Naked Stages

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December 10 – 19, 2015
7:30 pm, Thursday – Saturday
Eliza Rasheed and Marisa Carr
9:30 pm, Saturday: Junauda Petrus
Post-Show Discussions with the artists: Fridays, December 11 & 18

Tickets: Buy tickets online or call 612-825-0459.
Pay-What-You-Want. Pick your own price for every performance, every night.
(Regular price is $16. Anything above $16 is considered a donation.)


The 2015 Naked Stages fellows are: Marisa R. Carr, Juanda Petris, and Eliza Rasheed. Marisa R. Carr is a composer, playwright, and activist who was named “Best New Political Playwright” by Lavender Magazine earlier this year. She will create a performance piece inspired by her police officer father. Junauda Petris is a dancer, writer, and aerial artist who will be installing ritualistic and artistic spaces around the building, outside of the theatre. Finally, Eliza Rasheed is an actor, dancer, playwright, and director who will use her lens as an Asian multiracial woman to guide her work.

Naked Stages, a 9-month Jerome Fellowship for emerging performance artists at Pillsbury House Theatre, is now accepting applications for 2015. Three emerging artists will be selected: two will create a performance for the stage and one will be creating a performance-based installation of their design in or around PHT’s building.

Announcing the Naked Stages Fellows 2014

The 2014 Naked Stages artists are Eric F. Avery, PaviElle French, and B Billy … Read more…

Naked Stages, a 7-month Jerome Fellowship for emerging performance artists at Pillsbury House Theatre, is now accepting applications for 2014. Three emerging artists will be selected, two will create a performance for the stage and one will be creating a performance-based installation of their design in or around PHT’s building.

The 2013 Naked Stages artists are Emily Zimmer, Moheb Soliman, and Zainab Musa. Zainab has worked internationally as an actor as well as with local companies like Mixed Blood and Sandbox Theatre. Moheb is a poet and interdisciplinary artist new to Minnesota by way of Montreal and Egypt. Emily Zimmer is a regular performer on the Open Eye Figure Theatre stage as well as with Frank Theatre and Children’s Theatre Company. Read more…


Artist Applications for the 2013 Naked Stages Program are now available. Read more…

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About Naked Stages

WHAT IS Naked Stages?

Pillsbury House Theatre, with support from the Jerome Foundation, seeks to provide a mentorship opportunity for emerging performance artists in Minnesota.

Three emerging artists, funded by the Jerome Foundation, use multiple media, puppetry, storytelling, satire, and movement to present their work to the public.

A creative opportunity unlike any other in Minnesota, Naked Stages is the culmination of a 7 month training fellowship that provides four emerging performance artists with the time, resources, and mentorship they need to bring their distinctive visions to life on stage. In addition to regular feedback sessions, the artists participate in workshops with local creators like Hijack and Pramila Vasudevan, as well as more intensive workshops with nationally-renowned artist Sharon Bridgforth. Once a month, they also participate in production meetings focused on the business side of art, from audience development to technical support, helping to develop their unique voice into a sustainable, artistic career.

Naked Stages performances are the final step of a multi-layered program designed to empower artists to be their most bold and creative and to challenge artists and audiences alike to push past their previous boundaries.

What is Performance Art?

Below is a summary adapted from the essay “Fluid Landscapes,” by Lois Keidan and Daniel Brine.

“Performance Art is not a singular form of art, but an umbrella term for work that pushes the boundaries of diverse disciplines. Disrupting borders, breaking rules, defying traditions, resisting definition, asking questions and activating audiences, Performance Art is a research engine where the limits of art and ideas are tested and new possibilities imagined.”



Past Artists


A Great Lakes Vista by Moheb Soliman

Moheb Soliman

A Great Lakes Vista by Moheb Soliman December 6, 7, 13, & 14, 2013 Part poetry, part performance, part installation, A Great Lakes ...
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Habeas Corpus by Zainab Musa

Zainab Musa

Habeas Corpus by Zainab Musa December 5, 6, 12, & 13, 2013 Habeas Corpus is a demonstration of physical freedom. Using space and ...
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3 Figures$ by Emily Zimmer

Emily Zimmer

3 Figures$ by Emily Zimmer December 5, 7, 12, & 14 Disaster doesn’t trickle down. It crashes. In 2008, banks were bailed out ...
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Jeffry Lusiak, 2012 Naked Stages artist

Jeffry Lusiak

A.SM.IL.8 by Jeffry Lusiak December 12 - 15, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Performance artist Jeffry Lusiak weaves questions of assimilation within queer identity ...
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Zoe Sommers Haas, 2012 Naked Stages Artist

Zoe Sommers Haas

DEVON by Zoe Sommers Haas directed by Maren Ward December 12-15, 2012, 7:30 p.m. Welcome to Devon’s world. Love him or hate him, once ...
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David T Steinman, 2012 Naked Stages artist

David T Steinman

BAGMAN by David T Steinman December 5 – 8, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. In the world of an airline baggage handler, TSA patdowns, ...
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Ahanti Young, 2012 Naked Stages Artist

Ahanti Young

Aklound Sowell by Ahanti Young December 5 - 8, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed actor and musician Ahanti Young brings our culture’s invisible ...
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Moe Lionel

Moe Lionel

IN AND OUT OF THE BODY by Moe Lionel December 7-10, 2011, at 7:30pm What do you do with facts that haunt ...
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Ephraim Eusebio

Ephraim Eusebio

AUTOPILOT by Ephraim Eusebio November 30 - December 3, 2011, at 7:30 pm A CIA operative, pilot of an unmanned aerial vehicle, ...
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Max Wirsing

Max Wirsing

WE ALL DIED AND CAME BACK EASIER by Max Wirsing How much of our lives are a product of other people’s ...
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Paulino Brener

Paulino Brener

DON’T CRY FOR ME by Paulino Brener December 7 - 10, 2011, at 7:30 pm A tall Argentine leaves his mother land ...
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M. Cochise Anderson - 2010 Naked Stages artist

M. Cochise Anderson

METHODS OF MASS DECEPTION by M. Cochise Anderson December 8-11, 2010, at 7:30 pm Climb aboard the USS Illusion as it cuts across ...
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Esther Ouray - 2010 Naked Stages Artist

Esther Ouray

THE HEBREW LESSON by Esther Ouray December 8-11, 2010, at 7:30 pm A “rite of return” about the right of return. "The Hebrew ...
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Andrea Jenkins - 2010 Naked Stages artist

Andrea Jenkins

BODY PARTS: REFLECTIONS ON REFLECTIONS by Andrea Jenkins December 1-4, 2010, at 7:30 pm This African-American transgender woman lives life balanced on a ...
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Janaki Ranpura - 2010 Naked Stages artist

Janaki Ranpura

YOUR HEART IS IN MY MOUTH by Janaki Ranpura December 1-4, 2010, at 7:30 pm In the midst of a medical demonstration, the ...
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Mire Regulus, 2009 Naked Stages Artist

Miré Regulus

KnotDrawn: My Goodness, the Milk, and the Daddy(body) by Miré Regulus Mentored by: Gabrielle Civil and Mankwe Ndosi New skills development: Tamir Bayarsaihan what ...
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Kelley A Meister, Naked Stages Artist 2009

Kelley A Meister

Seducing Those Who Are Afraid by: Kelley A Meister directed by: Natalie (Nastalie) Bogira “Everyone feels queer in some sense of the word.” ...
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Julian McFaul, Naked Stages Artist 2009

Julian McFaul

DISAPPEARING TRICK by Julian McFaul Using live-action sculpture and a collection of semi-improvised rants on gravity, relativity and escape velocity, Julian McFaul ...
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Julia Elizabeth Babb, Naked Stages artist 2009

Julia Elizabeth Babb

A Fools Paradox by Julia E Babb A search for the ultimate question, A Fool’s Paradox is about being the variables, the ...
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All 2010 Naked Stages artist photos by Craig VanDerSchaegen. 2009 and 2011 photos by Ann Marsden.

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