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Workshop Teachers

Tessie Bundick is a gifted professional makeup artist who has worked extensively in film, television and stage. In addition, Tessie illustrates children’s books, works as a costume designer and is the Stage Makeup Instructor at the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. The University’s Anderson Library’s Performing Arts Archives has accepted all of Tessie Bundick’s papers, photos, letters, etc. from her film and theatrical career. Tessie has done makeup for over 400 commercials and industrials and done stylings for many book covers of novels that depict period settings for Bethany House Publishing. In 2013, the Hennepin County Museum in Minneapolis did a five month retrospective of Ms. Bundick’s career in the entertainment world. Ms. Bundick worked in Glacier National Park in Montana for many summers and has done extensive research on the park. Her writings about this beautiful place have been featured in many publications and Tessie also performed in a Public Television series about the National Parks. Ms. Bundick also appeared in the Coen Brother’s film, A Serious Man, which garnered two Academy Award nominations.

Shanan Custer is an actor, writer, director, improviser and teaching artist who loves to teach and create theater with students of all ages. As an actor, Shanan has performed with the Brave New Workshop, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Frank Theater, Theatre Pro Rata, Comedy Suitcase, Mu Performing Arts and The Mystery Café. Shanan’s original work includes 2 Sugars, Room for Cream, which won an Ivey Award for Best Ensemble in 2013 and Mick Sterling Presents: At Christmas. Shanan is also a member of the improv comedy group The Theater of Public Policy and is an adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

Joshua James Campbell Select Directing credits: Calvin Berger (Minneapolis Musical Theater), Deal! The Musical (Ritz Theater), Urinetown and The Philadelphia Story (Daleko Arts), Dracula and C.L.U (Collide Theatrical), Edith Stein (Open Window Theater), S.M.E. (Avant Guard Theater Festival, NYC), The Shoe Tree Reading (Theater Latte Da), Where’s My Tony (Hennepin Theater Trust (also co-writer)), and for various cabarets, concerts, and high schools.  As an Assistant Director: Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Charlotte’s Web (Children’s Theater Company), Violet (Guthrie Theater, Peter Rothstein-Director), and The Chiselers (Emerging Artists Theater – NYC, Melissa Attebery-Director). As an Actor: performed in the 1st National Tour of Legally Blonde, Las Vegas production of Mamma Mia, locally at the Guthrie, Jungle, Theater Latte Da, Park Square, Old Log, Ordway, and Children’s Theater, and many other shows around the U.S. Josh graduated from Loyola University, Chicago.

Annie Enneking is an actor, singer-songwriter, dancer, and fight choreographer. She is an Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International, and teaches the art of stage combat at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, The Children’s Theatre, The Guthrie and Park Square. Her work in violence has been seen on many area stages. Annie was a 2010 Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow, was twice the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant for Music, and also received funding from the Jerome Foundation, all for her work as a music theatre artist. She fronts the band Annie and the Bang Bang.

Mary K. Flaa is a nationally known make-up artist who has worked in the film and entertainment industry for over 20 years. She has created looks for film, TV and print, for actors, fashion divas and music stars, with looks ranging from natural to glamorous.  Some of the famous faces she has given her signature to include Reese Witherspoon, Hayden Panettiere, Cindy Crawford, Madonna, Vanessa Williams and Stevie Nicks.

H. Adam Harris is a professional actor and teaching artist. Recent credits include The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Ten Thousand Things, How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Children’s Theatre Company, Dirt Sticks, The Seven (Ten Thousands Things); The Ballad of Emmett Till (Penumbra Theatre Company); The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry (Pillsbury House Theater); Much Ado About Nothing, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Amen Corner (Guthrie Theater). He has also worked with Frank Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, The History Theatre, and The Playwrights’ Center. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program. H. Adam is a member of the Ten Thousand Things Artist Core, a teaching artist with the Guthrie Theater, a faculty member of the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and the Teen Programs Coordinator of Penumbra Theatre Company.

Brian Hesser is an actor, fight choreographer, director, and scenic designer. Recent activities/ projects include: Choreographing the fights for SPA middle school’s production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and the violence for several fringe shows and other productions including David Mann’s Corleone at The Gremlin and Chemical Imbalance by Theatre Unbound at The Lowry Lab. He performed in Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story at The Theatre Garage for nimbus and just shot a local indie film: “Nova Roma” (based on the premise: what if the Roman Empire never fell). Brian’s directing credits include James Goldman’s The Lion in Winter at The Gremlin: (A Britches XXL Endeavor). He is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors and sits on the board of The Cromulent Shakespeare Company. Brian also serves as technical director for nimbus theatre and is a founding member of Britches XXL Endeavors.

Stephen Houtz is a director, music director, actor, composer and vocal coach. He has worked as a director at The Phipps Center, Eden Prairie Players, The Minnesota Opera, and SteppingStone Theatre. As a music director, he has worked at Park Square Theatre, Ordway Music Theatre, History Theatre, and Stages. As an actor, he has performed with Commonweal Theatre, Park Square, History Theatre, Chanhassen Theatres and The Minnesota Opera. He runs the theatre program at Highland Park High School, and teaches voice and piano in his studio in Edina.

Mike Kittel has been the Resident Lighting Designer for Park Square Theatre since 1995, designing lighting for more than 120 Park Square productions. Mike is also a highly-respected freelance lighting designer working with companies such as the Ordway, Eye of the Storm, Frank Theatre, Stage Theatre Company, Theater Mu, and The Southern Theater. Mike also served as the lighting designer for the esteemed St. Olaf College Christmas Concert for many years.

Kym Longhi is an actor, director, writer and teacher whose passion is creating highly physical works of theatre through a collaborative process.   As a featured performer with Margolis Brown ADAPTORS Company for over a decade, Kym participated in the development of all of their original work.  Currently Kym is co-artistic director of Combustible Company, and serves as faculty for the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Ms. Longhi’s training in physical theatre includes intensive study with Marcel Marceau.

Katy McEwen is the Co-Artistic Director of Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. She performs often for the Brave New Workshop and is a member of their teaching faculty.

Leslye Orr is a playwright, performer and a theater workshop instructor for Voice, Improvisation and Acting. She regularly performs and tours her original plays, Hand In Hand, Women Who Drink, and most recently her storytelling piece, Wisecracks from My Father. Leslye was a company member and Voice coach for the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company for ten years and was a company member with Ballet of the Dolls. She has also performed with Illusion Theater, The Jungle Theater and Dudley Riggs. Leslye has received a Jerome Fellowship and a Jones Commission through the Playwrights’ Center, a playwriting fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board and an Achievement in the Arts Award from VSA Minnesota. Born legally blind, Leslye has taught workshops nationally that uphold the possibilities of disabilities. She is married to theater artist Zaraawar Mistry. Together they own and operate Dreamland Arts, a performing arts studio and 40-seat theater attached to their home in St. Paul.

Aaron Preusse received honors of Advanced Gold with Recommendation from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and is also certified in Knife, Unarmed Combat and Rapier and Dagger from the Society of American Fight Directors. Aaron has created fights for The Mammals Theater Company, Island Players, the University of Wisconsin and Lyric Arts. He was both Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Double on the film Statue of David and was also a precision stunt driver for the film, The Convincer. Aaron is a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Joseph Papke is a theater artist and theater arts educator from the Twin Cities.  As an actor and dialect coach, his professional credits include the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Actors Theatre of MN, Illusion Theatre, Jon Hassler Theatre, Dudley Riggs, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and The Children’s Theatre Company.  As an educator, he has taught theater skills at many institutions including the Guthrie Theater, the U of M, Hamline University, and Macalester College.  Joseph earned his MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University and he is the artistic director of Classical Actors Ensemble.

Doug Scholz-Carlson is Artistic Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival where he acts, directs and choreographs fights. He has appeared as an actor on stages including the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Ordway Theater, Jungle Theater, Minnesota Shakespeare Project and St. Louis Repertory Theater. He has directed productions for companies including Park Square Theater, The Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Portland Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Palm Beach Opera. His fight choreography has appeared on stages including Park Square Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, Opera Philadelphia, New York City Opera and Fort Worth Opera. Doug is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington and St. Olaf College.

Jen Scott is a performer, teacher, playwright and sometime musician, who has worked with Children’s Theatre Company, the Brave New Workshop Student Union, Walking Shadow Theater Company, Pillsbury House +Theatre, Four Humors, Huge Theater, and others. Ms. Scott has been a playwright and performer at The Science Museum of Minnesota, and has been a featured performer at the Great American Comedy Festival, and the New Orleans and Twin Cities Improv Festivals.

Dane Stauffer is a performing artist, writer and director. Dane’s work has been produced throughout the Twin Cities, U.S. and internationally since his first Minneapolis performance in Oct 1982. Author and performer of fourteen full-length works, noted improviser and coach, Dane is also a professional singer and teaches voice and live art forms to individuals and groups.


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