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Steve Ackerman is a playwright and puppet artist who focuses on quick, crude, high-energy art making. He has his BFA in Acting from East Carolina University and MFA in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University. Previous projects include Action Sequence, Kaboom, and Cartooon!.
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MayDay Experience Innovator
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Interim Executive Director
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Michelle is a seasoned arts administrator and leader. She has held interim executive leadership roles at Mixed Blood Theatre, Steppingstone Theatre, the Rose Ensemble, and History Theatre; as well as Managing Director roles at Theater Latte Da and Eye of the Storm Theatre. Pett served as Board President and Vice President during nine years on the board of Open Eye Figure Theatre. Her work as an independent producer includes a site-specific production of Full Gallop with Sally Wingert, Dustin Lance Black’s 8, and the debut of the Twin Cities Free Night of Theatre.
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Communications & Program Innovator
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I am happy to be working with HOBT as the new bookkeeper. I have worked in many areas including the merchant marines, the EPA, the National Park Service, several law offices, building management/coffee shop owner, geriatric healthcare, and for the past 8 years, arts administration in southern MN.
I live with my long-term partner Jim, our two daughters who are 17 and 19 years old, three cats, and a bearded dragon. We live in southern MN where I love to garden, forage, kayak, and sew. When I have more than a few hours to play, I am likely to be found up on Lake Superior where I work on restoring a Morgan 34 sailboat.