LEADERSHIP

Theatre Unbound operates under the leadership of a Board of Directors and a Core Company.

THE COMPANY

Alexandra Gould
Company Member

Alexandra has been living and working in the Twin Cities for the past five years. Primarily a costume designer, she has designed for companies such as Penumbra Theatre Company, St. Croix Festival Theater, Gremlin, Theater Pro Rata, The Paul Bunyan Play House, Gustavus Adolphus College, and The Gray Space Performance Company, with whom she is also an artistic associate. The Gray Space Performance Company's main focus is to engage and encourage people in human rights activism. She has also been seen on stage at The Guthrie in Edgardo Mine, and when anyone lets her perform. She makes a living by teaching improv and designing for North Hennepin Community College, while following her dreams by contributing to socially conscious theater companies all over the area.

Christy Johnson
Company Member
Organizational Structure and Development

Christy Johnson is originally from Rochester, MN and she’s lived in the twin cities since 2011. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Digital Marketing Experience from the University of St Thomas. She appeared onstage in Theatre Unbound production of The Penelopiad. Other onstage credits include Burial at Thebes (Guthrie), Flight (Minnesota Opera), Hair (Theatre 55), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Big River, Mary Poppins (Lakeshore Players), Seussical (Eden Prairie Players), Jekyll and Hyde (The Play’s the Thing), The Music Man (Eat Street Players), Audition for Murder (Eagan Theatre Company), College Prep (Dreamland Arts), The Knights of Glendale (Gadfly Productions) and multiple Minnesota Fringe Productions.
Her sound design credits include Dot, Agitators (Park Square), Waafrika 123 (20% Theatre), Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Drawer Boy (Theatre in the Round).

Danielle Krivinchuk 
Company Member
Fundraising Committee

Danielle Krivinchuk has a Master's in Acting from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. While there she created and performed a one-Woman Show, Shades of Living. Theatre Unbound Credits include The Penelopiad. Representative Credits include: The Drowning Girls (Freshwater Theater), Silent Sky (Lyric Arts), Synchronicity and The Funny  (Raw Sugar), The Oresteia (Hero Now), Arcadia and Betty's Summer Vacation (Chameleon Theatre Circle), Eastern Standard (Workhouse Theatre Company), Our Country's Good (Starting Gate Theater Company), Seven and Choices (Chain Reaction Theatre Company), and multiple Fringe shows. She is also a Crisis Intervention Actor and trainer.

Jennifer Long
Company Member
Finance Committee

Jennifer Long has staged managed for Theatre Unbound's productions of Babe: An Olympic Musical, A Staged Reading/Concert, Frankenstein Incarnate: The Passions of Mary Shelley, The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women, Women! Live on Stage!, Girl's Got Pluck. She has also worked with Bedlam Studio (The Hole in the Bottom of the Holiday), MN Jewish Theatre (Modern Orthodox, Shadows of the Valley), E.S.C (Gangster No. 1), 3 AM Productions (Songs of Love and War). Jeni graduated with a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2003.

Julie Phillips
Company Member
Organizational Structure and Development Committee

Julie doesn’t like to be stuck doing just one thing so she has worked professionally as an actor, director, dramaturg, stage manager, voice/dialect coach, and on rare occasions movement choreographer. With Theatre Unbound she directed Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, Motherhood Outloud, assistant directed Measure for Measure, and has been seen onstage as Veri in the Annual 24 Hours Xtreme Theatre Smackdown, as Emily Wilding Davison/Edith Garrud in The Good Fight, as well as the Mother in Deaf Day as a part of Girl Shorts 2014.

Other acting credits include work at Nimbus Theatre: Beth, Redemption, Richmond Shakespeare: Lady Croom, Arcadia; Mariana/Mistress Overdone/Juliet/Provost, Measure for Measure; Mary (otherwise known as almost everyone but Scrooge), A Christmas Carol for 2 Actors; Bagot/Duchess of York, Richard II; as well as productions at the Shafer Alliance Theatre: Annie, Obscura (world premiere); Marion, Summer in Gossensass; Chamberlayne Actor's Theatre: Ellen (performing understudy), The Art of Dining; Emmerich Theatre Production Company: Hucklebee, The Fantasticks; Josie Pye, Anne of Green Gables; multiple roles, King David; Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter; Orpah/Bilhah, Under His Wings.

Other directing and co-directing credits include: As You Like it, Dr. Faustus, The Tempest, Afternoon at the Seaside, Alice in Wonderland, The Merry Wives of Windsor and children's productions of Macbeth, The Tempest, 12th Night, Midsummer Night's Dream. Julie earned her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007.

Laura Wiebers
Company Member
Marketing Committee

Laura has appeared in Theatre Unbound's productions of St. Luke's, Bits and Pieces, Girl's Got Pluck, The Tempest, The Anastasia Trials in the Court of Women, Frankenstein Incarnate: The Passions of Mary Shelley, Murderess, Girl Shorts, Silkworms, and The Clean House. She has also appeared at the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Ebullient Theatre Company, The Playwrights' Center, Six Elements Theatre, Flower Shop Project, Theatre In The Round Players, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Her work has also been seen in commercials, industrials, feature films and the Wonderlust Productions "Overachievers" web series.

Melissa Meyers
Company Member
Marketing Committee

Melissa Miller carries a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and Pedagogy from Texas Tech University where she studied the intersection of leadership development and arts education. Melissa is a certified Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. She currently works as the communications director of Experience Leadership Coaching & Training. Melissa also performs with the U of M Standardized Patient program and Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team using acting scenarios to train health care workers, first responders, and local law enforcement. As an educator she has taught acting and public speaking courses in classroom, workshop, and keynote settings. Melissa is a local Twin Cities performer and teaching artist and most recently appeared in Theatre Unbound’s production of The Penelopiad.

THE BOARD

Ashley Wheeler
Board President
Finance & Fundraising

Ashley Wheeler holds a BFA in theater from Stephens College and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She has been with Native Americans in Philanthropy since 2015 and is their office and operations manager. She has a passion for women in theater and continues to be involved in the Twin Cities theater community, including with Lakeshore Players and Grace & Grit Women’s Theatre Collective. She resides in Minneapolis with her husband Aaron and their three animals.

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Kaitlin Lange
Board Vice President
Organizational Strategy and Development

Kaitlin Lange is a business development and communications professional for interactive media and films. She is passionate about quality storytelling that requires the viewer to pay attention no matter the platform. Her love of theatre runs deep, ever since she first saw The Music Man at age 6. A graduate from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Kaitlin has two Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English and Anthropology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from George Washington University. She was a 2017 Docs in Progress Documentary Film Fellow.

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Grace Berke
Board Secretary
Marketing & Fundraising

Grace Berke holds a BA in English from the University of Minnesota. A native of Austin MN, she was active from childhood in local theater there and has worked in student and community engagement at Northrop Auditorium and the Ordway. She works for Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association in Minneapolis as a Community Coordinator. Grace is passionate about arts engagement and the ability for arts to be used as a vehicle for social change.

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Lora Jones
Treasurer
Finance

Lora comes to Theatre Unbound with 15 years of nonprofit accounting and finance experience, most recently as director of finance at Guild Incorporated and as a consultant at Think Small. She earned her BA in English Literature from Carleton College and an MBA from Metropolitan State University. She currently lives in South Minneapolis with her rat terrier, Bernadette.

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Ethan Bjelland
Marketing & Organizational Stragegy and Development

Ethan Bjelland received a BA in Theatre and Scandinavian Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. As a theatre artist, Ethan has worked with Pro Rata, Theatre 20%, St. Croix Festival, Nimbus, Phoenix, Classical Actors Ensemble, and others. As a marketer and communications professional, he has worked at the Ordway, the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro, and now, at Norway House, a Norwegian cultural center in Minneapolis. He is also a Norwegian teacher with Mindekirken and the Concordia Language Villages' preschool and family programs.

Amy Esposito
Marketing & Finance

Amy Esposito is the Managing Director of Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. She holds a BS in Theatre Arts Management from Ithaca College in New York and is finishing her MPS in Arts & Cultural Leadership from the University of Minnesota. She came to the Twin Cities in September 2017 to work as a marketing and communications specialist at the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. Previously, she was the director of marketing for the Chicago Opera Theater and has worked in other arts institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Glimmerglass Festival.

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Theresa Burgess
Fundraising & Marketing

Theresa Burgess is a lifelong theater patron and participant who has been honored to be a part of Theatre Unbound’s board since 2018. She holds a BFA in Theater from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and an MBA from the University of Saint Thomas. She has worked for Minnesota Public Radio on the nationally syndicated programs Live From Here, A Prairie Home Companion, The Splendid Table and The Writer’s Almanac. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughters.

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Karla Leitzman
Fundraising

Karla works as a special gift officer and reunion giving coordinator at Gustavus Adolphus College. Karla is also a proud 2013 Gustavus graduate where she earned a BA in Theatre with Honors. Karla loves the mission of Theatre Unbound and that her board involvement gives her an outlet to flex for her passion for Theatre. In addition to her work and board involvement, Karla is a member of the Pilgrim Lutheran Church in St. Paul where she serves on the church council and sings in the choir. On Thursday evenings, you can find her singing with the American Swedish Institute Women’s Chor, the Cloudberries. Karla usually runs on too much coffee, bad jokes, and obscure TV references.

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