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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 2010-11.


Guests for 2010-11


Stuart Pimsler

Stuart Pimsler Dance Company (SPDC) was originally established in New York City at the Parkfast Dance Stadium, SoHo, and since 2000 has been based in the Twin Cities. Their work has been honored with a 2002 Choreographer’s Fellowship from The McKnight Foundation, a Two-Year Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Major Fellowship and nine Individual Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council. They have been guest artists at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and have been on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, the Harvard Summer Dance Institute, and the Lin-Ya School for the Performing Arts, Taiwan. Currently, they are both  affiliate faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University  of Minnesota. Most recently, Mr. Pimsler was named “Artist of the Year” (2004)  by CityPages and founded the SAGE Awards for Dance.



Tom Bliese, scene designer emeritus

From 1977-2007, Tom Bliese a professor and primary scene designer at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Currently, he is a freelance independent contractor and regular performer at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

While at Mankato, he designed more than 150 productions, including:

Musicals:  Man of La Mancha, Urinetown, The Wizard of Oz and He Lived the Good Life [original]; contemporaryMetamorphoses, Galileo, Arsenic and Old Lace and Steel Magnolias; classicalMedea and Hamlet.



Mike Croswell

Mike Croswell earns most of his income composing original sound and music for theatrical productions. Over the last 20 years he has collaborated with professional theatre companies, universities, colleges, community groups and high schools. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Music Management from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has returned twice to compose music for Theatre & Dance productions: Metamorphoses in 2004 and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches in 2007.

Past achievements include: a 1994 Jerome Composer Commissioning Grant, in 2003 a McKnight Composer Fellowship, another Jerome Composer Commissioning Grant in 2005 and a 2006 Subito grant from the American Composers Forum. He has been a composer of electronic music since the early 1980s and during the past decade has explored instrument making and created a number of percussion and wind instruments out of PVC.




Lisa Long

Lisa O'Bleness Long earned her BFA in Ballet and BA in English/Drama from Friends University, Wichita, KS in 1995. As a member of the Friends University/Wichita Ballet Theatre company, some of Lisa's roles included: dance hall girl in Billy the Kid, snowflake and Waltz in The Nutcracker, cat in Peter and the Wolf, and princess in The Firebird. While on staff at the Creative Child Center Preschool at Wichita Center for the Arts, Lisa was an Arts in Early Education grant recipient from the Kansas State Legislature. Lisa taught at the Kansas Dance Academy for 12 years before moving to Minnesota. Although ballet is her strength, she has also taught jazz and tap. Lisa began as the ballet specialist at Minnesota State University, Mankato in fall 2009.