Josh Cragun is a writer who fell into the company of theater artists, and hasn't looked back since. In 2001, he formed nimbus with fellow writer Cockroach, and has been creating new theater with the company ever since then. In that time he has written ten original works of theater for the company. His producton of Tesla was the company's best selling show ever, and his adaptation of The Lower Depths was named selected by Minnesota Playlist critic Sophie Kerman as her favorite of that year. In addition he has written and directed, as well as designed video, costumes, properties and sets for the company over the years. In one way or another, he has contributed to 33 of the company's productions.
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Mitchell Frazier graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul and attended University of Minnesota studying Theater and Speech with a minor in African-American History. He has appeared as an actor at Theater in the Round in Bus Stop and Trip to Bountiful; Minneapolis Community College in I’m Not Rappaport and The Colored Museum; and at Youth Performance Company in Little Rock 1957, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, and The Day the King Died. He has collaborated with nimbus both as an actor and a designer and now as a director. Mitchell is also the resident lighting designer and Technical consultant at Youth Performance Company and St. Paul Academy, New Life Academy, South view Junior in Edina, Historic Mound Theater and Washburn HS. His greatest joys are introducing theater to young people, and enjoying life with his wife, Leah and their son, David. Mitchell is also a practitioner of Martial Arts. He has received a Second-Degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a purple belt in Aikido, and a yellow belt in Gum do.
Andrea M Gross (Costume Designer, Company Manager) made her Twin Cities debut with nimbus (Propaganda for the Converted in 2005) and this production marks her 12th design with the company in a decade (including: The Storms of November; From Darkness; Tesla; The Golden Ass; Bohemian Flats; The Year of Magical Thinking). Her work has also been seen at the Jungle (The Night Alive; The Birthday Party), Park Square Theater (Romeo & Juliet; 33 Variations; Good People; Sherlock Holmes & the Adventure of the Suicide Club; RED; Ragtime), Torch Theater/Gremlin (Death and the Maiden), Mu Performing Arts (The Tiger Among Us), Alan Berks & Co (Six Characters in Search of an Author), Walking Shadow Theater Company (after the quake; Robots vs Fake Robots) Gustavus Adolphus College (four seasons, seven main-stage productions including Fefu and Her Friends, The Impresario from Smyrna, The Tempest, and The Lesson). She holds a BA in Theater & German from Santa Clara University, and a MFA in Costume Design from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Current and upcoming productions: The Adoption Project Play with Wonderlust Productions opening Dec. 9 at Mixed Blood Theatre; Flower Drum Song with Mu Performing Arts and Park Square Theatre, opening January 20th at Park Square.
Caitlin Hammel works in the video world, where she edits, writes, directs, designs, and shoots for Perimeter Productions. She also has acted, directed, and taught for various theater companies around the Twin Cities and is a nimbus company member. She has worked on projection designs for Ragamala Dance, DA Dance, Conundrum Collective and nimbus theater, most recently for Josh Cragun’s From Darkness.
Brian serves as Technical Director for nimbus and is native to the Southside of Minneapolis. He received a B.A. in Theater Arts from Augsburg College. For the past decade he has worked for a plethora of small (and occasionally large) professional theater companies and educational institutions, as an actor, director, fight choreographer, scenic designer, TD, painter, carpenter, and volunteer.
Monique is a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MA in Education from Hamline University. She has been involved with nimbus for many years as a set builder, box officer, and general volunteer, and stepped into the role of Production Manager with the 2013 season. In her spare time (what spare time???) Monique is an avid hockey player and triathlete.
Liz is a native of Minneapolis and a graduate of Grinnell College. Since 2002, she has had a hand in writing, directing, designing, or producing every nimbus show. Recent writing credits include In the Age of Paint and Bone, Bohemian Flats, and The Golden Ass. In addition to her co-Artistic Director Duties, she also serves as the company's Managing Director, and is the Technical Director of the Minnesota Fringe Festival every summer. In her "spare time" she enjoys cooking, motorcyling, spending time on the North Shore, and managing her dog's Instagram account.
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Alyssa Thompson, nimbus' Company Stage Manager is a graduate of the University of North Dakota (UND) with a degree in Theatre Arts and Communications. Her most recent credits include stage managing the productions of In the Age of Paint and Bone, Nacirema: Stories of Color, and The Lower Depths with nimbus theatre; If you Don't Weaken, Man in Her Dreams, and Mrs. Charles with Freshwater Theatre. Up next she will be stage managing Freshwater's new musical Pioneer Suite which opens at nimbus October 3rd.