Lyssa Sparrow is a Minneapolis-based queer performing artist, educator, advocate, and storyteller. She graduated from Viterbo University in 2012 with a B.F.A. in Theater Performance. Lyssa spent a semester abroad in London studying applied theater, which is theater in non-traditional spaces for social justice and change. The companies Lyssa has worked with most in the past five years have been nimbus, The National Theater for Children, Gadfly Theatre Productions, Patrick’s Cabaret, and Raw Sugar. Lyssa recently finished a program with The DIAL Foundation as one of the five Creative Change Maker Apprentices. Over the last year and a half Lyssa has focused on writing and performing her true stories of coming out as queer, poly, and kinky, as well as someone who has lived through sexual assault, anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. She recently earned one of the four competitive slots when the Risk! Live show toured to Minneapolis, and was featured on the popular Risk! Podcast on the episode "Identity Crisis."
First Year Queer, premiering at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, will be the first show launching her new company, Lyssa Sparrow Productions.
Anthony is an artist, hooper, parent and involved participant in the LGBTQ+ and Polyamorous communities. He believe in love without boundaries and hope and work for a safer future for all marginalized people.
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Bri Lopez Donovan is a queer as fuck twenty something, living life in the Twin Cities. Bri uses they/them and she/her pronouns, and identifies as genderqueer. They write for Twin Cities Geek and enjoy creating poetry. Much of their work focuses on sexuality, consent, racism, healing from trauma, and how these things frequently intersect. You can find her work at twincitiesgeek.com and shortstackbri.wordpress.com
Scott is happy to be directing his fourth and fifth shows for the Minnesota Fringe this summer. His other show, The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee is also playing at Intermedia Arts. Previous Minnesota directing credits include: The Antichrist Cometh and We Gather Together for The Chameleon Theatre Circle, and Stay Carl Stay,Perchance to Dream, and Steel Kiss for the MN Fringe festival. He founded Segue Productions in 2012 with the belief that theatre should lead to conversations about current events and experiences we as individuals are facing in our lives.
Ari Newman wears many hats, but her favorite is the Scottish Tam. She works as co festival-director for the Ae Film Festival, videographer/photographer for Patrick's Cabaret and barista at Peace Coffee. In her spare time, she enjoys cuddling with her tabby cat, going to the Trylon to get nutritional yeast on her popcorn, and overthinking every decision she makes.
You can see more of her work at FlowerTalk: the works of ari newman
This is Corinna’s first time as a Fringe producer or artist, though she has been an enthusiastic attendee for the past five years. Never one to under-commit, she is also producing The Simple Mind of Dillon Magee for Segue Productions in this year’s festival, also playing at Intermedia Arts.
Corinna holds a B.A. in Theatre and Latin from St. Olaf College. She has worked on numerous Twin Cities productions in a range of capacities, most recently as co-scenic designer for TRP’s 110 in the Shade and prop designer for Theatre Pro Rata’s Goodbye Cruel World. Corinna also serves on the board of 20% Theatre Company.
She lives in St. Paul with her two partners, three of their four collective children and several pets, including Skippy, The Wonderdog.
Sadie and Lyssa met at college orientation weekend at Viterbo University. During an ice breaker game they were paired up as ketchup and mustard, and quickly learned they were both theater majors. In college, Sadie explored both technical theater and administrative work, and graduated with a BA in Theater Studies and a BFA in Arts Administration.
Since college, Sadie has continued to do freelance set and prop design work. You may have seen her work at the following theaters in the last five years: Theater in the Round, Theater Unbound, Park Square, Theater Pro Rata, Chameleon Theater Circle, Lyric Arts, Minnesota Opera, and The Phipps. You can view her portfolio at: sadieward.weebly.com/set-design. Sadie also works as the Human Resources Generalist at the Guthrie, and was previously the Human Resources & Volunteer Coordinator at the Ordway. In her free time, Sadie dotes upon her two wiener dogs Phoebe and Raven.