We're proud and excited to announce the participants of our Night of New Works project development series:
More about the projects will be posted soon. In the meantime, get to the know artists:
Jex Arzayus made their debut playing brother Einhart in “Pope Joan the First Transgender Pope,” and is proud to be back at the Fringe working with Womyn's Mysteries this year. Jex was most recently seen as Damis in “Tart” by The BAND Group at Bryant Lake Bowl and will be playing the judge in “American Terror The Trials of Jeffrey Dahmer” this fall at the Crane Theater. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jex has called Minneapolis home for the past 11 years. Jex is a middle school/high school art teacher in Maple Grove and recently opened a bike powered vegan food cart. Jex takes improv classes at Huge Theater, is a martial artist and a new crossfitter. Jex found their passion for acting less than a year ago and is hooked.
Sabrina Crews grew up on the Twin Cities stage, performing in a range of venues from Children’s Theatre Company to the Southern Theater to Hennepin Center for the Arts. At ages nine and ten, she toured 11 states and Canada as a full-time actor with Troupe America, which ignited her love for travel and marathon road trips. Now she’s a full-time content writer for the Center for Victims of Torture, an international nonprofit headquartered in Minnesota that provides mental health care to refugees and asylum seekers. She’s ecstatic about fusing her theatrical experience and writing background for Savage Umbrella’s Night of New Works!
Steven Michael Hall is a St. Paul-based writer who has dedicated his personal and professional life to advancing the missions of nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities by fostering lasting partnerships, deepening community connections, and generating sustainable funding. Steven previously worked at the International Education Center and the Center for Victims of Torture, both serving the Minnesota immigrant and refugee community. Today, Steven manages corporate and foundation relations and seeks funding in support of exhibitions and programs at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. You will not remember Steven from his bit parts in dozens of suburban community theater productions in the mid-late 1990s. Savage Umbrella’s Night of New Works marks Steven’s triumphant return to the world of theater.
Suzanne Victoria Cross was born and raised in North Minneapolis, graduated from St. Cloud State University with a BA in Theater and Community Psychology. Suzanne is a local actor and teaching artist in the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. She has worked with many local theater companies including touring with CLIMB Theatre as an Actor-Educator, Penumbra Theatre Company’s Education and Outreach Program, Lyric Arts Academy, Southern Theater, and Teatro del Pueblo. Suzanne is currently the Local Coordinator and Resident Stage Manager for Pangea World Theater.
Ricardo Beaird is an actor, director, playwright, and teaching artist. He relocated to the Twin Cities from Nashville, TN to work as an Actor-Educator with CLIMB Theatre. He is a company member of GTC Dramatic Dialogues, an interactive workshop collective that facilitates conversations around Date Rape, Diversity, and Substance Abuse on college campuses. Ricardo has performed and taught with several theatre companies around town including Pangea World Theater, Theater Latte Da, Penumbra Theatre, Park Square Theater, Red Eye Theater, and Yellow Tree Theater.
Beth Ann Powers is a Playwright, Performer, and Theater Artist based in the Twin Cities. Beth Ann received a degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2017. She co-founded Slap Happy Studios, a local production company for which she has served as the artistic director since 2015. Beth Ann’s work as a playwright has been presented by the University of Minnesota, The Playwrights Center, Phoenix Theater, Theater Unbound, Raw Sugar, and Little Life Boats. She has also worked around the Twin Cities as a performer with such companies as The Band Group, 20% Theater Company, Wildwood Theater, and Classical Actors Ensemble. As an artist Beth Ann considers her work to be largely collaborative and focuses on social justice, equity, representation, and inclusion.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Mark your calendars for September 10 - 12, 2018 to see these fresh new works-in-progress.
See you under the umbrella!