2021 STAFF

NANCY NICKERSON LEE, Founding and Producing Artistic Director

Nancy has been a performing arts educator for over thirty years, which includes award winning

performing arts program at Minneapolis-Washburn and Southwest High Schools and as an adjunct professor at St. Olaf College. She has been honored by the Tony Awards for Excellence in Theatre Education (2016-2019), Hennepin Theater Trust SpotLight 2018 Educator of the Year Award, the WCCO 2017 Excellent Educator Award, and a Grammy Community Engagement Award (2010).  Nancy is committed to bringing exceptional theatrical experiences to rural communities.  Mitchell County, Iowa is Nancy's childhood home and a perfect location for Cedar Summerstock Theater.

CRAIG JOHNSON, Director

Craig is an actor and director based in Minneapolis with over 200 production credits at many area theaters including Park Square, History Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Latte Da, Torch, Gremlin, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Yellow Tree, Commonweal (Lanesboro), Paul Bunyan Playhouse (Bemidji), and Pioneer Place on Fifth (St. Cloud). As a theater educator he has worked at St. Catherine University, Shakespearean Youth Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, and Washburn and South high schools in Minneapolis. Recognition includes Ivey Awards for acting (2013, Gross Indecency, Walking Shadow) and directing (2011, Street Scene, Girl Friday Productions) and Theatre Artist of the Year (City Pages 2014, Lavender magazine 2011 and 2015). Craig is also the former director of the James J. Hill House in St. Paul.

C RYAN SHIPLEY, Director and Choreographer

A Minneapolis-based theater artist and educator. As a teaching artist, Ryan works with young people to create inclusive and equitable communities that incorporate artistic expression and exploration at theater companies and organizations such as Project SUCCESS, Guthrie Theater, Hennepin Theater Trust, and The Ordway.

He has performed with multiple theater companies in the Twin Cities including The Ordway, Artistry, Old Log Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theater, Girl Friday Productions, Skylark Opera, Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, MN and will be appearing in Annie at the Children’s Theatre Company this holiday season. In addition to his work at Cedar Summerstock, Ryan has also directed and choreographed for various schools and theatre companies in the twin cities including Girl Friday Productions, Old Log Theatre, Steppingstone Theatre Company, Stages Theatre Company, Washburn High School, Chanhassen High School and Mounds Park Academy.

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Joey Miller, Choreographer

THEATER: Theater Latte Da; Chicago. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; Mamma Mia!, Holiday Inn, Newsies, Beauty and the Beast. The Ordway; West Side Story, A Chorus Line, White Christmas, Pirates of Penzance, Damn Yankees. CHOREOGRAPHY: The Ordway; Gotta Dance. The Old Log; Gentleman’s Guide…Murder. La Crosse Symphony; Cinderella, Glazunov's Seasons, Coppelia. Viterbo University; Orpheus, Mikado, Mystery...Drood, A Funny Thing...Forum. Joey is also a resident choreographer with the La Crosse Dance Centre and a massage therapist. AEA.

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 HEIDI SPESARD NOBLE, Choreographer

Heidi is a multifaceted choreographer telling stories through opera and theater. She has developed a strong relationship with Minnesota Opera and local theaters in the Twin Cities region, choreographing for a variety of productions including six World Premieres. Notable was Artistry Theater’s A New Brain voted Top 10 theater productions by Star Tribune (2019) She previously danced professionally with Minnesota Dance Theater under the direction of founder Loyce Houlton, Kansas City Ballet, and subsequently, Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Heidi holds a Bachelors Degree in Ballet from the University of Utah Dance Department.

JARED BARNES, Music Director

Taught instrumental music in north Iowa for the past ten years. Outside of teaching, Jared also works as a composer and musician. He has numerous theatrical credits to his name (acting, playing, conducting, scenic design), including conducting CST's 2017 production of The Music Man. His concert band compositions have received national recognition, and enjoyed performances around the world, including performances at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

SUE ELLEN BERGER, Production Coordinator, Light Designer 

Sue works out of the Twin Cities where she is one of the country's busiest lighting designers. She is Production Coordinator/Resident LD at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres with nearly  200 shows there to her credit. Her work has been seen with The Finnish National Opera, The Palace Theatre - WI Dells, Historic Pantages Theatre, Ordway Center, North Star Opera, Music Box Theatre, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Yellow Tree Theatre, Minnetonka Theatre, and the acclaimed Fireside Concert Series among many others.  Sue is currently teaching Lighting and Sound Design at Concordia University in St. Paul. She has loved her work as a guest artist with several universities and high schools.  Sue's also enjoyed spending her summers designing lighting and scenery for Valleyfair Amusement Parks while also teaching at Chan DT Musical Theatre Camp. In her spare time she designs for several churches and mentors students interested in tech theatre.

ROBIN McINTYRE, Technical Director, Scenic Designer

Since 1991 Robin has designed for a variety of theaters including Lakeshore Players, Mounds View Community Theatre, Park Square Theatre, The History Theatre, Actor’s Theatre, The Flying Foot Forum, North Star Opera, The Phipps Center for the Arts, local colleges, and many local high schools. For 10 seasons Robin created hundreds of sets for both main stage musicals and Black Box theatre productions at Bloomington Civic Theatre and Art Center. He is currently a freelance designer in the Twin Cities; working with The University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Benilde St. Margaret, Jefferson, Moundwestonka, and Lakeville North High School theatres, and DalekoArts in New Prague. Robin holds a BFA and an MFA in Theatre Design and Stage Technology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

BARB PORTINGA, Costume Designer

Barb is pleased to be designing for Cedar Summerstock for the first time.  She hails from

Minneapolis where she has been making her living via her varied costume skills since

graduating from Augsburg College in 1990. With an emphasis on education, she is resident costume designer for Anoka Ramsey Community College, Minneapolis college,

Roseville Area High School, and Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera company. She had her

on-the-job training at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre where she is a cutter/draper for each

main stage show. Her design work has been seen at over forty theaters throughout the county from California to Door County, Wisconsin. Barb is the proprietor of Portable

Costumes and has recently partnered with Andrea Gross to form Rubble and Ash,

a design and production team. 

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ANGIE KLAES, Wardrober  

This will be Angies fourth year with Cedar sumSummerstock.  She is the mother of four girls, and two are involved with the productions this summer.  While she is not making, altering or mending costumes she is working at L.R Falk Construction as the Parts Manager. She is so excited for this new season and working with her fellow theater enthusiasts. She also loves meeting all the new college actors and crew. They bring so much talent and culture to our small town.

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ANTHONY WALK, Production Assistant

Anthony is excited to have an official title! He went to high school in St. Ansgar , IA.

He currently lives in Grafton, IA and runs a DJ Service.  When Cedar Summerstock

needs a prop, equipment, transportation, a trailer, or help  move equipment or sets? Anthony is the 'go-to' guy.