TALC CIRCLE LEADERS

TALC WAS INITIATED BY LAURA, TO BRING THE LARGER COMMUNITY INTO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ADDRESSING SEXUAL HARM IN THE ARTS WORLD. THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE HAVE DEDICATED MUCH OF THEIR TIME TO THE EFFORTS AND CONTINUE TO USE THIER VOICES AND TALENTS TO ENSURE THAT TALC ACCOMPLISH WHAT WE HAVE SET OUT TO DO. 

LAURA STEARNS (SHE/HER) ACTOR / WRITER/ WIG MAKER/ MOTHER / SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVOR / DOG LOVER

Laura has worked in theater production in the twin cities, both on and off stage, for more than 35 years. A survivor of childhood sexual assault at the Children's Theatre Company back in the 1908's, Laura filed suit against CTC in 2015 for their part in the negligence of countless children being abused there in  the 1960's, 70's and 80's, by more than 30 perpetrators. She now spends much of her time bringing awareness to the issues of sexual harm in the arts, and is writing a book about her experience with the legal system and how she has moved from survivor to thriver.

ELENA GIANNETTI (SHE/HER) / DIRECTOR / ACTOR

Elena has been an actor since the age of 6. Her professional acting credits over the course of 30 years include film & TV plus many Twin Cities theaters, including the Guthrie, History Theater, Mixed Blood and others. In 2010 she expanded her theater work to include directing and producing, and in 2016 she co-founded PRIME Productions, a professional theater company that focused on mature women’s stories. She has a BA in Dramatic Arts from Macalester College, and has studied in both NY and LA. Having experienced sexual harassment of various forms throughout her career, she knows the courage it takes speak out against it. Today her work is focused on directing plays that explore our common humanity and putting time into arts organizing, to ensure that our creative spaces are inclusive and safe for everyone and that all voices are heard and valued. 

EDITING GROUP

Catherine is the Production Manager for Mixed Blood Theatre Company in Minneapolis, where theatre lives at the intersection of authenticity and virtuosity, while championing equity, diversity, and inclusion through exceptional artistry, catalytic relationships, and universal access. Previously, she held positions in Production and Artist Management with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University, Public Theater, Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom Center, and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. She earned her B.A. in Production and Theatre Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is a member of the Production Manager’s Forum Diversity and Inclusion, Membership, Rebuild, and Early Career Committee.  

MARIA ASP (SHE/HER) / PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF BRIDGES PROGRAM / ACTOR

Maria Asp was with The Children’s Theatre Company’s Neighborhood Bridges program since its beginning and served as the Program Director. As an actor she has appeared in 23 productions with FRANK THEATRE including The Cradle Will Rock, and The Love song of J. Robert Oppenheimer. She is also a teaching artist with Frank Theatre and On Stage. Maria is a musician and performer with the Speaking Out Collective. She is also an Arts Organizer and is part of the Million Artist Movement. She is grateful to  be working and organizing with TALC. 

CATHERINE CAMPBELL (SHE/HER)

PRODUCTION MANAGER

THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THE HANDS ON WORK TO IMPLEMENT THE REQUESTS OF THE COMMUNITY INTO THE DOCUMENT

MARIA ASP (She/Her/Hers) ACTOR/EDUCATOR

JENNY R. FRIEND (She/Her/Hers) STAGE MANAGER (CTC PSM)/MOTHER/PADDLER OF CANOES

MOLLY FOX (She/Her/They/Them) WARDROBE TECHNICIAN

AIDAN GALLIVAN (She/Her) STAGE MANAGER

ELENA GIANNETTI (She/Her) DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

KATHY KOHL (She/Her) COSTUME DESIGNER

RACHEL LANTOW (She/Her)

SHELLI PLACE (She/Her) DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

JESS RAU (She/Her) WIG MAKER/

LAURA STEARNS (She/Her) ACTOR/WRITER/DESIGNER/CHEESE LOVER

MAX WOJTANOWICZ (He/Him) ACTOR

JAMES GRACE (He/Him) EDUCATOR/INTIMACY DIRECTOR

CATHERINE CAMPBELL (She/Her) PRODUCTION MANAGER

ADDITIONAL THANKS IN FURTHERING THE INITIAL CONVERSATIONS:

YVONNE COURNOYER- ADVOCATE

MICHAEL JON PEASE- PARK SQUARE THEATER

CORDELIA ANDERSON- SV  CONSULTANT

JEFFERY HATCHER- PLAYWRIGHT

MARCELA LORCA- 10,000 THINGS

REBECCA NOON- GUTHRIE COMM. ENG DIR

KAREN MUELLER - HISTORY THEATER

RON PELUSO- HISTORY THEATER

SHÁ CAGE- ACTOR / DIRECTOR

SUN MEE CHOMET- ACTOR

WENDY KNOX- FRANK THEATER

CHRISTINA BALDWIN- JUNGLE THEATER

JOANNA SCHNEDLER- MN THEATER ALLIANCE

WU WCHEN KHOO- TECH TOOLS OF THE TRADE

BONNIE MORRIS- ILLUSION THEATER

MICHAEL ROBINS- ILLUSION THEATER

JEREMY COHEN- PLAYWRIGHTS CENTER

HAYLEY FINN- PLAYWRIGHTS CENTER

BARBARA BROOKS- MN JEWISH THEATER

PETER ROTHSTEIN- THEATER LATTE DA

RICARDO LEVINS MORALES- ARTIST- ACTIVIST

NELL PIERCE- TEACHER / COMMUNITY ACTIVIST

MOLLY GLASGOW- COMMUNITY ACTIVIST

 

VOLUNTEERS WHO GO THE EXTRA MILE: YOU ALL ROCK OUR WORLD

RICARDO BEAIRD- ACTIVIST/ THEATER MAKER

DAISUKE KAWACHI- TECH WIZARD / THEATER MAKER

DOUG SCHOLZ CARLSON- THEATER MAKER/ IDI COACH

SHANAN CUSTER- THEATER MAKER/ EDUCATOR

AARON FISKRADATZ- TEACHING ARTIST/TECH GURU

VERY SPECIAL THANKS: YVONNE COURNOYER / SEXUAL HARM PREVENTION SPECIALIST

SPECIAL THANKS TO YVONNE FOR HER SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE IN THE FRIST STAGES OF TALC'S FORMATION, FOR HER EXPERTISE IN THE WORLD OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION, AND FOR HER EXCELLENT NOTE TAKING SKILLS: Yvonne Cournoyer has provided training and leadership in sexual violence prevention since 2002 both through the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and at Stop It Now!, a national child sexual abuse prevention organization.  Highlights of her work include working with the Legislature to create the first ever State funding for the primary prevention of sexual violence and successful passage of extensive legislation to improve sexual violence prevention policies and practices in colleges and universities. At Stop It Now! she developed the first ever research based social marketing campaign targeting adults concerned about their own sexualized thoughts and behaviors towards children. 

“When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision—then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid" Audre Lorde  The Transformation of Silence into Language & Action.

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