Hennepin Theater Trust Announces 2022-2023 Spotlight Education Artist-in-Residence Cohort

Hennepin Theater Trust has selected four Minnesota artists as the 2022-2023 cohort of Artist-in-Residence teachers of its flagship Spotlight Education program. The Spotlight Education Teaching Artists in Residence cohort is comprised of theater professionals with unique performing, writing, and directing experiences who wish to develop their abilities as educators.

“We believe that every student in Minnesota deserves access to arts education and the skills it develops, and it starts with our teachers,” said Ari Koehnen Sweeny, Director of Creative Arts Partnerships for Hennepin Theater Trust. “The Teaching Artists in Residency program expands the reach of the Trust’s educational programming statewide by connecting working theater professionals with training and educational tools to equip them for their future educational work. At the same time time, the program introduces students to the professional theater industry.”

These artists will engage in a one-year residency with Spotlight Education. This group is made up of theater artists with a strong interest in developing their abilities as educators. Teaching Artists in Residence receive an annual stipend as well as consultative training from industry leaders, access to a company-wide professional development program, and the opportunity to engage deeply in Spotlight programming at all levels.

The participating artists this year are:

Claire Chenoweth

A graduate of St. Olaf College and the National Theater Institute, Claire currently works as a performer, theater trainer and administrator in the Twin Cities. She is passionate about the craft and promoting intimacy leadership, and is currently pursuing work, training and eventual licensing in the field. Clair is also invested in consent-based approaches with education. Her other passions include puppetry, poetry and creative play.

Eshay Brantley

Born in South Side, Chicago, Eshay Brantley moved to South Minneapolis in 2004. A multidisciplinary artist, social justice advocate, and teacher, she began her work in ritual writing and performance to foster and elevate the narrative of marginalized groups .

Grant Sorenson

Grant Sorenson is a versatile theater artist with extensive experience as a director, actor and writer. A native of Minneapolis, he has spent most of his life working professionally in theater, both on and off stage. Grant’s work as an actor has been seen at the Guthrie Theatre, Theater Latté Da, Children’s Theater Company, Yellow Tree Theatre, Frank Theatre, Playwright’s Center and many more. He was educated at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. His work as a director has been seen at the Arrow Theatre, 7th House Theatre, Theater Latté Da and Wayzata High School Theatre, where he is Associate Program Director.

Peyton Dixon

Peyton Dixon is an accomplished actor with credits from Ten Thousand Things Theatre, History Theatre, Transatlantic Love Affair, Artistry, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Morris Park Players, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Rochester Civic Theater and Cross Community Players. He has been creating and collaborating in art for over 12 years.

For more information about Spotlight Education, please visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

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