Mari Harris is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Actor, and a Pianist with a powerful commitment to provide entertainment, empowerment, healing, and Love through the Arts. She recently performed at The East Side Freedom Library in St Paul, MN, and The Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY, Mari loves performing new theatrical works and is excited to be a part of this project: 1967.
Howard Lieberman has done everything on stage except sing, which he would do if he could carry a tune. He grew up on the North Side of Chicago with a professional tap dancer for a father and a math teacher for a mother, which may explain his wild mood swings.
As a young man, Howard left the wholesome Midwest to find fame or fortune as a corporate attorney in New York City. 20 years and one child later, Howard and his wife left, moving to staunchly Republican Stillwater, MN with a New York accent and a jaded optimist’s sense of humor.
Today Howard’s unique blend of performance art, improv skills and personal narrative has made him a fixture in the national performance art scene. He has partnered with Loren Niemi for Fringe Festival performances since 2009.
Rose McGee, M.Edu. is a professional storyteller, educator, facilitator, and playwright. She is creator of the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie Initiative, owner of Deep Roots Gourmet Desserts, co-author of the book, Story Circle Stories and earned a Master’s Degree from Lesley University Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is featured in the national PBS documentary, A Few Good Pie Places and TEDx Talk, The Power of Pie. She has led community volunteers in baking Sweet Potato Comfort Pies for Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine black people were killed and to Standing Rock protestors. In addition to local coverage, her gift and service of pies have been featured nationally including USA Today, The Huffington Post, and national talk show, The Real.
Loren Niemi has spent 40 years as a professional storyteller, creating, coaching, performing, producing and teaching stories of all kinds to audiences of all ages and interests. His work has been called “on the cutting edge of storytelling,” “with the dark beauty of language that is not ashamed of poetry.” He began performing in Fringe Festivals in 1995 and has done at least one a year since then with solor and partnered shows rooted in story and focused on what matters.
Loren is also a poet and the author of The New Book of Plots, (Parkhurst Brothers), and the co-author, with Elizabeth Ellis, of Inviting the Wolf In: Thinking About Difficult Stories, (August House), the critically acclaimed text on the value and necessity of telling the stories that are difficult to speak and uncomfortable to hear. He teaches storytelling at Metro State University and the University of St. Thomas' Executive Leadership Institute and coaches individuals, teams and organization around the country on messaging and presentation skills.