The 2017-2018 Theoroi Arts Ambassadors
I am a woman of many interests and loves. Chief among them are words, bicycles, and science shows. My career in libraries stems from my love of words and books, and I do at least one crossword puzzle almost every day. I also love octopuses, real pirates, and polka dots. Soon I will introduce my first child to all these loves and more!
I’m an East Coast transplant living in Minneapolis. When I’m not experiencing the fantastic art, nature, food, and craft beer the Cities have to offer, I’m working as the Grants and Contracts Manager for the Minnesota Humanities Center; I oversee all grant opportunities and contracts for the organization. Other hobbies include too much television, never enough reading, and petting dogs as often as possible.
I was born in Costa Rica, and came to the U.S. nine years ago. I attended graduate school at the U of M’s Carlson School of Management and St. Thomas, and my career is in Business and Human Capital Development. In my free time, I enjoy writing, playing instruments, cooking (eating), and socializing. I’m also a member of the Schubert Club Board of Directors.
I moved to Minneapolis from Michigan in 2013. I quickly fell in love with this awesome city and enjoy exploring all the nature, culture, and community that it has to offer. I direct programming at a local non-profit, Students Today Leaders Forever, where we run many types of leadership camps, trips, and trainings for college and high school students.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, I came to the Twin Cities for college in 2003, and I’ve been here ever since. I got a B.A. in Political Science in 2007, bounced around in media and legal work for a few years, and I’ve been a garden-variety residential real estate agent since 2012. I live in South Minneapolis with my fiancé, Jordan, and our 2 cats, Pepper and Mallie. When I’m not showing homes or talking to cats, I’m traveling, karaoke-ing (that’s a verb, right?), playing kickball, and feverishly interior decorating.
I love getting out and going to events, exploring, music & arts, sports, traveling. I’ve got a soft spot for terrible movies. I have a cat named Jackson, and he is afraid of everything.
At age 17, I created a 45 minute documentary that discussed rising student suicide rates & the lack of bullying prevention policy in the Minnesota public school system which was screened in schools internationally. As a 2016 graduate of the University of Minnesota, I am continuing to explore how my voice as a filmmaker post-college can be used to empower & inspire people on both a local, national, & potentially global level. You can find me reading books, playing a little too much Roller Coaster Tycoon, or drinking tea/eating warm chocolate brownies. I love dogs, social change, and connecting with new people.
I’m a born-and-raised Minnesotan, a woman, a feminist, and a nonprofit program manager. I live in Saint Paul with my husband Matt and my small brown mutt Wanona. My work has been focused on civic engagement and civic leadership; I’ve spent my career developing ways for folks to plug into the work of democracy. These days, I manage the Wilder Foundation’s consulting and training practices.
I work for the youth mentoring organization Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. In my free time I’m an events professional, amateur photographer and foodie, and enjoy spending time with my husband and dogs.
I am a software engineer working in a theoretical computer science research team. When my head’s not stuck in abstract mathematics, I spend my time writing fiction, drawing illustrations and salsa dancing. My favorite things are cats, robotics, bike posters (biking in general!), and well cooked Brussel sprouts. I love to incorporate the arts into my life, and appreciate them best when those opportunities are social.
Marielle Marf Foster
The arts have always been a large part of my life. Growing up I played the saxophone and I loved to dance – performing everything from Irish Step to Hip Hop. I began college studying studio art and graduated with an Art History degree. Today my hobbies include gardening, reading about space/astrophysics, tackling overly-ambitious knitting projects, and – most recently – training for my first marathon. I am the Executive Assistant & Artist Coordinator at the Schubert Club.
I’m a composer, oboist, mandolinist, craft beer enthusiast, blues dancer and East Coast transplant living in Minneapolis who works for Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. I graduated from St. Olaf College a few years ago. This is will be my third year in Theoroi, and I’m super excited! I get really excited about things on Twitter and live-tweet my Dungeons and Dragons campaigns.
I grew up in France and came to Minneapolis seven years ago, first for an internship and then to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of Minnesota. I graduated four months ago and started working in heart failure research at Medtronic. I love spending time with my husband and my friends, playing with my dog, going to jazz concerts, watching movies, trying new restaurants, traveling in the US and abroad, or simply road tripping and hiking around Minneapolis.
I am a major of theatre and performance studies turned cardiac sonographer who still has a passion and love for the arts. I moved from Atlanta to the Twin Cities two years ago for my family and to be with my husband. I am the mother of two beautiful little girls. This will be my third year joining Theoroi!
I have a MM in vocal performance and have recently moved down to the Twin Cities. I am active in the community both in volunteering and social media and love to go to various shows around town. My life is surrounded by music and I am always seeking out new opportunities to share with my students, which can be educational and eye opening.
I have been a long-time arts enthusiast, enjoying the performing arts as a patron or participant for most of my life. I was a member of Theoroi in its first couple years and enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed the variety that Theoroi exposed me to, and I also enjoyed the boost and encouragement to share about the shows through social media.
I’m a Twin Cities native with a passion for international travel, dance and cuisine. Between urban explorations, backpacking trips, and vegan cooking experiments, you can find me biking, hiking, or playing Kubb around Minneapolis. As a lifelong dancer and artist, I’m eager to experience new kinds of musical and performance arts.
I work in Communications for a small company that focuses on marketing and branding for nonprofits and change makers in the Twin Cities. I love that my career supports my community, and also spend a lot of time volunteering. I’m on the board of an organization called LOTT that coordinates and supports a young women’s leadership fellowship each year, I do some communications for a young professionals group of the YWCA Minneapolis, and I coordinate a monthly event for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (Just to name a few.)
I moved to Minneapolis three years ago to be a PhD student at the University of Minnesota in Biomedical Engineering. I grew up in India surrounded by music and dance, and I sing and play the Veena, a traditional Indian instrument. I am eager to learn and experience more of the world’s culture through Theoroi, and I enjoy cooking, reading, playing sports, and running outdoors.
I am a Minnesota native and a long time patron of the Twin Cities arts scene. I was very fortunate to be exposed to theater at a young age and I haven’t stopped attending shows since! I graduated with a B.A. in Drama and English from Kenyon College and work at the non-profit St. David’s Center. I always enjoy finding new shows, bands, and arts venues to visit. Additionally, I currently sing with, and am on the board, of Calliope Women’s Chorus. When I’m not working or at a show, I enjoy traveling, reading, and getting outside with my dog.
I’m a stay at home mom to a preschool age daughter and a son in first grade. I still haven’t figured out what I want to do when at grow up, but I enjoy throwing myself into new opportunities and adventures whenever life allows . I’ve worked as an archeologist, performed as a musician, managed a children’s clothing store, contributed on a Latin text book, and served on local community boards and in fundraising for non profits. Attending arts performances, especially concerts, “fills my bucket” and makes me happy. I might take up a new instrument this year if I can work up the nerve.
I love to have adventures, whether that be outdoors or into another cultural works! I love to be active in my community, particularly at cultural events. I am plant-based and love to explore new recipes and practice yoga regularly. I run a nonprofit that uses music to teach life skills called ComMUSICation but am excited to see other arts offerings! I’m from here originally but have traveled and lived in many places including Boston, Chile, and Tanzania. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in International Development and Education at the U of M.