Who We Are


Erin Lavelle
Artistic Director

Christina DeVries
Operations Director

Ches Cipriano
2024 Producer

Angie Courchaine
2024 Producer

Pamela Vázquez Torres
2024 Producer

Sydney Petersen
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.

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

Jean Heyer
Communicator, Connector and Social Justice Activist

Emily McGrath
Director, Integrated Communications at Tunheim 

Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz
Architect, artist and plataforma Raíz teacher

Cole Sarar
Writer, Community Artist, & Communications Freelancer

Jeffrey Sherman
Artist, Designer, Technician

Neal Sorensen
Accessibility Professional, Artist and Maker

Julie Strand
Writer, Arts Program Director at COMPAS

Sarah Wirth
Senior Account Executive

2024 Open Call Jurors

Meg Bartlett-Chase

Erin Lavelle

Kari Pearson

Juan Diego Pérez la Cruz

Electra Vincent

Sarah Wirth