Ellen Fenster - Artistic Director

Ellen Fenster is a professional theater director and teacher in Minneapolis. Apart from her work with Illusion Theater, Pillsbury House Theater, Gremlin Theater, The Guthrie and more, Ellen is the artistic director at South High School Theater. 


Tim Kraack - Music Director

Tim is a musician and teacher from St. Paul. He teaches piano and voice at St. Joseph's School of Music and accompanies at St. Paul Academy. In addition to concertizing around the Twin Cities, Tim writes music and performs music in a variety of genres.

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John CAtron - Acting INstructor, Director

John Catron is an accomplished actor, artist and musician active in the Twin Cities. An actor with a wide range, John is a company member with the Pillsbury House Theater and has stage credits at Park Square Theatre, The Illusion Theater, Theatre Mu, The Guthrie and many more. In addition to his coaching, John designs and builds the sets for TCTC. 


Kate Guentzel - Dance Instructor

Kate Guentzel is a Twin Cities based actor and dancer. She has performances with Illusion Theater, Gremlin Theater, Jon Hassler Theater, Theater in the Round and the Guthrie among others. Kate is also the holder of an Ivey Award. Kate returns to her performance roots by working as a choreographer and dance instructor for TC Theater Camp.


kari Olk - Assistant Director

Kari Olk is the Theater Director for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, a Stage Manager for Wonderlust Productions and is involved as a stage manager, director, and assistant director for numerous theaters around the Twin Cities.


Lisa Arnold - Art Instructor

Lisa is a visual artist who lives in Minneapolis but works all over Minnesota. Specializing in mosaic, Lisa has works hanging across the state thanks to grants including the Minnesota State Arts Board and projects in Minnesota libraries. Each year, Lisa engages the TCTC students in a visual art project that relates to themes of the summer's show.

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