CFPA - Center for Performing Arts - Minneapolis


Cuyler Dinegan (he/him) creates stories, using imagery, words, and everything between. He joined CFPA in Feb. 2020, and has since created the e-newsletter, expanded the website and digital communities, and is working to align these platforms while refreshing the Center’s complex brand. He especially enjoys sharing arts resources into community. Cuyler comes to the Center with a decade of experience designing cross-sector communications, from nonprofits in the arts, substance misuse, and transgender health, to public food cooperatives, publishing, and corporate freelance. He lives in South Minneapolis, writing and artmaking with his plants.

Director of Communications  /

Jackie Hayes (she/her) founded and leads the community at CFPA. She is the point of contact for neighbors, community members, and tenants looking for a way to access space to build a practice or deepen a business idea. She is a mentor, colleague, and collaborator with members of the artistic community in Minneapolis and across the country. A practicing artist, her most recent work has focused on questions of site, context, commerce, and the public. Jackie has degrees in Political Science, Theater Directing, and a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU. She has created or co-created dozens of workshops on art practice for Master’s students and four major conferences on performance on both West and East coasts. He recently relocated from her studio-residence in Western Wisconsin and now lives in Richfield with her family.

Executive Director  /

Shayna j Houp (she/they) has organized theatrical chaos as stage manager and production administrator all over the country. Local credits include Minnesota Opera, Mill City Summer Opera, Pangea World Theater, Park Square Theater, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Elsewhere: TriCities Opera, Syracuse Opera, Fort Worth Opera, Atlanta Opera, Saratoga Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and many more. When not assisting in the pursuit of making Art happen, Shayna can be found in Saint Paul hiking or biking through the wonderful Twin Cities park system.

Production Coordinator  /

Maia Maiden (she/her) co-leads the Performance Collective’s programming at CFPA. A scientist by day, dancer by night, Maia Maiden aka Rah Fyah has been a leader in the dance community for over 20 years. A South Minneapolis native, her work as a dancer and choreographer in Hip Hop led her to create Maia Maiden Productions, a Twin Cities based arts presenter. Established in 2009, Maiden’s curation is focused on uplifting and recognizing artists aligned with the organization’s mission to provide an equitable and engaging platform for Hip Hop, people of color (BIPOC), women, and youth through performing arts.

Performance Collective Core Member  /

Rico Morales (he/him) brings more than 40 years of farm, agricultural, and Indigenous experience and wisdom to CFPA in handling our landscape and grounds. He has helped build several community ovens and gardens in the Twin Cities Metro, and enjoys community building with others. He looks forward to learning and growing with CFPA’s community through future collaborations.

Landscape & Grounds Maintenance

Sherine Onukwuwe (she/they), a hybrid of Southern and Midwestern culture living above the Mason Dixon line, is a creative specializing in media production and creative writing. Her work in one way or another is situated to create leverage for marginalized Black people living or ancestral.

Performance Collective Core Member  /

Krystal Parks (she/her), originally from Houston, graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in Africana Studies. As the founder of T.E.A.A.C.H (Teaching Everyone African-American Culture & Heritage), she loves working on initiatives that encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has worked with over 600 college students as a Resident Hall Director that focused on community building and spreading positivity. Whenever she is not in the professional setting, she is playing video games, making music, or playing billiards!

Staff Associate  /

Kat Purcell (they/them) is a nonbinary trans performer, lighting designer, experimental producer, installation artist and theatrical director. They are a current Q-Stage Fellow with 20% Theatre Co. Kat is best known in the Twin Cities as the Producing Director of Lightning Rod, an ever emergent and evolving political flash theatre intensive for artists. They have performed and worked in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Minneapolis. Kat graduated from the London International School of Performing Arts in 2009 (now split into two schools: Arthaus-Berlin and Embodied Poetics London). They are also a passionate activist and organizer, with a focus on prison abolition, immigrant detention and fighting for the bodily autonomy of queer and women folk.

Performance Collective Core Member  /

Vince Tannehill (he/him) brings 20 years of facilities and hospitality expertise to the CFPA community. His wide-ranging skill set covers boilers/HVAC, advanced electronics, hospitality/catering, construction, building maintenance, and event management. He has owned and operated small businesses and worked in national corporate environments. He continues to own and operate UnderSound Productions, which specializes in DJ sound and lighting; for a number of years, he was an organizer in the Minneapolis underground dance club scene. Energy efficiency and sustainability are important to him, and he enjoys facilitating gatherings and events that inspire collaboration in the creative community. His hard skills, strategic planning abilities, and community-focused approach are a key part CFPA’s strategy for thriving into the future.

 Facilities Manager /

Jennie Ward (she/her) served 3 years as Managing Director of CFPA, and is now a Core Member of the Performance Collective. A theater maker and teacher for over 25 years (Twin Cities/Chicago/Boston/NYC), Jennie is keenly interested in the threshold space created when artists, audiences, and performance works encounter each other, and how that space can be activated, so that artists and audiences hold agency and emerge from the live experience energized towards action. She is a feminist, anti-racist parent who lives with her husband, children, and dogs in St. Paul.

Performance Collective Core Member  /