Rachael lives on her houseboat on the Mississippi River with her three kitty cats, and enjoys immersing herself in nature whenever possible.
Associate Company Member of Pillsbury House Theatre.
Co-founder of Million Artist Movement, a collective of artists committed to Black liberation.
Co-founder of the award-winning synchronized swimming team, The Subversive Sirens.
Founder of Rootsprings Coop, a retreat center for BIPOC artists/activists/healers.
Co-founder of MaMa mOsAiC, a women of color theater company whose mission is to evoke positive social change through female centered work.
Core team member of REP Community Partners.
Signe earned her MFA in Acting at the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and Moscow Art Theatre.
Current projects: Director of Bridgforth’s bull-jean stories, Associate Director of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower Opera, Choreography for Love of Silver Water, Playwright for Dysmorphia. Recent directing credits: Dining with the Ancestors, Fannie Lou Hammer Speak On It, Hidden Heroes
Noël holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota and a BFA from Ithaca College in New York. She 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. Noël 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.
Elise Gumm is a lifelong Minneapolitan and creative whose duties include all things marketing, communications, design, web, and social media. They hold a B.A. in Cinema & Media Culture from the University of Minnesota, firmly believe in the power of art to create community, and have been thrilled to be a part of Pillsbury House Theatre’s mission and vision since summer of 2021.
Hoyt has the added benefit of raising a family three blocks from PH+T and is honored to have the opportunity to engage local artists and community members in creative practice towards the development of a vibrant and healthy community for all of its members.
Julia is a teaching artist, actor and administrator who believes theater is a powerful tool in the transformation of society. Using theater in Ecuador, Turkey, Thailand, and New York City she has supported non-native speakers of English to develop their English language skills, encouraged young people to exercise the power of their voices through social-emotional development, engaged in conversations around race and privilege, and worked towards advancing literacy skills across ages. She has her Master’s in Applied Theatre from the CUNY School of Professional Studies and has worked as a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Theater, the Creative Arts Team, Girls Leadership and the History Theater.
As an actor, Julia has performed with Theater in Asylum in NYC, in various theaters in Milwaukee, and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. She recently returned to the Twin Cities and is thrilled to be joining the rich theater community here.
Masanari Kawahara 川原正也 (he/him/his) is a performer, educator and Butoh practitioner who incorporates puppetry, mask and movement into his work. His most recent puppetry work, for which he was a co-creator and performer, is The Story of Crow Boy (2016/2017/2018) for In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) where he is a core associate artist. Other notable collaborative works with HOBT include Make Believe Neighborhood (2018), Queen (2016), A Path Home: A story of Thich Nhat Hanh (2009/2010) and Gotama: A Journey to the Buddha (2006).
Masanari is currently a resident teaching artist at Pillsbury House + Theatre and teaching artist for Upstream Arts working with preschoolers to elders. He has directed the Naked Stages Fellowship program since 2022. He is a member of the Butoh group Nenkin Butoh Dan, which received a 2015 Sage Award for outstanding dance ensemble for Fu.Ku.Shi.Ma. Masanari Kawahara is a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow 2018-2019 and 2010-201.
ASSOCIATE COMPANY MEMBERS
Jamila Anderson, Clare Brauch, Laurie Smith Carlos (1949 – 2016), John Catron, Christiana Clark, Paul de Cordova, Stephen DiMenna, Brian Goranson, Signe Harriday, Daniel Alexander Jones, Jodi Kellogg, Blayn Lemke, Marion McClinton (1954 – 2019), Kimberly Joy Morgan, Sonja Parks, Heidi Batz Rogers, Michael Wangen (1954 – 2020), James A. Williams, Payton J. Woodson, Ellen Fenster, Pramila Vasudevan, Sharon Bridgforth.
Norah Shapiro (Chair), Cordelia Anderson, Pamela Arnold, John Humleker, Jim Langemo, Marianne Merriman, Sarah Milligan Toffler, Eric Mueller, Julie Sand, Nedy Windham, Faye M. Price (past PH+T Co-Artistic Producing Director), Adair Mosley (Past PUC President and CEO), Cinnamon Pelly (Current PUC President and CEO) (remove Melodie Bahan and Anthony R. Wagner)