2022 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, 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

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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

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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

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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. 

SEASON 2022: The Fantasticks

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NICKIE KROMMINGA, 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

JARED BARNES, Music Coordinator and 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, 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.