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Announcing Resident Artists for Fall 2018!

cfpa is delighted to announce the three artists selected for our Fall 2018 New Work Residency: Ritual and Resilience. Our New Work Residencies support artists as they move through their next phase of building a new work. Each artist will present a portion of their work-in-progress on December 14th and 15th at 7 pm at cfpa. This presentation will be free and open to the public, and a facilitated discussion will follow.

Nelle June Anderson is a singer from south Minneapolis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Bard College (NY) in opera performance, for which she’s won first prize in the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition, sung a leading role with Oberlin in Italy, and soloed with the American Symphony Orchestra. Recently, Nelle performed as Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld with the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and starred in American Tender, a feature film premiering this fall in Twin Cities Film Fest, for which she also sang the score. Nelle is a multi-instrumentalist, poet, and electronic producer, and “Nel la luna” is her art-pop project. Follow her experiments: @njunea


Margo Gray is a Minneapolis-based theatre maker and director. Her interests include developing new work, building audience empathy, and creating interactive experiences.  She’s worked with 20% Theatre Company, Raw Sugar, Theatre Unbound, Punchdrunk, Wolf Trap Opera, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is the Producing Artistic Director of Playable Artworks, former Artistic Director of Prologue Theatre Co., a former Fulbright Fellow at the Moscow Art Theatre School, an alumna of Grinnell College, and a graduate of the John Wells MFA Directing program at Carnegie Mellon University. Her original work Second Skin, an audio-driven interactive adventure for one, is being presented in this year’s Twin Cities Horror Festival. 

Kat Purcell is a radical nonbinary transexual performer, lighting designer, experimental producer and theatrical director local to Minneapolis, MN.  They have performed and worked in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Minneapolis. Kat is best known in the Twin Cities for conceiving and co-producing Patrick’s Cabaret’s Lightning Rod, an explicitly political flash theatre intensive for artists. They have worked with Catalyst Arts, Intermedia Arts, Patrick’s Cabaret, Southern Theater, Queertopia, Pangea World Theater, New Native Theater, Raw Sugar, Kudeta Dance, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Gadfly Theatre, Target Margin Theater (NYC), Oubliette Arthouse (London), Theatre Three Collaborative (NYC), and Incubator Arts f.k.a. Ontological Hysteric (NYC) Kat graduated from the London International School of Performing Arts in 2009. 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, and a member of the Industrial Workers of the World.

cfpa’s ReClaim series is an assembly space to connect all kinds of audiences, artists, experiences, and stories. Our events 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. We support artists who engage fiercely with the complex and contradictory nature of the human experience. We support audiences who yearn for greater personal engagement between works of art and the daily life of our community. We assemble for lively questions, dynamic conversation, and to encourage new ways of understanding each other’s lives.

cfpa produces monthly art events. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the artists and on the series, visit and click on “ReClaim Series.”