Joy Dolo

Acting/Voice and Movement


Joy Dolo is an award winning actor and improviser in the Twin Cities, working with The Guthrie Theatre, The Children’s Theatre, 10,000 Things Theatre and The Jungle Theater among others.   She has found a love of comedy through Theater of Public Policy and her second family, Blackout Improv. Her goal is to create a safe space for people of color to be on stage and to feel the same freedom she feels when she is performing. Shine BRILLIANTLY, claim your power, and fail FEARLESSLY. Joy also has taught acting and improvisation at Augsberg College and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Irma Mayorga


Intro To Theatre, Playwriting, Dramatic Literature

A native of San Antonio, Tejas, Irma Mayorga is a Chicana scholar/artist in theater and an Assistant Professor of Theater at Dartmouth College. She holds an M.F.A. in Costume Design (UW-Madison) and a Joint Ph.D. in Drama and the

Humanities from Stanford University. From Stanford, she also holds the distinction of attaining the first Ph.D. by a Latina/o in the Drama Department’s history. She is also a director, dramaturg, and award-winning playwright.

Throughout her career, she has worked between academic, non-profit, and community based sectors of the arts. As a playwright, her play Cascarones earned the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award (student division) and went on to receive an invitation for participation to the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Playwrights Conference under the artistic leadership of Jim Houghton and with America Ferrera in the lead role.  She is the first Chicana playwright to receive invitation to develop and present work at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. She has received research fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, Stanford University, Florida State University, Dartmouth College, an artist-in-residence fellowship from the Santa Fe Institute of the Arts, and Williams College’s Bolin Dissertation Fellowship.

In September of 2014, she enjoyed working on the world premiere of her play Cascarones, directed by Daniel Banks and produced by DNAWorks & Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, NM.

As a scholar, she explores contemporary theater and performance by U.S. people of color, theater and performance by women, and Chicana and Chicano expressive culture.

Søren Olsen

Stagecraft / Design


Søren Olsen is a life-long theatre practitioner and a Twin Cities native. His career is multi-faceted, serving frequently on the technical and creative sides of production.

As a designer, he is the recipient of the “Iowa Center for the Arts Award” and a two time winner of the “Kennedy Center Award for Excellence in Lighting Design”. As a technical director his work has been recognized nationally by Live Design Magazine, LA Weekly, and Good Job Mag. He is also a Yale School of Drama Directing Finalist.

His technical work emphasizes sustainability, creating designs that up-cycle and reuse resources, and adheres to an avoidance of hazardous materials.

Barbara Wiener


Film Studies

Barbara Wiener is a documentary filmmaker with over 3 decades of experience.  She specializes in cultural, art and social justice topics and has told visual stories on topics ranging from a revolutionary coup in The Gambia to a service dog training program in a Wisconsin prison  to an expansive documentary about the Dakota Wacipi: Powow. After 14 years as a documentary producer/director with public television, she founded TVbyGIRLS and worked with teens to create girl leadership and social justice films.  She is the recipient of 6 Emmy awards, A Ciné Golden Eagle for her documentary Ida’s Story  and many international screenings including those at the Women of Vision festival, the Sundance Film Festival and the BBC-channel four.  Barbara also works as a teaching artist with students 55+ to explore film and creativity and was a recent speaker with Women Repair the World.  She is currently working on a project about a community choir in the time of Covid called Singing Kindness and a documentary about incarcerated artists at Stillwater Prison with the Art from the Inside project. She loves teaching the film courses at NHCC because her students are so interesting. 

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