Featured guests

Steven Bryant

Steven Bryant

2022 Festival Guest

Steven Bryant’s music is chiseled in its structure and intent, fusing lyricism, dissonance, silence, technology, and humor into lean, skillfully-crafted works that enthrall listeners and performers alike. Winner of the ABA Ostwald award and three-time winner of the NBA Revelli Award, Steven Bryant’s music for wind ensemble has reshaped the genre. A prolific composer, his substantial catalogue of music is regularly performed throughout the world. Recently, his Ecstatic Waters was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra to "unanimous, rapturous acclaim." The son of a professional trumpeter and music educator, he strongly values music education, and his creative output includes a number of works for young and developing musicians. You can learn more about Steven at www.stevenbryant.com

Leslie Iwai

Leslie Iwai

2022 Festival Guest

Leslie Iwai is an installation artist and sculptor whose studies in mathematics, chemistry, and architecture (MArch Virginia Tech) inform her passion to bring unusual connections found in her research and artistic process to the surface for others’ ruminations and inspiration. As the first recipient of the Bemis Community Arts Fellowship (2005) and, most recently, as the first Artist-in-Residence for Intervarsity’s Urbana 2018 and a 2021 finalist for the Forward Art Prize,  Leslie has had many awards, solo exhibits, and residencies.   Her work is in numerous private and public collections, including Duncan Aviation and the Omaha Public Art Commission. Leslie has taught in both academic and community settings in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois and New Mexico.  She has been a contributing writer and artist for Image Journal,   SEEN (CIVA) and The Well (InterVarsity).  She enjoys living in and exploring Wisconsin with her husband where she creates art and collaborates and connects with her community. When not in her studio, Leslie can often be found hunting for treasures at thrift stores or walking on trails near her home in Middleton, Wisconsin. You can view her artwork at www.leslieiwai.com

Theater Mu

Theater Mu

2022 Festival Guest

As one of the largest Asian American theater companies in the nation, Theater Mu produces great performances born of arts, equity, and justice. Founded in 1992, Mu tells stories from the heart of the Asian American experience, presenting a fusion of traditional and contemporary artistic influences, which range from classics to up-and-coming voices in our community. Theater Mu’s continuing goal to celebrate and empower the Asian American community through theater is achieved through mainstage productions, emerging artist support, and educational outreach programs. Theater Mu was named a Regional Cultural Treasure by the McKnight and Ford foundations through a national initiative which honors organizations that have made a significant impact on our cultural landscape over decades. Theater Mu is a member of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists as well as a member of the Twin Cities Theatres of Color Coalition, proudly standing alongside New Native Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Penumbra Theatre, and Teatro Del Pueblo. Mu (pronounced MOO) is the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese character for the shaman/ artist/warrior who connects the heavens and the earth through the tree of life. You can learn more about the company at www.theatermu.org    

Morgen Chang

Morgen Chang

Morgen Chang (she/her) is a Minneapolis-based theatre and dance artist. Her interests include community-based performance and developing creative approaches across barriers of culture, language, and ability. She is trained in Applied Theatre techniques, and as a facilitator uses art and imaginative play to bring physical engagement to dialogue and build authentic relationships between people. Morgen currently serves as a teaching artist and Programs Manager with Theater Mu.

Clay Man Soo

Clay Man Soo

Clay Man Soo (he/him) is an Asian-American actor and teaching artist in Minneapolis, MN. He has acted or taught at The Guthrie Theater, Theater Mu, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Park Square Theatre, Jungle Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Pangea World Theater, The Lab Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Playwright’s Center, New Arab-American Theater, Full Circle Theater Company, Theatre Coup D’Etat, BARd Shakespeare Company, and South Dakota Shakespeare Festival. www.claymansoo.com

Wesley Mouri

Wesley Mouri

Wesley Mouri (he/him) is a Twin Cities based artist with over a decade of experience performing both locally and internationally. He has appeared with Theater Mu in Flower Drum Song and A Little Night Music. Other work includes the Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, History Theater, Jungle Theater, Children's Theater Company, and Chanhassen Dinner Theaters. Wesley's passion for Asian representation in the arts extends behind the scenes through his work as Development Director for Theater Mu

Hope Nordquist

Hope Nordquist

Hope Nordquist (she/her) is a multidisciplinary performer in the Twin Cities. She has been seen at Mu in Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, tot: The Untold Story Of A Filipino Hulk Hogan, Twelfth Night, and A Little Night Music. She has been seen at Park Square Theater, The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Umbrella Collective, and The Moving Company. She can be seen every month at The Saloon where she performs as a singer and burlesque artist in Hot Pink.