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Amaryllis Dejesus Molseski

DeJesus-Moleski is a visual and performing artist, muralist, poet, playwright, and youth organizer.  Her works have been exhibited work in New York, LA, Santa Fe, and the Bay Area.  She has toured her poetry and solo show Sangria Cipher nationally, performing in a range of venues including conventional theaters community centers, prisons, shelters and high school auditoriums.  DeJesus-Moleski has received awards and honors in visual art including the ArtLA Student Artist of the Year, All College Honors, and a residency at the AICAD New York studio program.  She has worked with community organizations including the Brown Boi Project, Strong Families, Third Root Health Center, and the Estria Foundation among others.  A recent graduate of the Individualized program at CCA, DeJesus-Moleski aims to practice the integration of multiple art forms as a way to make myth and tell the truth. DeJesus-Moleski has dedicated her life’s work to stand with countless others in the movement that intersects the arts with activism, using creativity and expression as the tools necessary for community liberation, and the means by which we may all realize our most potent dreams.  Learn More

Communication Studies 

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Kevin Kling 

Best known for his popular commentaries on National Public

Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories.  Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Kevin Kling describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising…” He grew up in Brooklyn Park and Maple Grove, Minneapolis suburbs, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry.

Kling was born with a congenital birth defect — his left arm is about three-quarters the size of his right arm, and his left hand has no wrist or thumb. More than five years ago, Kling was in a motorcycle accident. The brachial plexus nerves in his right arm were pulled completely out of their sockets. Currently, he has partial use of his left arm and cannot use his right arm at all.

Kevin Kling continues to write plays and stories in a rigorous fashion, and travels around the globe to numerous storytelling festivals, residencies, and has been invited to perform the acclaimed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN for several years. Kevin has released a number of compact disc collections of his stories, has published three books, “The Dog Says How”, “Holiday Inn” and “Big Little Brother.”  Learn More

Music 

Dr. Chen Yi

Dr. Chen Yi

As a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries, Dr. Chen Yi* was born in 1953 in China. She is Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance in the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a recipient of the Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Her music is published by Theodore Presser Company, commissioned and performed world wide by such ensembles as the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the BBC Symphony and the Royal Philharmonic, the Seattle, Pacific, Singapore, China National symphonies, the Brooklyn and LA philharmonics, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Sachsische Staatskapelle Dresden, The Women’s Philharmonic and Chanticleer (supported by Meet The Composer New Residences), Music From China, Racher/Prism Saxophone Quartet, Shanghai/Ying String Quartet, by soloists as Yo-Yo Ma, Yehudi Menuhin, Evelyn Glennie, Michala Petri, Cho-Liang Lin, Emanuel Ax, and conductors JoAnn Falletta, Dennis Russell Davies, Lan Shui, Leonard Slatkin, Franz Welser-Möst, Gerard Schwartz, among others, recorded on such labels as Bis, New Albion, New World, Teldec, Albany, Bridge, and Naxos. She has received bachelor and master degrees in composition from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree (1993) from Columbia University in New York. Major composition teachers are Profs. Wu Zu-qiang, Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky. Fellowships received from Guggenheim Foundation, AAAL, and NEA. Honors include first prize from the Chinese National Composition Contest, Lili Boulanger Award, NYU Sorel Medal Award, CalArts / Alpert Award, UT Eddie Medora King Composition Prize, ASCAP Concert Music Award, Elise Stoeger Award from Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Friendship Ambassador Award from Edgar Snow Fund, 2 UMKC Kauffman Awards, and Honorary Doctorates from Lawrence University in WI, Baldwin-Wallace College in OH, University of Portland in OR, and The New School University in NYC. Dr. Chen has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005, and appointed to the Cheungkong Scholar Visiting Professor at the CCoM in 2006, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Tianjin Conservatory in 2012.     Learn More

* Chen is family name, Yi is personal name. Chen Yi can be referred to Dr. Chen, Prof. Chen, Ms. Chen, or Chen Yi, but not Dr. Yi, Prof. Yi, or Ms. Yi.  

Theatre  

Robert Rosen

Rosen received his training at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California.  His early performance experiences include street theatre and circus work in Europe.  In 1979 he assisted in founding Theatre de la Jeune Lune where he served as co-Artistic Director from 1985 through 2005 and is credited as an actor, writer, director or lighting designer in more than 75 productions. Bob has conceived and directed many original works including: Circus, The Golem, The Description of the World, Circus of Tales, and several works for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has also collaborated on the creation of new work with Live Action Set, Barbra Berlovitz and Shawn McConneloug.  He recently directed the world premier of Middle Brother, a new work by Eric Sharp at Mu Performing Arts and appeared as the evil stepmother in The Juniper Tree at Open Eye Figure Theatre. Bob is an adjunct faculty member in the theatre departments of the University of Minnesota and Macalester College and was a 2010-11 Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theatre Artist Fellow. Bob co-directs Studio 206 where he leads workshops in improvisation, devising, physical comedy, Commedia Dell’Arte and mask work.  He is also co-founder of The Gymnasium, a consortium of creative risk-takers who are using the arts as a nexus for connections with science, industry, business and innovation.

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Dule Hill starred as Burton 'Gus' Guster on the USA Network original series Psych  and most recently appeared on Broadway in After Midnight . Best known for his work as Charlie Young on The West Wing, Hill first came to prominence as The Kid opposite Savion Glover and Jeffrey Wright in Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Fun k, directed by George C. Wolfe. Born in Orange, New Jersey and raised in nearby Sayreville, Hill began attending dance school when he was three and received his first break years later as the understudy to Savion Glover in The Tap Dance Kid  on Broadway. He went on to perform the lead role in the musical's national tour alongside Harold Nicholas.  During his seven seasons on The West Wing , Hill garnered an Emmy Award nomination and four Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as receiving two Screen Actors Guild Awards as part of the ensemble in a drama series.  On film, Hill has appeared opposite Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, Shia LaBeouf and William H. Macy.