Who We Are

Who's Who


Erin Lavelle, Artistic Director
Erin Lavelle (she/her/hers)

Artistic Director

Ches Cipriano 2024 Producer
Ches Cipriano (they/them/theirs)

2024 Producer

Pamela Vázquez Torres (she/her/hers)

2024 Producer

Angie Courchaine (they/them/theirs)

2024 Producer

Sydney Petersen (they/them/theirs)

2024 Producer

Board Members

Art Shanty Projects 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 set general direction for and 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, get more info on board membership or fill out the interest form.

Board Member Amber bjork
Amber Bjork (she/her/hers)

Artist Liaison at Minnesota Fringe, Founding Member of The Winding Sheet Outfit, Theater Maker

Board Member Juan Diego Perez la Cruz
Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz (he/him/his)

Architect, artist and plataforma Raíz teacher

Board Member Jeffrey Sherman
Jeffrey Sherman (he/him/his)

Artist, Designer, Technician​​

Board Member Julie Strand
Julie Strand (she/her/hers)

Writer, Arts Program Director at COMPAS

Board Member Sarah Wirth puts up a yellow flag on the red shanty gate
Sarah Wirth (she/her/hers)​

Senior Account Executive

Kelly Munson
Kelly Munson (she/her/hers)

Designer, Artist & Teacher by day. Weaver & Bread Baker by night.

Board member Cole Sarar
Cole Sarar (she/they)

Writer, Community Artist, & Communications Freelancer

Board Member Neal Sorensen
Neal Sorensen (he/they)

Accessibility Professional, Artist and Maker

Garrett VanRoekel
Garrett VanRoekel (he/him/his)

Architect, Maker & Student of Life.


Peter Haakon Thompson

David Pitman

Peter and David at Medicine Lake, 2012

2024 Open Call Jurors

Meg Bartlett-Chase

Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz

Erin Lavelle

Electra Vincent

Kari Pearson

Sarah Wirth

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