The Young Artist’s Council (YAC) is an artistic leadership model designed to empower youth to advocate and volunteer as leaders in the community.
Young Artist’s Council 2014-2015
Felix Aguilar Tomlinson is very excited to be serving on the Young Artists Council this year! A graduate of DeLaSalle High School, Felix has performed for Theater in the Round, the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company and worked as Apprentice Set Builder on John Cal’s “Philly!” at the JCC. After a solid year of participating in every YPC mainstage and YAC wine box show (either as a performer or in a technical capacity), he’s ready to jump in and become a part of the stellar community that kept him coming back!
Gabe Brosius is a junior at Edina High School. Gabe has been involved in theatre since 4th grade at Edina Public Schools. This is his second year on the Young Artist’s Council and he has loved every minute of it.
Sarah Buchlaw is a junior at SPCPA and this is her first year with the Young Artists Council! She is excited to be a part of something that fuses two of the most important things in her life; theatre and community service/social justice. Sarah loves all of her YAC pals and can’t wait to make some great things happen with them this year.
Mackenzie Diggins (called Macken me dilf by YAC due to an autocorrect incident) got involved with YPC after being cast in Joseph last spring, which coincidentally, was the first show she ever did as a 9 year old with Stillwater community theater. This spring, she will graduate from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and hopes to continue her theater training in college. Besides performing, Mackenzie loves reading, writing and fangirling over musicals.
Lizzie Esposito is a junior in high school attending the University of Minnesota through PSEO. She has been doing theatre around the twin cities since 5th grade and is thrilled to be returning to YAC for her third year. On YAC she’s helped to choreograph Rock Of Stages, write Bottoms up, and, coming this summer, will direct Good n Plenty! Come see it!
Lowell Feldhahn is a junior at Edina High School and has been involved in theater since 4th grade. This is his second year serving on the Young Artist’s Council and he couldn’t be more happy and hopeful about the coming year and its season of shows.
Mary Katherine Fiala, a junior at Southwest High School, has been called “The Best in the World” by critics who shall remain nameless and when pressed she didn’t tell us what she was even “The Best” at. She has performed in YPC and YAC shows for four years now (including the featured role of Cheerleader Number 2 Mean in 2010 and again in Mean, 2011) and was a part of the writing team and a cast member in YAC’s Fringe show this past summer, Bottom’s Up. It was a really great show if you ask her and her mom. She loves the opportunities YAC and YPC have afforded her and will remember each and every council member when she accepts her Emmy (tentatively in the fall of 2036).
Jada Gardner is a sophomore at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She’s done shows at theatres across the Twin Cities, including YPC, and Stages Theater Company. This is her first year on YAC and she can’t wait to see what the year has in store for the council.
Allie Hatch can only be described as “what dreams are made of.” She is a junior at St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists ($PCPYoungMoney for short) and spends her free time fighting against social injustice and reppin’ Sam Lowell. This is Allie’s 3rd year on YAC!
Mac Jones is a sophomore at Washburn High School. This is his first year on the Young Artist’s Council, he’s very happy that he has the ability to work hand in hand with such a talented and fun group of people. He’s also very excited for the amazing opportunities that come along with YPC!
Chase Kozak is a homeschooled 8th grader from St. Paul and is excited to be a first year member of the Young Artists Council at Youth Performance Company. The performing bug bit him after starting circus arts classes and piano as a preschooler. He’s currently studying voice, dance, theater, piano, and circus arts. Chase has been seen on a number of Twin Cities stages including Youth Performance Company and was in his first Fringe show in 2014 (A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant)! His favorite musical is Book of Mormon. Chase can often be found playing video games online and spontaneously singing musical theater and he can unicycle.
Thea Meyer-Grimberg is a junior at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Thea has been involved in theater around the twin cities and through school as long as she can remember. Thea loves cats. This is Thea’s second year on the Young Artist Council and can’t wait for more amazing experiences and opportunities to come!
Kristina Plumb is currently a junior at St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts. Kristina has been performing for as long as she can remember but her love for acting was sparked by participating in her middle school’s theater productions. This is her first year in the Young Artist Council and is so excited to be a part of this great organization and benefit the community!
Tess Rada, the kind of girl you take home to meet your parents, is a widely acclaimed performer from coast to coast. Her favorite roles include Goose Number Four in Honk, Wife Number Two/Goat Girl in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Replacement for Mikayla Mckasy in Dracula: The Musical. This is her fourth year on the Young Artist’s Council and she can only hope that this will be the year she finally meets Naveh Shavit-Lonstein. “Don’t get it your clothes, ‘cuz fudge don’t budge.”
Naveh Shavit-Lonstein is a sophomore at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Ever since he started theater at the age of 7, he knew this was his calling in life and hasn’t stopped since. He is an actor, director (of last year’s Dog Sees God with YAC,) musician, and dancer in the Twin Cities and hopefully will be back in his birthplace New York, after high school. This is Naveh’s third full year on YAC.
Connor Simone is a Junior at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. His previous theatre experiences include shows for his elementary, middle school, SPCPA, Ashland Productions, and YPC. He was most recently seen in YAC’s Fringe Show “Bottoms Up” as the Iceberg. Along with theatre Connor has also been a dancer for 8 years studying ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and theatrical dance. This is his second year on YAC and he is more than excited to show the surrounding community theatre created by youth artists!
Scarlett Thompson is a junior at SPCPA, and has been performing locally onstage and in film since the age of 8. This will be her second year as YAC President, and she’s incredibly excited to see what amazing things the council will accomplish in their 2014-2015 season!
Celia Tise is a junior at SPCPA and this is her first year on YAC. She began getting involved in theatre during middle school and her interest has only grown. Celia is looking forward to the chance to work on various productions throughout the year, starting with Y2Kabaret.
Ben Weiman is a junior at Edina High School. He has been living and breathing theater since he was 12. This is his second year on YAC and is very grateful for the opportunities that it gives theater-loving teens in the Twin Cities.
Ozomatli Zárate is a sophomore at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA) in the Theatre/Musical Theatre track. He began his endeavor into theatre in eighth grade and has been enjoying it ever since. Ozomatli has worked with Children’s Theatre Company, both on the Mainstage, Cargill, and in their Theatre Arts Training’s apprentice program. He was an award recipient in the 2014 Spotlight Program. This is his first year on the Young Artist’s Council, and he has been quite pleased with his time on it – including performing in YAC’s production of Romeo and Juliet! Ozomatli would like you to know that he is in the intriguing process of attempting to become ambidextrous.