Beverly Cottman, a multidisciplinary artist creating at the intersection of literary, visual, and performance art. She writes poetry, creates collage art works from found objects, tells African and African American folktales as Auntie Beverly, and in all things celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the African Diaspora.
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.
A CRACK IN THE SKY @ History Theatre FEB 2018
THE IMAGINARY INVALID w/ Combustible Company MARCH 2018
Chava Kokhleffel is a theater artist, educator and organizer with deep roots in Theater/Pedagogy of the Oppressed and physical approaches to devised performance. Chava’s artistic process sparks in the space between rigorous play and conceptual fervor, creating performances that challenge, connect and incite. She has worked with Children’s Theater Company, Teatro del Pueblo, and Steppingstone Theater Company doing youth-work, as well as performing and directing at Bedlam, Red Eye Theater, Raw Sugar, Patrick's Cabaret and other DIY spaces.
marcie rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) is currently available. She is an author and sometimes a performance artist. She is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Bring the Children Home at 4 venues in 2015-16, and the co-curator for Raving Native Date Nights in 2017.
Tori Hong is a queer, non-binary, 2nd generation Hmong and Korean American visual artist based in Minneapolis. Throughout their work, they weave their experiences with and knowledge of personal and intergenerational healing in order to create healthier, more powerful communities. They also have two cats.
Seth Matz is a community artist and facilitator based in Minneapolis. His past performance credits include 20% Theatre Company, The Friction Collective, Madame of the Arts, St. Catherine University, and Patrick's Cabaret. He has also served as a teaching artist with youth from infancy through school age, in schools and organizations throughout the metro including Sabes JCC, Minnesota Internship Center High School, St. Paul's Childhood Center, and Laura Jeffrey Academy. He currently lives in Uptown with his partner, Jenn, and their three cats.
Wolf Valencia has been a writer since age 12. They started with fictional short stories and had a 7th grade teacher who hyped their work heavy. At that same time, Wolf delved deeper into religion because they were living with a devout Baptist aunt who made attending church an almost daily requirement. It was there that they began writing [God] poetry. It wasn't until Wolf was 17 and began learning how to be a filmmaker that they found the courage and desire to perform work they'd written.
Stephani Maari Booker of Minneapolis, MN, works on the page and on the stage with her multiple marginalized identities: African American, lesbian, lower-class, nerdy and sexy. Her science fiction has been published in Aphelion Webzine, The Future of Us: An Anthology and Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s). She also has nonfiction, erotic fiction and poetry in many other publications.
Khary Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer and musician. He is an alumnus of Cave Canem, the esteemed writing fellowship for black writers. He has written 12 plays, one of which (Water) was produced in 2009 at Ink and Pulp Theatre in Chicago. He has been a recipient of several grants, including the 2016 McKnight Artist Fellowship in Writing, the Minnesota State Arts Board’s 2012 Cultural Community Partnership Grant and 2010 Artist Initiative Grant for Poetry, as well as the 2009 VERVE Spoken Word Grant from Intermedia Arts.