Comedy

Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, poet, playwright, and teaching artist. She completed her B.A. at Macalester College, studying American Studies, Urban Studies, and Theatre. She is in her third season as a dancer with Minneapolis based professional dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT). Julia is the recipient of The Playwrights' Center's 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship and was one of five artists awarded the 2016-17 Creative Changemakers Apprenticeship by The DIAL Group.

Ashawnti Sakina Ford is an actress, teaching artist, improviser, poet and playwright in the Twin Cities. Her work focuses on social justice and arts accessibility. She has been seen across Twin Cities stages performing with companies such as the History Theatre, Full Circle Theatre and Sandbox Theatre. She hopes to inspire youth of color to become artists and art patrons to ensure a future of a culturally diverse artistic community.  

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 A CRACK IN THE SKY @ History Theatre FEB 2018 

THE IMAGINARY INVALID w/ Combustible Company MARCH 2018 

Amanda Costner is a solo comedic musician who hails from Oklahoma and bases out of the Twin Cities. Amanda has performed at Second City, Brave New Workshop, Looney Bin Comedy Club and bars & theaters throughout the Midwest. Her comedic songs range from acoustic pop ballads about being a gay preacher’s daughter, to soul-comedy pieces on the war of sexual frustration. Pulling her electric guitar out to showcase jazzy humorous tunes & bluesy songs about being poor, Amanda takes listeners on a laughter-filled ride of eclectic music stylings.

Xochi de la Luna is an agender, queer 1st generation Salvadorian/Mexican immigrant,  artist, director, curator, actor, comedian, and musician. Xochi is decently well known in the arts community for their experimental theater meets radical cabaret show, Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories . With the show Xochi tries to destroy the notion of creative scarcity. All the while providing a platform of empowerment for POC, LGBTQI and womxn by providing a fantastical atmosphere for radical vulnerability.
 

Filip Swiergul is a comedian with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Brittle Bone Disease) from Rochester, Minnesota. Filip found his ability to see humor in even the toughest of circumstances to be an invaluable coping mechanism during his frequent trips to the Mayo Clinic. His comedy focuses on his experiences and observations that are unique and yet relatable. Filip took third place in the 2014 Twin Cities Funniest Person Contest at Acme Comedy Club. He continues to MC at Goonie’s Comedy Club in Rochester regularly and performs in the upper Midwest.

Bollywood Dance Scene is a volunteer-led non-profit that celebrates cultural diversity and social harmony through dance. They are the creators of the best-selling Fringe Festival shows of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Their 2015 dance drama, Spicy Masala Chai, broke records to become the highest selling show in the 22-year history of the MN Fringe Festival and the highest selling Fringe show in US!

 

Liv Hnilicka is a Midwest based performer, writer, comedian, and advocate for TBLG identified people. As a graduate of Second City, she has performed at Annoyance Theatre, UIC, Depaul, and MCA. She also was a regular contributing artist to Chicago's underground drag and burlesque communities, collaborating with organizations like Chances Dances, Salonathon, and Northern Lights. She also loves her puppy Madame Chang and roasted brussels sprouts.

Kafiya is a local activist, organizer and general troublemaker. She enjoys the parts of Minneapolis that haven't been gentrified yet and reading whatever she can get her hands on.

Elliot is a musician before he’s a comedian, and a comedian before he’s a person. Currently he’s enrolled as a 3rd year student at a prestigious two year college. He’ll graduate in the spring with a degree that will help him cope with being an adult. His future plans include traveling until he his purpose in life.

Elliot is a musician before he’s a comedian, and a comedian before he’s a person. Currently he’s enrolled as a 3rd year student at a prestigious two year college. He’ll graduate in the spring with a degree that will help him cope with being an adult. His future plans include traveling until he his purpose in life.

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