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, 2017, 2018,-2019); Hennepin Theater Trust SpotLight 2018 Educator of the Year Award; the WCCO 2017 Excellent Educator Award; 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 Theatre.
2022 SEASON: Legally Blonde, Matilda-Director; The Fantasticks, Beehive-Vocal Coach
PATRICK COYLE, Director
Patrick Coyle directed new plays and musicals for the Original Theatre Company, which he founded, from 1999 to 2006, including the award-winning Soulcatcher. He then went to work directing feature films, three in 12 years, including an official Sundance Film Fest Selection, Detective Fiction, based on his award-winning stage play of the same name, and the internationally released Into Temptation, starring Kristin Chenoweth and Jeremy Sisto. His next film project, Trinity, is scheduled to begin shooting in the fall of 2022. His most recent directing assignment was a 2018 critically acclaimed production of The Miracle Worker at Yellow Tree Theatre. Patrick is an adjunct professor of film at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is very excited to be directing his favorite musical, The Fantasticks.
2022 SEASON: The Fantasticks
REGINA MARIE WILLIAMS, Director
Regina is an actor, singer, and producer based in Minneapolis.
She performs locally as well as across the country at The Guthrie Theater: Guys and Dolls (Mrs Cartwright), Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (Tillie), Penumbra Theater: Dinah Was (Dinah Washington), Theater Latte Da: Bernarda Alba(Bernarda Alba), Chicago (Mama), Kenny Leon’s True Colors, People’s Light, & Park Square Theater: Nina Simone:Four Women (Nina Simone). She is a Penumbra Theater company member, a core member at Ten Thousand Things Theater and a co-founder of Minnesota Black Theater Circle and New Dawn Theater as well performing regulary at the Dakota and Crooners. She co-directed The Wiz and Once on this Island at Washburn High School. Ms Williams has twice been the recipient of the McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center and received an Ivey Award for her “fiercely powerful” portrayal of Mama Nadi in Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of Ruined. She has recorded three solo CDs, has a passion for wildlife photography, and lives with her husband in Minneapolis.
2022 SEASON: Beehive
DARRIUS STRONG, Choreographer
Darrius is a Twin Cities based choreographer, instructor, and dancer. As the founder and Artistic Director of, STRONGmovement, Strong uses the universal language of dance while blending styles such as Hip hop, Ballet, Modern, and West African to tell stories related to society and humanity. His passion for the youth has led him to the position of hip hop director at Eleve Performing Arts Center where he focuses on teaching young dancers how to connect their identity to movement. Strong’s creative work is supported by the Walker Art Center’s Choreographers Evening, Rhythmically Speaking, and The New Griots Festival. He was also featured on an American Standard Billboard advertisement in NYC Time Square in 2016. Strong has created works for Threads Dance Project, Flying Foot Forum, Alternative Motion Projects, TU dance and James Sewell Ballet. 2019 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, a 2021 McKnight Artist Fellow for Choreographers and a recipient of the 2017 Momentum New Works Award.
2022 SEASON: Legally Blonde
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.
2022 SEASON: The Fantasticks
CAT BRINDISI, Choreographer
THEATER Guthrie Theater: The Tempest, Sunday in the Park With George, The Parchman Hour, South Pacific, The Cocoanuts, Stage Kiss, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol (2021, 1998). Repertory Theatre of St. Louis: Wind-Up Girl; Alabama Shakespeare Festival: Annie; New World Stages: NAMT 2017; Signature Theatre: NYMF 2019 Intersecting Chords; Ordway: Annie; Theater Latté Da: Gypsy, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Aida; Children’s Theatre Company. OTHER Founding member of 7th House Theater (Jonah and the Whale, The Passage and The Great Work in the Dowling Studio). AWARDS 2014 Lavender Best Musical Supporting Actress (Hello, Dolly!); 2013 City Pages Best Emerging Female Actress; 2012 Ivey Award for Outstanding Production (Spring Awakening). TRAINING B.F.A., Musical Theater, Dance minor, University of Minnesota Duluth. Cat has just recently been accepted into the CalArts MFA Acting class of 2025. www.catbrindisi.com
2022 SEASON: Beehive
NICKIE KROMMINGA HILL, Choreographer
Nickie Kromminga Hill is excited to be choreographing for the first time at Cedar Summerstock! Nickie received her BA in Theatre and Dance from Gustavus Adolphus College and her K-12 Theatre and Dance teaching license from Hamline University. Nickie taught Theatre and Dance for five at Anoka Middle School for the Arts. She is also a freelance choreographer and has enjoyed working at Minneapolis-St. Paul area schools, the Guthrie, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and Shell Lake Arts Center in Wisconsin. As a performer Nickie has most notably performed at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre where she has been seen in eighten productions including Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sister Act, All Shook Up, Holiday Inn, and Singin' In The Rain. Nickie sings with Chick Cheer, a holiday a capella group (www.chickcheer.com) and is also Executive Director and Founder of The Spread Sunshine Gang, a non-profit dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness(www.thespreadsunshinegang.org.) Read more about Nickie and purchase her book, “Things I’m Thinking About; a daughter’s thoughts on the loss of her Mom,” at www.nickiekrommingahill.com
2022 SEASON: Matilda
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.
JARED BARNES, Music Coordinator and Director
Jared is celebrating his fifth season with CST. He has taught instrumental music in north Iowa for fourteen years. Outside of teaching, Jared also works as a composer and musician. His concert band compositions have received national recognition, and enjoyed performances around the world, including performances at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago. www.jaredbarnesmusic.com
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.
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.
ANTHONY WALK, Equipment and Location Manager
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.
MEGAN JOY BORGERDING, Summer Camp Director
Megan graduated form the University of Minnesota Duluth in December 2020 with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing in Theater and Community. Her passion is directing with a focus on community and youth.
NOAH SOLFEST, Summer Camp Instructor, Stage Manager- The Fantasticks, Matilda.
Since 2013 Noah has been working with youth theater programming in Minneapolis MN, instructing acting and technical direction. He find sharing his love for theater very rewarding as kids become more comfortable taking risks.
Noah started acting in high school and caught the theater ‘bug,’ since he’s preformed as an actor at the University of Minnesota, for the Fringe Festival, and as a writer for Sod House Theater’s production of Ruby Slippers. Some of his favorite productions include: Urinetown, Telltale Heart, and The Kitchen.