As a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts, Shannon is thrilled to begin working with Mayer Arts again! Shannon has always had a passion for performance creation, theatrical production, directing, and teaching youth. With over six years of childcare experience, she is beyond excited to continue working with the students of Mayer Arts! When she’s not in Minnesota, she is the head counselor and creative director of a children’s theatre camp back in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Shannon hopes to build connections, grow as an artist, and explore more of what the theatre community in the Twin Cities area has to offer. She is especially thankful to Gina and Mayer Arts for giving her this opportunity and cannot wait to begin collaborating and creating theatre with her students!
Rachel is brand new to the Twin Cities and is thrilled to be joining Mayer Arts! Originally from North Idaho, Rachel received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from The University of Montana. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Rachel lived in NYC where she attended Circle in the Square’s Professional Musical Theatre program and then went on to perform and work in theatres regionally. Some of her favorite credits include Wendla in Spring Awakening, Sharpay in High School Musical and Margot in Legally Blonde. Rachel’s teaching background ranges from ski instructing, to theatre to English as a second language. You may also catch her teaching barre at Pure Barre in Minneapolis and St Paul. Rachel is so excited to explore, create and play with her musical theatre classes this fall.
Nora Targonski-O’Brien is MN made, New Jersey raised, teacher, actor and producer. Since moving to Minnesota, her work has expanded to film. Such as, The Hunter, a series of short episodes and feature film In Winter, available for streaming now. Her last live role was Ethlynann in Alligator Summer, performed at The Southern Theater late February 2020. Nora is excited to be back to in-person activities, especially theater. She believes the skills kids learn in theater class extend way beyond performance to how we listen and react to the world around us at large.
Lindsey is an actor and teaching artist, originally from LeMars, IA. She obtained her BA in Theatre Arts from Simpson College and most recently, her MFA in Acting from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Children’s theatre and education has a special place in her heart. Her first theatre job in college was for a small children’s theatre in northwest IA. Later, she spent a year touring the nation as a Tour Actor/Director for the Missoula Children’s Theatre. Lindsey is excited to be able to share her love of theatre and the arts, as well as make a positive impact on her community.
Jackie started dance classes at the age of seven and has been performing ever since! Performing has always been second nature to her, stealing the microphone (literally) at the Christmas Pageant as a preschooler. Her outgoing and energetic personality assists her passion for teaching all ages! Jackie Graduated with her BFA in Musical Theater Performance and Dance Choreography from the University of North Dakota. She has recently choreographed and performed in a variety of Community Theater shows in the Twin Cities and North Dakota including: Chameleon Theater Circle, Morris Park Players, Lakeshore Players, Lyric Arts, and Frost Fire Summer Theater. When she’s not working on a production, Jackie is an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and spending time at the lake cabin with her family. Jackie is very excited to be back with Mayer Arts and ready for more fun “cardio-filled” teaching adventures!
Hope Easter started dancing at age 9 at the Anne Hebard School of Ballet in New York where she studied Ballet and Jazz. She has also studied Tap, Hiphop and Character Dance at the School at Steps. She has performed with Catskill Ballet Theatre, a regional ballet company, dancing both soloist and corp de ballet roles in ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen, and Peter and the Wolf. Hope has attended summer intensives at Steps on Broadway, the Nutmeg Conservatory of Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and the State Street Ballet. She spent a year training at the Richmond Ballet and spent a year as a trainee at the Nashville Ballet under Paul Vasterling.
From 2018 to 2019 she was coached under the tutelage of Aaron Orza, former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. In 2020 Hope joined the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara CA where she performed in various productions throughout the year including the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Hope is currently performing with the Continental Ballet in their 2021-2022 season. She is incredibly excited to be joining the Mayer Arts team and to share her love of dance with her students.
Aerin O’Malley has gone from Mayer Arts student to teacher and is thrilled to be back for another summer of theater and dance. Aerin is a senior at St. Olaf College majoring in political science, economics, and American studies. However, she is also active in the university’s theater department acting in productions such as You Can’t Take it With You, Proof, and Comedy of Errors. In the college’s dance department, she has studied tap, jazz, and modern dance and currently is one of the Bronze level coaches for the St. Olaf Ballroom Performance Team. Aerin’s performing arts education began with Mayer Arts, and she loves giving back that same education to the students in her class!
Marley is thrilled to be apart of the Mayer Arts team! She started dancing at the age of three and Therater at the age of seven. During the work day she is a Montessori pre school teacher at Kinderhaus Montessori School in Roseville. Outside of work you can find Marley working through out the twin cities on or behind the stage, if that’s acting to choreographing, she loves the arts!
Megan is excited to work at Mayer Arts to teach theater and dance to students of all ages who are excited to experience the arts. Megan studied at Creighton University and graduated in 2018, she then returned to Creighton to choreograph and perform in Legally Blonde, being nominated for the Nebraska Theater Choreographer Award; Megan then was nominated for the Iowa Theater Choreographer Award for her work doing Shrek the Musical. After her time in Omaha, she moved back to the Twin Cities to further her career in theater and dance. She currently works at Stages Theater, Platinum Dance Center, Dance Endeavors, and other schools and programs throughout The Cities. At the dance studios, she teaches ages 2-18 in styles including hip hop, ballet, tap, musical theater, and jazz. At the theaters she focuses mainly on musical theater dance for the students. Megan is proud to be a member of Mayer Arts and teach the students eager to learn.
Jen Rae is delighted to be working with the Mayer Arts students! Jen has spent the last two decades in or around the theater, and/or working with youth. An acting conservatory graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, she has gone on to work in regional theaters all around the country, from performing Shakespeare and musical theater, to heavy drama as a heroine in a nineteenth century Swedish play, or dressing up and singing “Busy Bees” as the Queen Bee with a hive of kindergarten aged bees. For the last thirteen years she has been a member of the national comedy troupe, The Washing Well Wenches (seen here at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival), is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (as Geneva Rae), and has directed children’s theater across the US, Canada, and Germany. She has also taught theater classes and worked in both public and private schools as a pre-k and elementary teaching assistant, as well as an athletic coach. Jen loves seeing kids find their own expressions through imagination and creative play, enduring the challenge and thrill of putting those expressions in front of others in a collaborative process with their fellow performers, and experiencing the belief that may be instilled in their developing self-esteem
Abby is a recent graduate of Anderson University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite credits include Miss Sandra in All Shook Up with White Bear Lake Community Players Theater, and Calliope in Xanadu at the South Carolina School of the Arts. This is her first summer with Mayer Arts, and she can’t wait to combine her passions for theatre, children, and teaching!
Lindy Erdmann lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two children. She is excited to have her daughter, Willow assisting her with some camps this summer! She has been working in education for the past nine years and also just completed a degree to become a speech and language pathology assistant. Beyond her experience in education, she has a performing arts background having participated in theatre, music and dance for much of her life. Besides participating in the performing arts and attending performances, particularly her children’s, she enjoys reading, travel, and spending time at her family’s lake cabin. She is looking forward to working with your children this summer!
Sela Weber is an English teacher and theatre director at Rosemount High School. As an actress, Sela performed at the College of Saint Benedicts in productions: The Bacchae, Stop Kiss, Nathan the Wise, and The Tempest. She has also worked in theatre education at Steppingstone Theatre in Saint Paul and Anna Fiorentini Theatre School in London, United Kingdom. Sela is very excited to join the Mayer Arts team and continue to share her passion with her students.