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Janette Davis

Acting Executive Director
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A nonprofit consultant and experienced arts and marketing professional, Janette Davis began her career working on stage and behind the scenes for a variety of professional organizations including the Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). She was also the driving force behind Bridge View Center Inc., a 92,000 square foot performing arts and event center in southeast Iowa. Davis founded the 501(c)(3) organization, advocated for the Vision Iowa Program to develop facilities and advance state tourism, and secured a multi-million dollar grant to get the event center built. Davis owned and was Creative Director of the award-winning advertising and public relations firm Direct Impressions. Most recently, she has been a principal consultant at The FightDeck One Group, directing strategic planning and execution for nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations. Janette is working with The Southern's board, artists, community members and staff to revive its legacy and build for the future. She is inspired by how many people have a deep connection to the theater.
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Emily Peck

Production Director
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Emily Peck was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but has lived in Minnesota for more than a decade. Its music scene might be to blame for that. She graduated from McNally Smith College of Music with an associate’s degree in music business and now owns punk-hardcore label Hotdish Records. She has a passion for supporting female-identifying musicians — riot grrrl and punk artists specifically. Her love for arts and music nonprofits started when she worked as Floor Manager and Logistics Liaison at Bedlam Lowertown. She is a member of the Catalyst Music Council, whose mission is to create an accessible and diverse music community for all ages.
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Sequoia Hauck

Bar and Box Office Manager
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Sequoia is currently a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying Theater for Social Change and American Indian Studies. In addition to working at The Southern, she is an Artistic Associate of Exposed Brick Theatre as well as a member of the Turtle Theater Collective. Sequoia's focus is on creating theater and performance art that decolonizes the process of artmaking. She is extremely captivated by the role theater has to inspire, connect, and build a sense of community.
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Bryan Grosso

Advancement Assistant
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Bryan is an actor and arts administrator here in the Twin Cities. He helps The Southern team by doing research and special projects to grow the theater's programming. He loves coffee — you can catch him at Spyhouse most days of the week. He is a public speaking expert and coaches high school speech competitors. Additionally, he enjoys matching his glasses with his clothing.
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Hailey Colwell

Marketing Manager
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Hailey Colwell is a writer, marketer and theatre artist. Outside of The Southern, she produces original plays with her company, Theatre Corrobora, and writes about classical music for Minnesota Public Radio. You can find more of her writing than you'd ever want to on her website, haileycolwell.com.
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Galen Higgins

Graphic Designer
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Galen Higgins is a Minneapolis-based dancer, photographer and graphic designer. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a BA in Dance and a BS in Graphic Design, Galen is very excited to be on staff at The Southern, where he can combine his many passions under one roof. When not sitting at his computer, or behind a camera, he can be found playing the drums, butchering song lyrics, teaching dance, performing with multiple Minnesota dance companies, and touring with the tap dance and rhythm company Rhythmic Circus.You can find more of his work, and links to his many activites at www.galenhiggins.com.

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Mike Grosso

Board Chair
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Ochen Kaylan
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Craig Espelien

Craig Espelien
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Leslie Ball

Treasurer
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Seng Soumpol-pakdy

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Levi Weinhagen

Levi Weinhagen
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