, 2023 Q-Stage New Works, 2023 Red Eye Works In Progress, a 2021 recipient of a Waters Grant, 2021 Our Space is Spoken For Fellowship. Opoka has performed original works at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival and Powderhorn Park Festival. She has a BA in Vocal Performance from McNally Smith College of Music. www.atimopoka.com


Project: In her current artistic practice, Sarah is exploring how we hold grief and grieving musically and in community. For her Naked Stages project, Sarah will develop a solo stage show that incorporates their original songs, live improvisations, written work, and social media collage work.

Bio: Vocalist Sarah M. Greer (www.sarahmgreer.com) improvises and invents story — weaving together singing, words and invented language. As a musician, Sarah sings regularly with numerous Twin Cities jazz musicians, a cappella ensemble Give Get Sistet, and guests in a variety of other projects and collaborations in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota. She released her original and highly improvised debut album What the Music Says Do in 2018. An avid improviser, storyteller, and song worker, Sarah is currently at work on an improvised composition exploring grief/grieving and deepening their relationship to their writing. She is passionate, almost evangelical, about the power of our voices to change the world.


Project: Combining movement, voice, and digital media, Skye’s project is based on Bengali cultural beliefs about ghosts. In a culture without strong written tradition for common people, bamboo ghosts, fish-obsessed ghosts, ghosts of unhappy married women, and spirts that possess grapefruits have a beautiful specificity that reveals much about the histories of Bengali people through their lives, livelihoods, fears, and unfulfilled desires. This performance will play upon these ghost stories to explore dreams and doubts in a contemporary, diaspora experience.

Bio: Skye Reddy is a South Asian performing artist and filmmaker. Their screendance work has been shown at festivals in India and the US, and featured in the LA Times. In different capacities, Skye has previously worked with Black Ensemble Productions, Red Eye Theater, Asian Media Access, Theater Mu, LimeArts, and on various Twin Cities-based short films. They were also the 2022-23 Production Management Fellow at Children’s Theatre Company and hold a degree in Theater and Dance from Macalester College. Skye can be seen next in devised dance-theater performance Reasons for Moving (The Southern Theater’s Performance Partnership Program and MRAC Flexible Support Grant Recipient, June 2024).

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