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Announcing: New Works Residency Artists

Welcome to our Fall 2019 Resident Artists!

cfpa is delighted to announce the three artists selected for our Fall 2019 New Works Residency: Morgan Holmes, David Means, and Kerry Parker.  With the support of free rehearsal space, a mentor specifically chosen for this project, a public presentation, and audience conversation, these three artists will each initiate a new piece of original performance work, and/or a new way of working. A public presentation of a portion of the artists’ works-in-process will be produced by cfpa’s ReClaim series on Saturday, December 14th and Saturday, December 21st, at 7 pm.


Morgan Holmes will begin creation of a solo performance, 10 Hours of Rain Sounds, that uses YouTube – its beauty tutorials, repetitive endurance videos, music, and self-care influencers – to explore grief, healing and re-establishing an everyday routine in the wake of trauma. She will experiment with live-streaming her rehearsal process and with YouTube genres such as “get ready with me.” This piece will be an extension of her work as co-producer of Perspectives Theater Company, which creates space for marginalized stories and validates multi-dimensional identities, especially valuing a reclamation of queer and bipoc bodies from “performing” pain.

Morgan freelances as a writer, director, and dramaturg in the Twin Cities. She is the 2019-2020 Many Voices Mentee at the Playwrights Center. She and collaborator Erika Levy co-produce Perspectives Theater Company, which creates space for marginalized stories and validates multi-dimensional identities. With their first play, STRANGER, the company devised from movement, ritual, interviews and the book of Exodus to explore the immense joy, messiness and struggle of Jewish POC identity. STRANGER debuted at the 2017 MN Fringe Festival; the Star Tribune called it “poetic…impressionistic,” and audience members celebrated it as “simple, effective storytelling” and “a heartbreaking and empowering performance.” In 2018, Perspectives’ proposal was one of six selected as part of the inaugural juried Family Fringe, but the production was paused when Morgan faced mental health challenges and Erika moved abroad to Germany. Morgan is interested in using social media technology to help facilitate Perspectives’ continued collaboration.


 David Means will build an immersive, sound-based event using a floor-based score installation to investigate the personal symbolism of notation. By directly engaging memory and its ability to shade, shine, contradict, and comfort past experience, the event will use transparent notations, modular materials, and interactive elements in a spirit of openness and creative resilience to engage viewers and listeners in unique ways. For the first time in his long career of musical questions, David will engage directly with his experiences in the Vietnam War to build a shared backdrop for catharsis and healing.

David is a composer and performing artist. He was born on the same day the sound barrier was broken. He studied architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana where he participated in the original (1967) “Music Circus” event staged by John Cage. Since moving to Minnesota in 1978, he has created unique scores and performance installations for various architectural and environmental settings. His works have been widely presented at festivals including New Music America, Documenta 9, and the Walker Art Center’s At Dusk and Dawn. He was a cofounder of Roulette Intermedium in New York City, and he is professor emeritus of music and intermedia art at Metropolitan State University. In 2013 he became founding director of the Echofluxx Ensemble based in Prague.


Kerry Parker will begin creation of a site- and season-specific dance that is a death ritual, exploring senescence and seasonal darkness as part of a personal cosmology. Kerry has investigated the relationship between site, ritual, history and movement in cfpa’s chapel over the past two years. This piece will deeply revisit the history of the building, investing in the influences of the coming winter season. She envisions the work this fall as the first step in a multi-seasonal process, in which the dance work might perform outdoors, and return indoors at cfpa, across time and weather, evolving in the process. 

Kerry grew up in St. Paul. She says, “I’ve lived in many places and danced with a lot of people. I come from a very hardcore ballet background. Very disciplined and probably too severe- but I’m thankful for it. “ Kerry spent her early years studying with some of the amazing artists that were working in the Twin Cities in the seventies and eighties, including Loyce Houlton, David Voss, Jo Savino and Frank Bourman. Her training in classical/neo-classical ballet repertoire provides a ground for her current work, but she sources movement from her body and life experience, offering it to collaborators who posses their own distinct voices. She investigates the power of space and environment and the power of whatever is elemental.


All of cfpa’s artist residencies include public presentations, which are produced by our ReClaim series.

ReClaim is a range of public workshops, presentations and events that explore the vitality and evolution of American identity, and the ways in which creative works reflect our lived experience (or not). Our events grapple with the stories we hear and see, the stories we make and tell, and the ways in which we are (or are not) changed by creative representations of our experiences. This series supports artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience; and supports audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. In this series, we assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.

cfpa produces art events on the Third Saturday of most months. All events are pay-what-you-can donations and open to the public. Find more information on the artists and on the series HERE.