Ten artists selected for Ordways New Musical Theater Training Fellowship, GreenRoom

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today named 10 artistic grantees for its first GreenRoom musical theater training grant, created by and for BIPOC artists. The new program, which will be operated from the Ordway’s premises in downtown Saint Paul, received more than 60 applications.

The six-week program runs from July 7th to August 18th. This unique Minnesota scholarship is made possible through support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The 10 GreenRoom Artistic Grantees are:

  • Latanya Boone, Minneapolis
  • Julia Diaz, Eagan
  • Cortney Gilliam, Minneapolis
  • Melody Her, Little Canada
  • Dominique Jones, Saint Paul
  • Sisloob Lo, White Bear Lake
  • Shanice Mason, Minneapolis
  • Mariana Petersen, St. Anthony
  • Minika Warden, Minneapolis
  • Pagnia Xiong, Woodbury

“We are thrilled to welcome this hard-working, talented group of artists to the GreenRoom experience,” said Maia Maiden, Ordway’s director of arts, learning and community engagement, which leads GreenRoom. “Investing in Minnesota artists not only helps retain top talent in our state, but also strengthens our local arts ecosystem that depends on them.”

Fellows include BIPOC actors, dancers and singers who are 18 years of age or older and have less than three years of experience as a professional musical theater performer beyond high school or college. They will each receive $2,250 for their participation in the program, which covers a wide range of topics that will serve artists throughout their careers – from acting and movement to public speaking and wellness.

GreenRoom will be led by seven core faculty members who will develop the curriculum: Denzel Belin, Rush Benson, Aimee K. Bryant, Tiffany Cooper, Jared Miller, Nora Montañez Patterson, and Natalia Romero Arbeláez. Guest speakers and teaching artists will also participate.

“Educating the next generation of great artists requires significant and deliberate investment, and we are grateful for the generous support of the Knight Foundation,” said Chris Harrington, President and CEO of Ordway. “I can’t wait for our community to see these artists take their talents to the next level.”

Photos of the grantees and faculty members, as well as the GreenRoom logo, can be downloaded at Ordway.org/media.

The Ordway’s GreenRoom is an intensive musical theater training fellowship created by and for Black, Indigenous and Colored (BIPOC) artists. The scholarship is open to Minnesota actors, dancers and singers ages 18 and older who are interested in expanding their skills in the performing arts into musical theater. GreenRoom is the first of its kind in the state, with core classes that focus on acting, singing/vocal technique, movement and audition.

The Ordway is the arts epicenter of Saint Paul, Minnesota and one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers. Founded on the belief that the performing arts should be inclusive and accessible to all, Ordway hosts a variety of performances that include the best of Broadway musicals, concerts, dance and singing artists. The Ordway serves thousands of children each year through its educational programs and hosts the annual Flint Hills Family Festival. Known as the most convenient place to catch a show in Minnesota, the Ordway includes a magnificent 1,900-seat musical theater, a state-of-the-art 1,100-seat concert hall and spacious lobbies. The Ordway is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a collaboration that includes the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club. The Ordway aims to reflect the communities it serves and break down barriers to ensure everyone can experience the power of the performing arts.

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