MayDay Staff

MayDay 2015

Roy McBride Scholarship Intern Positions

Jordan Hamilton:
Jordan is a Minneapolis based freelance visual artist and community organizer. For the last seven years he has led and facilitated a community youth mural program in the Phillips neighborhood with Hope Community. Jordan’s freelance and community work has taken him around the world from the United Arab Emirates to Cuba to build collaboratively with other artists and community groups.

Junauda Petrus:
Junauda Petrus
Junauda is a writer, aerialist, performance artist, runaway witch and soul sweetener. She has written for the page, stage and screen and loves to produce wild and powerful pieces with her experimental arts collective, Free Black Dirt, with co-creator Erin Sharkey. Their inaugural work, There Are Other Worlds, first premiered to sold-out audiences at Open Eye Theatre in 2012, and was reworked in March 2015 for Intermedia Arts. The piece raises deep questions about the true meaning of justice in the era of the Prison Industrial Complex. She is grateful to be an artist in this lifetime and loves to create art that seeks to explore, expand and excite around the experience of Blackness and love and light. freeblackdirt.com

Ceremony Team

Sandy Spieler, director:
Sandy SpielerSandy has been the Artistic Director of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) since 1976, and is one of the company’s founders. She has been celebrated with recognition over the years, most recently with the 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist Award. She has directed ceremonial events in South Korea, Los Angeles, and the Dominican Republic, and led residencies throughout the region. Sandy has an MA of Cultural Performance from Bristol University, England, studied puppetry at Bread and Puppet Theatre in Glover, Vermont, Balinese masked dance at New York University, and is part of the International ECOARTS network.

Esther Ouray:
Esther OurayEsther has created worked locally, regionally, and internationally as a performing and teaching artist for over 30 years in the capacity of puppeteer, actress, director, choreographer, and dancer. She has performed with many theatre companies in the Minneapolis area, among them are: At the Foot of the Mountain, Barebones Productions, Illusion Theater, and Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Esther is an associate artist with HOBT and a company member of Zamya Theater. She has been the recipient of grants from the MN State Arts Board, Jerome Foundation, Rimon, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, and Arts on Chicago.

Jeong Ae Neal:
Jeong Ae is a puppet, doll, mask, and print maker and has been recognized as a master puppeteer of Korea. A prolific artist, she not only creates worlds of fantasy and reality through inanimate beings who take on lives of palpable existence – she also is deeply involved in the modern realities of environmental and social issues, single mother issues, and workshops for mothers and children. Her creations have been commissioned and spotlighted through exhibits, shows and workshops throughout the world. Jeong Ae is now a resident of St Paul and has been on HOBT MayDay artistic staff since 1999. She has participated in Barebones events, the most recent being the 2014 Metamorphosoup Hallowe’en show.

Penny Krebiehl, stage manager:
Penny KrebiehlPenny is very active as an artist, designer and educator in her community of Traverse City, MI. She is a certified permaculture design consultant and farmer/owner of O’k CSA Cooperative, which focuses on growing and providing consumers/share-holders with nutrient dense food. Penny has been the lead artist, directress and organizer of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade (15 years) and Little Artshram (20 years), building BIG puppets and designing themed parades and puppet and mask theater productions for the Traverse City Film Festival since 2012. She has mentored and volunteered as an artist with MayDay since 1997, this is her second year as ceremony stage manager. pennyokart.com

Parade Team

Gustavo Boada:
Gustavo BoadaGustavo is a theater-based multidisciplinary artist with more than 30 years experience working in professional theater in Peru, Chile, Puerto Rico and USA. In 1997 he was invited by Peter Schumann to work with Bread and Puppet Theatre in Vermont. In 2000 he worked with Puppetry in Practice at Brooklyn College. In 2003 he moved to Philadelphia to create a nonprofit, NAYLAMP Street and Puppet Theater. Since 2007 he has worked with HOBT as MayDay art staff, roster artist, Mpls. Lantern Fest and as a performer in main stage productions. He also works as a roster artist in St. Paul with ArtStart and other diverse community organizations throughout the Twin Cities.

Ramon Cordes:
Ramon has worked in puppet type art for over 20 years, growing up in the Powderhorn Park area and participating in numerous projects with HOBT, including the annual MayDay festivals, the Phillips Project Artist Team, and a puppet poem conceived by Bart Buch called Ode to Walt Whitman. He is an active member of the Twin Cities Bike Polo team, http://mrdovideo.com/bike-polo-high-light-videos/

Angie Courchaine:
Angie CourchaineAngie is a community-based artist and teacher from Wisconsin, living and working in South Minneapolis. She enjoys working on collaborative projects, usually using her skills in visual arts, puppetry, architecture, and movement. Most recently she was cast in two 2015 PuppetLab productions, Dust and Basement Creatures. When she’s not biking around town, she can be found stilt walking (proud member of Chicks on Sticks) or flying on various aerial apparatuses. In addition to working on MayDay, she is box office manager and overall artistic support at HOBT, and a board member, maker, and performer with BareBones Productions.

Madeline Helling:
Madeline HellingMadeline is a Minneapolis rooted artist. She jumped into the field of puppetry and cardboard engineering in 2010 and has since been working with In the Heart of the Beast Theatre in a variety of capacities, including residencies and performance. This work has led her to artistic positions at Barebones Productions and Adventures in Cardboard. This past fall she co-directed the 21st Annual Barebones Halloween Extravaganza, Metamorphosoup. This is Madeline’s fourth year working on staff for the MayDay Parade and she’s pretty pumped about it. “Madeline is so exuberant, that you’ll forget you’ve been papier-macheing for the last five hours.” -Barebones Productions

Mary Plaster:
Mary PlasterMary is a MN-raised, world-traveled, mixed-media artist and facilitator, based in Duluth since 2000. Inspired by the transformative powers of global masks and puppets, she continuously ignores imaginary boundaries between art, theatre and spirituality. A HOBT/MayDay kindred soul from its start, she first joined art staff in spring 2008 and spent that summer with the Bread and Puppet Theatre in VT. Highlights include Children’s Theatre Company, Jungle Theater, Burning Man Festival, Ordway ArtMoves Parade, MN Ballet, The Cosmic Mass and inaugural Mpls. Lantern Fest. She is founder/artistic director of Duluth All Souls Night (a Dance of the Dead art festival held every early November). maryplaster.com

Mark Safford:
Mark SaffordMark is an artist hooked on puppetry in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area since 1991 with Galumph at the Jungle. He or his creations have appeared at HOBT, the Ordway’s International Children’s Festival, Red Eye Theatre, Theater de la June Lune, the Minnesota Opera Co., Bedlam Theater, Art Shanty Project, Art Sled Rally, Mpls. Lantern Fest, and in public parks and riverside squats for Barebones Halloween Extravaganza of which he was a co-founder, active supporter, and participant for the last twenty years. When not at HOBT, Mark is usually working for East Side Arts Council, Leonardo’s Basement, or fundraisers for Marcy Open School (Arts Gala) and Barebones Productions (Dumpster Duels).