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.
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.
Grant Henderson – Artistic Associate
Member Since 2010
Grant is a freelance actor, and has been a company member since 2010. Theatre Pro Rata productions he has participated in include: Lovers & Executioners, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Cat’s Paw, Dido: Queen of Carthage, The Taming of the Shrew, The Spanish Tragedy, and Marisol as well as performances in Pro Rata’s Playreading series. Grant has been seen onstage with several theaters including Bloomington Civic Theater, Theater in the Round, Shadowplay Theater, Tedious Brief Productions, Starting Gate Productions, and The Pioneer Players. Grant graduated from Iowa State University with a BFA in Visual Studies.
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.
Andrew Chambers – Company Member
Member Since 2006
A Twin Cities based actor and director, Andrew has been a company member of Pro Rata since 2005. TPR collaborations include: The Spanish Tragedy, The Life of Galileo, Quills, Machinal and Hamlet as well as all performances in Pro Rata’s Playreading series. Andy has been seen on stage with several theatres including the Guthrie Theatre, Gremlin Theatre, nimbus Theatre, Theater in the Round Players, Shakespeare and Company, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, Behemouth Theatre, Here Today Productions, In the Basement Productions and Commedia Beauregard among others. As a director, Andy has worked with In the Basement and Trinity High School. On camera credits include Hypothetical Productions’ Newton’s Disease, Committee Films’ Holy Grail In America and others including several spots with shopNBC. Before graduating with a B.A. in Drama from the University of Dallas, Andy took part in more than 45 university productions including a staging of Aristophanes’ The Frogs (as director and actor) at the ancient Ampitheater at Epidaurus.
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.
Kelsey Cramer – Company Member
Member Since 2013
Kelsey Cramer is an actor, writer, occasional teaching artist, and new company member of Theatre Pro Rata, having previously been seen in sparkly red-white-and-blue in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, as well involvement in the Playreading Series. She is also a founding member of the local storytelling collective The Buoyant Group. She’s found her performance niche in comedy, physical theater, and as a creator and cheerleader of new work. A born-and-bred Twin Citian, Kelsey studied theater at the Perpich Arts High School and St. Olaf College, has held internships at the Guthrie and Jungle Theaters, and has performed with The Buoyant Group, Mixed Blood, Savage Umbrella, Black Market Doctor, Upright Egg, 20% Theatre, Jungle Theater, and Dovetail Theatre. For the last seven years, she has worked with special ed. and typical K-12 students at Fraser Academy, YWCA of Downtown Minneapolis, Perpich Arts High, and Sabes Jewish Community Center. Her original work and adaptations have been performed at St. Olaf College, Perpich Arts High, MN Thespian Festival, and The Buoyant Group.
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 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.
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.
Samantha 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.