HOBT Board of Directors

Join the HOBT Board of Directors

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater is seeking new members to join our Board of Directors!


Meet the HOBT Board of Directors

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Ade Salami

Board Co-Chair
Executive Committee


Start Date: 2020

Ade is a lifelong Minneapolis Southsider with a passion for all things at the intersection of racial justice and art. Ade believes wholeheartedly in empowering communities with information, education, and resources. Ade joined the HOTB board in June of 2020.
"I remember taking a field trip to HOTB when I was in elementary school and being absolutely shocked that masks and puppets could be so large! We saw the tree of life mask and I remember thinking I could fit inside it because it was so big!"

Malia Araki Burkhart 

Board Co-Chair
Executive Committee


Start Date: 2019

Malia's lineage is Japanese-American and German/English American.  Her ancestors' bones also rest in Iowa and Hawaii.  Malia has worked with HOBT since 1999, as an Associate Artist, Residency teacher, MayDay Parade Artist, and has been a board member since February 2019.  Her websites are www.artsbymalia.com and www.kochikara.com.  Since COVID, her work has been focused on food resiliency and racial justice.

"Puppetry activates our imaginations to believe in the life of something we know can't be alive, and yet it lives!  It is a folk art, that can be made by anyone using just about anything to be a puppet. This art form has powerful ways of bringing people together in the process of creating it and in the act of witnessing it.  I'm excited to be part of helping shape this new chapter of HOBT's story."

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Victoria Cox Igoe 

Board Treasurer
Chair of Internal Affairs Committee
Executive Committee


Start Date: 2015

Victoria is a mother, teacher, learner and connector and lives in the Standish neighborhood. She’s passionate about building and sustaining a sense of community in this time and space, directly with her board role, but also by creating more connections in her neighborhood. Victoria is a senior manager at the accounting firm EY and serves as the HOBT treasurer.

My favorite memory of MayDay was my first, as I stumbled across it after moving back to MPLS after college. I discovered this day of magic and community and made it my mission to bring more people along to join in the wonderment with me.”


Claire Graupmann

Board Secretary
Executive Committee


Start Date: 2015

Claire is retired from the financial services industry and served as a board member for a nonprofit affordable housing organization. Her interests are in environmental and social justice. Claire is curious and committed to listening and learning. She is a front yard vegetable gardener, Master Composter/Recycler, and Master Water Steward candidate.

"Puppetry is such a magical way to connect with children and adults alike. May Day is transformative, healing, and a gift to us all."

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Rosa Raarup 

Chair of the External Affairs Committee


Start Date: 2019

Rosa Raarup currently lives in the Central neighborhood and works at the Walker Art Center as a Visitor Services Specialist supporting the Performing Arts Department. She deeply enjoys unusual theater experiences that engage the mind and recently finished her Masters in Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership from the UMN in June 2020.

One favorite memory is "feeding" the MayDay crowds pizza boxes full of LOVE with the Phillips Project children during the parade. Such energy! So much joy!" 


Katie Peacock 

Chair of Governance Committee


Start Date: 2017

Katie is a white adoptee, mother, spouse, experiential educator, learner, facilitator, Powderhorn resident, and someone who relishes in long hellos and goodbyes.  She works at the intersection of higher education and community and civic engagement to build connections and possibilities for shared learning, growth, and work.  She has served on the HOBT board since 2016.

"Every MayDay is magical for me but I think visiting the warehouse for the first time to get MayDay supplies and having an ah-ha moment about the amount of labor, creativity, and deep legacy of the event."

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Laura Wilhelm 

Board Vice-Chair
Governance Committee


Start Date: 2017

Laura Wilhelm is a puppeteer, theater professional, and non-profits administrator.  After returning to MN in 2005, she co-founded two small non-profits, Mad Munchkin Productions- a puppetry company, and Technical Tools of the Trade- a technical theater training organization.  She has served as Props Master for Chanhassen Dinner Theater for 12 seasons.

"My first May Day I shivered down the parade route dressed as a credit card with a giant diamond ring on my head in lightly falling snow.  But at the park, the sun flotilla crossed the lake, the sun burst through the clouds, and my life was touched."


Scott Muskin

External Affairs Committee


Start Date: 2021

Scott is a 15-year south Minneapolis resident, advertising professonal, published novelist, and lover of theater and grassroots community. He found his way to the Board after several years on the Development/External Affairs committee, contributing messaging expertise, bucket brigade organization, and event coordination. He is moved to join the board by many years experiencing joy at both many MayDay Sundays and unforgettable puppet and mask perfornances. 

“My favorite MayDay memory is attending the workshops—just soaking in the joy of an open, welcoming space for hands-on creation.”


Anita Newhouse


Start Date: 2021

Anita’s trained as an educator and occupational therapist but spends the majority of her time thinking about ways to build healthy communities. As a  social work and public policy grad student, she spends her days pondering data and governance with recent political nonprofit leadership experience.

“I can’t even remember how I first experienced May Day in Minneapolis-was there when my kids were small alongside neighbors, watched my teenage kids play in the community band and eventually saw my daughter come out over the course of their work in their H-ART class that marched and performed. It’s always been my community.”

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