The process of joining Theatre Pro Rata as a Company Member begins with nomination. All company members have the opportunity to nominate individuals. We look for people who fit our aesthetic, are enthusiastic collaborators, and have demonstrated a level of excellence in their work with us in the past.

Carin Bratlie Wethern – Artistic Director
Founder & Member Since 2001

Carin is a freelance director, fight choreographer, and acting instructor in Minneapolis, MN. She is the founding Artistic Director of Theatre Pro Rata and has worked on every production in the theater’s history in some capacity. In addition to directing, she has also designed fight choreography, costumes and/or set for a number of Pro Rata productions. As a freelance artist she has directed for Park Square, Theatre L’ Homme Dieu, The History Theater, Theatre Unbound, Croix Valley Summer Theater, Tedious Brief Productions, Chameleon Theater Circle and others. She has assistant directed for the Guthrie Theater, Outward Spiral, and The History Theater. She teaches theater classes at the Guthrie, Youth Performance Company, and Steppingstone Theater. She was a participant director and full scholarship recipient at the Wesley Balk Opera/Musical Theater Institute in 2007, received a B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN in 1998, and is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors. Her recent all-female production of Julius Caesar with Theatre Unbound won an Ivey Award in 2012.

TC Theater Connection Podcast – Roundtable
TC Theater Connection – Interview
Galileo Rehearsal Video
TC Theater Connection Podcast – Interview with Carin and Zach Curtis

Julia Carlis – Artistic Associate
Member Since 2010

Julia is a Twin Cities-based freelance designer and has worked with Theatre Pro Rata since 2008. She joined the company in 2010. Pro Rata productions include Killer Joe, The Spanish Tragedy, The Taming of the Shrew, Dido, Queen of Carthage, and Cat’s Paw. Julia’s work has been seen around town with Theatre Unbound, Yellow Tree Theatre, Upright Egg, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, North Hennepin Community College, and the Minnesota Shakespeare Company, among others. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, concentrating in Lighting Design and Stage Management, and a Master’s in Library Science from the University of North Texas.

Ben Tallen – Artistic Associate
Member Since 2011

Ben is a freelance actor and writer and became a Theatre Pro Rata company member in 2011. He has performed in Pro Rata’s production of The Illusion, The Woodsman, Elephant’s Graveyard, Lovers & Executioners, T Bone n Weasel, and Dido, Queen of Carthage. He has performed with Gremlin Theater, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Hardcover Theater, Starting Gate Productions, Workhouse Theater, Flying Pig Theater, and Theatre in the Round, among others. He is also a member of Tedious Brief Productions, having co-written and performed in three plays for that company. His plays have been performed in the Twin Cities, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Tulsa, OK, and Providence, RI. He was nominated for a 2012 LA Weekly Theater award for Best Adapation. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts.

Mandi Johnson – Company Member
Member Since 2010

Mandi is a freelance costume designer and a Theatre Pro Rata company member. She has designed for The Spanish Tragedy, The Life of Galileo and Killer Joe for Theatre Pro Rata. Mandi has worked locally with Ordway Center, Frank Theatre, Sandbox Theatre, Old Log Theater, and others. Mandi has been recognized for “best costumes” in 2009 by Lavender Magazine. She received her B.A. In Technical Theatre from The College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN, and works full time as a costumer at Northwestern Costume Company in Minneapolis.

Christine “Kit” Gordon – Artistic Associate
Member Since 2014

Christine (“Kit”) Mack Gordon has worked as a dramaturg in the Twin Cities since 1997. She first worked with Theatre Pro Rata on their production of Thomas Kyd’s Spanish Tragedy, and joined the board of directors in July 2010 before moving to the artistic company in 2014. She also served as dramaturg and literary manager for the Mary Worth Theatre Company and worked with Shakespeare in the Park (1997-2002). She directed Mary Worth’s 1999 Fringe production, Marlowe: To Ride in Triumph. She has also worked locally with Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Theatre in the Round Players, Verona Productions, Council of Doom Theatre Company, the Minnesota Shakespeare Project, Hardcover Theater, Starting Gate Theatre Company, and Girl Friday Theatre.

Kit’s theatrical training includes a month-long intensive workshop for theater professionals at Shakespeare and Company in western Massachusetts, as well as workshops with Theatre de la Jeune Lune and with Andrew Wade, head of voice for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her academic training includes a Ph.D. in English; her dissertation, Dreaming in Shakespeare, includes three essays on training and performance, teaching, and dramaturgy, and three pieces of fiction that re-imagine aspects of Shakespeare’s biography and his plays. Kit retired from the University of Minnesota in May 2013.

Clara Costello – Artistic Associate
Member since 2015

Clara is a stage manager based in Minneapolis. She has stage managed Theatre Pro Rata’s Elephant’s Graveyard, Twelfth Night, 1984, and The Woodsman. She works for the University of Minnesota Bee Squad as a beekeeper, equipment manager, and creative consultant. Clara graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2012 with degrees in Theatre Arts and German Language.

Jacob M. Davis – Company Member
Member since 2016

Jake is a freelance sound designer and joined the artistic company of Theatre Pro Rata in 2016. He designed sound for Pro Rata’s productions of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, A Lie of the Mind, 1984, Good Woman and Setzuan, Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Lovers and Executioners, and T Bone N Weasel. His work can be heard with such Twin Cities companies as: Nimbus, Theater Latté Da, Gremlin, Park Square, Tedious Brief, and Minneapolis Musical Theater. His regional and international work includes companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Mark Taper Forum, Universal Studios, Ahmanson Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Goodman Theater. Jake holds a MFA in Sound Design from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in Theatre Design from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association and United Scenic Artists.

kuhnstaneartsamanthaSamantha Kuhn Staneart – Company Member
Member since 2016

Samantha has her MFA in costume design from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and her BA from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. She has been design costumes since 2008 and has worked with Theatre Pro Rata, Lyric Arts, Theatre Unbound, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Minneapolis Musical Theatre and many others. In addition to being a company member with Theatre Pro Rata, Samantha is the Resident Designer and Costume Shop Manager at Lyric Arts, Anoka, MN. She recently has been teaching in the Fashion Design department at the Art Institutes International Minnesota.