Cast & Crew
|Writer/Creator/Set Designer||Tyson Forbes|
|Writing Advisor/Contributor||Andrew Schelling|
|Music Director||Jason Hansen|
|Community Choral Director||Norah Long|
|Costume Designer||Christine A. Richardson|
|Assistant Director||Scotty Reynolds|
|Executive Producer||Markell Kiefer|
|Producer/Tech Director||Tyson Forbes|
|Tour & Company Manager||Jeremiah Zortman|
|Stage Manager||Megan Dougherty*|
|Assistant Stage Manager||Scotty Reynolds|
|Community Outreach Coordinator||Katia Cardenas|
|Grant Writer/Project Advisor||Robin Gillette|
|Finance||Sawmill Private Management|
Tyson Forbes* as Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bear Brummel as Henry David Thoreau
Shana Berg, Andrew Forbes, Nathan Gebhard, Markell Kiefer*, Aeysha Kinnunen, Norah Long*, Chelsie Newhard, Ryan Patrick, Scotty Reynolds, Kimberly Richardson*, Tony Sarnicki and Matt Sciple
*Member of Actors Equity Association
Tyson Forbes (Writer, Creator, Producer, Performer). Tyson is the Co-Artistic Director of TigerLion Arts where he serves as a writer, performer, creator and producer. TigerLion’s past productions include The Buddha Prince, KIPO!, The Flame Brigade, and The Dragons are Singing Tonight. Local credits include performances at the Guthrie in Nice Fish, The Crucible, 1776, Arsenic and Old Lace, Peer Gynt, The Winter’s Tale, Edgardo Mine, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Macbeth, and most recently Harvey. He was seen in the Ordway’s production of Cabaret, the Jungle’s productions of The Night Alive and Detroit, and has performed in regional theaters throughout the US. Tyson has worked on many original productions including works by Theater Forever, led by Jon Fergusson. Other credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Terra Nova, Arcadia, The Homecoming, Equus, Don Juan in Hell and Fully Committed.
Markell Kiefer (Director, Writer, Producer). Markell has toured, performed, and directed nationally. She is a pioneer of "outdoor walking plays" such as The Buddha Prince, which has performed in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York City’s Central Park. She has worked with Guthrie Theater, The Southern Theater, Theater Forever, Puppet Farm Arts, Stages Theater Company, Pillsbury House Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, NY Theatre Workshop, Jobsite Theatre, The Actor’s Loft, American Stage Festival, and National Theatre of the Performing Arts. Producing/directing credits include: All TLA productions, Crimes of the Heart, The Cosmic Equation, Thunderstorm, The Adventures of Hucklebery Finn, Uncle Sergei, The Proposal, The Life of Milarepa, Fully Committed, and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Training includes: a M.F.A. in Lecoq Physical Theatre (Naropa University), a B.A. in Religion and Environmental Ethics from Middlebury College, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and European Clown with Giovanni Fusetti.
Sam Elmore (Writer, Creator). Sam served as creative producer on the 2010 production of Nature. Sam Elmore has been working in theatre for over 20 years and has been guiding people into nature for 15 years. As a guide Sam specializes in connecting people to their own unique relationship to nature. He has acted in over 40 productions across the country. He currently tours a show titled 52 Pick Up. He is a member of Playback Theatre West, a Colorado based improvisational theatre company dedicated to leveraging the power of story.
Andrew Schelling (Writing Advisor/Contributor). Andrew grew up in New England's Transcendentalist country. He moved west to Northern California in 1973. There he explored wilderness regions of the Coast Range and Sierra Nevadas and studied Sanskrit and Asian literature at U.C. Berkeley. An ecologist, naturalist, and explorer of wilderness areas, he has travelled extensively in North America, Europe, India, and the Himalayas. In 1990 he relocated to Colorado to join the faculty at Naropa University where he teaches poetry, Sanskrit, and wilderness writing. Poet, amateur naturalist, mountaineer, and translator of India's classical poetry, he lives in Boulder, along the front range of the Southern Rocky Mountains.
Dick Hensold (Composer). Dick has played in Scotland and Japan, and has toured throughout the United States. He has appeared at the Guthrie (Peer Gynt, A Christmas Carol), Children’s Theater (Snow Queen, Hansel and Gretel, Robin Hood), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Hunchback of Notre Dame), and Kalevala. He has appeared as musician, both onstage and in the pit, and as arranger, conductor, and music director. He is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow.
Jason Hansen (Music Director). Jason is a musician in the Twin Cities with a reputation for his work in the theater. Jason has held positions of music director, composer, arranger, educator, and/or performer at Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theater, Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, the Children’s Theater Company, Theater Mu, TigerLion Arts, Open Eye Figure Theater, FLiP! Theater Company, University of Minnesota, UofM Centennial Showboat, MN Fringe Festival, and the Hennepin Theater Trust’s Spotlight Showcase. Jason co-directs Alive & Kickin, the Twin Cities premier senior rock ensemble and is a resident composer of the newly-formed Catalyst Theater Company. He is heavily involved with educational and community organizations including the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan Community Theater, and Twin Cities area school districts. Jason is a commissioned composer and arranger developing new music for choir, cabaret and theater whose works can be found with both Hal Leonard and Alfred Music. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Alise. jasonhansen.com.
Christine A. Richardson (Costumer Designer). Christine has worked as a freelance Costume Designer for over 20 years, and designed the costumes for TigerLion Arts production of The Dragons are Singing Tonight, The Flame Brigade, as well as the 2010-2015 productions of Nature. She is the Costume Workroom Manager for the Guthrie Theater, and has also designed for companies such as: Guthrie Theater (Uncle Vanya, Skiing on Broken Glass, An Iliad, Embers, Time Stands Still, The Edge of Our Bodies, Arsenic and Old Lace, Faith Healer, Happy Days, The Caretaker, The Ugly One, Pen), Stages Theatre Company (The Mitten, Owl Moon, Aladdin Jr, 20+ productions), Mu Performing Arts (F.O.B., Soul of the Drum, Cowboy Versus Samurai, The Romance of MagnoRubio). christinearichardson.viewbook.com
Jeremiah Zortman (Tour and Company Manager). Jeremiah's background is in arts administration and event management for organizations including Minnesota Fringe Festival, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Art. He has a strong IT background and has redesigned TigerLion Arts’ administrative arm so that it is online and can travel easily and efficiently on the road. Jeremiah worked on the front-of-house team for the 2014 production of Nature and is familiar with the needs of both the artists and the audiences.
Scotty Reynolds (Assistant Director/Male Swing/Assistant Stage Manager). Scotty is a performer and director. He's at the helm of Mixed Precipitation, a small theater company. Their signature event is the Picnic Operetta, an annual harvest celebration using food, music and theatrical storytelling. For seven summers, the company has toured to community gardens, orchards, vineyard and farms throughout Minnesota. They have presented bold re-imaginings of the work of Mozart, Beethoven, Purcell and Handel. He has presented at Solutions Twin Cities, celebrating projects for “future positive creativity in action” and created performances for the Minnesota Orchestra's Crescendo Project. Scotty works as a staff artist at the Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, an art center for artists with disabilities. There he has performed and co-created more than a dozen productions, including directing Broken Brain Summit (2008 Ivey Award winner for Innovative Concept and Idea), a musical created in collaboration with performers with brain injury and mental illness. In 2006 he was a fellow at Intermedia Arts in Creative Community Leadership Institute. He has performed at the History Theater, Bedlam Theater and the Ministry of Cultural Warfare. He's an avid garden, biker and singer in the grunge tribute act, Murder of Bros: A Dude Choir.
Katia Cardenas (Community Outreach Coordinator). Katia is a singer, actor, dancer and teaching artist from Sacramento, California. A graduate of Macalester College (2006), she works administratively with numerous arts organizations across the Twin Cities including Pangea World Theater, Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, Jazz Central Studios, Teatro Del Pueblo, St. Paul Public Schools Community Education program, and the Twin Cities Cabaret Artists Network. As an actor, she has performed with Teatro del Pueblo, Pangea World Theater, Theater Unbound and Eat Street Players, and she has taught theater to youth through Stages, Stepping Stone, blank slate theater and the St. Paul Parks and Rec. As a professional jazz and R&B vocalist, Katia sings regularly at clubs and venues around the Twin Cities, with her jazz combos, cover bands, and Casablanca Orchestra, the Midwest's premiere show band. She also released her debut EP, "I'll Be Seeing You" in June 2016. Katia is honored to be a member of the TigerLion team since 2013, and was delighted witness Nature come to life, and touch so many people.
Robin Gillette (Grant Writer/Project Advisor). After several years in New York working as an off-Broadway stage manager and general manager, Robin became Associate Producer at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. From 2006-2013 she was executive director of Minnesota Fringe Festival. Robin was instrumental to the success of the 2014 remounting of Nature at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum as marketing, fundraising, and project manager.
Shana Berg (Lydian). Shana is honored to be joining the cast of Nature, her first with TigerLion Arts. She was most recently seen in The Diary of Anne Frank (Miep Giess) at Park Square Theatre. Other performances include the Ivey Award-winning production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Maria Elena Holly), Lonely Soldiers: Women at War in Iraq (Anna Peterford), This Side of Paradise, and Sisters of Swing at The History Theatre; Motherhood Out Loud, and Voices with Theatre Unbound. She earned her M.M. from McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul in 2013.
Bear Brummel (Thoreau). As a fresh and green member of the cast, Bear is humbled to step into a story as rich as Nature. Since graduating from the Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training program a year ago, he has been consistently working theatrically and commercially in the Twin Cities. His recent productions include the world premiere of C. and the NEXT Festival with Theater Latte Da, A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie, A Lie of the Mind with Theater Pro Rata, as well as performing and directing for the Driveway Tour and Two-Wheel Tour with Open Eye Figure Theater. Bear could not be happier to finally be bringing a show outside after years within dimly lit theaters.
Andrew Forbes (Piper). An exciting new member of the Nature family, Andrew is a musician of New York City, with bands Iona Session, Scottish Octopus, and Cosmos 88 and playing and working with many other artists in the tri-state area. He has released four albums, recording with producers Mark Ronson, Kate Copeland, TFMC, and Ritual, and performing consistently as a solo artist. Some of his theatrical credits are Shakuntala (2012), Samaya (2012), and Why Don’t I Have a Girlfriend (2014). His career spans the continent, from Nova Scotia to Los Angeles, Colorado, New York, and the Twin Cities. A post-contemporary bagpiper, he has honed a signature musical style developed through his own drive for breaking conventional rules and bending traditional limits. He has a degree in religious studies from Naropa University. Andrew is very pleased to be performing in theatre with the incredible team of Nature.
Nathan Gebhard (Percussionist). Nathan is honored to be a part of this stellar storytelling team! A recent graduate of Hamline University, he just finished his third year in the MN Fringe Festival this summer as a dancer in Strangetalk. Other regional credits include productions with Penumbra Theatre, Red Eye Theater Works-in-Progress Series 2013, and 20% Theatre’s Q-Stage Series. In addition to numerous shows at Hamline University, he also performed at the John. F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts with the Hamline Dance Ensemble at the National College Dance Festival in 2012. When he’s not on stage, he enjoys playing music and finding waterfalls. nategeb.net
Aeysha Kinnunen (Margaret Fuller: Chicago). Aeysha is a native of Minnesota and a 2013 graduate of the University of MN/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. Since graduating, Aeysha has appeared at The Guthrie Theater (Pride & Prejudice), Theater Latte Da (Cabaret), Walking Shadow Theatre Company (Three Musketeers), and Illusion Theater (Love and Marriage). Aeysha is delighted to join TigerLion's production of Nature, as she has long desired to 'suck the marrow out of life'.
Norah Long (Nature). Norah has performed over 60 leading roles in regional theaters across the country, in musicals and operettas as well as classical plays from Strindberg to Shakespeare, and contemporary work from Goetz to Gilman. Local credits include Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, The Ordway, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Nautilus Music-Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, History Theater and the Jungle. Recent roles include Judy Garland in Beyond the Rainbow for Arts Garage in Delray Beach FL, and Marie in Lombardi at History Theatre and Theatre l'Homme Dieu. Norah also often performs as a concert soloist. Last year, she performed with Cuba's National Symphony for a nationally-televised performance at Havana's international musical festival Cubadisco. Her voice is featured on a number of CDs. When not onstage, Norah works throughout the region with Upstream Arts, leading arts programming designed to develop social and communication skills in the disability community. www.norahlong.com.
Chelsie Newhard (Margaret Fuller : Cincinnati, Shakopee, Maple Grove, Rochester). Chelsie is ecstatic to be a part of the beautiful and unique piece that is Nature! Favorite roles and productions include Catherine in The Heiress and Macbeth (Festival 56), Caroline in I and You (Public Theatre MN), Ann in All My Sons (Artistry MN), Perdita in The Winter's Tale (Globe Theatre Ed.), Blue Stockings and South Street (Dowling Studio), and Hellena in The Rover (UMN/ Guthrie). She was most recently seen in Live Action Set's new work The Sparrow and as Sally Talley in Talley's Folly at Artistry MN. She originally hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of MN/ Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program. Endless thanks to the many people who make art happen. What an honor and a pleasure to share this story with you!
Ryan Patrick (Ensemble). TigerLion Arts: Nature. Twin Cities: My Antonia (Illusion Theater); Good Job Horses (Theatre Forever); Beaverdance...(Bedlam); I DO! I DO!, The Tucking of my Shrew (HomoHotdish, original member). Workshops: The Playwrights Center, Black Label Movement, Illusion Theater. Training: University of Minnesota/ BFA Guthrie Theater.
Kimberly Richardson (Mary Moody). Kimberly is an actor and dancer around town. Recent credits include The Music Man, As You Like It, and Dirt Sticks with Ten Thousand Things and The Clumsy Man, My Life as a Fairytale (as Hans Christian Anderson) and To the Moon (as Ed Norton) with Open Eye Figure Theatre. Kimberly received a 2006 Sage Award for Dance and a 2012 Next Step Grant to study clown and voice in Switzerland and France. Recent: My Life as a Fairytale with Open Eye Figure Theatre, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown with Ten Thousand Things.
Tony Sarnicki (Theodore Parker). Tony is so happy to be joining the beautiful Nature family. He is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and an on going student with Raye Birk's Actor's Workout at the Guthrie Theater and Jon Ferguson's clown workshops. Tony has worked with: The Guthrie Theater, The Moving Company, Live Action Set, Theatre Forever, Red Eye Theater.
Matt Sciple (Nathaniel Hawthorne). By day, Matt teaches adults and children of all abilities with Upstream Arts. By night, he has directed, performed in or written over 100 plays for theaters across Minnesota (including playing Ahab in Or the White Whale with Tyson Forbes), most recently acting in Fuddy Meers (Loudmouth Collective), Emilie (Theatre Pro Rata) and in Matt Anderson's web series Theater People. Matt is a 2008 City Pages Artist of the Year and three-time Ivey Award sharer, acting in Walking Shadow's A Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Othello (Roderigo) for Ten Thousand Things and directing Orson's Shadow (Best Ensemble, Gremlin Theater).