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About Impact Theory

Impact Theory debuts June 16-26, 2022 at the Avalon Theater!

Two black, queer, teens discover dinosaur bones in their South Minneapolis neighborhood! After being sucked into a prehistoric portal, they explore extinction theories ranging from the scientifically accepted to the outright absurd.

Experience the Avalon theater transformed into a prehistoric landscape. Musicians; puppeteers; and actors will bring our dinosaurs to life.

All performances are either free or pay as able. The market value is $30 per ticket. Masks required for all audience members.

Click to buy your ticket today!

*All Photos by Uche Iroegbu*


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Our show on June 26 at 2 pm will have ASL interpretation and audio description available. There will be a sensory touch tour offered at 1 pm. There will also be free fidgets and earplugs for audience members.

For general accessibility info about the Avalon theater click HERE.


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Junauda Petrus-Nasah

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Impact Theory’s playwright, Junauda Petrus-Nasah, is an acclaimed poet, playwright, screenwriter, and multi-dimensional performance artist. West-Indian descended and African-sourced, she grew up in Minneapolis’s own Phillips and Powderhorn neighborhoods.

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Harry Waters Jr.


Impact Theory's director, Harry Waters, Jr. has a long career in acting and directing. He created the role of Belize in the first production of Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes in 1991. He is most famous for his portrayal of Marvin Berry in Back to the Future (1985). He received his MFA in Directing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was Professor and former Chair of the Theater and Dance Department at Macalester College and Associate Dean of the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship.

As an actor, he has appeared in numerous venues around the country and in the Twin Cities. He has directed productions nationwide.

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Behind the Scenes Video Interviews

Meet artists behind Impact Theory!

Yanimadeit - videographer/editor

Zephyr Sheedy - videographer of outdoor workshop

Thanks to

the Jim Henson Foundation, the American Swedish Institute, Puppeteers of America, the Hugh J Andersen Foundation, the MN State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation.

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This project has been partially funded by a grant from The Puppeteers of America Endowment Fund


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McKnight Foundation