2017 LALA Festival Artists, Speakers, and Organizers

Adrienne Truscott
Choreographer, comedian, writer, and one half of The Wau Wau Sisters. Her critically-acclaimed, award-winning Adrienne Truscott’s Asking For It: A One-Lady Rape About Comedy Starring Her Pussy and Little Else! tours internationally and is considered a critical impetus to the evolving conversation about rape culture. More >

Mtume Gant
Actor, emcee, director, filmmaker, music producer, and educator, Gant made a splash last year with his first film Spit.  This year, his new short film White Face has already won numerous top awards, furthering his reputation as a radical voice on issues around race, identity, and class in America.  More >

Minneapolis-based 2017 McKnight Fellows Erin Search-Wells, Sam Johnson, and Jeffrey Wells have been performing together for over a decade at venues across the country including the Walker Art Center, the Invisible Dog Art Center (NYC), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), and ODC (San Francisco). More >

Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin
Interdisciplinary artists whose work 50 States focuses on the untold LGBTQ histories of America. Their installations 50 States: TEXAS, OKLAHOMA & COLORADO premiered at Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center in 2016, and ARKANSAS & LOUISIANA will premiere in 2019. They are recipients of a MAPFund Grant, a NYFA Fellowship, and an Idea Fund Grant. Nick was a 2016 Tulsa Artist Fellow.  More >

Jess Barbagallo
NYC-based writer, director, performer, writer, and teacher who’s toured internationally with Tania Bruguera, Big Dance Theater, the Builders Association, and Half Straddle, and Andrea Geyer. Playwriting credits: Melissa, So Far, My Old Man (and Other Stories), Sentence Fetish, Karen Davis Does …, Good Year for Hunters, Saturn Nights, and Grey-Eyed Dogs.  More > 

Chantal Pavageaux
Writer, director, performance and installation artist working in glitter, games, science and speculative fictions, who also makes quilts, bags, signs, banners and other crafty things. Chantal was a Drama League Directing Fellow and worked as an assistant director at Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Mabou Mines in NYC. She is the LALA Festival Artistic Director. 

LaJuné McMillian
New media artist working in performance, VR, and physical computing. McMillian has shown at Dance on Camera, National Sawdust, Liberty Science Center, Chelsea Film Festival, and Weird Reality. Lead Character Animator for NeuroSpeculative Afrofeminism (Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca Film Festival). More >

Paige Collette
Host of FALALALALA Cabaret, Minneapolis-based writer, performer, and collaborator. More >

Brian Bose
Minneapolis-based actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director, teaching artist, and host of the popular SLAY WORKSHOP. This LA native was named one of the “Faces to Watch in Arts” by UT San Diego. More >

Jessica Almasy
Writer, actress, teacher and a founding member of the TEAM, her devised work has appeared internationally. Notable roles include Hamlet, Richard Nixon, an amnesiac plane crash survivor, and 50 minutes of a woman named Alice – on a treadmill, running. She is the narrator of over 300 audiobooks. More >

Billy Noble
Billy is a technologist, artist, and founder of the Box Factory, a Minneapolis-based creative studio. Billy’s transgender scifi radio drama The Gone aired on WNYU in NYC. His films have shown at Tribeca Film Festival and the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. He is the LALA Festival Executive Director.

Alissa Light
Executive Director of Family Tree Clinic in Minneapolis, Alissa has helped to lead the 45-year-old organization’s transformation from a St. Paul family planning clinic to a regional leader in LGBTQ health, evidence-based comprehensive sex education, and culturally responsive care. She is a mom of two radical kids and a tireless community activist. 

Maggie Ryan Sandford
Scientist, producer, comedian whose mission to make the world more science-literate using creative, research-based media projects. Maggie writes and speaks about science, art, and culture. She produces and performs in work for TV, radio, and stage. She’s writing a book about Dolphins. More > 

Eric Larson
Performance maker who’s shown at Red Eye, Soap Factory, Southern Theater, Intermedia Arts, and BLB. In October he’ll be curating an internet meme event at the Walker Art Center. He’s worked for Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks Festival, Fusebox Festival, Mass Live Arts. Eric is the 2017 LALA Festival Coordinator.