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Staff directory


Mark Nerenhausen


Mark is responsible for creating the vision and mission for Hennepin Theatre Trust — and defining the delivery of services to a wide variety of stakeholders, including the board of directors, the team, patrons, donors, sponsors and constituencies.

Andrew Johnson

Event Center Director

Andrew is responsible for the guest experience at the Trust’s 900 Hennepin. He works directly with guests and oversees the end-to-end process of both internal and external events.

Robb Allen

Head of Security

Originally from Chicago, Robb joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2019 and excitedly shares that he’s “never enjoyed working for a place as much as he does here.” The Trust puts its money where its mouth is. The Trust loves the […]

Brooks Becker

Director of Finance

Brooks is responsible for all aspects of monthly financial processing and reporting. He leads the process for preparing financial statements and is also responsible for reconciling shows and the underlying budgetary data.

Chelsea Bertsch

Accounting Associate

Chelsea Bertsch became a member of the finance team in May 2022. Before joining the Trust, Chelsea worked for a Unitarian Universalist church for the past eight years where she served as administrative assistant before moving to the church's finance department where she maintained relationships with individual donors and worked as accounting assistant

Jonathan Huerta

Event Operations Manager

Jonathan serves the mission of the Hennepin Theatre Trust through his determination to make special occasions meet and exceed expectations. He facilitates fantastic experiences for clients and guests alike. He also oversees the Jack Link’s Legend Lounge and PNC Encore […]

Caleb McEwen

Artistic Director, Brave New Workshop

Caleb McEwen (he/him/his) is the Artistic Director of the Brave New Workshop. He is responsible for all aspects of Brave New Workshop’s artistic production, and he has served in this capacity for over two decades.  He was originally hired as […]

Lori Norvell

Organization Effectiveness Specialist

Lori is responsible for managing the CEO’s calendar and correspondence, day-to-day communications with Hennepin Theatre Trust board members and organizing materials for the board and CEO. Lori joined the Trust in 2021 after 10 years as a middle school math […]

Nicki Pretzer

Theatre Operations Manager

Nicki Pretzer joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2022 and serves as the Theatre Operations Manager. Her primary focus is to provide an excellent experience to all patrons attending events at 824 Hennepin, including Brave New Workshop performances. She has spent the last 20 years managing education programs, selling tickets and overseeing front of house operations at theatres in the Twin Cities metro area. 

Emma Schlei

Accounting Associate

Emma contributes to the finance team by ensuring Hennepin Theatre Trust’s financial affairs are conducted in a professional, efficient and accurate manner. Her role works directly with team members to verify we have accurate financial data for reporting, forecasting and […]

Kolie Shaw

Event Coordinator

At the Hennepin Theatre Trust, Kolie’s (Xe/Xem/Xeir) role is to deliver exceptional service to each client, patron and staff member by facilitating each event and aiding its finest vision come to life. Growing up with a mother who started a […]

Don Shier

Event Center Sales Manager

Don oversees outside rentals in The Hennepin event center for corporate and social events as well as weddings. He also brings awareness about our event center to civic and professional organizations through active membership participation.

Justice P. Sikakane, Sr.

Director of IT

Justice provides leadership on the continued development of an innovative, agile and secure information technology environment throughout Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Carlye VanDanton

Salesforce Administrator

Carlye VanDanton joined Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2018. As the Salesforce Administrator, she is committed to ensuring that Hennepin Theatre Trust's networks using the customer relationship management tool, Salesforce, and other tools run smoothly and effectively to better support the success of the organization.

Evan Williams

HR Business Partner

Evan Williams is a SHRM-certified HR professional with a passion for guiding people toward a trajectory for growth and development.


Bridget Barisonek

Development Officer for Annual Giving

Bridget Barisonek leads Hennepin Theatre Trust's concierge ticketing program, manages multiples aspects of donor communications, tracks donor engagement and advises on cultivations tactics.

Ryan Duda

Development Specialist for Corporate Relations

Ryan is responsible for the relationships management, prospecting and agreement fulfillment pertaining to sponsors and corporate members. Prior to joining the Trust in 2021, Ryan traveled the country as a performer. An advocate for arts accessibility, Ryan co-created an original, […]

Julie Gotlieb

Development Officer for Corporate Relationships

Julie is responsible for developing and stewarding revenue-generating partnerships with corporations, businesses and corporate foundations.

Rebecca Haddad

Director of Development

Rebecca Haddad leads a talented development team in areas including major gifts, legacy giving, sponsorships, foundation giving and more. Her role is a critical part of achieving Hennepin Theatre Trust’s vision to advance the cultural and economic vitality of Minnesota.

Emily Sasik

Donor Stewardship Specialist

Emily Sasik is responsible for cultivating strong relationships with Hennepin Theatre Trust donors. She delivers concierge ticketing services, processes and arranges donor ticket requests, as well as generates renewal and acknowledgement letters. She is passionate for the arts in all […]

Anneliese Stuht

Major Gifts Officer

Anneliese manages all aspects of the annual giving program, including creation and execution of fundraising campaigns, direct mail and online appeals, and coordination of special donor events


Lisa Krohn

Director of Booking

Lisa is responsible for the programming choices of the Trust's theatres and is the primary liaison with the Broadway programming consultant.

Ari Koehnen Sweeney

Director of Creative Art Partnerships

Ari manages the Spotlight Education program, including workshops, masterclasses and school partnerships.

Tanya Gravening

Public Art Manager

Tanya Gravening serves as the public art production supervisor. With experience as a graphic designer and production artist for a premier printing company in the Midwest, an operations manager for a high-end catering company, and as an independent curator of art for non-art venues,Tanya comes prepared with an eclectic skill set for this role.

Morgan Kempton

Spotlight Education Coordinator

As the Spotlight Education Coordinator, Morgan supports the operation of all Spotlight Education programs by providing administrative support and coordinating events surrounding education initiatives. Morgan also oversees Spotlight Community Tickets, the production of the monthly newsletter This Month in Spotlight […]

Julia Larson

Spotlight Education Artistic Manager

Julia schedules artists, manages travel arrangements and provides administrative support for Spotlight Showcase, the assessment process, and other programs.

Mary Jane Mansfield

Public Art Manager

Jane arranges and supports all elements of the Trust’s artistic installations throughout the Hennepin Theatre District.

Britta Wells

Spotlight Education School Manager

Britta provides support for the Trust's statewide production assessment process, as well as Spotlight Showcase, with a primary focus on building and deepening relationships with school administrators, directors, parents, alumni and students.

External Relations

Matt Barrett

Marketing Manager

Matt manages advertising, media campaigns, and reporting for select single-ticket shows and events.

Emmalynn Bauer

Director of External Relations

Emmalynn is the lead architect of Hennepin Theatre Trust's organizational messaging and the promotional strategy to share the story of the Trust with audiences across the state. She works to increase public perception of the value of the Trust and improve recognition of the Trust's role in driving the cultural and economic vitality of Minnesota.

Taylor Bye

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Taylor’s (she/her/hers) background is in marketing and digital communications. She has worked in myriad industries, including education, nonprofit, medical device, arts and information technology. She has a passion for using digital communications to build connections, foster relationships and support communities. […]

Liam Carr

Communications Specialist

Liam joined the Hennepin Theatre Trust in 2022 as the communications specialist. He is responsible for creating and consulting on written media that maintains the integrity of the Trust’s voice and messaging across all platforms. Liam hails from Bloomington, Minnesota, […]

Jesse Daniels

Marketing Manager

As a marketing manager, Jesse helps promote the many concerts and Broadway shows at the State, Orpheum and Pantages Theatres. He serves as a graphic designer for the organization and assists the Director of Booking with reviewing contracts, among other […]

Ashley Grossman

Digital Marketing Manager

Ashley Grossman serves as Hennepin Theatre Trust's digital marketing manager. She leads the Trust's digital marketing strategy, maintains our online presence and utilizes email communications to keep stakeholders up-to-date on the vibrant entertainment coming into our theatres and the work that we do to drive cultural and economic vitality in Minnesota.

Megan Kunz

Director of Marketing

Megan is responsible for marketing single-ticket campaigns for assigned shows and events at the Trust, as well as non-theatrical programming.

Nathan Meyer


Nathan has been working in visual media for almost 15 years and got his start in photography and videography filming documentaries for a student-run nonprofit organization at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, where he studied Film […]

Brooke Robison

Digital Media Specialist (social media)

Brooke serves as the Digital Media Specialist (social media) at Hennepin Theatre Trust. She is a fearless marketing professional who has work with a wide variety of brands ranging from Fantasy Flight Games to Old Dutch Foods to create engaging […]

Dale Stark

Public Relations Manager

Dale plans and executes media outreach strategies for Hennepin Theatre Trust. He also serves as a Trust spokesperson and advises on media relations and messaging.

Suzanne Whitman

Marketing Coordinator

Suzanne is the Marketing Coordinator at Hennepin Theatre Trust. She provides support to the external relations team, processing settlements and managing print collateral for upcoming Broadway shows, concerts, and events. Suzanne has an extensive background in theatre arts education and […]