Meet Our Artists

Loc Tran was born in Vietnam and moved to Minnesota in 1993 when he was one-and-a-half years old. He's graduting with a Bachelor's of Music Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in May. He loves to play classical, jazz, blues music and compose classical and comedy music. He loves basketball, playing the Tetris II video game with his Mom, and Asian food.

Lula Saleh is an Ethiopian-Eritrean American Muslim, multidisciplinary performance artist, writer, poet, singer-songwriter, journalist, organizer and Empath. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, and living in both Ethiopia and the UK as a child, she identifies as a third culture kid. Lula is a NEXUS Music Artist and an Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Fellow. She writes and sings at the intersections of her multiethnic, transnational diaspora identity.

Sandra Santiago Pickett is a second-generation Puerto Rican woman born and bred in Chicago, Illinois. Sandra is a poet, healer, and educator. In 2006, Sandra co-wrote her first production, "Brown Girls Singing," with her sister Dr. Yolanda Nieves. Since then, Sandra has performed with Vida Bella Ensemble, Teatro Luna, The Green House Theater, and Mixed Blood Theater.

Mai Cha Vang graduated from the University of Saint Thomas with a degree in Psychology, and Justice and Peace Studies. She works in the Accounting and Finance Department at World Endeavor, based in Minneapolis. She also works seasonally with Prepare and Prosper to help people from low income get their taxes done. She is excited to try something new and thrilled to be part of the current experimental performing piece.

Kristina Kvarnlov-Leverty graduated from Grinnell College, studying languages and linguistics. She worked in refugee and immigrant communities in Germany and then in Minneapolis until going back to school to get a MEd. for teaching ESL. For the last 12 years, she has been working with young people in public schools. She enjoys watching as students gain confidence in their abilities in English and navigating their world.

Maria Isabel Gonzalez is a performer and educator in the Twin Cities. Her theater work includes performances through TigerLions Arts, Chameleon Theatre and Teatro del Pueblo. She has worked with Teatro del Pueblo in the last few years and has had several successful artistic collaborations with the theater company.  As an individual artist, she co-directed the Spanish play of Clementina at Kyung Hee Univeristy in South Korea.

Carolyn Friedhoff is a Miami native, raised in the space between an American man and a Nicaraguan woman. She is a dancer, and has trained with the Miami Conservatory of Ballet, the American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet, the American Repertory Ballet, Carleton College’s dance department and Experimental Dance Board, the Minnesota Dance Theatre, and Zenon Dance Company. She studies philosophy and cognitive science, and aspires to be an educator and an interface between cultures.

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