Announcing: Works in Process Residency Artists

Announcing our Spring 2019 Resident Artists!

cfpa is delighted to announce the three artists selected for our Spring 2019 Works in Process Residency: Nora Montañez, Beth Ann Powers, and Alexandra Bodnarchuk.  With the support of free rehearsal space, a mentor specifically chosen for this project, and a public presentation and audience conversation, these three artists are each moving an existing work (and way of working) further down a developmental path. A public presentation of a portion of the artists’ works-in-process will be held cfpa on Saturday, April 20th and Saturday, 27th, at 7 pm.

Nora Montañez will develop her solo piece, “Sabor a Mi”, a bilingual autobiographical survival story, which was first built in 2017 as part of the Anything But English series (Pangea World Theater/Patrick’s Cabaret), and subsequently developed through Catalyst Arts PUSH Lab.  In 2018, she used a McKnight/MRAC Next Step grant to travel to Peru for research. This spring at cfpa, Nora will integrate her travel research (including her lessons on the cajón) into the structure of an interactive, bilingual, multi-media storytelling experience, laying bare the human question, “Where do I belong?”

Nora is a Peruvian-born actress, singer, playwright and community advocate. Her work has been seen locally at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Jungle Theater, Park Square Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Mu Performing Arts, and Mixed Blood Theatre. Nora is a Breaking Ice Company Member with Pillsbury House Theatre and a teaching artist with Interact Center for the Performing Art and Theatre 45° (Playshop). Nora is also the Founder of the Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists (ALMA.) More about Nora HERE.

Beth Ann Powers will build a solo durational/endurance performance piece, originally devised as part of a larger collaborative piece (“Superhero”) that performed last year at the Southern. In this solo piece, Beth will excavate her personal relationship with mental illness and recovery, and will investigate how durational/endurance performance can create space for an audience to find themselves in a piece, in ways that are both intimate and offer the audience agency/aegis.

Beth earned a BFA in Theater Arts at the U of MN, and went on to co-found Slap Happy Studios, a local production company (“Footprints” (2018), “Vibrant Voices” (2017), “Punk Rock Sock” (2017), and “The Bechdel Show” (2017).) As a playwright and performer, Beth’s work has been seen at The Playwrights Center, Phoenix Theater, Theater Unbound, Raw Sugar, Umbrella collective, 20% Theater Company, Wildwood Theater, and Classical Actors Ensemble. More about Beth Ann HERE. 

Alexandra Bodnarchuk will continue work on her dance piece “The Nature of Cloth”, developed this past fall through the Generating Room: Open Proposal Initiative at the Cowles Center.  In that residency, Alexandra gathered data about the human experience of “shame” and “conformity” through a series of focus-group workshops. This spring, she will dig deeper into innate animalistic behaviors and will investigate ways to interrogate a range of different cultural narratives of shame and conformity, in pursuit of building space for diverse audiences to experience themselves reflected in the work. 

Alexandra is a Minneapolis-based Carpatho-Rusyn-American dance artist. Her original works have been presented in Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and New York City. She has worked with Attack Theater (PA), Azaguno African Dance Ensemble (OH), Bricolage Production Company (PA), Mark Conway Thompson (PA), STAYCEE PEARL dance project (PA), Ethnic Dance Theatre and Black Label Movement. Alexandra holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography and a B.A. in French from Ohio University. More about Alexandra HERE.

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 pay-what-you-can and open to the public.
Find more information on the artists and on the series HERE.