Basil Considine is an award-winning composer, playwright, and director. He debuted at the 2014 MN Fringe with his opera The Frat Party; his Game of Thrones: The Musical premiered at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe and was one of the best-selling shows of the 2017 O’ahu, Maui, and Tampa Fringe Festivals. His play The Abortion Bomb premiered to critical acclaim at the Plays & Players Theatre in Philadelphia in 2011.
Basil studied opera composition with Samuel Headrick (The Hostage), fiction writing with Sandra Benitez (A Place Where the Sea Remembers), and playwriting with Lydia Diamond (The Bluest Eye, Stick Fly, Smart People. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of San Diego. He is also the director for Really Spicy Opera's production of A Pickle and Tesseray Productions’ Oxygen is Overrated.
More info at: basilconsidine.org.
Mark Monfils is a freelance stage director who has directed over 50 plays, musicals, and other shows. Recent credits include directing the female version of The Odd Couple, Everybody Loves Opal, and Cinderella for River City Theater Company; directing Game of Thrones: The Musical for Really Spicy Opera; and assistant stage-managing Twisted Apples for Nautilus Music-Theater. He also directed a large-scale production of Babes in Toyland for the 2014 Winter Show at Rosetown Playhouse in Roseville, MN. Other selected credits include Blithe Spirit and Dracula for River Valley Theater Company, All Wrapped Up 2012 for Minnesota PerformDance Productions at The Cowles Center, Guys and Dolls for Rockford High School and Born Yesterday for The Barn Theatre in Willmar, MN.
Mark has also acted in or stage-managed 35 additional productions over the years. This Fall 2017, he will direct The Curious Savage for River Valley Theater Company.
Cameron Schmalz is excited to be a part of his first Fringe show and his first show in Theatre in the Round. In the beginning of this year he worked on Bone Portraits through his school at the Phoenix Theater. At the end of 2016, he worked on A Christmas Carol at the Phipps Center for the Arts. Cameron also performs in many shows at his local theater, Woodbury Community Theatre. His recent WCT productions include Mary Poppins and Stars on Broadway.
Kim Greene is a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota and an international creativity consultant to Fortune 500 companies. She has plunged back into acting after a long hiatus, appearing in a variety of short independent films and the feature films Dragonfly and Edge of Insanity. She also works as a role play actor for police crisis intervention trainings, and also appears in the Fringe show Dancing Feet.
Christy Johnson makes her Fringe debut with Thor: Jurassic Park. Some of her favorite roles include: playing the Third Witch in Macbeth and the Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. She thanks her husband, family, and friends for their enduring support, saying, "I hope you will come to the show, enjoy the adventure and don't get eaten by dinosaurs!"
Casey Marie Holmes
Casey Marie Holmes is excited to be a part of the MN Fringe Festival for her first time. She loves seeing this much collaboration happening at one time! A graduate of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with a BA in Theatre, Casey Marie has worked for companies such as St. Croix Festival Theatre, The Phipps Center for the Arts, and Prairie Fire Children's Theatre. This summer, she is also directing a production of Pinocchio with Locally Grown Theatre and interning with Chain Reaction Theatre Project.
Logan Schuneman is excited to be part of the Fringe Festival and wants to thank the Cast, Crew, Staff, and Audience for making this such a fun experience. Logan recently performed as Panda Bill in Revenge of the Space Pandas, Flick in A Christmas Story, Tweedle Dee/Knave of Hearts in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and Johnny Steadman in A Laura Inglalls Wilder Christmas at Lyrics Arts Theater in Anoka, MN.
Logan is going into 7th Grade at Breck School, where he enjoys writing, improv, 40s Music, and eating broccoli.
Stage Manager/Ant Man
Heather Baldwin is a veteran stage manager, including six engagements at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, but this is her first time portraying a superhero on stage. She has stage managed for Really Spicy Opera, Notorious PKG, Box Wine, Hardcover, Shadow Horse, Freshwater, Seldom Scene, and Maximum Verbosity. In addition to stage managing, she sells theatre tickets and alcohol for a living, and also does improv and storytelling for fun.
Kartik Joon is a mechanical engineer by day and an actor by night. A native of India, he is also a proud member of the U.S. Army Reserve. He has worked on three movies and makes his professional play debut in Thor: Jurassic Park.
Tyler Stafford is ecstatic to be making his MN Fringe festival debut as Hawkeye in Thor: Jurassic Park. Tyler is a gender-blending singer-songwriter as well as an actor, dancer, and model, who creates a theatrical flair in all of his artistic pursuits. Tyler Stafford has performed all around Minnesota for the last 10 years and has been featured in an array of musicals such as: American Idiot (St. Jimmy), RENT (Angel), HAIR (Woof), an awarding performance in Sweeney Todd (Pirelli), and many more.
Aside from acting, Tyler is working on a new and exciting musical project and cannot wait to share it with everyone.
Black Widow/Lady Thor/Velociraptor
Kelli Grant is a heartfelt lover of the creative process, whether it's through writing, improvisation, film, songs, or visual art. Quite simply, to bring humor and laughter into people's lives through curious and unexpected art feels darn good. Last year, Kelli was awarded Best New Entertainer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for her portrayal of Pip the Hoarder. She recently played several roles in the One-Minute Play Festival, and will be appearing soon in the new web comedy series Totally Trucked Up.
Lexy/Person in line
Gillian Chan does art, acting, competitive Pokemon card games, and speaks Klingon. A 5th grader, she named her dog Indiana and cosplays as Ms. Marvel, Peggy Carter, X-23, Link, and more. She has starred in multiple productions of A Klingon Christmas Carol.
Sarah Chapman goes from 5'3" to 9'3" on the weekends. A member of Chicks on Sticks, she contracts for parades, art fairs, and surprise appearances at weddings and rehearsal dinners. Her first time on stage as a lead was as Vasilisa the Beautiful in the Russian Cinderella in 3rd Grade. She also moonlights as a stagehand in burlesque shows, and has performed for the Barebones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza since 2011.
Meera Safford is a 14-year-old artist and performer from Minneapolis. She has performed multiple times in the Barebones Halloween Show, In the Heart of the Beast's May Day parade/pageant, and the MN State Fair parade. As a painter, her work has been featured on local billboards as part of the Ordway International Children’s Festival. This is Meera’s first Fringe show!
Diana Wilde has appeared on stages around the Twin Cities, including Artistry, Actors' Theatre of Minnesota, the History Theatre, and the Old Log Theatre, where she is currently engaged as Bessie the Cow in Jack and the Beanstalk.
Cary VanHeel makes her MN Fringe Festival debut with Thor: Jurassic Park. Cary returned from studying Costume Construction in New Zealand in 2016. Since her return stateside, she has built and designed costumes for two seasons at Morningside Theater Company (recently including 101 Dalmations–KIDS, Aladdin, JR, and Godspell, JR) and several productions at Edina High School (including the national high school premiere of Peter & the Starcatcher). She has also made costumes for Walking Shadow Theater (The Three Musketeers, Red Velvet, Wellington Opera House (Evita), and at Toi Whakaari NZ Drama School.
Assistant Stage Manager
Ian Yang makes his Fringe Festival debut with Thor: Jurassic Park. Outside of school, Ian recently concluded a run as the lightboard operator for Morningside Theatre Company's productions of 101 Dalmatians–KIDS, Aladdin, JR, and Godspell.