At the tender age of 68, Paul decided that he wanted to be an actor when he grew up. So he moved from Duluth to Minneapolis (where, just coincidently, his grandchildren live), joined Raye Birk's Actors Workout, and started hustling gigs. His first was as the cowardly professor in "Fahrenheit 451" at Theater in the Round. He had a featured role in a Fringe Festival show in 2016, and roles in "Volpone" and "The Merchant of Venice" - both produced by the Creative Actors Ensemble. He has also had roles in industrial videos.
Julie Ana Rayne
Julie Ana Rayne (co-founder of Imagined Theatre) is an actor, composer, director, playwright, and producer of new plays and original musical theatre works, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Julie produced Sasquatched! The Musical at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2013, and co-authored and co-directed The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs, which premiered in the Twin Cities in 2015 and the Minnesota Fringe Festival in 2016. In 2017, The Pound was selected for Theater Now New York’s Sound Bites 4.0 Festival (Signature Theatre). Authored plays from 2017 include: Booby Trap (Manhattan Repertory Theatre) and The Walking Advisor (City Theatre of Independence Play Festival). Past favorite roles include: Nancy in Oliver!, Reno in Anything Goes, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, the Wife in Rashomon, and Karen in Speed the Plow. Julie is a member of the Playwright’s Center and has several new works currently in development.
Tim is thrilled to be making his professional Twin Cities theatrical debut with Imagined Theatre’s production of Facility. Originally from Des Moines Iowa, Tim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from Simpson College, and has appeared in a number of regional productions including: Peer Gynt, A Winter’s Tale, and Memory of Water. He has also performed with the Des Moines Playhouse in 12 Angry Men, with the Des Moines Young Artists in Stop Kiss, and has worked with the Des Moines Metro Opera. Tim is also currently appearing as a performer with the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Company in Minneapolis.
Nicole is excited to be back for another Fringe Festival! She has performed in and around the metro area with The Chameleon Theatre Circle, Really Spicy Opera Company, The Seasons Dinner Theater, Old Gem, and the Cross Players. Some recent favorite roles are: Cathy (The Last Five Years), Magenta (The Rocky Horror Show), Angel/Reno [understudy] (Anything Goes), Paula Abagnale (Catch Me If You Can), and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto).
Phil Darg is the author of more than two dozen plays and musicals, the composer/producer of more than 250 musical works (some broadcast on MTV and The History Channel), and has performed at 54 Below in New York City. His piece, Sasquatched! The Musical (www.sasquatched.com), premiered at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) in 2013 and in Minneapolis in 2014 (nominated for 6 Minneapolis BroadwayWorld Awards). In 2013, Phil co-founded the non-profit Imagined Theatre (www.imaginedtheatre.org), with its mission to author and develop new musical theatre works. In 2015, Phil co-authored and co-produced The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs (nominated for 5 Minneapolis BroadwayWorld Awards), and in 2016 produced it for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. In 2017, a number of his new dramatic works were produced, including: ‘Til Death (Darkhorse Dramatists, Binghamton, New York), which was also a winner of the Artists Exchange One-Act Play competition (Cranston, RI); We Need To Talk (Manhattan Repertory Theater), Critical (Carrollwood Players, Tampa), The Interrogation (Chagrin Valley Little Theatre in Ohio), and was a semi-finalist for the Lakeshore Players' ten-minute play festival. His one-act drama, Facility, was a selection at the 2017 William Inge Theater Festival Play Labs, and will be produced at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August 2017. In addition, an excerpt from The Pound: A Musical for the Dogs was selected for a performance as part of Sound Bites 4.0 (www.tnny.org) in New York at the Signature Theatre in May 2017.