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Minnesota Fringe


Dawn Bentley, MNM, MBA

Executive Director

dawnDawn joined Fringe in April 2017 with a leadership expertise focused on navigating strategic vision to achieve greatest potential. In her previous position as the first Executive Director of Art Shanty Projects, she was charged with creating infrastructure and establishing improved outcomes in all key functional areas. Dawn is an arts aficionado and has played violin for over 30 years in various ensembles from rock bands to professional orchestras with a dozen recordings in her repertoire. She holds Masters degrees in Nonprofit Management and Business Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

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Amber Bjork

Office Manager / Artist Liaison

amberAmber has spent several years acting, directing, writing, and producing as a Fringe artist before joining the staff as Office Manager and Artist Liaison in 2014. In her time outside of the office, she is a freelance artist and serves as the founding member of The Winding Sheet Outfit. She is a graduate of University of Minnesota-Duluth with a degree in English Lit and Dramatic Theory.

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Kaitlen Osburn

Audience and Volunteer Services Director

kaitlenKaitlen has been fringing since 2010, first with the Chicago Fringe, then joining the front-of-house staff in Minnesota in 2013. She holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University and an MFA from Dell'Arte International in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre. Kaitlen is a 2011 alumnus of Director's Lab Chicago, a 2014 Princess Grace Award Winner, and a 2016 grant recipient of the Puffin Foundation. When she isn't coordinating Fringe front-of-house, she devises original work, directs and teaches future theatre makers, runs the drama program at Roseville Area High School, and coaches Speech at Totino-Grace High School. Kaitlen is on the board of directors for Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance in St Paul.

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2020 Fringe Virtual Festival Staff

Accessibility Co-Coordinators: Laurie Pape Hadley & Elana Centor

Digital Festival Ambassadors: Alex Wenner, Andy Flamm, Brett Bowman, Christa Potter, Drew Pannebecker, Elinor Jones, Hilary Kaufman, Jeremiah Zortman, Josiah Matsumoto, Kassy Skoretz, Katy Briggs, Kenji Shoemaker, Maureen Bourgeois, Peter Villerius, Remi Remmey, Sequoia Hauck, Stephanie Kahle

Data Management Intern: Kara Johnson

Social Media Manager: Grace Ogihara


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