A collaboration of 5 choreographer’s visions and experiences, Chapter 23 weaves through an evening length work inspired by post grad life. It acknowledges we are never alone no matter how much we feel like it.
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Kathryn Dudley is a choreographer, performer, stage manager, and teaching artist in the Twin Cities. A graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in Dance Honors and Theatre, Kathryn thrives in a collaborative setting, working with artist of every discipline. Kathryn has had her work shown at Inbox @ The Artbox, Tek Box, as well as Intermedia Arts in a performance with the Minneapolis Ballet Dancers. Recently, she has choreographed for "Sweeney Todd" at Gustavus Adolphus College, "The Wizard of Oz" at SteppingStone Theatre, and assistant choreographed "Hair" at Children's Theatre Company; all of which have sparked her love for musical theatre. Currently, Kathryn is a junior teaching artist at Children's Theatre Company, dance instructor at The Dance Factory, and works closely with 21/40 Productions as a choreographer and stage manager. Kathryn is beyond excited to be sharing the stage with so many lovely artists in this show "Chapter 23", and would like to give a gigantic thank you to everyone who has helped make this possible for ...and Company.
Samantha Heggem is a dance artist from the suburbs of the Twin Cities. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2017 with a BA in Dance. She has had the opportunity to perform and co-choreograph in two shows produced by the Minneapolis Ballet Dancers as well as a collaborative show produced by Sixteen Feet. Samantha is excited for the chance to be co-directing her first Fringe Festival with ...and Company and looks forward to continuing to build her dance career in the Twin Cities.
Laura K JohnsonProducer/Choreographer/Performer
Laura K Johnson is a performer, choreographer and instructor based in the Twin Cities. She is originally from Rosemount, MN where she was introduced to modern dance in high school and hasn’t looked back since. Laura is a recent graduate from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she received the Distinguished Dance Student Award and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance Honors. After graduation, Laura interned and studied at the American Dance Festival, performed her own work in Paula Mann’s Solo Composition Workshop, Hold This, and continues to dance with a local performance company, Body Group, in performances around the cities. Laura is extremely passionate about dance because she believes it is essentially the art of being alive. As someone who struggles with being present in daily life, Laura finds herself the most content when she lets her mind and body sync together while dancing. Laura currently teaches modern technique at Ballet Royale Minnesota and Deuxmensions Dance Theatre & School during the school year, and is working alongside some of her closest friends and fellow Gustavus grads in the creative process of Chapter 23. Laura is excited to see where her passion takes her in life.
Nicole is a local Twin Cities choreographer and dance instructor. She graduated in 2017, with a Bachelors of Arts with Honors in Psychology and Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College. She has presented her choreography at the American College Dance Association, the Tek Box, Intermedia Arts , as well as in other Fringe shows. She is currently working as a dance educator in Minnesota where she choreographs and instructs dancers in a variety of styles. Nicole strives for her choreography to create an understanding through movement between herself and the audience.
John Surber graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in Dance in May of 2017. John works as a free Lance artist here in the twin cities. Currently he is dancing with the Christopher Watson Dance Company (CWDC) and working on other side projects as well. Moving to the Twin Cities has provided an outlet to persue the passion for an art form he never thought would be a part of his life. He will continue to work with CWDC and explore the Minneapolis dance community.
Maggie Arndt has been dancing since she was two and a half and has been in love with the art ever since. Studying the classic styles in a studio setting, her introduction to modern dance came with her college career at Gustavus Adolphus College. At Gustavus, Maggie had many opportunities to perform and choreograph as a member of the Gustavus Dance Company. Gustavus provided Maggie with the fortuity to work alongside and grow among various professors, including site-specific choreographer, Stephen Koplowitz. Her choreographed piece, Risk was selected and performed at the Informal Concert at American College Dance Association (ACDA) in 2014. Maggie’s choreographed work, Wanderer’s of the Mind was selected and performed at the Adjudicated Concert at ACDA in 2015. Upon graduation, she has danced with the company Seven Dance and continues to dance and perform at Summit Dance Shoppe. Maggie looks forward to many more opportunities to continue dancing and growing as an artist. “Dance is the Hidden Language of the Soul.”-Martha Graham
Madelyn Bakken is a Senior double major in Theatre and Dance and Gustavus Adolphus college. Not only does Madelyn love dancing, she is also a choreographer for musical theatre. For more info check out her website at mn mbakken.wixsite.com/maddzbee Madelyn is ecstatic to be dancing for Fringe this year and to be gaining a wider vocabulary for her movement.
My name is Kadie, I’m 25 and currently residing in South Minneapolis with a couple of my hometown friends. My days consist of seeking intention and depth out of the human experience, most preferably through the medium of movement. I work at a law firm and brewery to pay the bills. My dance training began with dance team kick line and jazz and has evolved more recently into modern dance. I’m currently exploring graduate programs for dance/movement therapy. I crave to find balance between the internal mind and external body. Let’s chat outside this bio! Thanks for being here.
A transplant from Chicago, Shannon Mulcahy graduated from the University of Minnesota in the spring of 2018 with a BFA in Dance. She’s had the pleasure of working with and studying under local choreographers and artists such as Joanie Smith, Rosie Simas, Marciano Silva Dos Santos, Luke Olson-Elm, V. Paul V., and Erin Sheppard. She is a free lance performing and teaching artist in the Twin Cities also working with Rebecca Tanner Dance. Shannon is excited to work with this talented cast in her first Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Allison recently graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in dance and philosophy. She started dancing in Rosemount and joined Morris’ Modern Dance Company in high school. She has presented work in student and faculty choreographed shows at Gustavus as well as the American College Dance Association North Central Conference. She has also performed in various shows around the twin cities, including Dances at the Lakes and Inbox @ the Artbox. She works in social services at the Community Action Partnership in Shakopee and loves her cat, Cooper, with all of her heart.
Libby graduated in June from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN with degrees in Dance and Nursing. She first discovered her love for dance at The Dance Connection in Rosemount, MN, where she trained throughout childhood in a variety of styles. At college, she furthered her knowledge and enjoyment of dance by emersion into the modern dance world. Gustavus provided her with many class and performance opportunities, including performing at the American Collegiate Dance Association. Upon entering the workforce, Libby hopes to combine her passions of dance and nursing by bringing creative movement concepts into her nursing practice. She is currently excited to work with fellow Gustie alums in …and company as she continues to pursue a deeper understanding of how dance and movement are applicable to all areas of life.
Brittany Zales is a dance artist in the twin cities. She graduated from Perpich Center for Arts Education in 2011 and continued to explore dance through the years with improvisational movement and classes at Zenon Dance Company. Recently, she’s danced with Kathryn Dudley and Alina Fatieieva and is currently understudying a new piece by Gerry Girouard and danced with Susan McKenna and Christine Maginnis. Brittany is also working as a mover with an oboist and a harpist creating an unconventional movement and music ensemble.