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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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Andreas Guest Artists 2008-09

The Department of Theatre & Dance, through the generosity of David and Lowell Andreas in honor of their wife and mother, hosted the following Artists in Residence during 2012-13.


Guests for 2012-13

Gabe Anderson
Gabe Anderson, choreography for Fall Dance Concert, is in residency all semester.

Gabriel Anderson

Gabriel Anderson is an independent dance artist, educator, and performer. A former company member of Mathew Janczewki's ARENA Dances for five years, Gabriel has performed both nationally and internationally, as well as worked with numerous other independent choreographers. His own performance training and professional experience reflect a gamut of performing arts practices, studying such disciplines as vocal performance, acting, and dance. His current creative research traverses multiple performance modalities including movement, vocalization, improvisation, narrative, among others. Gabriel holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography from the University of Iowa and currently teaches as adjunct faculty at MSU-Mankato.



Penny Freeh
Penny Freeh, Penny Freeh, choreography for Fall Dance Concert (ballet-based), in residency Nov. 5-9 (photo by Sean Smuda).

Penny Freeh

Penelope Freeh is a St. Paul-based dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer.

She received a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, enabling her to choreograph and produce Slippery Fish at the Southern Theater, September 28–30, 2012. This project has her collaborating with local composer Jocelyn Hagen and performing with New York-based dancer Patrick Corbin. Joining them are soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw and MN Orchestra violist Sam Bergman.

In 2010 she won a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Choreographers and a SAGE Award for outstanding Performer. Previous awards include a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Dancers (1998), a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship (1998) and two Career Opportunity Grants (1999, 2001) and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant (2001).

Penelope danced for James Sewell Ballet (JSB) for 17 years, serving as Artistic Associate from 2007–11.

Her choreography has been commissioned by: JSB, MN Orchestra, 3-Legged Race, the Walker Art Center/Southern Theater’s Momentum, the Weisman Art Museum, MN Ballet, Skylark Opera and Russia’s Link Vostok Dance Festival among others. She has twice been presented by NYC’s Ballet Builders. Residencies include: MANCC: the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography on the campus of Florida State University, Minnesota Dance Lab (Regional Dance Development Initiative) at the College of St. Benedict, St. Catherine University, Carleton College, the University of MN, the Reif Center, St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, and Perpich Center for Arts Education.

She is affiliate faculty at the University of Minnesota and summer faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She is a Walker Art Center blogger for Dance and has published several essays on In May of 2008 she was featured in and wrote the “Why I Dance” column for Dance Magazine.