Background: Before joining The Cedar in 2018, David served as the Director of Operations for Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education and Experience, where he was awarded Augsburg’s 2018 Employee of the Year award for his work developing the Center’s work in experiential education, social justice and community engagement. As a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), David also served as a leader on Augsburg University’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. In his previous role as the Executive Director of Access Works, David led a cutting edge social service agency providing harm reduction services to injecting drug users and other at-risk populations. David studied Political Science at Macalester College, got a Masters in African History at the University of Minnesota, and obtained a Mini-MBA for Nonprofit Organizations at the University of St. Thomas. As an artist, David has played with a variety of groups including Ticket to Brasil and High & Mighty, and has recently turned his focus to the study of Afro-Latin dance.
Background: The Cedar was one of the first places Emmy fell in love with after moving to Minnesota in 2012. She joined the team two years later in the Development Department. In April, 2018, she transitioned from role of Director of Development and Communications to Booking Director, where she liaises with local, national, and international artists and agents to fill The Cedar's calendar with year-round concerts and events. Emmy has over ten years experience in development, marketing, and programming at arts institutions including The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Cunningham Dance Foundation, which supported the work of late choreographer Merce Cunningham. She earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina Upstate and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from The New School in New York.
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Director of Operations
Background: Dave has been Director of Operations at The Cedar for over 15 years. He is responsible for maintaining the converted former Cedar movie theater building that houses The Cedar performance space and offices, as well as financial and artist relations duties. Dave came to The Cedar after tour managing artists that include Ani DiFranco, The Jayhawks, and Helmet. He is also a committed year round bike commuter!
Contact Dave about:
Artist advance information
Director of Events
Background: Mark first came to The West Bank in 1976 to go to a jazz club called The Rainbow Gallery. He has lived and worked on The West Bank since 1978, except for 6 years spent in Jackson WY. Mark first came to The Cedar in 1978 when it was still a movie theater, and saw "Eraserhead" by David Lynch. A big fan of music, Mark has no musical abilities. "My talent is getting the bands on the stage and the audience in the hall". Work experiences have involved Managing/ Supervising at everything from Burger King to being a Collective Manager at the now defunct North Country Co-op. Also, Mark has been a Naturalist/ Interpretive Guide since 1980, including guiding people into Yellowstone National Park and the mountains of WY for 25 years with Jackson Hole Llamas. Mark has been on The Cedar's paid staff since 2001. In addition to working with our crew of hundreds of volunteers, Mark volunteers for Sax Zim Bog, Hawk ridge Nature preserve, and MN Audubon.
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Assistant Director of Events
Background: Michael was a patron of the Cedar for many years before becoming a Volunteer/House Manager and eventually Assistant Director of Events. Drawn to the venue through his love of live music (African, Scandinavian, and Nordic in particular) he is so proud to be a member of the staff/family that continue to bring incredible music to the people of the Twin Cities and beyond. He credits his parents and siblings with helping him become the nurturing entity he is, which he employs to welcome artists and patrons to our space. He loves camping and fishing. He is passionate about the vibrations/sounds created by the acoustic 6-string guitar as he noodles in open tunings (but he'll never share that with you!)
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Volunteer Coordinator/ Events Assistant
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Background: As a biracial kid growing up in Coon Rapids and Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, Jared has always understood music is vital. Playing percussion and drums in various school bands kept him out of trouble (surprisingly) and helped him realize our differences bond us. Desperate for diversity, he moved to Minneapolis in 2012. He dove into the Twin Cities music community immediately, attending and playing shows with glee. His first show at The Cedar was of Montreal, a perfect entry into the colorful world existing inside this old movie theater. In 2016, he joined the Cedar as a house manager, and he’s thrilled to work closer with The Cedar’s amazing volunteers as Volunteer Coordinator and Events Assistant. He previously worked as a special education teaching assistant at Saint Paul Public Schools, assisting special needs students as they learned how to produce music. He earned his BA in journalism from the University of Minnesota in 2016, and has written for City Pages, MPR News and the Minnesota Daily. When he’s not attending, working or drumming at shows, he likes to write, joke around and get tattoos.
Contact Jared about:
How to become a volunteer
Director of Development
Background: Mary brings extensive nonprofit management and international education experience to her work as Director of Development. Mary began her career with a New York-based nonprofit that placed volunteers in international development projects around the world. After returning to Minnesota, she spent nearly a decade with the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA), promoting study abroad and experiential education for undergraduate students. Her first gig in fundraising was with AchieveMpls where she oversaw development initiatives that encapsulated annual fund efforts, major donor cultivation, corporate and family foundation giving and sponsorships, legacy gifts, and annual fundraising events. As of 2018, she does the same things for The Cedar and is thrilled to be supporting a mission focused on intercultural appreciation and understanding. She earned her bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College, and has completed several writing, management, and fundraising certificate courses at the University of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business. Beyond the U.S., Mary has family in Australia and the Seychelles Islands. Her personal interests include music, theater, racial justice issues, camping in Minnesota State Parks, and international travel--she's been to 30 countries in total...so far.
Contact Mary about:
Individual Donations - online, check, stock, vehicle donation, etc.
Tribute gifts or planned giving
Grant funding opportunities from government or corporate entities, or family foundations
Questions on general financials and nonprofit charity ratings
Director of Marketing and Communications
Background: Alana joined The Cedar team in 2015. In her current role as Director of Marketing and Communications, she creates marketing and communication strategies for 200+ concerts, events, and grant-funded programs yearly. She also heads up The Cedar Commissions, The Cedar’s annual commissioning program for local emerging artists. After double-majoring in Theater and English Literature at Macalester College, she worked as Bedlam Lowertown's Communications Director and as a freelance arts marketer with organizations like Red Eye Theater, Theatre Forever, DaNCEBUMS, and the University of Minnesota Theatre Arts & Dance Program. In her artistic life, she creates new works of theater as a core company member of Umbrella Collective and drums in two Twin Cities bands, Bella Yaga and The Controversial New "Skinny Pill."
Contact Alana about:
Cedar Commissions Questions
Website and Social Media Questions
Silent Auction and Donation Requests
Marketing Questions & Feedback
Marketing and Booking Coordinator
Background: Robert grew up in Western South Dakota, first on a hospital compound on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and then the Black Hills. He attended St. Olaf College where he studied study piano performance, English, and math and was an active choir member. After graduation, he worked with youth as a middle-school math, English, and writing teacher for Breakthrough Twin Cities and a high school College Possible coach at Patrick Henry in North Minneapolis. When not thinking about music or playing piano, Robert likes to bike and work on bikes, write non-fiction, and read. He joined The Cedar team in 2018.
Contact Robert about:
Opening act suggestions
Website and Social Media questions
Box Office and Office Manager
Background: MJ has enjoyed hearing beautiful music and heartfelt stories of musicians and community members at The Cedar since 2015, where she is the Box Office and Office Manager. MJ has a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Minnesota, has completed graduate courses in holistic health, and has traveled and studied in India and Eastern Europe. While traveling, she has enjoyed the experience of climbing to the top of The Dhauladhar Mountain Range along the Himalayas in Dharamsala, India, where she shared local sweetly spiced chai with new friends, and climbing to the top of the Vysoké Tatra Mountains in Slovakia. Outside of The Cedar, she enjoys volunteering for community radio. She loves interviewing artists and musicians who are excited about what they create, and received two Minnesota grants to create radio documentaries on a local documentary filmmaker and local musicians. Currently, MJ volunteers operating the camera for a local health and social science television program, The Mary Hanson Show.
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Tour Manager and Promoter, Midnimo
Bio to come.
Marketing and Booking Intern
Background: Anders grew up on a small cattle farm in southwest Minnesota. He has sung in various choirs and musicals throughout his high school and college careers, as well as playing guitar and singing in a few small local shows. The lack of live music opportunities in his rural hometown is what compelled him to move to the Twin Cities and attend Augsburg College where he is a fourth year Music Business Student. Anders has also worked at First Avenue & 7th Street Entry as well as the Fine Line Music Café and Palace Theatre for the last two years. In his free time, he enjoys writing music, biking around the city and going swimming.
Patrick joined the Cedar as an office assistant working 3 hours a day five days a week in 2011, before transitioning into a House Manager position the following year. In addition to working as a House Manger, he is currently working as an Associate Librarian in Hennepin County Libraries at a very loud and lively library. In the past he's worked as a gas station attendant, flower waterer, personal care assistant, and a newspaper editor at the East Side Review in St. Paul. When he's not working, he endures to do home improvement, and enjoys curating music events and playing in longtime band the Miami Dolphins, or solo under the moniker P. Larkin, which is pretty much just the first initial of his first name and then his last name. He also likes to fish.
A haunted house gave five-year-old Craig his first glimpse behind the scenes of an entertainment venue. Ever since, he's been obsessed with the ways we experience entertainment, and what goes into making those experiences a reality; leading to a number of years studying film in Iowa, Colorado, and Minnesota. Life's necessities have also resulted in over a decade of customer service experience that he couldn't be happier applying than when it is to a space with the admirable passions and values of The Cedar.
Morgan joined the Cedar in 2016 after graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Family Social Science. All she wants to talk about is her cat, Bug — who never stops meowing, loves garbage and is perfect.
Sue Eidem has been involved with The Cedar for a very long time. She started volunteering back in the mid ‘90s and became a house manager in 1998. She served on The Cedar’s board for a couple of years. She is also a paralegal and currently works at a title insurance company.
After hearing the Klezmatics at The Cedar in 2009, Sandy was hooked! She was a volunteer from January 2010-2014 and has been a House Manager since 2014.
Jordan has attended shows at the Cedar from a young age. As his musical interests expanded over the years the Cedar's presentations have easily accommodated them with their diverse array of style and idiom and it's no wonder this mutually beneficial relationship has persisted. The St. Paul native holds a trade degree in watchmaking, a field he worked in for 6 years before setting aside the practice to prioritize other creative pursuits and begin volunteering at the Cedar, and later join its staff. He is an artist, fabricator, musician, and arts facilitator who has interned at Franconia Sculpture Park and helped build a ceramics residency in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Jordan's socks rarely match and his eyes go all googly if you talk about plants or fungi within earshot.
Eli Wheeler has been a house manager since June 2000 and was a volunteer since the mid 90s. She feels lucky to have been here through all the years of Nordic Roots and Global Roots and hundreds of other amazing shows. You will often find her standing near the soundboard at any global music show she's not working. She can also be found at First Avenue, the 7th St Entry, the Turf Club, etc.
In her muggle life she works as a grower at a wholesale production greenhouse, grows a lot of strange fruits and vegetables on her farm land in Wisconsin, and parents a teenager.
Sydney started volunteering at The Cedar while attending college as a way to get off campus and see more live shows. She served as a volunteer for two years before joining The Cedar as a house manager in 2018. She’s currently the youngest employee and considers it part of her job to help her fellow staff members keep up with the times. Sydney graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2019 with a B.S. in environmental science and a minor in Spanish. While in college, she worked as a campus tour guide, wrote for the Latin American News Digest, interned at U.S. Bank, and studied abroad in the Peruvian Amazon.
Always involved in music and theater growing up, in high school Emma's choir director gave her advice to live your life by, “don’t go into music if you can imagine yourself doing anything else.” This advice led her to attended Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry, with a double emphasis in Music Business and Audio Production. Having the privilege to spend time in both the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago during her studies, Emma was excited to move somewhere new upon graduation from college. This lead to her relocation to Nashville, TN where she lived four a year and a half. While in Nashville, Emma had the amazing opportunities to work at the Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, along with acting as an intern for The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park.
Joshua is a Returned Peace Corps Public Health Volunteer, a budding local musician, and an individual with a deep love for language, intercultural discourse, and learning. The Cedar's nonprofit approach to global to local musical endeavors drew him to the venue where he hopes to participate in the center's growth and development. During his three-year service in the Republic of Guinea Josh was fortunate enough to be a part of the local music scene where he worked as a curator, grant writer, and a financial and marketing literacy coach for local artists alongside his duties as PC Guinea’s social media coordinator. In his spare time josh can often be found gardening, making music in his studio, or hammering away at his latest construction project.
Bio to come.
Bio to come.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jill Dawe Co-President
Music Department, Augsburg University
Steve Katz Co-President
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLC
Brent Hickman Vice President
Strategic Capital Management, US Bank
David Edminster Treasurer
Former Data Manager, Travelers (Retired)
Philanthropy Portfolio Lead, Medtronic Inc
Vice President of Compliance, Renters Warehouse
Former VP Philanthropic Specialist, Wells Fargo (Retired)
Finance and Operations Director, AchieveMPLS
Retired Attorney, formerly of Meagher & Geer
Mary Laurel True
Service Learning & Community Engagement, Augsburg University
Program Manager, Optum
Muslim Student Program Associate, Augsburg College