Nikki Abramson is an actor, performer, teaching artist, choreographer, writer and author of 2 books and 5 anthologies. She is a Korean adoptee with multiple rare genetic disabilities: mitochondria myopathy and dystonia whose desire is to share her story and message through the stage. She co-produced, co-wrote with Breaking Barriers with Toolbox Theatre LLC 'No Limits' and 'Beyond Limits' which addresses adoption, disabilities, and assumptions using a message of overcoming challenges. In addition to curating 2017 CabarABLE, Nikki appeared in the 2016 CabarABLE.
Peder Hagen (Iris Oconnell) always felt born into a different time and relates to Iris O’Connell, farm wife from western Pennsylvania. Iris likes Judy Garland because they both didn't feel like they fit in when they were young and now they do.
Bruce Ario began writing when his recovery began after taking an incomplete degree in law school and a period of homelessness. He began as a poet, moved into playwriting, and settled in as a novelist.
Hailing from the Mesabi Iron Range, Rae is a queer, nerdy poet currently spoiling the good name of the Twin Cities. Hecklers are encouraged.
Lucas Scheelk is a white, autistic, trans, queer-identified poet from the Twin Cities. Lucas uses they/them/their pronouns. They are the author of This Is A Clothespin(Damaged Goods Press, 2016), and Holmes Is A Person As Is (self-published, 2016). Lucas was one of the recipients of the VSA MN Emerging Artist grant in 2016, and they were one of the 24 poets chosen for the Saint Paul Almanac IMPRESSIONS Project in 2017. Lucas can be found on facebook (lucasscheelk), instagram (lucasscheelk), and on twitter (TC221Bee).
Michael Merriam is a blind storyteller and author who has appeared on stage in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, StoryFest Minnesota, Story SlamMN! and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio and has published 8 books and over 80 short stories. Visit his website at michaelmerriam.com
Actor/writer Amy Salloway is the creator of the award-winning, autobiographical touring solo plays "Does This Monologue Make Me Look Fat?," “So Kiss Me Already, Herschel Gertz!,” and “Circumference,” as well as the two-person show “Entwined”. Amy has contributed stories to MPR's "In the Loop," CBC radio's "Definitely Not The Opera", and the national podcast "Risk!" She teaches memoir, creative writing and storytelling through Minneapolis Community Ed and The Story Studio, and performs regularly at The Mot
Dylan Fresco is a theater artist and musician who works as a writer, performer, producer, and educator with a diverse array of arts and community partners. Projects take him from performance stages to school classrooms, from community centers to neighborhood sidewalks. In his work, he invites connections between people and communities through story, music, poetry and movement.
Anna Kunin is a theater artist and educator with deep roots in Theater/Pedagogy of the Oppressed and physical approaches to devised performance. Anna’s artistic process sparks in the space between rigorous play and conceptual fervor, creating performances that challenge, connect and incite.