Staff

 

SIGNESigne V. Harriday is Artistic Producing Director at Pillsbury House + Theatre. Signe is a fierce visionary and powerful storyteller who crafts theatre that awakens our individual and collective humanity. As a director, multidisciplinary artist, activist, and facilitator, she uses theatre as a catalyst to ask questions about who we are and who we are in relation to each other.Past accomplishments include:

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

612-787-3621
signeh@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

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.

612-787-3620
noelr@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

Elizabeth has been stage managing in the Twin Cities since 2001 and has made PHT her artistic home. Some of her favorite shows in the past include Main Street and Hiding in the Open at the History Theatre; Next Fall and Recent Tragic Events at the Jungle Theater; The Brothers Size, Buzzer and The Children at Pillsbury House Theatre and 9 Parts of Desire at the Guthrie Theater. Elizabeth has been working at Pillsbury House Theatre’s production manager since 2012. Elizabeth has a B.F.A. from Rockford University in Rockford, IL, is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, and is a 2021-2022 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center.

612-787-3634
elizabethm@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

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.

 

612-787-3622
eliseg@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

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.

612-787-3623
kurtk@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

For nearly twenty years Hoyt has been producing, managing, and directing arts-based community development projects and youth development programs, while making his own art in his community. Creating and facilitating unique shared experiences that connect diverse and often nontraditional art audiences drive his art practice. Hoyt’s work has been exhibited locally and abroad at the Seoul Olympic Museum of Art, Arts At Marks Garage in Honolulu, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Soap Factory, Soo Visual Arts Center, Intermedia Arts, Franconia Sculpture Park, Art Shanty Projects, and the Walker Art Center among others. He has received awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, a Northern Lights.mn Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship, a Jerome Visual Artist Fellowship, and a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship.

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.

612-787-3655
mikeh@pillsburyunited.org

Kari has been directing and acting in plays since she was a kid. As an adult she has worked at Wonderlust Productions, Theatre Latté Da, Twin Cities Theater Camp, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. Kari believes in theater that generates new ideas, empowers new voices and sparks creativity.

612-787-3624
kario@pillsburyunited.org

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.

612-787-3647

MasanariK@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

Since she earned her BFA from Howard University, Aimee K. Bryant has built a lengthy resume as a theatre artist in the Twin Cities. She is an actor, vocalist, director and teaching artist who’s artistic practice is rooted in soul music. joy, and a rigorous curiosity about the way things are.  Her mission is to use performance as a tool for self reflection, healing, transformation, and black liberation. She also identifies as a mother, a roller skater, a Buddhist, a Detroiter, a cyclist, and a foodie. Aimee was named City Pages 2015 Actress of the Year, and is a McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow for 2015-2016. Her debut cd Becoming is available online.


aimeeb@pillsburyhousetheater.org

 

When she’s not at Pillsbury House Theatre, Kellie Larson is a properties artisan for Theater, which means she produces special effects and furniture for the stage. She has been with Pillsbury House Theater for a number of years, designing props for the main stage shows. Her most recent work at PHT was Blood Knot in summer 2019. As a resident artist at Pillsbury House Theater, she works with toddlers twice a week, doing art and yoga together.

KellieL@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

Katie has been a freelance technician and board operator since 2015. They have been working at Pillsbury House + Theatre for just as long and became the Technical Coordinator in 2021. As a freelancer, they have worked in Penumbra Theatre, Artistry, Walker Art Center, and other theatres around the Twin Cities. They work not only with the theater but also with KRSM Radio Station as the stations Programmer. They graduated from University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a B.A. in Theatre Arts in the Technology and Design Track.

katied@pillsburyhousetheatre.org

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, Pramila Vasudevan.

FOUNDER

Ralph Remington

ADVISORY BOARD

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; Faye M. Price.

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