Julie Guidry, Executive Director
Julie Guidry has over 12 years of non-profit experience in the Twin Cities metro area working with individuals of all abilities including persons with disabilities. Previously she worked as the Staffing Director at Wilderness Inquiry recruiting, hiring and training staff to lead integrated wilderness trips for persons with and without disabilities. Julie was the Director of Operations, Communications and New Programs for Youth Frontiers, a non-profit organization focused on youth empowerment and character building. She oversaw day-to-day operations of the organization, and was responsible for the development and management of new programs for youth within the metro area. During her time at Youth Frontiers, Julie developed and implemented a leadership program for high school youth, focusing on the growth of their cultural competency skills. She is a former board member for SMARTS – South Minneapolis Arts Business Association, a current member and former co-chair for the Special Ed Advisory Council (SEAC) for Minneapolis Public Schools and the SEAC representative for Minneapolis Public Schools’ District Parent Advisory Council.
Matt Guidry, Program Director
Matt has been working in the Twin Cities theater scene since 1993, in which he has worked as an actor, director, producer, educator and choreographer. Matt holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota, where he has been an affiliated faculty member of the University of Minnesota’s Theater Arts and Dance Department. Matt has extensive experience designing and leading theater and movement training workshops for adults and children with and without disabilities. Matt is a founding member of The Burning House Group Theater Company, located in Minneapolis, and a member of the Acting Core of Ten Thousand Things Theater Company. In the Twin Cities, he has also performed for The Guthrie Theater, The Theater Exchange, Frank Theater, Pillsbury House Theater, Actor’s Theater of Minnesota, Margolis Brown Theater and The Old Log Theater. Matt’s film credits include roles in the films World and Time Enough, Ramming Speed, Sugar & Spice and in David Lynch’s The Straight Story.
Bree Sieplinga, Associate Director
Bree has thirteen years of experience in the non-profit sector. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in development, fundraising and management that draws from her experiences working with Doctors Without Borders, the Center for Assistive Technology, and San Francisco Planning and Urban Research. Bree holds a BA in Literature from Northwestern University and a Masters Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam.
Charles Fraser, Program Associate
Charles Fraser is an actor based in the Twin Cities where he has worked for the Guthrie Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Jon Hassler Theater, Park Square Theatre, Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Minnesota Festival Theatre, Brave New Workshop, Illusion Theater, and Thirst. He has also performed at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi, Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City, Indiana, and aboard Disney Cruise Line’s flagship, Disney Magic. He is featured in the films Pull, Jurisprejudice, Hinkleton, and The Completely Remarkable, Utterly Fabulous Transformation of a Regular Joe. He has taught in elementary, high schools, colleges and universities across the United States as part the Guthrie on Tour as well as the Guthrie’s Schools on Stage, Summer Conferences, Summer Camps, Target Play Dates, and Guthrie in the Parks. He also teaches adult and teen acting classes at the Guthrie Learning Center.
Rachel Jendrzejewski, Administrative Associate
Rachel is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who recently relocated to the Twin Cities as a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center. As an arts administrator, she has worn a variety of hats in communications and development with Cornerstone Theater Company, Padua Playwrights, and The Grotowski Institute, as well as numerous independent and community-collaborative projects. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University.