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, and 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 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.

Joshua James Campbell is a director and an actor. His directing  credits include: 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.

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 and Sometimes There’s Wine. 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.

Annie Enneking is an actor, singer-songwriter, and fight director. She has acted on or crafted fights for almost every stage in the Twin Cities. She is an Associate Instructor with Dueling Arts International, and teaches the art of stage combat at the University of Minnesota, The Children’s Theatre, The Guthrie, and Park Square. Annie is 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.

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 received a B.A. in Theater Arts from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Since 2002, he has worked with a plethora of professional and educational theaters, as an Actor; Director; Fight Choreographer; Scenic Designer; Teaching Artist; and Volunteer. He has choreographed the violence for over 60 shows in the past 10 years. He currently serves as Technical Director for Nimbus Theater Company, where he is excited to be a part of building out their new home at The Crane Theater in N.E. Mpls.

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 180 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.

Kym Longhi is co-artistic director of Combustible Company and a Senior Teaching Specialist for the U of M’s Theatre Arts and Dance Department.  She has cultivated her artistic vision as an actor, mime, writer, director and teacher for over 30 years. Her training and performing experience encompasses classical theater, experimental and devised work, dance and mime, including intensive study with Marcel Marceau.  As a core member and collaborator in Margolis Brown ADAPTORS (MBA) performing ensemble for 12 years, she created and performed in all of their original productions. Directing credits include: Mixed Precipitation’s 2016 Picnic Operetta – Donald Giovanni in CornlandiaHerocycle (Combustible Company), and the University of Minnesota’s Mainstage Productions of Oil! & The Jungle and Threepenny Opera.  Recent and upcoming projects include the immersive Bluebeard’s Dollhouse at the James J Hill Mansion (Combustible Company 2016) and Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid (Combustible Company, April 2018).  Kym is a recipient of a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Katy McEwen is the Co-Artistic Director of Brave New Workshop Theatre in Minneapolis- the longest running satirical, sketch-comedy theatre in the nation.  She has worked as a writer, performer, improviser, and director for the BNW for nearly 20 years.  She also teaches theatre and improv around the cities with The Children’s Theatre, Park Square, and Circus Juventus, and does freelance writing for whoever feels like paying her.

Leslye Orr is a playwright, performer and teacher with an extensive background in theater education for children and adults. She is also well known for her workshops on the integration of people with disabilities, and is a speaker/specialist through an appointment by the U.S. Department of State, for which she has toured her show Hand in Hand through the American embassies in Latvia, Lithuania and Israel. Leslye is also a sound-effects enthusiast and has been featured on Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Leslye regularly performs and tours her original plays, What I Thought I Saw: Random Acts of Blindness, Hand In Hand, Women Who Drink, and Wisecracks from my Father. She also performs The Stuffed Animal Show, an interactive play for young children and their stuffed animals, as well as Characters, Sound Effects and Theater Games an acting workshop she presents at schools and libraries. Leslye is the author and illustrator of The People on the Corner, a children’s book about how kids of all abilities can be included in fun and games. Ms. Orr was a company member and voice coach at The Children’s Theatre Company for ten years, a member of Ballet of the Dolls, and has written scripts and performed with Illusion Theater, Jungle Theater Outreach Series, Dudley Riggs and The Arkansas Children’s Theater. Leslye was awarded a Jerome Fellowship and a Jones Commission through the Playwrights’ Center and a playwriting fellowship and a 2004 Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Leslye served on the board of the Kingfield Neighborhood Association for three years, and on the Minneapolis Mayor’s Advisory Council on People with Disabilities. Born legally blind, for the past thirty years Leslye has taught workshops internationally in which she upholds the possibilities of disabilities. She and her husband, theater artist Zaraawar Mistry, along with their son, Sam, own and operate Dreamland Arts, a 40-seat theater attached to their home in St. Paul, Minnesota. Leslye’s son, Sam, was born on June 27, Helen Keller’s birthday, which she believes to be miracle and gift from Ms. Keller herself!

Aaron Preusse is the Founder of the Fake Fighting Company, LLC. He is also the Mid America Regional Rep and a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors. Aaron received honors of Advanced Gold with Recommendation from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat and has completed the Society of American Fight Directors Theatrical Firearm Safety Course. In addition to his training in Tai Chi and other martial arts, he is a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Aaron has created fights for The Guthrie Theater, The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, The Minnesota Opera, The Children’s Theatre Company’s Theatre Arts Training Senior and Junior Intensives, Commonweal Theatre Company, Park Square Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Theatre Pro Rata, Red Bird Theatre, Skylark Opera. Aaron has also served as Stunt Coordinator and Stunt Double for the film Profile of a Killer. He was also a precision stunt driver for the movie Thin Ice. Other film credits include Mallrats, Memorial Day, Totally Sadie and Art. Aaron is a proud recipient of a 2008 City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, as well as a 2012 and 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artists Initiative Grant and the 2014 Metropolitan Arts Council’s Next Step Fund. In addition, Aaron has received the Central Illinois Stage Combat Workshop’s Nobel Blade Award and the National Stage Combat Workshop’s Award for Outstanding Performance.

Doug Scholz-Carlson is Artistic Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival where he acts, directs and choreographs fights. He has directed productions for companies including Park Square Theater, The Minnesota Opera, Madison Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Portland Opera, Austin Lyric Opera and Palm Beach Opera. 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. 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 an actress, comedienne, and teacher who has worked with Children’s Theatre Company, Brave New Institute, Actors’ Theatre of Minnesota, Joking Envelope, and Mystery Café. Ms. Scott is also 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.

Eric Sharp is an AEA actor, playwright, and teaching artist based in Minneapolis. He is currently starring in the world premiere of Start Down by Eleanor Burgess at the Alliance Theatre and recently played Mowgli in Children’s Theatre Company’s new adaptation of T​he Jungle Book.​ A regular performer at Mu Performing Arts, Eric has appeared as Malvolio in T​welfth Night,​ hit the road for FOB: The Minnesota Chinese Restaurant Tour, and wrote and starred in the premiere of his play Middle Brother. As a Mu Stories teaching artist, Eric regularly creates plays with immigrant and ELL youth around the Twin Cities. Other credits include Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Walking Shadow Theatre Co., Park Square Theatre, Frank Theatre, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. He portrayed the young Dalai Lama in Tiger Lion Arts’ Minneapolis and NYC productions of T​he Buddha Prince.​ Eric also works regularly in commercials, voiceovers, and films.


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