WHO WE ARE
Board of Directors:
Mark J. Blando, J.D. (President)
Jeremy Stanbary (VP)
Michael J. Barrett, CPA (Treasurer)
Russell Shurts (Secretary)
Advisory Board: Luke Cahill (chairman), Sarah Stanbary, Molly Druffner, Dr. Cole Matson, Barbara Dries, Rich Wallin, John Rogers, Stephen O’Toole, Dr. Deborah Savage, Rev. Spencer Howe, Rev. Kyle Kowalczyk, Tim & Renee Skidmore
Open Window Theatre was founded in May 2011 for the purpose of bringing multigenerational professional theater with a redemptive vision to the Twin Cities. We focus on telling relevant stories of faith, hope, and reconciliation in an intimate and immersive environment.
We view art as inherently transcendent–a window to the Divine and to the innermost reality of the human person and the world. Art, and particularly live theater, has a unique ability to not only bring joy through entertainment but also to educate and inspire by provoking profound self-reflection about the deepest and most important aspects of our humanity. Alternatively, “With the same power with which theater can ennoble the spectators, it may corrupt them, degrade them, spoil their taste, lower their passions, offend beauty” (Konstantin Stanislavski, father of modern theater).
At Open Window Theatre we focus on a redemptive vision in the arts because we believe there’s a crisis of hope and true beauty in today’s world. Beauty is the purest glimpse we have of the Divine who is Beauty itself, leading Fyodor Dostoevsky to proclaim “beauty will save the world.”
Believe in our mission?
- We believe theater should not only entertain, but also educate and inspire with the kind of beauty that will save the world.
- We believe good art should challenge people to be better versions of themselves.
- We believe we don’t have to be vulgar in order to produce good theater and that some things are better left to the imagination.
- We believe good art–in exploring the darkness of the human condition–should always possess a redemptive value while respecting the dignity of the human person on and off the stage.
- We believe religious faith is something to celebrate—not denigrate—through art and we believe in exploring issues of faith & spirituality in a serious and thought-provoking way.
- We believe in creating an intimate theater-going experience that’s memorable, engaging and immersive.
- We believe in producing top quality theater that’s accessible to everyone (yes, EVERYONE) and won’t break your budget.
Now that’s a breath of fresh air! We hope you agree.
Donate now to show your support for our unique and redemptive mission in the arts. Thank you for your support!
Founder & Exec-Artistic Dir. (FT salary)
Jeremy holds a BA in Fine & Performing Arts with 20-years of experience producing and performing theater professionally while advancing his uniquely redemptive vision for the arts. In 2003, Jeremy began touring full-time with his original one-man and small-cast dramas. For the next 8-years, he performed for tens of thousands of people both nationally and internationally, reaching countless others via cable television. In 2011, Jeremy & Sarah founded Open Window Theatre, which has become a staple of the Twin Cities arts scene. Jeremy also has over 10-years of active experience in theater education for youth, developing and growing the E-Rhapsody Youth Theater program between 2007-2016. The legacy of the E-Rhapsody program lives on now as the Young Actors Academy.
Sarah is the co-founder of Open Window Theatre and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a dual degree in Theatre Performance and Arts Management. Sarah toured both nationally & internationally with husband Jeremy between 2007-2011 and also served as a youth theater instructor for their E-Rhapsody Youth Theater program from 2007-2016.
Aside from her acting talents, Sarah is also an accomplished ballroom dancer and dance instructor.
Kathryn (Katy) Humnick
Box Office Manager, Office Admin & Resident Stage Manager (FT salary)
Katy is a graduate of Wheaton College and their theatre ensemble group, Workout. She earned a B.A. in English Writing with a minor in Theatre and is passionate about telling good stories. Katy adapted, designed, and directed her own production, Song of the Unicorn in 2020, and she hopes to continue supporting the theatre from every angle she can. Katy began as a volunteer for Open Window Theatre in the summer of 2020, was hired on as a PT employee that fall, and in early 2022 she accepted a full-time offer from OWT. Katy is now the full-time Box Office Manager, Administrative Assistant, and Resident Stage Manager at Open Window Theatre.
House Manager & Resident Designer (PT salary)
Nate has been with OWT since our second season (2012-2013) and has been a cornerstone of our operations since that time. Nate is a Librarian by day at the University of Northwestern–St. Paul, and a freelance designer/actor by night. His acting talents were featured on the OWT stage in our production of Shadowlands in 2013, although most patrons will recognize him as our friendly house manager at most productions. Nate’s broad spectrum of creative talents are showcased mostly through our props, sets, and costumes. He has served as the props designer for most of our shows since 2014 in addition to designing the sets for The Jeweler’s Shop (2014), Lolek (2020), FRASSATI (2021), A Christmas Carol (2021) and George Orwell’s 1984 (2022). Nate’s costume design work has also been featured in The Jeweler’s Shop, The World Over, Lolek, and every production of our ’21-’22 season.
Volunteer Coordinator & Stage Manager (Volunteer & PT Contractor)
Lauren hails from the sunshine state of Florida and made her way to Minnesota by way of New Jersey 3 years ago. She graduated from Florida State University in 2016 and has been working in college campus ministry since then. Lauren discovered her passion for theatre during college, and it flourished during her two years living in New Jersey with frequent trips to NYC. She is thrilled to have a space where her passions in administration, theatre, and community-building can work together within the mission of Open Window.
Young Actors Academy Coordinator & Sales Associate (PT salary)
Amanda Weis is an experienced performing artist and stage director who divides her time between private vocal instruction and performing and directing throughout the Twin Cities and greater area. Ms. Weis obtained her BA in vocal music at the College of St.Benedict/St. John’s University and her Masters of Music at the University of MN, Duluth. Collegiately, she has studied classical vocal music and opera, while also participating in musical theatre and vocal jazz opportunities and study. Ms. Weis has performed leading and supporting roles with numerous notable performing arts companies in the region. Ms. Weis was also the vocal director for the national tour Nick Jr Live, a new work from Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment.
Amanda Weis is a member of the NATS – National Association of Teachers of Singing and is a solo & ensemble contest judge for the Minnesota State High School League under the name, Amanda McGivern.
Interested in volunteering at Open Window? Volunteers can see our shows for free! Sign-up below.