Actor, Co-Author, and Producer
Nikki is thrilled to take this show from 'No Limits' to 'Beyond Limits.' After receiving 5 star ratings last year at the MN Fringe Festival, she and Toolbox Theatre can't wait to present 'Beyond Limits' an adaption of 'No Limits' a one person show of overcoming adversity. Most recently Nikki has played Jo, a tough loving social worker with Wonderlust's Production's In My Heart: Adoption Play Project held at Mixed Blood Theatre. She is thrilled to bring this story and character back to life. Nikki has enjoyed playing many roles especially with Artistry's The King and I. She has sung with various choral groups and participated in improv groups, and church skits. She is a teaching artist with Upstream Arts and other youth theatre companies in town, teaching acting, improv, and choreography. Nikki has directed, assistant directed, and choreographed youth theatre productions. She is also the author of I Choose Hope and Hope for Today as well as a contributor for several anthologies. Despite challenges, Nikki continues to press into theatre, her true love and passion in life. Nikki gives thanks for her family and friends for their support in this endeavor. She wants to especially acknowledge Colleen Everitt who first spotted her talent, to this amazing production staff, especially Sara Truesdale for being with her every step of this production journey, Dennis Dienst who has helped make this 2017 production possible, and to her doctors and care team who have helped her get to this place. This play is her gift to you. More information visit nikkiabramson.com
Stage Manager, Set Designer, Props Master, and Producer
Dennis has put together a set that is easy to use and travels well, which is what a Fringe Show needs. Dennis has worked with a few different theatre groups in town, including 16 shows for Morris Park Players. This is his first work with this group of people and it has been a time of learning for him. Nikki's story and her great attitude have been an inspiration to him. He hopes you enjoy the show. A great big thanks to Joy, Taz and Snickers for giving up time with Dennis so he could dive into this project. Build a set: learn a bunch about perception and bias. What a life …
Acting Coach, Co-Author, and Producer
As a performer, Sara has worked with The Children’s Theatre Company, The Jungle Theatre, Red Eye Theatre, Bedlam Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo, St. Croix Festival Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Lakeshore Players, and Bloomington Civic, among others. Over the years, she’s directed and taught lots of kids. She likes to mentor, thrives on being part of positive collaboration, and enjoys being around the creativity of imaginative individuals. She has a BA in Communication-Theater from St. Olaf College.
Emma Dalen is excited to be performing in the MN Fringe for the fourth time. She has acted with multiple theaters in the past, including the University of Minnesota, The Public Theater of MN, Youth Performance Company, and Stages Theatre Company. Look for her in Asa Butterfield and Nick Offerman's movie "House of Tomorrow". Emma is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Theater BA in Performance Creation.
Young Nikki, Narrator, Singer
Louisa is thrilled to make her Minnesota Fringe Festival debut with Beyond Limits. Louisa’s passion for performing arts started when she was still very young. As an actor, she has performed at the Children’s Theater, Guthrie Theater, Stages Theater, Lundstrum Performing Arts Center and Valley View Thespians. Currently, she is performing at the Stages Theater and will be seen at the Artistry for Music Man in the Fall. As a dancer, she danced with Ashley Ballet Arts Academy, Hyde Park School of Dance and Joffrey in Chicago and is currently a dance student at Zenon Dance. She has trained at Second City in Chicago for improv. Louisa is also a voiceover actor and has done some commercials. She will be in 8th grade and is delighted to be chosen to the Guthrie School for Future Artists for the school year 20172018. When she is not rehearsing and on stage, she enjoys hanging out with her friends.
SUE GERVER (Narrator, Ms. Emanuelson, Nikki’s Mom, Ensemble) is thrilled to be performing in Beyond Limits. She performed the role of Erickson in the 2016 Fringe encore-winning production, Airbags. Sue recently has performed the role of Jennie Bartlet in DalekoArts’ Snowed Inn; Eurydice in Theatre Coup d’Etat’s, Antigone; and a choir member in Walking Shadow’s popular production of, The Christians. Her other Twin Cities theater credits include Opal in, Opal’s Husband, (Daytrippers Dinner Theater); Aunt Cat, in the musical, Seriously Bugged (2015 Fringe Festival); Kitty in Six Degrees of Separation (Theatre in the Round-TRP), Queen Elizabeth in Princess Diana the Musical (Actors Theater of Minnesota), Mrs. Mortar in Children's Hour (Minneapolis JCC), Mrs. Bassett in Summer and Smoke (TRP) and The Prioress in Edith Stein (Open Window). She is a member of Raye Birk’s, “Actors Workout”, at the Guthrie and her vocal coach is Michael Gruber. In 2014, Sue had the privilege of being the Guest Artist at her Alma Mater, Simpson College, in Indianola, Iowa, performing the role of Vi in The Memory of Water. She holds a B.A. in Acting from Simpson and a B.S. in Nursing from UW-Madison. Sue also has experience in film and commercials. For more information, visit her website www.suegerver.com.
Gretchen Grunzke is thrilled that Beyond Limits is the 6th show she's performed with at the MN Fringe. When not Fringing, Gretchen improvises with ComedySportz, Jesters, and at Huge. When not improvising, Gretchen teaches at Steppingstone Theater, BCT Artisty, Stages Theater Company, and the Brave New Workshop. When not Fringing, improvising, or teaching, Gretchen is probably sleeping. She is honored to help tell Nikki's incredible story.
After a 30 year hiatus, Linda returned to theater 15 years ago. She has worked with several theater companies in the twin cities both onstage and off in various capacities. These include Eden Prairie Players, Youth Performance Company, Theater Terra Firma, Prior Lake Players, PlaceBase Productions, Chameleon Theatre, Duck Soup Players, Top Hat Theater, Chain Reaction Theater Company and TigerLion Arts, among others. This is her fifth Fringe show and her favorite one. Nikki is an inspiration and a delight. She loves everything about theater and is grateful to be part of this amazing show.
After studying the art of Pantomime with Marcel Marceau, Gizelle toured all over the world performing and directing pantomime for 15 years. In 2003 she began to explore more vocal pursuits of the stage through musicals and theater while homeschooling 3 kids and building a career in health and wellness.
In Teresa's own life she scaled a mountain of math anxiety to earn degrees in computer science and accounting, and built a career in the IT industry. With her awesome spouse, Bill, she joined a health and wellness community. There she learned to manage her scoliosis through exercise and learned to do squats while balancing on a ball like a circus bear. She worked through water anxiety with buddies who made space for grace and she now competes in triathlons. When Teresa is not training, singing, playing piano, composing, she’s learning life lessons from her rescue dog, Butch. She is also writing and illustrating her first book for kids, titled “Into the Air” about a fish named Fran who decides to fly. You can learn more about the book and hear Teresa’s songs on www.PosiVibes.com.