Christopher Atkins is coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, a unique curatorial program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts dedicated to exhibiting Minnesota artists. He has been an adjunct lecturer at College of Visual Arts, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and Macalester College where he taught courses on museum studies and contemporary art. He has curated and juried numerous independent exhibitions and co-developed “MCAD@MIA”, an annual site-specific collaboration with MCAD students.
He holds MRes & MA degrees in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths College, University of London and a B.A., History of Art from the College of Wooster.
Under the guidance of Professors Frank Daniel, Milan Kundera and Elmar Klos, Hafed Bouassida graduated with a Ph.D. from the famed Prague Film School, FAMU. He subsequently produced, directed and wrote more than forty productions: feature, documentaries, news, ads, corporate, audiovisual and multi-screen programs, in Europe, The Middle East, Africa and The U.S.
After teaching at Film in The Cities in St. Paul, he joined the MCTC Cinema Division in 1992 to teach Cinema Production, Cinema History and Screenwriting.
In 1996, he developed the new award winning Screenwriting program at MCTC; he currently chairs the MCTC Cinema Division, he is President of the Screenwriters Workshop and Board member of the Edina Arts Center while developing his own screenplays and acting as script consultant and panel member to different local and national competitions, foundations and grant organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, the MN State Arts Board and the Twin Cities International Film Fest.
Camille LeFevre has been an interdisciplinary arts journalist and dance critic/scholar for 30 years, and is also a college professor and communications strategist. She was the dance critic for the Star Tribune and minnpost.com, and writes about dance for Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, City Pages, mnartists.org and other publications. She is the author of The Dance Bible: The Complete Guide for Aspiring Dancers, and Charles R. Stinson Architects: Compositions in Nature. She is a former editor of Architecture Minnesota and writes about architecture for national and regional publications.
As an Adjunct Professor at the U of M, she has developed and taught a Graduate School course on “Human Identity in the Biotech Age,” a variety of professional arts-journalism courses in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and classes on dance criticism and dance appreciation. She’s presented aspects of her Master of Liberal Studies thesis, “Cyborg Ballerina, Cyber Warrior: A Study of Dancing Human/Machine Hybrids from Sylphide to Science Fiction,” as well as her research on site-specific dance, at international academic conferences.
Aditi Brennan Kapil is a playwright, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent, raised in Sweden, and currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. She is a graduate of Macalester College with a B.A. in English and Dramatic Arts.
Her play Love Person, a four part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, has been produced to critical acclaim around the country. It was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights’ Center, work-shopped at the Lark Play Development Center in NY, and selected for reading at the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009.
Her most recent play, Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale, was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NY), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights’ Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere.
Aditi is currently writing a trilogy commissioned by Mixed Blood Theatre based on the Hindu trinity, and on a play loosely based on the character of Imogen in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre. She is a Resident Artist at Mixed Blood Theatre, an Artistic Associate at Park Square Theatre, and a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center.
Adriana Rimpel is a photographer, musician, and youth worker born and raised in St. Paul of Mexican and Haitian decent. She received her BFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a focus in photography. Her photographic work engage voices within the Latino community and investigates themes of cultural identity, place, and the psychological unconscious. For over two years Adriana has performed with the six-piece vintage-Latin-band Malamanya as lead vocalist. The group released a self-titled EP in August of 2011 and plans to release a full length disc at the end of 2012 with funds received for the Minnesota Emerging Composers Awards.
Her background in education includes work in the youth division at Centro Inc, a non-profit organization serving the Spanish speaking immigrant communities of Minneapolis. Currently she is the Program Manager for Teen Programs, overseeing the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council and programs for teens at the museum, where she has been since September of 2009. Both Adriana’s visual and youth work aim to support and empower voices of under-served communities, while her music with Malamanya unites diverse publics to celebrate the folk music of Latin American countries.
David Safar is music director and overnight on-air host for 89.3 The Current. He also hosts “The New Hot,” a weekly music spot; and produces the Sunday night program, “The Local Show.” While with The Current, David has launched features such as the Local Music Exchange, the Song of the Day podcast and the CD compilation, “Local Current Volume 1.” Prior to joining The Current, David was music director and program director for Radio K (the University of Minnesota’s college radio station). David is a music omnivore, with a soft spot for post punk and hardcore music.