Michael Matthew Ferrell: Founder/Artistic Director
Michael is a three-time Ivey Award winner and recently received the AARP 50 over 50 Distrutor Award. He was also named 2015 & 2010 Choreographer of the Year by Lavender Magazine and also won the WCCO Making A Difference Award for his work with A&K.
Theater Credits include: Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray, Guys and Doll’s, Singin’ In The Rain, Les Miserables, 42nd Street, On The Town and Oklahoma for Artistry; Gypsy, Oliver!, Cabaret, Aida, Company, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Evita, The Full Monty, Parade, The Rink, and Passage of Dreams for Theatre Latte Da; RagTime, and The Fantastics for Park Square Theatre; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Grand Night for Singing, and Broadway’s Legendary Ladies at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts . Shrek,Wizard of Oz, Annie, Babe The Sheep Pig,Tommy, Spelling Bee, Disney’s High School Musical ,A Year with Frog and Toad ,and Fashion 47 for The Children’s Theatre Company. Cats, Annie, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Music Man, My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid, Oklahoma, and Can Can for Chanhassen Theatre’s. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, White Christmas, Anything Goes for the Duluth Playhouse. Additionally his work has been seen at The Ivey Awards, Children’s Theatre Curtain Call Ball, The Minnesota Opera Company, Sesame Street, Stages Theatre Company, Pantages Theatre, Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards and Guthrie Theatre. He has staged many corporate events with clients including Target Corporation and American Payroll Association .
He has also taught and worked at several academic schools including U of M ,UMD,Gus Davis Academy, St Olaf College, Eastview, Hill Murray, Minnetonka and Spooner WI .
Heather Wells Brands : Managing Director
Heather Brands oversees our operations, finance and marketing for the organization. She comes to us with over 20 years of business experience in the service, arts & entertainment industries. Heather spent the first part of her career honing her management and marketing skills with clients across the nation including Entertainment Centers of America, Neiman Marcus, Carlson Companies, and Hearst Publications. Over the last decade, Heather has lead and grown numerous non-profit organizations through strategic planning, program expansion, brand management and development. Heather has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, has served for 15+ years on executive leadership teams for numerous Board of Directors and resides in Excelsior, MN with her husband and three daughters whom all participate and adore the theatre.
Jason Hansen : Music and Co-Director
Jason Hansen is a musician in the Twin Cities with a reputation for his work in the theater. In addition to directing and arranging music for Alive & Kickin, Jason has held positions of music director, composer, orchestrator, educator, and/or performer at the Children’s Theater Company, Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theater, Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, History Theater, Theater Mu, Illusion Theater, TigerLion Arts, 7th House Theater, Open Eye Figure Theater, FLiP! Theater Company, University of Minnesota, UofM Centennial Showboat, MN Fringe Festival, and the Hennepin Theater Trust’s Spotlight Showcase. His diverse stylistic abilities have paired him with widely varied productions from rock-based “Next To Normal” to the classically-rooted “Into the Woods” and traditional styles including folk music-inspired productions. He has helped direct and create several world premiers and has provided orchestrations for new works in the Twin Cities. Jason won the 2007 Century Council Sound Design Award and is the male winner of the 2016 South Suburban Conference Achievement Award for Fine Arts. He is a resident composer of the Catalyst Theater Company and he is heavily involved with educational and community organizations including the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan Community Theater, and Twin Cities area school districts. Jason is a commissioned composer and arranger developing new music for choir, cabaret and theater whose works can be found with both Hal Leonard and Alfred Music. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Alise and beautiful daughter Madeleine. www.jasonhansen.com