In order to give everyone that wants to participate in the creation of the Minnesota Theater Foundational Standards for Safety and Accountability document opportunity to do so, we have created Independent Working Groups (IWG) to help create content. Because the existing content is very actor centered, we are particularly in need of help creating content in areas that are deficient in the existing Standards Documents, such as Production Departments and Education. 

We currently have 7 IWG's: 

  • Child actors/students

  • Older Students (college and adult learners)

  • Production/Stage Crew/Designers

  • Public Engagement - (Box Office, Front of House, Marketing, Development, Community engagement)

  • Artistic Teams-  (Directors, i.e.  artistic, music; coaches, i.e. intimacy, fight; Managers, i.e. company, stage managers, producing managers)

  • Accommodations Access/Services- (Staff, artists, audience)

  • Education (different from the Students in plays, with focus on Interns, Coaches, Teaching Artists)


We have another working group that need volunteers if you are interested, plese let us know if you are willing to join us in conversations about the following area;

  • Administration- (HR, Facilities, IT, Executive Director, Managing Director, Admin staff)

If you would like to participate in any of these working groups, please contact us and we will put you in touch with the leaders of these groups.


We would like to thank the following people for their work in the IWG's. Their commitment to helping us make this the best possible set of standards is invaluable!

Child Actors/Students IWG:

Leaders: Jenny Friend and Rhiannon Fiskradatz

Working Group Contributors: Rachel Austin, Shá Cage, Genoveva Casteñeda, Beth Desotelle, Kevin Dutcher, Jane Froiland, Jame Grace, Sam Houkom, Meghan Kreidler, Sara Trusdale

Older Students IWG:

Leaders: Shanan Custer and Stephen Yoakam

Working Group Contributors: Lisa Channer, Alison Edwards, Maija Garcia, Foster Johns, Craig Johnson, Sophie Peyton, Doug Scholz-Carlson, Sara Truesdale

Design IWG

Leaders: Kathy Kohl and Kenji Shoemaker

Working Group Contributors: Abbee Warmboe, Sarah Bahr, Trevor Bowen, Lolly Foy, Samantha Haddow, Katie Martin, Shelli Place, Mary Shabatura

Production/Stage Crew IWG:

Leaders: Kathy Kohl, David Pisa and Lyndsey Harter

Working Group Contributors: Sarah Bahr, Catherine Campbell, Samantha Haddow, Katie Martin, Sophie Peyton, Shelli Place, Roger Rosvold, Sara Truesdale, Abbee Warmboe, Max Wojtanowicz, Stephen Yoakam , Lolly Foy, Trevor Bowen, Beth Desotelle, Josh Koser, Shanan Custer

Resources IWG:

Leaders: James Grace, Laura Stearns, Shelli Place

Public Engagement IWG:

Leaders: Lolly Foy and Laila Sahir

Education IWG:

Leaders: Sophie Peyton, Lisa Channer

Artistic Teams IWG:

Leaders: Doug Scholz Carlson, Sarah Bahr

Access and Accommodations IWG:

Leader: Leah Cooper