The Company:

 

Johanna Gorman-Baer officially joined Six Elements in the spring of 2012, and is currently acting as production manager, with the occasional recurring roles of actor and musical director.

Past roles with Six Elements include Viola in Twelfth Night (2010), the valkyrie Gudrun in Valhalla; Tales from the Hall of Heroes (2012), Mathilda in Zastrozzi (2013), and  Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing (2013). . She is also a recurring combattant performer in the annual production of Human Combat Chess.

Outside Six Elements, she has collaborated with Theater Novi Most, performing original music in Something About a Bear and The Oldest Story in the World, and also performed in Theater in the Round’s production of Lysistrata.

Johanna graduated in 2011 from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre Arts and currently works as a teaching artist at various children’s theaters around the Twin Cities area, leading classes for all ages on acting, singing, and theatrical movement. 

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Philip D. Henry joined Six Elements in 2013, after appearing in Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen, Launcelot and Guinevere, and Human Combat Chess 2013.  As a member of the company, he has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, Orpheus Descending, and HCC 2014. He also directed She Kills Monsters in 2015 and Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came in 2017.

He graduated in 2007 from Iowa State University with a BA in Performing Arts - Acting and Directing and also works as a Scenic Designer, designing Orpheus Descending and The Hound of Chulainn for 6E, and previously Sense and Sensibility and Hamlet for Cromulent Shakespeare Company.  He is a frequent collaborator with Hardcover Theatre, appearing in several shows since 2010, including Style Not Substance, the Work of Oscar Wilde, Pollyanna, and God Rest Ye Scary Gentlemen I and III.

Out of the theatre, Phil is a fan and advocate of tabletop gaming, and can frequently be found rolling dice, playing cards or moving miniatures.  If asked about games, odds are that he will have a number of things to say on the subject.


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Tess Kean is the resident redhead who takes pictures and sits in a dark room, pulling strings and pushing buttons. She joined Six Elements as a company member in 2013 after having previously working on Lives of the Notorious Highwaymen and Human Combat Chess 2013. After a brief hiatus, Tess rejoined the Company in 2017, where she most commonly works as support for stage management and production management.

Tess Graduated in 2007 from Iowa State University with a BFA in Art History and photography. She began her Twin Cities Theater career in 2009 with Cromulent Shakespeare's Wyrd Sisters, which had the honor of being invited to re-mount at the 2011 North American Discworld Convention. She has worked with several local theatre companies including Hardcover Theatre & Cromulent Shakespeare.

Outside of Theatre, Tess spends her time obsessing over her Nintendo 3DS, playing many RPGS and tabletop games, reading comics, and obsessing over photography, office supplies, and the vast history of pre-Cycladic Greek art and archeology(if you ask, she will speak at length about art history).


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Mike Lubke is a co-founding member of Six Elements, and has been the resident fight director for his entire tenure.  In addition to performing on occasion, he is the creator of Six Elements' annual Human Combat Chess show, and spends the other half of the year playing jack-of-all-trades to help the season go.

Outside of Six Elements, Mike works regularly as a freelance technician at local theatres and as an award-winning fight director/choreographer for stage and screen.  He is also the founder of the Minnesota Stage Combat Open Gym, a semi-regular open forum for practitioners of all levels to share ideas and home their skills.

Mike graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2009 with a BA in Theatre Arts and is Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors.  He spends what free time he has gaming (of both the computer and tabletop varieties) and immersing himself in a variety of things involving fighting and/or swords.  It's kind of a unifying theme.


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Stephanie "George" Miller has been working in the theatre community in Minneapolis since 2003.  George has worked with both small and large companies and in 2010 she co-founded Six Elements Theatre.  Since then, she has fulfilled many roles for Six Elements including stage management for Twelfth Night, The Pillowman, Valhalla, Zastrozzi, and Human Combat Chess 2011, 2012, & 2013.

George graduated in 2010 from the University of Minnesota with a BA in Theatre Arts.  In addition to theatre, George enjoys playing the guitar, board games, and planning which crazy skills to introduce her son to first (sword fighting is currently winning).


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Nathaniel Nesheim-Case is an actor, stage manager, and theatrical producer who has been in an artistic or managerial position for over 80 productions. Nathaniel Nesheim-Case is a past member of Promethean Theatre Ensemble in Chicago, IL and a founding company member and board member of Six Elements Theatre Company.

 


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Mason Tyer moved to the Twin Cities a few years ago after completing his B.A. in Performing Arts from Iowa State University. He then began to study stage combat though to becoming an Advanced Actor-Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, gettin' stabbed by teachers and students from around the Twin Cities. 

Mason's work with Six Elements before joining includes acting in She Kills Monsters, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came, and assisting in the production of Human Combat Chess 2017. As a member, he's acted and assisted in producing The Hound of Chulainn and Human Combat Chess 2018.

Outside of Six Elements, Mason has performed with Classical Actors Ensemble (Julius Caesar, Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice), taught at Lyric Arts and Maranatha Christian Academy, and directed for Arts Nest (The Field Guide to Mating) and Saint Mark's Drama Ministry (fight direction, West Side Story). He is also a founding member of Red Dice Collective, producing premieres of Home and The Marvelous Red Balloon.