phillip andrew bennett low
phillip andrew bennett low is a Chinese-American playwright and poet, storyteller and mime, theatre critic and libertarian activist. His solo performances have won acclaim from Minneapolis to Chicago, DC to LA -- even as far as Melbourne, Australia. He was the co-founder of the Rockstar Storytellers (a supergroup of bestselling Twin Cities spoken-word artists), founder and producer of the touring theatre troupe Maximum Verbosity
, and currently hosts what he believes to be the country's only open-mic dedicated to speculative fiction, The Not-So-Silent Planet
, and its associated podcast
. He has published a book of political humor, Indecision Now! A Libertarian Rage
Artistic Director of Poetry Alive! Theatre Company. She is a playwright, choreographer, and international artist-in-residence, including work in China, Ethiopia, Japan, Switzerland, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, Ukraine, and Romania. Directing credits include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Lakeshore Players), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; Inspecting Carol (Northfield Arts Guild), The Wizard of Oz; Into the Woods; Cinderella (Young Artists Initiative), Willy Wonka (Masquer's Theater), Cloud 9 (Anam Cara Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Montford Theatre), Cinderella and The Sneetches (AD, Children’s Theatre Company).
Anna Gregory is excited to participate in her first ever Fringe show. She has previously appeared in American Idiot
with TASU Theater Company and Spring Awakening
with Children's Theatre Company
. She currently resides in Chicago where she attends the Chicago College of Performing Arts
at Roosevelt University. "All my love goes to Mikey and Bella!"
Mike Hentges is excited to be performing in his fourth Fringe Festival. When not doing Fringe, Mike can be found in other Twin Cities theater productions or doing improv. He was recently in a production for the Phoenix Theater's Fledgling Program and is currently in the improv group r/WhatTheImprov.
In the 2017 Minnesota Fringe, he is also appearing in Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler by Katherine Glover Presents.
Christy Marie Kent
Christy Marie Kent is a writer, storyteller, and math geek who transitioned from male to female more than fifteen years ago. She was born in Mississippi at the height of the civil rights movement. Her parents moved to a new state every couple of years, but no matter where they went, she found them. She lives now in the Twin Cities with her husband, two sons, and a cat that begs to return to a warmer climate.
In the 2017 Minnesota Fringe, she has also written Pope Joan by Featherstone Creative.
Sylvia Michels graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Theatre Honors Major. She has appeared in several shows: Sweeney Todd-the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (The Musical), More Light, Not I, Love's Labour's Lost (The Musical), Angels in America: Millenium Approaches, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Trojan Barbie. Michels is thrilled to be a part of the 2017 Fringe Festival and is looking forward to her next two productions with St. Croix Festival Theatre: Death of A Salesman and It's A Wonderful Life. "Thank you to my family, friends, and mentors for your unwavering support!"
Michael Weingartner is enjoying his second year as an actor in the Minnesota Fringe Festival. He appeared in 2016 as part of The Non-Producers, and has since appeared around the Twin Cities in various productions. He is also an improviser, writer, and producer who's very excited to be a part of this wonderful cast!
Recognized in a women’s restroom as a “local actress,” Jena hopes to break into regionals in five years. She’s performed with several companies, including Six Elements, Maximum Verbosity, and Walking Shadow, and has also worked several production roles, including director, stage manager, costumer, writer, and fight choreographer. Her Fringe involvement since 2008 includes Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Highlander: the Musical, Caucasian-Agressive Pandas and Other Mulatto Tales, and her own one-woman Memoirs of a Welfare Queen. She’s a regular at the Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis, on cast for Vilification Tennis, and founding member and events coordinator for Fearless Comedy Productions.
In the 2017 Minnesota Fringe, she has also done fight choreography for The Tragedy of Obi-Wan Kenobi by Headcanon.