2015-2016 Performance Season Special Events and Guest Artists

The Clean House

Stephen Yoakam:

Stephen Yoakam ‘75, the director of The Clean House, is an actor and a longtime member of the Guthrie Theater’s acting company. Yoakam’s career ranges from extensive on-stage theater productions to film and television. He has appeared in more than 75 productions in the Guthrie, including The CrucibleAn Iliad, Tales from Hollywood, The Birds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oedipus, A Christmas Carol, As You Like It, Othello, and The Screens. Yoakam starred in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as the films Heaven on EarthSweet Land and Older than America. He also narrated productions ofPeer Gynt with The Minnesota Orchestra. Yoakam was awarded the 2013 McKnight Theater Award and the 2011 City Pages Best Actor.

2015 Fall Dance Concert

Karla Grotting:

Karla Grotting is a founding member, principle dance and artistic advocate with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum, and has been dancing with Joe Chvala since 1990. She toured nationally with JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski, Keane Sense of Rhythm and the MN Jazz Dance Co. and performs regularly with theatre/dance companies; Off-Leash Area and FTF Works. Karla has performed in works by Max Pollak, Lane Alexander, Billy Siegenfeld, Lynn Dally and others. Karla creates her own works which blend the unique styles of her tap, jazz, modern and percussive dance experiences and has set original works on the Flying Foot Forum, the Electric Edge Ensemble and the Keane Sense of Rhythm Social Club.Karla is currently on faculty at the University of Minnesota and is a visiting guest artist at St. Olaf College; her awards include the U of M Student’s Choice Award for Outstanding Teacher in CLA, a 2007 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers and 2010 Sage Nomination for Outstanding Educator. She teaches a jazz music based class that blends the history of jazz music and social jazz dance styles with a variety of other dance techniques. 

Hi-Phy 1

Above: Bob Rosen and Shawn McConneloug, master teachers, professional artists, and co-curators of Studio 206 in the Ivy Building in Minneapolis, have brought a “HIghly-PHYsical” workshop to Macalester. “Hi-Phy” develops performers skills in balance, focus, courage, proprioception and flexibility, all while building ensemble and readying the students for making new work together. Jon Dahl ’13, a Theatre & Dance and German Studies double major from Roseau, Minnesota, says, “”It’s been a great opportunity to realize what your body is able to do, whether it’s juggling and tight-rope walking or creating whole scenes without a word.” Bob Rosen has been teaching a “Physical Approaches” class in THDA this Fall, and the workshop allows students access to Bob’s expertise if they were not able to fit the course into their schedule.