Apr 15, 2023

Pilobolus: BIG FIVE-OH!

Mobile-friendly Program
big five oh

Northrop Presents
Pilobolus: BIG FIVE-OH!

Sat, Apr 15, 7:30 pm 
Carlson Family Stage

We're so glad you're here! Please select the various tabs and links below to enjoy all of the program content.

Mobile-friendly digital programs have replaced printed programs in support of fiscal stewardship (focusing funds on the artists appearing on our stage), environmental sustainability (reducing paper consumption and not contributing to supply chain issues), and visual accessibility (allowing you to zoom in on the content). Want to enjoy the program after the event? You can find it linked from the event page on Northrop's website. Thank you for viewing!

Please find the content links below.

Jeff Bieganek

Welcome to a very special Northrop 2022-23 Dance Season event. It is an honor to welcome Pilobolus back to Northrop to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a program that puts the “Oh!” in BIG FIVE-OH! Not only that, we are thrilled to experience the world premiere of a new work by Pilobolus alum Gaspard Louis and to offer our first sensory friendly event—Pilobolus Rules @ Play—a pay-what-you-wish matinee for all ages. Your commitment to the work that we do and the artists we present—including those involved with this performance—make this possible, and we are grateful for your support. 

I hope you can join us for upcoming Northrop events that include must-see performances for dance enthusiasts, and arts and entertainment lovers. Our largest fundraising event of the year is coming next month—ENCORE: The State Ballet of Georgia pre-show dinner will be part of a dazzling evening that includes live music, a silent auction, and more. I know you’ll be inspired by these extraordinary opportunities to connect with the art and artists, and I invite you to bring family and friends to share these memorable experiences with you.

As we enjoy this season and look to the future, I invite you to explore the different ways you can support Northrop’s programs, helping to shine bright lights on our stage. We value your involvement in furthering the important work that Northrop is doing now, and in the future, to inspire positive change in our world. The Northrop Advisory Board is growing along with new opportunities to engage. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at northrop@umn.edu. And if you see me in Northrop, please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself! I would love to meet you.

Thank you for viewing this performance and we look forward to your attendance at many more Northrop events!

Jeff Bieganek, Northrop Advisory Board Chair


Back to top

Pilobolus logo

Pilobolus is a rebellious dance company. Since 1971, it has tested the limits of human physicality to explore the beauty and the power of connected bodies creating awe-inspiring and accessible performances. In the five decades since, Pilobolus has continued to propel the seeds of expression through their collaborations with some of the greatest influencers, thinkers, and creators in the world and its unique educational programming. The company offers classes serving all ages and movement abilities. Pilobolus classes use movement to teach dancers and non-dancers alike to harness the creative potential of groups. Bespoke leadership workshops for corporate executives, employees, and business schools teach teams how to maximize creativity, solve problems, create surprise, and generate joy through the power of nonverbal communication. Pilobolus continues to bring the beauty of movement to the world, growing and changing each year while reaching new audiences and exploring new visual and physical planes. Learn more at pilobolus.org.

Back to top

Three dancers are intertwined with two holding a third dancer who is arching their back. They are all wearing black shorts and are in front of a white and grey background.

Pilobolus in, On the Nature of Things. Photo © Robert Whitman. 

On the Nature of Things (2014)

(Runtime: 14 minutes)
Created by Robby Barnett, Renée Jaworski, Matt Kent, and Itamar Kubovy in collaboration with Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, Benjamin Coalter, Matt Del Rosario, Eriko Jimbo, Jordan Kriston, Jun Kuribayashi, Derion Loman, Nile Russell, and Mike Tyus
Performed by Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Quincy Ellis, and Marlon Feliz OR Hannah Klinkman, Paul Liu, and Zack Weiss
Music by Vivaldi; Michelle DiBucci and Edward Bilous; Mezzo Soprano, Clare McNamara; Violin Solo, Krystof Witek
Lighting and Set Design by Neil Peter Jampolis

On the Nature of Things was commissioned by The Dau Family Foundation in honor of Elizabeth Hoffman and David Mechlin; Treacy and Darcy Beyer; The American Dance Festival with support from the SHS Foundation and the Charles L. and Stephanie Reinhart Fund; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Performed by three dancers balanced on a two-foot-wide column rising above the stage, On the Nature of Things explores the power of iconic bodies to tell a story about the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame and revenge. Set to vocal music inspired by the classical baroque, On the Nature of Things is both graceful and riveting to watch.

Walklyndon (1971)

(Runtime: 5 minutes)
Choreographed by Robby Barnett, Lee Harris, Moses Pendleton, and Jonathan Wolken
Performed by Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Quincy Ellis, Marlon Feliz, and Paul Liu
Costumes by Kitty Daly
Lighting by Neil Peter Jampolis

One of Pilobolus’ very first works, Walklyndon is a silent dance owing much of its physical humor to slapstick and vaudeville. Six colorfully dressed jocks romping, bumping, kicking, and galumphing, Walklyndon is a classic.

New Quartet (World Premiere)

(Runtime: 10 minutes)
Created by Gaspard Louis, Renée Jaworski, and Matt Kent in collaboration with Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Marlon Feliz, Hannah Klinkman, and Zack Weiss
Performed by Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Marlon Feliz, Hannah Klinkman, and Zack Weiss
Music by Michael Wall
Costumes by Valerie St Pierre Smith
Lighting by Diane Ferry Williams

Untitled (1975) 

(Runtime: 18 minutes)
Choreographed by Robby Barnett, Alison Chase, Martha Clarke, Moses Pendleton, Michael Tracy, and Jonathan Wolken
Performed by Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Quincy Ellis, Marlon Feliz, Hannah Klinkman, Paul Liu, and Zack Weiss
Music by Robert Dennis
Costumes by Kitty Daly and Malcolm McCormick
Lighting by Neil Peter Jampolis

Commission from ADF at Connecticut College “Project Music and Dance”

Two lovely women in flowing gowns and large picture hats encounter handsome suitors, discover their Alice-in-Wonderland ability to grow, explore relationships, and give birth to adult men in birthday suits. At once a humorous pantomime, and a profound consideration of the relationship between the sexes, Untitled touches on love, violence, childbirth, and old age.


The Ballad (2022)

(Runtime: 12 minutes)
Created by Darlene Kascak, Renée Jaworski, and Matt Kent in collaboration with Eryn Barnes, Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Quincy Ellis, Marlon Feliz, Hannah Klinkman, Paul Liu, and Zack Weiss
Performed by Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Marlon Feliz, Hannah Klinkman, Paul Liu, and Zack Weiss
Storytelling by Darlene Kascak of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation
Soundscape by Ben Sollee
Costumes by Valerie St Pierre Smith
Lighting by Brian Tovar
Props by Yannick Godts

The Ballad is commissioned by the American Dance Festival with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works. Additional support provided by the Institute of American Indian Studies and The Ballet Foundation.

The Ballad is a new collaboration with Darlene Kascak, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation member, and traditional storyteller and educator. The piece features Kascak’s narration of stories from her own childhood, and a monster, the Wendigo, that has roamed Turtle Island since time immemorial. Kascak’s storytelling and the lessons it offers us leaves the audience with a sense of hope, optimism, and awareness of our behavior towards each other and our planet. Dance critic Kristie Spadie says, “The Ballad shows that co-artistic directors Jaworski and Kent are profoundly committed to making dances that create a conversation about social justice, reckon with our country’s history, and shine a light on the consequences of how we treat Mother Earth.”

Branches (2017) 

(Runtime: 18 minutes)
Created by Renée Jaworski and Matt Kent in collaboration with Itamar Kubovy, Mark Fucik, Antoine Banks-Sullivan, Nathaniel Buchsbaum, Krystal Butler, Isabella Diaz, Heather Jean Favretto, and Jacob Michael Warren
Performed byNathaniel Buchsbaum, Quincy Ellis, Marlon Feliz, Hannah Klinkman, Paul Liu, and Zack Weiss
Music by David Van Tieghem, David Darling, Riley Lee, Olivier Messiaen, Stuart Bogie
Sound Design by David Van Tieghem
Costume Design by Liz Prince
Lighting Design by Thom Weaver

Branches premiered at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out Series, Jun 21, 2017, and was commissioned by Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art.

Commissioned by the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and premiered on the Pillow's iconic Inside/Out stage set against the Berkshire hills, Branches is a work scored using natural sounds and music that ranges from the soundtrack of Ren and Stimpy to the heartbreaking compositions of Messiaen. Branches invites the audience on a journey through nature perceiving the beauty, the aggression, and the absurdity in our natural world in a way that is inherently unique to Pilobolus.

dancer balances on the feet of another dancer who is laying on the floor with the legs straight up.

Photo courtesy of Pilobolus.

Pilobolus Big Five Oh! logo

About Pilobolus

Executive Director
Renée Jaworski 

Artistic Directors
Renée Jaworski 
Matt Kent

Nathaniel Buchsbaum
Quincy Ellis
Marlon Feliz
Hannah Klinkman
Paul Liu
Zack Weiss

Dance Captains 
Nathaniel Buchsbaum
Quincy Ellis

General Managers
Anna Bate
Kirsten Leon

Senior Advisor
Richard Bell

Education Director
Emily Kent

Development Director
Liz Durkin

Development Associate
Rya Greene

Stage Manager
Danielle De Vito

Lighting Supervisor
Yannick Godts

Deck Manager
Max Jabara

Major support for Pilobolus Artistic Programming provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, by The Shubert Foundation, and by CT Humanities.

The Shubert Organization logo
CT Humanities logo
Art Works - National Endowment for the Arts logo

Touring: IMG Artists · +1.212.994.3500 · imgartists.com
General inquiries: +1.860.868.0538 · info@pilobolus.org
Tour Marketing and Publicity: C Major Marketing, Inc.

Connect with Pilobolus

Group of dancer support another as she walks over their hands up high above there stage.

The Ballad. Photo by Ben McKeown.

Company Biographies

Renée Jaworski (Executive Director, Co-Artistic Director) has had an extensive creative career working with Pilobolus since 2000 and in 2011 was honored to have been chosen by the founding Artistic Directors to lead Pilobolus into and beyond its post-succession evolution. She served as choreographer and creator for exciting projects and collaborations for stage, film, and video, such as the 79th Annual Academy Awards, the Grammy® nominated video for OKGo’s All is Not Lost, Radiolab Live: In the Dark, World Science Festival; Time and the Creative Cosmos and works with myriad outside artists through the International Collaborators Project, as well as overseeing the daily functioning and long term planning for the company’s creative endeavors. As a teacher, she facilitates workshops and group projects in diverse communities with dancers and non-dancers alike. In 2010, her alma mater honored her with the University of the Arts Silver Star Alumni Award for her work as an artist in the field of dance. She has performed and toured the world with Momix and Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company. Jaworski lives in Connecticut with her husband and a menagerie of animals.

Matt Kent (Artistic Director) began his career with Pilobolus as a dancer in 1996, helping create many pieces, including classics like Gnomen and Selection, a collaboration with Maurice Sendak. In 2011, Kent was chosen by the founding Artistic Directors to lead Pilobolus in its post-succession evolution. He has directed for the stage and screen choreographing on horses, Chinese acrobats, giant Michael Curry puppets, zombies on The Walking Dead, jugglers, break dancers, actors, LED umbrellas, and dancers. He was nominated for Best Choreography by the L.A. Drama Critics Circle for The Tempest directed by Aaron Posner and Teller. Kent loves exploring and executing the ever-evolving work of Pilobolus as it reaches out to an expanding group of artists, audiences, and populations in ever-unexpected ways.

Nathaniel Buchsbaum (Dance Captain) Manipulator of Light and Shadow, Harnesser of Momentum, Shepherd of Saccharomyces, Student of the Ephemeral, Walker of the Prime Material plane. He is known amongst the Planeswalkers as Tragic the Blathering and is rumored to be known in the Northeast as “He’s Alright.” When he isn't wandering the lands, delighting both young and old with his nimble, scantily-clad acts of physical storytelling, he dwells in Connecticut, brewing beer in his garage under the watchful eyes of his feline familiars. Buchsbaum was absorbed into Pilobolus in 2012.

Quincy Ellis (Dance Captain) began training as a gymnast and figure skater in Maine before earning an acting degree from Emerson College. He has been performing and teaching for the past ten years with companies such as The MoveShop, DeFunes Dance, and Theatre Raleigh. Outside of traditional theatre, Ellis also dances for a variety of NYC Drag Artists, including Juicy Liu and Miz Cracker. Ellis joined Pilobolus in 2017 and does not dye his hair gray … it grows that way.

Marlon Feliz (Dancer) has danced with Pilobolus since 2014, touring Shadowland productions around the world, and now presenting repertory and artistic programming wherever possible. Additional credits include a Broadway debut in the new West Side Story, and other musicals, cruise ships, and NYC-based companies. She received her foundational training in ballet and modern dance at New World School of the Arts and completed her BFA in Dance at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She is originally from Miami, FL.

Hannah Klinkman (Dancer) was born and raised in Dexter, MI where she was classically trained at Ballet Chelsea. She studied at Grand Valley State University and completed her training with BalletMet Columbus in 2016. She has since danced and created with Festival Ballet Providence, Dance The Yard, Rhode Island Women’s Choreography Project, and Momix, collaborating on her own choreographic projects when not traveling. Klinkman is a Mindfulness Meditation teacher, Pilates instructor, dance teacher, and houseplant enthusiast. Klinkman joined Pilobolus in 2021. 

Paul Liu (Dancer) Liu grew up in New Jersey training in traditional Chinese dance and acrobatics as well as breaking. He has studied with the Nai-Ni Chen Youth Dance Company, the Academy of Dance Arts New Jersey, the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, and the Boston Conservatory. He has worked with Avary Gerhardt, Fukudance, Hybridmotion Dance Theatre and is a collaborator with Motlee Party. He is almost always upside down doing floorwork except while eating or getting tattoos. Liu joined Pilobolus in 2019.

Zachary Weiss (Dancer) grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and began his formal dance training at age eight. He has always been a performer whether it be playing the saxophone, singing, acting, or dancing. Weiss studied contemporary dance at UNC School of the Arts for a year before transferring to Swarthmore College. He graduated in 2020 with a major in Engineering and a minor in Dance. After working as a Data Engineer in DC for a year, Weiss joined Pilobolus in 2021. Outside the studio, Weiss can be found riding/fixing bikes, finding high places to climb, and reading science fiction (but not all at the same time).

Robby Barnett (Co-Founder, Choreographer) was born and raised in the Adirondack Mountains and attended Dartmouth College. He joined Pilobolus in 1971.

Alison Chase (Co-Founder, Choreographer) is a choreographer, director, master teacher, and theatrical artist. Her work explores emotional terrain through innovative movement, multidimensional storytelling, fusions of film and dance, and site-specific works. During her three decades with Pilobolus, she built an eclectic repertoire of choreography with unorthodox partnering and aerial techniques. Chase founded Alison Chase/Performance in 2009 to pursue her creative vision in bold collaborations. She has commissions from Wolf Trap, La Scala Opera, the Rockettes, and the Fête de l'Humanité, among others.

Martha Clarke (Co-Founder, Choreographer) is a founding member of Pilobolus and Crowsnest, noted for her multidisciplinary approach to theater, dance, and opera. She has choreographed for Nederlands Dans Theater, La Scala Ballet, the Martha Graham company, and is a resident artist for Signature Theatre, with works including Garden of Earthly Delights, Chéri, and Angel Reapers. Awards include a MacArthur fellowship, Drama Desk Award, two Obies, the Scripps/ADF Award for Lifetime Achievement, and two Lortels.

Moses Pendleton (Co-Founder, Choreographer) has been one of America’s most innovative and widely performed choreographers for almost 50 years. A co-founder of the ground-breaking Pilobolus in 1971, he formed his own company, MOMIX, in 1980, which rapidly established an international reputation for inventive and illusionistic choreography. Pendleton has also worked extensively in film, TV, and opera, and as a choreographer for ballet companies and special events, including two Winter Olympics.

Michael Tracy (Co-Founder, Choreographer) was born in Florence and raised in New England. He met the other Pilobolus founders at Dartmouth in 1969, and became an artistic director after graduating magna cum laude in 1973. Tracy toured with Pilobolus for 14 years and choreographed and directed the company until his retirement. He has set his work on the Joffrey, Ohio, Hartford, Nancy, and Verona Ballets, and with Pilobolus choreographed a production of Mozart’s Magic Flute. Tracy taught at Yale University for two decades and lives in northwestern Connecticut.

Jonathan Wolken (1949-2010) (Co-Founder, Choreographer) co-founded Pilobolus and remained an Artistic Director until his death, creating 46 Pilobolus works in collaboration with co-artistic directors and guest artists, and as sole choreographer. He also choreographed Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and the Royal Danish Ballet’s Oneiric. Wolken taught many workshops and was dedicated to the furtherance of Pilobolus technique in dance and as a model for creative thinking.

Darlene Kascak (Collaborator) Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, is Education Director & Traditional Native American Storyteller of the Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington, CT. Kascak’s experience as an educator, tour guide, museum assistant, and Traditional Native American Storyteller has taught her the importance of educating both young and old about the many misconceptions and stereotypes about her ancestors. Her style of teaching from a Native American’s point of view allows children and adults the opportunity to have a new understanding of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples lives both in the past and in the present.

Gaspard Louis (Collaborator) Founder/Artistic Director of the Durham, NC based company Gaspard&Dancers (G&D). Louis received a BFA in dance from Montclair State University and studied at Gus Giordano's in Chicago and Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab in New York. Following his studies, he joined the New York based AllNations performing traditional dances from many parts of the world. Later, he joined Pilobolus and traveled worldwide with the company. In 2012, Louis received an MFA from the Hollins University/American Dance Festival Program and became the Director of ADF’s year-round creative movement outreach program. Since forming G&D in 2009, he has created over 25 works, presented around the world, and has been a guest teacher and choreographer at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), Duke, Elon, and North Carolina Central Universities.

Michael Wall (Collaborator) has established a reputation as one of the most innovative and impactful voices in the world of music and dance. An in-demand composer, Wall writes approximately 200 new commissions a year for leading international dance organizations, music licensing, and collaborative projects including the Grammy-nominated album Spirit Song by Kenny Barron. Wall also organized, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered the recording Music for Changing Parts by Phillip Glass with the Salt Lake Electronic Ensemble, which was released on Glass's record label Orange Mountain Music. In dance, Wall has collaborated with Flockworks, Shen Wei, Charles Anderson, The Jose Limon Company, Jesse Zarrit, David Dorfman, Jennifer Nugent, Bebe Miller, and many more. Wall has been distributing music since 1999, and has amassed a library of 53 albums with over 500 tracks of music. He is currently developing online educational resources to teach composing for dance, accompanying dance classes, and teaching music for dance-to-dance educators. This is an industry first and will be available through his website soundformovement.com.

Neil Peter Jampolis (1943-2019) (Lighting Designer) designed for Pilobolus since 1975, spanning 40 years and creating more than 60 new works for the company. He also had a fifty-year active career as a set, lighting, and costume designer for Broadway—where he received four Tony Nominations and a Tony Award—and for Off-Broadway, Dance, Regional Theater, and Opera, which he also directed. His designs appeared on every continent. Jampolis was a Distinguished Professor of Theater at UCLA.

Brian Tovar (Lighting Designer) is an award-winning and Drama Desk nominated lighting designer who has created original work for major Off-Broadway and regional theaters, everywhere. His body of work spans theater, dance, installations, and live events. As a Creative Director and Producer, Tovar has developed and collaborated on multiple groundbreaking and award-winning live experiences, earning multiple Clio Awards. Tovar is a frequent collaborator with the City of New York and has created and designed multiple art installations in New York City. BrianTovarDesign.com

Thom Weaver (Lighting Designer) studied at Carnegie-Mellon and Yale and first worked with Pilobolus on Teller and Aaron Posner’s The Tempest at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. In NY his work has been seen at NYSF/Public Theatre, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre, Player’s Theatre (Play Dead with Teller), 37ARTS, Cherry Lane, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Institute, and SPF. Weaver has worked regionally at CenterStage, Syracuse Stage, Huntington, Milwaukee Rep, Shakespeare Theatre, Asolo, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Folger Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hangar, Spoleto Festival USA, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and Yale Rep. Weaver has received 3 Barrymore Awards (21 nominations), 4 Helen Hayes nominations, and 2 AUDELCO Awards.

Diane Ferry Williams (Lighting Designer) is a freelance lighting designer who has lit well over 300 productions of theatre, dance, dance festivals, and opera in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Awards include a Jeff Award, an After Dark Award, a Carbonelle Award, six Drammy awards, and six Jeff nominations. Ferry Williams has a BA from Ashland University in Ohio with a theatre major and a Master of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design from Northwestern University.

Kitty Daly (Costume Designer) created costumes for Pilobolus’s Molly's Not Dead, The Detail of Phoebe Strickland, Bonsai, The Empty Suitor, Moonblind, Lost in Fauna, Mirage, What Grows in Huygen's Window, Stabat Mater, Elegy for the Moment. She has designed for the Ohio Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Milwaukee Ballet, Merce Cunningham, Crowsnest, and Parker/Pucci. Daly lives in northern Vermont, creating custom evening gowns and beautiful tracks in the snow.

Valerie St. Pierre Smith (Costume Designer) White Earth Ojibwe-kwe, mischief maker, scholar, and author has an eclectic design background including stage, fashion, dance, film, opera, and themed entertainment. Her designs have been seen at The Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Sea World: San Diego, the National Museum of the American Indian, and more. St. Pierre Smith’’s scholarly work on cultural appropriation, inspiration, and representation in design has her presenting for a variety of institutions and conferences, including Central Saint-Martins Fashion Programme in London, England, and writing for a variety of publications.

Danielle De Vito (Stage Manager) grew up just outside of NYC and was introduced to the production side of the performing arts at her high school’s performing arts curriculum program, PACE. She continued her studies at The American University in Washington DC, majoring in both Film and Dance Production. De Vito has worked summers at the American Dance Festival, and has worked with dance companies such as Parsons Dance, Dorrance Dance, and Passion Fruit Dance Company. De Vito has also worked for The Broadway Education Alliance, putting together kids' ensemble programs at locations such as Carnegie Hall and The Macy’s Day Parade.

Yannick Godts (Lighting Supervisor)joined Pilobolus as a Production Intern in 2013 and has since toured with the company to eighteen countries across four continents, in addition to designing multiple works for the company. He received his BA from Vassar College in 2013 and now resides in Washington, DC, where he designs lighting for several theater and dance companies. When not on the road, he draws, hikes, bakes, and enjoys the company of his thirty or forty houseplants.

Maxwell Jabara (Deck Manager) hails from southeastern Michigan and went on to study Technical Theatre at Kent State University in Ohio. Just out of college, Jabara worked with Pilobolus as a production intern and recently, he worked as a prop hand for the Blue Man Group. He’s very excited to be back on tour with Pilobolus!


Northrop Acknowledgements

The Northrop Advisory Board

The Northrop Advisory Board is committed to the growth and awareness of Northrop’s mission, vision, and the continued future of presenting world-class dance and music in our community. If you would like more information about the Advisory Board and its work, please contact Cynthia Betz, Director of Development, at 612-626-7554 or betzx011@umn.edu.

Northrop Advisory Board Members

  • Cynthia Betz
  • Jeff Bieganek, Chair
  • Kristen Brogdon
  • Dr. Robert Bruininks
  • John Conlin
  • Deb Cran
  • Susan DeNuccio
  • Karen Hanson
  • Cari Hatcher
  • Jill Hauwiller
  • Bob McMaster
  • Katheryn Menaged
  • Gary Reetz
  • Robyne Robinson
  • Toni Pierce-Sands
  • Kari Schloner
  • Kao Lee Vang
  • Donald Williams

Thank you for supporting Northrop!

Making Legendary Performances Possible

At Northrop, we believe in connecting great artists and ideas with our community and to a new generation of audiences. Your gift helps make memorable arts experiences possible by supporting extraordinary performances and new arts commissions, and helping ensure accessibility to everyone through online programming, outreach to diverse communities, and subsidized student tickets. Our Friends are at the center of Northrop’s biggest ideas and brightest moments on stage.

Become a Friend of Northrop today! 
Donate online at northrop.umn.edu/support-northrop

Ways to Give:

  • Annual Giving, a yearly gift amount of your choice.
  • Monthly Giving, choose a recurring gift amount that works for you.
  • Stock Gifts, Northrop accepts charitable gifts of stock.
  • Planned Giving, consider a legacy gift by including Northrop in your will or trust, or by designating Northrop as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy.
  • Matching Gifts, double your gift through your company’s matching gift program.

To learn more about supporting Northrop please contact:
Cynthia Betz
betzx011@umn.edu or 612-626-7554 

Friends of Northrop

A special thank you to our patrons whose generous support makes Northrop's transformative arts experiences possible. Make your mark on Northrop's future by becoming a Friend today, learn more by visiting northrop.umn.edu/support-northrop.

We gratefully acknowledge the support from, Arts Midwest Touring Fund, Minnesota State Arts Board, Marbrook Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New England Foundation for the Arts.

We extend a special thank you to our event sponsors the Graduate Hotel Minneapolis, PNC Bank, and RBC Wealth Management.   

Director's Circle


  • Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
  • Robert Lunieski


  • Jerry Artz
  • Kurt and Susan Bjorklund, Dedicated to Silas and Victoria Ford
  • Ellie Crosby, The Longview and Crosswols Foundations
  • Nancy Gossell
  • Richard Gregory
  • Gail and Jack Kochie
  • Randy Hartten and Ron Lotz
  • Jennifer Marrone and David Short


  • Nancy and John Conlin
  • Susan DeNuccio
  • Gail and Stuart Hanson
  • Voigt Lenmark and Family, In Loving Memory of Mary Jean Lenmark
  • Shawn Monaghan and Greg Plotnikoff
  • Thomas and Conchy Morgan, In Memory of Sylvia and Henry Frisch 
  • Sandra Morris
  • Gary A. Reetz
  • Scarborough Fair Boutique
  • Donald Williams and Pamela Neuenfeldt

Friend's Circle


  • Mary Benson
  • Frederick L. Betz
  • Jeff Bieganek
  • Rob Carlson and Gregg Larson
  • Deb Cran and Robert Craven
  • Fran Davis
  • Karen Hanson and Dennis Senchuk
  • Minhchau and Lawrence Harms
  • Sally and Richard Leider
  • Dana and Lori Klimp
  • Bob and Susanna McMaster
  • Tim and Gayle Ober
  • Anne and James Parker
  • Marianne Remedios and John Wald
  • Stephanie Rupp
  • Kathryn Sedo and Scott Beers
  • David Vanney and Catharine Ruther


  • Anonymous
  • Margaret Albrecht
  • Jeanne Andre
  • Kathryn Cahill, In Honor of Ferne Rowland
  • R. and J. Cameron
  • Will and Ginny Craig
  • Stephen Davis and L Murray Thomas
  • Meghan DeBruycker Legacy Fund-Willmar Area Community Foundation
  • Peter and Kathy Ganzer
  • Ramona Hanneken
  • Gayle Henton
  • Glenn Lindsey
  • Lara Kluge
  • Mark and Cecilia Morrow
  • David Musolf
  • Robin Oertel
  • Lance Olson
  • Richard Taylor


  • Anonymous
  • Elissa Adams and Michael Margulies
  • Paul Aslanian
  • Thomas and Jill Barland
  • Bill and Julie Brady
  • Kristen Brogdon
  • Kate Christianson
  • Diane Demos
  • Pat Gaarder
  • Stephen Gordon and Patricia Gavan-Gordon
  • Kathy Gremillion
  • Denise and Corey Holtz
  • Kimberly Hutchens
  • Jennifer and Mark Johnson
  • Mina Kinukawa
  • Emily Maltz
  • Mason and Gwen Myers
  • Derrill Pankow
  • Elizabeth Parker
  • David Perlman
  • Shannon Pierce
  • Ann Piotrowski
  • Kathleen Porter
  • Patricia and Joseph Pulice
  • Holly Radis-McCluskey and Glen McCluskey
  • John Reay and Karen Hanson
  • Danielle Robinson-Prater and Joel Prater
  • Gordon Rouse and Sylvia Beach
  • James Steman
  • Bonnie Vidlund
  • Cheryl Wall
  • Steven and Barb Zawadski


  • Anonymous
  • Atashi Acharya
  • Jan Adams
  • Marcia Anderson
  • Joseph Bingham
  • Mayrinda Cain
  • JaNan Cavanaugh
  • Karen Charles
  • Stephen and Mary Chicoine
  • Sandra Daly
  • Melissa Davis
  • Timothy and Judith Dove
  • Robert Dufault and Ann Wilcox
  • Jean Durades
  • William Durfee and Devorah Goldstein
  • George Ehrenberg
  • Kristin Elizondo
  • Annalee Gray
  • Lisa and Dan Gray
  • Joan Haldeman
  • Nancy Hammer
  • Catherine Hart and Andes Gonzalez Leon
  • Cari and Matthew Hatcher
  • Richard Hruby and Kimberly Broderick
  • William Humphrey
  • Ann Jaede
  • Barry and Karen Johnson
  • Tovio Kallas and Beatrice Holton
  • Dana and Eric Kassel
  • Micki and Neil Kay
  • Leslie Koepke
  • Jill Lammer
  • Jeffrey Land
  • Laura Landy
  • Alan and Peggy Lathrop
  • James and Sharon Lewis
  • Mary McKenna
  • Toni McNaron
  • Kelly McQueen
  • Margaret Michaelson
  • Sally Moore
  • Gwen Myers
  • Douglas Myhra
  • Michael and Lisa Nekich
  • Stephen Nelson and Joan Bren
  • William and Jennifer Neujahr
  • Sarita Parikh
  • David and Mary Parker
  • Elizabeth Parker
  • Donald Pastor and David Goldstein
  • Steven Pincus
  • Bridget and David Reddan
  • Debra Reischl
  • James Schmitz and Sara Thompson
  • John Shreves
  • Jan and Alan Sickbert
  • Carol Skinner
  • Dimitri Smirnoff
  • Wendy Steele
  • Barbara Stoll
  • Ertugrul and Karen Owens Tuzcu
  • Michael Weinbeck
  • Cathy Westrum and Annelynn Westrum
  • Monica Winker-Bergstrom
  • Millie Woodbury
  • Mark Wright and Elizabeth Walton

Up to $99

  • Mark Abe
  • Berit Ahlgren
  • Kent Akervik
  • Gerald and Georgianna Allan
  • Kevin and Shirley Arms
  • Robert Arntsen
  • Michael and Jessica Austin
  • Barbara and Bryan Barry
  • Christopher Bearg
  • Elizabeth and Wolfgang Bergman
  • Anna Betz
  • Tierra Boose
  • Mary Boyer
  • Patti Brase
  • Willie Bridges
  • Kristin Card
  • Ariel Carter
  • Muzi Chen
  • Betty Clark
  • David and Nancy Claussen
  • Michael Cohen
  • Massimo Costalonga
  • Virginia Dale
  • Susan Dardarian
  • Vicki Donatell
  • Dake Dorris
  • Byron Douglass
  • Frances Durkin
  • Marcia and Berkan Endres
  • Valerie Fazedin
  • Jessie Fett
  • Susan Gahan
  • Leslie Gerstman
  • Tippi and Bryan Goodwin
  • Joanne and John Gordon
  • Birgit Grund
  • Jeffrey Haddorf
  • Michael Hamerski and Susan Thurston-Hammerski
  • Paul and Charlotte Hardt
  • Ava Hartman
  • David and Julie Hartung
  • Joyce and Eugene Haselmann
  • Nancy Haskin
  • Jill Hauwiller
  • Addie Hazelton
  • Laura Helgeson
  • Mary Helmin
  • Colleen Hermann
  • Christina Herzog
  • Susan Hommeyer
  • Sheri Horton
  • Janet Horvath
  • Jerome and Judith Ingber
  • Ann Ivey
  • Ramona Jacobs and Charles Christianson
  • Marisa Jennings
  • Janet Johnson
  • Rick Johnson
  • Ronald Joki
  • Aseem Kaul
  • David Kearn
  • Lora Keller
  • Miriam Kenning
  • Joan and Timothy Kenny
  • Cassandra Kiehn
  • Dwayne King
  • Carrie Klemenhagen
  • Thomas and Mary Kuhn
  • Doni Kvam
  • Mike and Sharon Lane
  • Linda Leamer
  • Kathryn LeFevere
  • Jane Leonard and Lori Lippert
  • Barbara Lind and Craig Poeschel
  • Nancy Litin
  • Barbara and Loren Lorig
  • Ann Loushine-Thomsen
  • Danielle Lucero
  • Marcelienne and Roger Lundquist
  • Nancy Marcy
  • Cynthia Marsh and C.W. Vandersluis

Up to $99 (continued)

  • Kenneth and Judith Matysik
  • Robert and Kristin McClanahan
  • Alli Mertins
  • Sanjay Mishra
  • Jill Mitchell
  • Daniel Moore and Laura Tempel
  • Summer Morrison
  • Kate Mueller
  • Scott Nelson and Roxanne Hart
  • Shelley and James Nichols
  • Margaret Nolan
  • Nina Norum and Ronald Hays
  • Mary and Doug Olson
  • Barbara Owens
  • Carol and Peter Parshall
  • Matthew Peak
  • Marjorie Pearson
  • Beth Peck
  • Christina Peterson
  • Elizabeth Peterson
  • Virginia Phoenix
  • Charisse Pickron
  • Steven Pincus and Michelle Strangis
  • Jacqueline Rivera
  • Mary Roberts and Edward Kraft
  • Judith Rohde
  • Susan Rohde
  • Maria Rosengren
  • Shayla Saldivar-Pena
  • Amy Nelson Sander
  • Edward Sarnoski
  • Christine Schaefer
  • Liesl Schindler
  • Hollie Schultz
  • Thomas Scott
  • James Sewell and Sally Rouse
  • Elizabeth Sharpe 
  • Michele and Chris Shepherd
  • Rebecca and John Shockley
  • Sarah Showalter
  • Jan and Alan Sickbert
  • Barbara Sletten
  • Kristin Snow
  • Emily Soltis
  • Theodore Sothern and Barry Leon
  • Bruce Spang
  • Richard Steege
  • Ronald Stevens
  • Vicki Strahan
  • David Strand
  • Jonathan Tallman
  • Marie-Luise and Anita Teigen
  • Ivette Tejeda
  • Jon Thomas
  • Rodney and Carol Thompson
  • Michelle Tolliver
  • Kay Troan
  • Arthur Troedson
  • Kathleen Tuma
  • Nancy Tykwinski
  • David Ulaszek
  • Alla Valdberg
  • Tatiana Valdberg
  • Bill Venne and Douglas Kline
  • Katherine and Peter Vondelinde
  • Carolyn Wahl
  • Samuel Walling
  • Renee Warmuth
  • Kathleen Warner
  • Jeanie Watson
  • Brian and Katherine Weitz
  • Darryl and Janet Weivoda
  • Jonathon White
  • Mary Wiley
  • Clay and Karen Williams
  • Monica Winker-Bergstrom
  • Rachel Wolff
  • Julie Wolk
  • Roger Worm
  • Yuhsuan Yeh
  • Roberta Zohara

This season’s listing is current as of 4/4/23

Please contact Trisha Taylor at taylort@umn.edu if you have any corrections or questions.

Northrop's Aeolian-Skinner Organ

Thank you to the generous donors who continue to support programming for Northrop’s beloved Aeolian-Skinner Organ. It is because of you that this magnificent instrument’s voice will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

Organ Supporters

  • Dean Billmeyer
  • Drs. Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum
  • Dee Ann and Kent Crossley
  • David Cruickshank
  • Salvatore Franco
  • Reid Froiland
  • Nils and Heather Halker
  • Charlie Johnson
  • Joseph Kuznik
  • Kristin Lefferts
  • Lisette Lilac
  • Peter Lund
  • Pamela Neuenfeldt and Don Williams
  • Holly Radis-McCluskey and Glen McCluskey
  • David and Rachelle Willey

The Northrop Organ Advisory Board

  • Michael Barone
  • Cynthia Betz
  • Dean Billmeyer
  • Kristen Brogdon
  • Dr. Robert Bruininks
  • Dee Ann Crossley
  • Laura Edman
  • Cathie Fischer
  • Nils Halker
  • Cari Hatcher
  • Pamela Neuenfeldt
  • Kari Schloner

The Heritage Society Members

The Heritage Society honors and celebrates donors who have made estate and other planned gifts for Northrop at the University of Minnesota. 

  • Nancy M Allen*
  • Jerry L Artz
  • John W Follows*
  • Stephen Gordon and Pat Gavan-Gordon
  • Peter S Lund
  • Darlene M Sholtis


Support By

Minnesota State Arts Board logo
National Endowment for the Arts logo
PNC Bank logo

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Post-show Q&A

Click the button below to send your questions, or go to slido.com and enter the code: Northrop.