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


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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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!"


Tia Lauve

Board Secretary

External Affairs Committee


Start Date: 2021

Tia took a lifelong love of the performing arts into a career in communications—telling stories to clients and customers in lieu of theater-goers. As an elementary student at F.A.I.R., she was introduced to HOBT in childhood and marked the passing of years with the first Sunday in May. After a brief respite from cold winters in Tucson, AZ, Tia moved back to the Twin Cities with a reignited passion for community work and was led back to HOBT's work virtually.

"I was motivated to join the board after witnessing how art has inspired, healed, and transformed us through lockdowns and uprisings. Art serves and nourishes our community, bringing us together to share stories and experiences and advocate for a better world. I'm honored to walk with HOBT as we navigate new ways to show up for each other through art."

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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!" 


Scott Muskin

Chair of 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

Board Treasurer

Internal Affairs Committee


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.”


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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