Michael J. Anderson
From the international and cross-cultural classical combat arts to ad hoc and at-hand weapons of opportunity, Michael J. Anderson has a command of the high-energy art of realistic stage violence. With the utmost concern for safety and respect, Anderson has spent decades dissecting the broad skills and exploring the subtle nuances that breath passion into dramaturgy. Anderson constructs his action on a strong anatomical analysis of both the human body and the body of work of the theatre, building a conversation of movement that expresses to an audience the visceral actions that emerge when words fail. Choreographer, instructor, Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.
Kate Beahen is a Twin Cities actress who has been seen at theaters such as Theater Latte Da, The Ordway, Skylark Opera, Daleko Arts, and Lyric Arts. She is also a returning guest on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. Kate has a degree in Music Theatre from Florida State University. For more information please visit katebeahen.com
Joe Black (tenor) is a frequent performer and music director for multiple Twin Cities community theaters, including Lyric Arts (music director, Lyric’s 2015 Cabaret Fundraiser, A Christmas Carol). Joe’s education (Augsburg College) is in both music theory and vocal production, and he incorporates both into lessons. In working on music, Joe encourages play to discover elements of the singer’s character and better inform performance while focusing on strengthening the performer’s vocal instrument and understanding of music.
Michael holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He has been teaching improvisation for over a decade to preschoolers and executives alike. Michael is currently a cast member of Comedysportz Twin Cities, where he works as both a performer and an instructor.
Carole Conama is the regular choreographer for Blaine High School along with other high schools and community theater venues, including: Morris Park Players, Lyric Arts, Cross Community Theater, and Elk River Community Theater. She has taught dance to children and adults for over thirty years. Currently she is teaching private tap and audition readiness. She is the former owner of Applause Dance from 1995-2007 where she maintained an average of 120 students. Her experience with tap began at a young age and was perfected by Char Weiss of Tap Inc. Her students have performed on many stages and workshops throughout the twin cities including competitions and Tapping in the Twin Cities, and various other festivals. Most recently she can be found on the stage performing here at Lyric Arts and other community theaters.
Sofia Lindgren Galloway
Sofia Lindgren Galloway is a director and teacher living and working in the Twin Cities. She has spent the past two years assisting directors at professional theater companies such as Ten Thousand Things, The Jungle Theatre, Frank Theatre, and Theatre Pro Rata. Before that, she finished her B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Education from St. Olaf College, graduating with distinction and directing a production of Antigone for the department season. There, she took an independent study called Women On Stage with Jeanne Willcoxon resulting in a lecture about What makes a play "feminist". Sofia is interested in highly physical storytelling, complex female characters, and exploring the cracks, messes and grey areas in life.
Johanna Gorman-Baer has been teaching theater to groups of all ages for the last ten years. She is constantly inspired by how group play can challenge the imagination to grow beyond the individual, creating small artistic communities in every class. Originally from the Madison area, she came to Minneapolis to earn her B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. She’s been living- and loving it- here ever since.
Samantha Haeli grew up on the stage at Lyric Arts, both performing and doing workshops, and is thrilled to return to the company as a Teaching Artist. Samantha performs on a regular basis at HUGE Improv Theatre and with Stevie Ray's Improv Company, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.
Barbara Hynes-Tomczyk has spent the last thirty years teaching and directing over fifty theatre productions. She’s currently working as a freelance director and teaching artist in and around the Twin Cities. Barb’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and graduate work in Acting, Directing and Theatre. Barb’s passion for theatre began when she was fifteen years old and continues to this day.
Pam is a published author with over thirty children's stories, poetry, and a pre-school e-book. She has worked as a Title I instructor in reading development and worked with Metropolitan State University in the development of her first play. She has also volunteered with the Write Now group and shown as an artist with watercolors, oils and other mediums for the city of Blaine.
Molly has been a theater educator for five years. She has worked with many companies, including Chicago Children’s Theatre, Light Opera Works, Steppingstone Theatre, Ashland Productions, and the Youth Performance Program at the Sabes JCC. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Theatre. She also works as a professional director and stage manager. Some favorite projects include directing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in promenade staging and spending a summer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as a stage management intern. She is very happy to be back in her hometown (St. Paul) and teaching with Lyric! You can find more about her at her website http://mgmattaini.wix.com/mollymattaini
Christy Nix is a local actor and performer. She has had the opportunity to work with several theatre companies in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, including Lyric Arts, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Chameleon Theatre Circle. She received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Hillsdale College and has performed around the US and internationally in mime, dance, singing and acting.
Philip C. Matthews is extremely excited to be working with the talented students at Lyric Arts Main Street Stage! He has been living and working in the incredible Twin Cities theatre scene since the summer of 2012. Originally from Nebraska, Philip met his wife, a Twin Cities actor and native, while earning his BFA in Acting at Nebraska Wesleyan University and they moved North after graduation! Since then he’s worked with many theatre companies around town. Some of his favorite projects have included Pioneer Suite with Fresh Water Theatre, Orpheus Descending with Six Elements Theatre and Life Could Be A Dream with the Old Log Theatre. When not on stage Philip loves staying active outdoors or hanging out at home with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Colbie.
Therese is ecstatic to be a part of the Lyric Arts Education Program. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2015 with a BA in Theatre Arts and Cinematic Arts. In her college theater career, she did everything from performing to running the sound board, but she found her passion in designing and constructing costumes and puppets. Therese began her work in arts education while interning at Facets Multimedia in Chicago, and she hopes to continue teaching her art form to the next generations for years to come. She currently lives in the South Metro with her family.
Natalia Peterson’s career includes experience in many areas of the creative arts. She is a singer, composer, pianist, a stage and commercial actress, playwright, and fine arts educator, and is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Voice and Piano. Natalia has also created two full-length studio albums: Completely Me, a musical for children, and A Spirit’s Fire, a compilation of original spiritual songs. She also wrote, performed, and produced Talespinner’s, a children’s storytelling production that toured the United States. In November 2013, Natalia published her first literary work; I’m Not The Pastor’s Wife (I’m just married to him). To learn more, visit her website at nataliapeterson.org.
Leslie Vincent is thrilled to be joining the crew at Lyric Arts. She is a recent transplant to the Twin Cities, hailing from Washington, D.C where she taught at The Theatre Lab, Kids International, and worked with the Young Playwrights Theatre. She is currently playing Morgan in Godspell at Theatre in the Round. In her spare time, Leslie enjoys learning silly songs on her ukulele. She has a BM from Catholic University in Musical Theatre and loves sharing her passion for musical theatre with the next generation.
Hannah is delighted to be getting involved with the Education Program at Lyric Arts! She attended California Pacific College of Performing Arts where she studied Musical Theater and Music Education. In college, Hannah joined a performing arts group, The Young Americans, where she toured nationally and internationally, teaching and performing with children from elementary school through high school age in support of music and art programs in schools. Hannah has performed with numerous theaters in Minnesota and across the country as well as directing and choreographing credits for some community theaters, middle and high schools. Her first involvement with Lyric Arts was on the stage in Hairspray (Penny Pingleton) and has been getting involved more and more with Lyric ever since!!! Hearts and Fairydust!
Joe Wiener has worked as an actor since arriving in the Twin Cities in 1998, appearing on stage, on screen, on radio and many other odd venues for actors to display their skills. He can coach for both the stage and the camera, whether it's a first-timer learning the basics, or a more seasoned actor looking for a little polish. Specialties include Shakespeare/Classical and voice-over work.