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KD Bauer, Managing Director (they/them), is honored to join the Wonderlust community! KD has served as a marketing representative for professional theaters, festivals, and independent artists for 14 years. Their passion for people, ideas, diversity, and storytelling drives them to listen, learn, and grow every day. KD received their graduate certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications from St. Kate’s (2020), and their B.A. in Theater and Creative & Professional Writing from Bemidji State University (2011). KD enjoys dreaming up all the possibilities for the future, talking to their cat, reading classic novels, listening to 60’s & 70’s music, and discovering more about themselves and the world around them. Greatest strength: creative strategy; greatest weakness: keeping houseplants alive. Reach out and say hi!

NewHeadshotsmallcrop460_285 copyAlan M. Berks, Co-Artistic Director (he/him), is a theater-maker whose work has been seen in Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Indianapolis, and New York. Most recently, as a member of Minnesota’s playwright-driven Workhaus Collective, he wrote and workshopped a small cast, political duel between a Republican politician and a reporter called The Great Divide and, with Alan Berks & Company, an adaptation of Six Characters in Search of an Author. Other work includes his solo show Goats, set in the Middle East after Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination, which has been produced in Phoenix, Indianapolis, Chicago, New York, and St. Paul, MN. Awards include: Minnesota State Arts Board (Ringtone), MacDowell Colony Fellow (They Want), and Jerome Fellow (Mourning Rituals). Other work includes: Music Lovers, How to Cheat, Almost Exactly Like Us, 3 Parts Dead, Everywhere Signs Fall, Home of the Brave (published by Playscripts), and They Want (based on The Oresteia by Aeschylus). Alan is also a teacher, communications consultant, and co-founder and former editor of MinnesotaPlaylist.com.

LCooper_color_hires2Leah Cooper, Co-Artistic Director (she/her), has been directing, producing, and managing in theater for over 30 years. Locally, she has directed for Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Commonweal Theatre, Gremlin Theater, 20% Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Shakespearean Youth Theatre, The Playwrights Center, and for the Breaking Ice (diversity and inclusion) program at Pillsbury House & Theatre. She was the first Executive Director of the MN Theater Alliance serving over 450 theaters across the state, co-founding partner at MinnesotaPlaylist.com, and Executive Director at the MN Fringe Festival. Leah is also a facilitator, trainer, and consultant in community engagement, strategic planning, governance, and infrastructure systems, and she spent 10 years in the corporate sector as a software engineer and business consultant. Other loves include gardening, cooking, yoga, bicycling, crazy home-remodel projects, and hanging out with good friends. She’s done a wide variety of things, but the unifying theme to her madness is inclusive creativity and creative inclusivity, and her favorite quote is, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” – Mohandas Ghandi

Photo BeckyBecky Dale, Ensemble Member (she/her), was the composer of original music for Wonderlust’s Capitol Play Project. She also participated as a community member in the Adoption Play Project and the Overachiever Web Series. Other community-engaged theater work she has done includes composing music for Cornerstone Theater Company’s touring production of California The Tempest, Cornerstone’s downtown LA production of Attraction, and founding, producing and composing for the West Side Theater Project, a community-engaged effort that staged three shows: The West Side on the South Side, Phanton of the Kitchen, and Once Upon a River. Some of her other Theater composing credits include Nautilus Music Theater’s Sister Stories, Ten Thousand Things Theater’s The Furies and Caucasian Chalk Circle. Geva Theater, the Playwright’s Center and others have also performed her work. Her theatrical scores include settings of Brecht, Aeschylus, and several living playwrights, Alison Carey, Naomi Wallace, and Page Leong among them. Nautilus’ Composer Librettist Studio and Wesley Balk Opera Music Theater Institute, Cornerstone Theater Company’s Institute, and several years study with composer Libby Larsen were foundational experiences in her artistic journey. She is also a coach, a parent, a bicycler and on staff at Minnesota Communities Caring for Children.

Gabrielle DominiqueGabrielle Dominique, Ensemble Member (she/her), performed in Wonderlust’s Capitol Play Project and Overachiever Web Series. She is a 2017 graduate of St. Olaf College, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Theatre. A South Minneapolis native, she has worked professionally in the Twin Cities as a teaching artist for four years. She has had the privilege of sharing her work as a performer with several companies including Flying Foot Forum, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, Perspectives Theater, Playwrights Center, Artistry, Theater Latté Da, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Guthrie Theater.

Photo ZebZeb Hults, Technical Director/Ensemble Member (he/him), was the technical director for Wonderlust’s Capitol Play Project and the scenic designer for the Adoption Play Project. He is a recent transplant to Minneapolis from New York City and Connecticut. He has worked as Scenic Designer and/or Technical Director on every Wonderlust show produced so far. Locally, Zeb has also worked as Technical Director or Stage Manager for Theatre Novi Most, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Maple Grove HS, Circus Juventas, and Mad Munchkin Productions. He is currently the Assistant Technical Director for the Theatre Arts & Dance Dept. at the University of Minnesota. During his eight years in NYC, he worked Off-Broadway, in the theatre/event/fashion industry, and traveled across the country for a design firm, installing large-scale seasonal displays for casinos. In CT, he worked for the Goodspeed Opera House, was the Technical Director for the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts in Hartford, CT and as a Project Manager for Global Scenic Services in Bridgeport, CT.

Photo MeganMegan Kim, Ensemble Member (she/her), Megan Kim is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy-Los Angeles. She spent 9 years acting and singing in LA performing at various venues such as the Ford Amphitheatre and Fullerton Civic Light Opera, before returning to the Twin Cities. She is a company member with Wonderlust Productions. She performed in In My Heart: The Adoption Play Project, Our House: The Capitol Play Project and the OverAchievers Web Series and was the assistant director for Look Again: The Normandale Play Project. Other theatre credits include: Artistry, Smartmouth Comedy, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre Unbound and Nautilus Music-Theater. She also performs with Pillsbury House + Theatre’s Breaking Ice program.

Photo ArielAriel Leaf, Ensemble Member (she/her), performed in Wonderlust’s Veterans Play Project, Adoption Play Project, and Capitol Play Project, as well as providing production support for the Overachievers Web Series, and evaluation and lobby displays for all of our projects. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre Arts. She is an actor, lighting designer, director, and general ne’er-do-well. She is also a company member of Freshwater Theatre and Co-Artistic Director of Fortune’s Fool. Come summer you can often find her performing her one woman autobiographical shows at the Minnesota Fringe. To quote Carrie Fisher, “If my life wasn’t funny, it would just be true, and that is unacceptable.” An activist from a very young age, she found a perfect fit in Wonderlust and the desire to allow under recognized or misrepresented voices a place to be heard, and it makes her very proud to be able to assist in any way that she can.

Kari Olk Kari Olk, Ensemble Member (she/her), stage managed The Capitol Play Project and was the production manager for The Overachievers Webseries. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a degree in performing arts and social justice in 2015. She has been directing and acting in plays since she was a kid. As an adult she has stage managed with the University of Minnesota BFA/Guthrie Training Program, assistant directed with Theatre Latté Da, and run programming for Twin Cities Theater Camp, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. She currently works at Pillsbury House + Theatre as the director of the Chicago Avenue Project. Kari believes in theater that generates new ideas, empowers new voices and sparks creativity.

Photo OogieOogie_Push, Ensemble Member (She/Her/We), is a member of the Meskwaki Nation from Tama, Iowa and received an MFA in Theatre: Design & Technology from University of Missouri-Kansas City. She’s been a working Actor in the Twin Cities for 4 years, and she can also be found performing with New Native Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Full Circle, Pillsbury House + Theatre’s Breaking Ice, or anyone else who invites her to do a staged reading or quick performance. She initially got into theatre to smash stereotypes of Native Americans and to tell Native stories from a Native perspective. But it was only recently that Oogie began to write her own personal stories for the stage. She and other actors have performed her stories at Pangea World Theatre, Park Square Theatre’s Andy Boss Stage, The Guthrie Theatre’s McGuire Proscenium, the Minneapolis American Indian Center, and at MIA. For not being an admitted fan of Shakespeare, she has done King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, R&J, Measure for Measure, and will jump at an opportunity to do more. When she isn’t acting or writing Oogie can be found weaving Meskwaki Twine Bags, dancing, enjoying the outdoors no matter what season it is. And when those are all done, she is catching a theatre show, watching movies or binge watching tv shows because the next best thing to acting is watching other actors act.

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Sarah Tan, Creative Support (she/her), is a deviser, producer, performer, and educator born and raised in Singapore. She recently graduated from Arizona State University with her MFA in Theatre for Youth and Community. As an artist with a deep passion for building spaces of inclusivity, Sarah believes in the importance of creating relevant and impactful work (on stage and in classrooms) that bring together performance, education, social justice, and community engagement. With her personal work strongly leaning in the direction of devised theatre, Sarah envisions this theatrical form as a tool to artistically communicate the complexities of personal experiences through interdisciplinary performance. She is currently one of the Education Co-coordinators of Grey Box Collective, a Tempe-based theatre dance collective focused on trauma-informed creative practice, and exploring social and emotional wellbeing through performance. Learn more about Sarah’s work at www.sarahtanhy.com.

Photo AdamAdam Whisner, Ensemble Member (he/him), performed in Wonderlust’s Veterans Play Project, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Adoption Play Project, Capitol Play Project, Dear Future Self at St. Thomas University, and Overachievers Web Series. Additionally, he has been the band leader, vocalist and guitarist for all of our projects that featured live music. Adam has been a full-time actor in the Twin Cities since age twenty-five, doing theatre, corporate/educational video, and commercial TV, radio, and Web advertising. Adam has been the voice of dozens of regional national brands including Furniture Row, Papa Murphy’s Pizza, The Minnesota Wild, and Callaway Golf. Theatre credits include Hey City Theater, History Theatre, Hidden Theatre, Eye of the Storm Theatre, 15 Head: A Theatre Lab, The Commonweal, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Gremlin Theatre, Workhaus Collective, Joking Envelope, Loudmouth Collective, Theatre Pro Rata, and Park Square Theatre. Adam took a hiatus from stagework in 2002 to focus on music, starting a few rock bands including Blacktop Badge, which played around the Twin Cities’ rock club scene. He’s also an avid motorcyclist, a lifelong passion. Adam returned to the stage in 2008 and has continued doing 2-3 plays a year. His stage acting has been recognized in Lavender Magazine and City Pages, where he was named Best Actor in the 2016 “Best of the Twin Cities” annual review. Today Adam balances his acting life between theatre, commercial work, and performing with Pillsbury House + Theatre’s “Breaking Ice” diversity and inclusion education program.