Joseph Papke, Artistic Director, is an actor, voice coach, and arts educator from the Twin Cities. As an actor and dialect coach, his professional credits include The Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Old Log Theater, Illusion Theatre, Jon Hassler Theatre, Dudley Riggs, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and The Children’s Theatre Company. As an educator, he has taught theater skills at the Guthrie Theater, Youth Performance Company, the University of MN, Macalester College, Normandale Community College, and public schools in Faribault, Edina, and Minneapolis. Joseph studied improv at Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop and ComedySportz, and earned his MFA in Classical Acting from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and a certified Associate Teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.

CAE credits: (as director) Arden of Faversham, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Romeo and Juliet (2018-20), The Roaring Girl, As You Like It, Volpone, Macbeth, Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Twelfe Night, Love’s Labors Lost, A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, All’s Well That Ends Well, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Complete Sonnets Festival; (as actor) Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Touchstone in As You Like It, Mosca in Volpone, Proteus in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard in Richard II, Lavache in All’s Well That Ends Well.