Founding Executive Director: Andrea Tonsfeldt, has extensive experience working within the non-profit arts sector. She began her professional career as an arts administrator at the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji Iowa. During her tenure as Performing Arts Director she coordinated more than 30 events annually including one-night only performances, multi-week productions and special fundraising events. Ms. Tonsfeldt was responsible for securing sponsorships; nearly $400,000. She also acted as marketing and press coordinator, created advertising and other materials for each event and worked with the press to secure articles and interviews. Andrea is familiar with contract negotiation, facility rentals and artist interactions. In 2009, Andrea moved to Minneapolis, MN to pursue further career opportunities in the arts. She acted as Arts Administrator for Rosetown Playhouse (Roseville, MN) and Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre (Minneapolis, MN) and most recently assisted in the grand opening and start-up years for The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts as their Marketing Manager.
As a theatre practitioner, Andrea has performed in more than 100 shows, worked as a costumer and make-up designer. She has experience with all aspects of theatre production and finds her passions lie in acting and producing.
Artistic Director: Anneliese has been directing and performing in the Twin Cities for over fifteen years. During this time she has had the pleasure of working with such local companies as Theatre Unbound, Penumbra Theatre Company, Wayward Theatre Company, Conundrum Collective, and Mission Theatre Company.
Anneliese has a passion for developing original works; recently she workshopped and directed three world-premiere plays with local playwright Sam Graber. Modern Prophet, Detainee and Everything’s Free! As a performer for over twenty years, she has participated in every genre including classical Shakepeare, dance, puppetry and storytelling. Currently, she is working with the Conundrum Collective of Minneapolis as voice talent for a series of radio plays adapted for the stage.
Resident Stage Manager: Ellen DeYoung, first became involved with MTC as the stage manager for the productions of Macbeth and Violents Delights in spring 2014, and has since happily taken on the role of go-to stage manager and all-around organizer. She has worked with several local companies including Shadow Horse Theatre, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Eat Street Players, Stages Theatre Company, and Rosetown Playhouse. During office hours, you can find her at the National Theatre for Children, assisting with marketing to schools around the country.
Production Coordinator: Amy has been a part of Mission Theatre Company since her debut as the Red Fairy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2013. She is also involved in other aspects of Mission productions including fundraising and box office. Other productions sh has been involved with in Minneapolis include the Fringe Festival production of Musical: The Musical, Halfway Home with the Urban Samurai Company, Raucous Caucus at Bryant Lake Bowl, and A Midsummer Nights Dream, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing and Violent Delights with Mission Theatre Company.
Artistic Associate: Krista has been doing costume design and construction for Mission for three season. Past shows include Macbeth, Violent Delights and Detainee in the 2014 season. Prior to that she studied theater and film at Occidental College in Los Angeles and, both in and out of school, tried her hand at everything from acting to stage managing to wardrobe.
Resident Lighting Designer: Tony has been involved with Mission Theatre Company for three season as a lighting designer. A graduate of Carleton College, he works as a freelance lighting designer throughout the Twin Cities and recently completed his first year of graduate school in Indiana. He has worked with Walking Shadow Theatre Company (The Sexual Life of Savages), the Sabes Jewish Community Center (Letters to Sala), and Young Artists Initiative (In the Heights), among others. When not designing, he also works as an assistant designer (1,001 Buddhas: Journey of the Gods, Ragamala Dance Company; Threepenny Opera, Frank Theatre; Three Musketeers, Walking Shadow Theatre Company), and as an electrician at numerous Twin Cities venues.
Former Company Members: Abby DeSanto, Matt Ouren, Michael Kelley, Sam Graber