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Staff and Board


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, and runs the drama program at Roseville Area High School. Kaitlen is the board co-chair of Sumunar Indonesian Music and Dance in St Paul.

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Liz Neerland

Festival Technical Director

lizLiz joined the Fringe family in 2000. In her first year, she served as Assistant Box Office Manager, and was a venue technician from 2001-2013. In 2014, she stepped up to the Technical Director post, and also recently served as Interim Associate Director. Liz is also the co-Artistic Director and Managing Director of nimbus, and Venue Manager for The Crane Theater, their new performance space in Northeast Minneapolis. Liz is a native of Minneapolis and a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Anthropology.

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Board of Directors

Fringe trustees are guardians of the mission who ensure compliance with legal and financial requirements while also enforcing ethical guidelines. The purpose of the Board is to govern the organization in a manner that fosters positive relationships in the community.

Member applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please fill out our interest form and a member of the Governance Committee will contact you.

Board Membership Interest Form

Annie Scott Riley, President
Wise Esports

Brian Murphy, Vice President
Carmichael Lynch

Katherine DuGarm, Secretary
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Niki Bohne, Treasurer
Financial Consultant

Dr. William Bengston
Minnesota Leadership Institute

Joseph Clements
United Health Group

Leah Harvey
Professor Emerita, Metropolitan State University

Divya Maiya
Best Buy

Eric Molho
Neuger Communications Group

Kyle Orwick
Eide Bailly

Tony Plocido
Poets & Pints

Randall Shimpach
Minnesota Department of Human Services

Note: Organizations are listed for identification purposes only.


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


Board Membership Form

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The mission of Minnesota Fringe is to connect adventurous artists with adventurous audiences. If you have previously attended the festival, how successful do you feel we are in realizing our mission statement?*



Board membership comes with an expectation of devoting time, talent, and treasure to the organization. Board members will give annually to Minnesota Fringe at a level that is meaningful to them. *

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