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, who is originally from the Twin Cities, has a bachelor of music in music theatre from Florida State University. She has performed at various theatres around the country and also spent a few years living and performing in New York City. She now heads up the theatre program at Coon Rapids Middle School and performs professionally around the Twin Cities.
A director, stage manager, musician, and spoken word artist, Laura has showcased her artistic talents in numerous theaters and groups around the Twin Cities including, Minnesota Public Radio, The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Morris Park Players and the Dakota Valley Symphony. Laura is one half of the writing/performing duo that created the Minnesota Fringe Festival hits, Take a Left at the Giant Cow; a Beginner’s Guide to North Dakota and Boys Don’t Make Passes at Girls Who Wear Glasses. She is also a member of the storytelling group, the RockStar Storytellers. Laura is delighted to be working with Lyric Arts! Previous directing credits with Lyric Arts include Little Shop of Horrors, The Elves and the Shoemaker, Ghost Chasers!, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Why Do Heroes Have Big Feet.
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.
Kym Chambers arrived from New York about two years ago where she had been working as a professional actor for eight years. Kym has toured with the Broadway shows Cats, The Wizard of Oz, and Cinderella. She has also worked at many prestigious regional theaters across the country including North Shore Music Theater, Kansas City Starlight, Atlanta Theater of the Stars, and Casa Manana. Kym holds a Masters Degree from New York University in Musical Theater Vocal Performance and a BA from St. Olaf College in Speech/Theater Secondary Education.
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.
Cassandra Cutler Proball
Cassandra Cutler Proball, Education Director at Lyric Arts, has been a professional director, actor, and theater arts educator in the Midwest for over 15 years. She received her M.A. in theater with a specialization in theater-for-young-audiences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As an actor, Cassandra has appeared in dozens of productions including Fefu and Her Friends, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Black Comedy, Charlotte’s Web, The Trojan Women, and Antigone. Cassandra’s directing credits include The Boxcar Children, Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood, and Pinnocchio at The Duluth Playhouse; Miss Nelson is Missing, The Frog Prince and CinderEdna at Stages Theatre Company. Cassandra will be directing Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type for the Lyric Arts 2013-2014 season. As a theater educator, Cassandra has developed science and theater curriculum for The Bakken, has led professional development workshops for school teachers on how to integrate drama in their classrooms, and served as an instructor and Education Director at the Duluth Playhouse and Stages Theatre Company. She lives in Anoka, with her husband, Brian, and their spoiled kitty, Miss Cleo.
Lisa has been a professional actress for over 20 years, and has been working with children of all ages for just about as long. She has performed at a variety of Twin Cities theaters including Park Square, Theatre in the Round, Shakespeare and Company, The Refreshment Committee, The Mystery Cafe, and The Plymouth Playhouse where she performed in How to Talk Minnesotan for 4 years. Most recently she appeared in the role of Doris in The Miracle on 34th Streetat Lyric Arts along with her husband and two children. Lisa has a BA in Child Development from Concordia University, and is a strong supporter of the importance of arts in education for children and youth.
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.
Nickie is happy to add Lyric Arts to her resume! She has been an actor in the metro area for 15 years appearing on such stages as The Ordway, Chanhassen, and the Plymouth Playhouse among others. Nickie is currently working as a freelance Choreographer/Director/Theatre Educator at Edina High School, Hill-Murray, and Ashland Productions and is also on the Dance Faculty at LifeTime Fitness. During the summer, she loves teaching Musical Theatre camps at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI, and also at Shell Lake Arts Camp in Shell Lake, WI. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies/Theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She lives in Robbinsdale with her husband, percussionist Paul Hill and their totally awesome dog, Trooper.
Barbara Hynes-Tomczyk (Barb H-T) 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.
Robert Neu is delighted to be a Workshop Instructor and Resident Director for Lyric Arts. Previously, he directed Leading Ladies Almost, Maine; The Sound of Music and Oliver! at Lyric Arts. His other productions have been seen in Cincinnati, Virginia, New York and West Virginia. For the Minnesota Orchestra, he has directed productions of Candide, Fidelio, Tosca starring Deborah Voigt, Carmen, La Boheme, Peer Gynt (for which he also co-wrote the adaptation), Bernstein’s Mass, Hansel and Gretel and La Traviata. In the Twin Cities area, he has directed for New Breath Productions, Phipps Center for the Arts, St. Cloud’s Paramount Theatre, and Skylark Opera. His productions have also been seen at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Neu teaches master classes in audition techniques for the University of Minnesota’s opera department. Upcoming productions include a revival of Hansel and Gretel for the Minnesota Orchestra and Patience for the Gilbert and Sullivan Players.
Deborah holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Minnesota and has spent over 20 years working in the Training and Educational Development field. She combines this experience with her 30+ years of Community Theater acting to create a fun, engaging atmosphere for students.
Deborah has taught many children’s classes over the past several years including; American Girl, Box Car Children, Stinky Cheese Man, Pee Wee Pirates and many more. Deborah can be seen frequently on the Lyric Arts stage and has also performed at several theaters in the Twin Cities including; Off Broadway Musical Theater, CROSS Community Players, Morris Park Players, Stages Theater Company, The Eden Prairie Players and Top Hat Theater. Some of her favorite Lyric Arts productions have been; Annie Get Your Gun,Steel Magnolias, Bridge to Terabithia, Plaza Suite, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, Nick Tickle Fairy Tale Detective and Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays.
Molly Jo is overjoyed to be a part of the Lyric Arts Education program. She will be graduating in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Children & Family Ministry with an emphasis in Theater. Molly Jo has been performing with Lyric Arts for the past three years appearing in shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Potiphar’s Wife), Over the Tavern (Annie), and Footloose (Ariel). She recently worked as the assistant choreographer for Hello, Dolly! at Lyric Arts and works as the Children and Family Director at True Light Covenant Church.
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!