The Ensemble

Sandbox Theatre is:

Evelyn Digirolamo
Kristina Fjellman
Matthew Glover
Peter Heeringa
Ryan Hill
Megan Campbell Lagas
Theo Langason
Jaya Robillard
Heather Stone

 

Ensemble Biographies:

Evelyn Digirolamo (Ensemble Member since 2013)
Evelyn is a performer, theater maker, aerialist, and teaching artist based in the Twin Cities. She has a passion for ensemble creating and loves incorporating dance, aerial arts, puppetry, stage combat, rock climbing (yet to happen in a show, but here’s hoping), and doing massive amounts of research. You may also catch her teaching socioemotional skills through the arts with Upstream Arts, imbuing humans with the gift of flight on aerial silks, and leading therapeutic dramatic play with the ALIVE program. She is always looking to engage with something physically impossible, thought-provoking, beautiful, and bizarre. Outside of Sandbox, she has also performed with Off-Leash Area, Mad Munchkin Productions, Teatro del Pueblo, Pangea World Theater, The Gonzo Group Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Dolan//Heeringa, Historical Perspectives for Children, the Murder Mystery Improv Company, and the Barbara Schneider Crisis Actor Troupe, for whom she does intensive one-on-one scenarios for medical staff and law enforcement to teach de-escalation techniques. In other news, she was a co-founder of AEthem Theatre Company, with whom she created, performed, and directed for 3 years. As for accolades, she performed in the local film Ghost Light which received the award Best Ensemble in a Feature Dramedy at the Best Actor’s Film Festival in San Francisco. She is also a recipient of the Minnesota Regional Arts Council’s 2016 Next Step Fund Grant with which she is expanding her aerial theater work. Once upon a time, Evelyn received her Bachelor Degree in Theater Arts from Bethel University.

 

Kristina Fjellman (Ensemble Member since 2013)

Kristina is a visual artist and performer and is drawn to creative projects that will combine both of these passions. She has exhibited her sculpture in venues around the Midwest and Twin Cities and was a recipient of a Jerome Fiber Art Project Grant for 2010-2011 at the MN Textile Center. Her performance work includes: The Theater of the Tiny Clandestines and Birds of Passage with The Winding Sheet Outfit; Works In Progress My Life Is All But Over at the Red Eye Theatre; and 8 shows with Sandbox: including War with the Newts (2007 and 2015), This Is a World to Live In, 600 Years, and as a project lead and designer in The Little Pilot. She was also involved in remounts of Theater of the Tiny Clandestines with The Winding Sheet Outfit which received a Knight Foundation Grant in 2015, and My Life Is All But Over in Winona, MN.  Recently, her fiber piece “Horizon” received an Honorable Mention in the MN State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition this past August.

Kristina is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a MAED in Art and Theater Education and an ensemble member of Sandbox Theatre.

 

Matthew Glover (Ensemble Member since 2010)

Matthew has been writing and performing in the Twin Cities since 1999. Matthew first joined Sandbox as Marketing Manager in 2009, following his participation in the company’s Minnesota Fringe Festival play June of Arc. Since then, Matthew has continued to work in a number of capacities for the company, including managing Sandbox’s marketing, development, website, social media and photography, as well as a contributing ensemble artist.

Matthew is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and holds a certificate degree in broadcasting from Brown College.

 

Peter Heeringa (Ensemble Member since 2010)
Born in Minnesota, but exiled to the southwestern united states for several years, Peter returned to work closely with the Eden Prairie High School drama department, obtain his BA in Theater from the University of Saint Thomas, and has since made his focus the creation of new work within an ensemble structure. In 2012 he received a MFA in Theatre: Contemporary Performance from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. He has worked with students at numerous colleges including Fairfield University, Naropa University, Gustavus, and Macalester. In addition to theatre, Peter has a background in vocal music with a decade of choral music and three years of Barbershop. In addition to Sandbox, he works in performance collaboration Dolan//Heeringa.

 

Ryan Hill (Founding Member since 2004)
Ryan was born and raised in the wilds of Northern Wisconsin. He is a founding member of Sandbox and served as Artistic Director until 2013. He studied at Hamline University in St. Paul before heading to Berlin to work within the experimental theater community. After Germany, he moved to New York and continued writing (including The Ferry, a 2004 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival winning play) and performing. He is an alumnus of Robert Wilson’s Watermill summer program in Long Island, and appeared in the U.S. premiere of the Wilson/Tom Waits musical version of Woyzeck at Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2002. Life brought him back to the Midwest in 2003 and he co-founded Sandbox Theatre a year later. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET). In 2013, he and his husband (founding member Andrew Schiff) moved to California, where Ryan continues writing and contributing to the ensemble theater movement.

 

Megan Campbell Lagas (Ensemble Member since 2012)
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Megan got her start in the world of theatre at age 14 when she performed in Tom Sawyer at the Children’s Theatre Company. She has worked with many local companies including 15 Head: a theatre lab, Illusion Theatre, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Theatre Unbound, Theatre in the Round, and the Winding Sheet Outfit. Megan is passionate about bizarre, ensemble created theatre and is happy to have found a creative home with Sandbox Theatre.

Megan earned her BA in Theatre and MA in Education, both at the College of St. Catherine. Megan teaches elementary school for Saint Paul Public Schools. She lives with her husband, two sons, and multiple pets.

 

Theo Langason (Ensemble Member since 2013)
Born and raised in Northeast Minneapolis, Theo Langason is a graduate of Rutgers University where he studied Theatre Arts. Since moving back to Minneapolis, Theo has worked with Park Square Theatre, Frank Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, The Mysterium, Red Eye Theatre and The Winding Sheet Outfit. Theo is also a member of Blackout Improv group.

 

Jaya Robillard (Ensemble Member since 2017)
Jaya is a graduate of Yale University. She joined Sandbox after working with the company on Queens (2016) and Big Money (2017).

 

Heather Stone (Founding Member since 2004)

Heather has originated roles in just about every full scale Sandbox production. Her favorite roles with Sandbox are Victoria in Victoria in Red, Zelda Fitzgerald in Zelda:Wonderland, Mrs. Behrens in Koogoomanooki, the Fat Lady in War with the Newts (twice!) and June Cleaver in June of Arc. She has also appeared on stage with many other Twin Cities theatres since 1994. Heather has directed twice for Sandbox: The Oresteia Project: Queens and Daughters, a new ensemble piece created in collaboration with students at Hamline University, which she co-lead with former company member Nicole Devereaux and Sandbox’s first musical, Killer Inside. Look for Heather up next at small theatre productions, the movies, or any place that serves PBR.

 

Past Ensemble Members:

Lisa Kneller Moreira (Founding Member, 2004-2010, 2012)
Andrew Lawrence Schiff (Founding Member, 2004-2012)

Nicole Devereaux (Ensemble Member 2010-2014)
Tim Donahue (Ensemble Member 2010-2017)
Derek Lee Miller (Ensemble Member 2008-2017)
Wade A. Vaughn (Ensemble Member 2010-2012)
Jenna Wyse (Ensemble Member 2010-2012)