mary shabatura

Lighting Designer

Mary is a Minneapolis-based lighting designer for theater, opera, and dance. Shabatura has previously designed for Theater Latté Da (A Christmas Carole Petersen, Ragtime, Gypsy), Artistry (Wit, The Secret Garden, and more), Concordia University (The Rhinoceros), Transatlantic Love Affair (co-designer, Promise Land), Shakespeare Youth Theater (The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet), The Moving Company (For Sale), and others. She is resident lighting designer for Dark & Stormy Productions. Maryholds a B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota.

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Stage Manager

Salima is a Minneapolis-based Stage Manager who hails from Washington, D.C . She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN. In addition to working with SHAPESHIFT, she is the Production Stage Manager and Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis, MN. Recent production credits include Authentic (Penumbra Theatre Company), New Griots Festival 2017 (Guthrie Theater), The Red Shoes (Open Eye Figure Theatre), #SayHerName (Intermedia Arts).  She is a budding Gardener, lover of cooking gadgets, and Take5 candy bar enthusiast.


James Gavins

Creative Collaborator

James is an all-around artist who was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where here attained a B.A. in Theater & Drama. In 2008, James was granted the First Wave Hip Hop & Urban Arts Scholarship. He started off a bboy (breakdancing) in his early teens, which led into popping (funkstyles). He then took a two-year break from college to dance professionally with GForce Entertainment on various Carnival CruiseLine ships. Theareafter, he returned to University of Wisconsin and completed his degree. James also is a Professional Teaching Artist with the Wallace Foundation/Youth Arts Initiatives/Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. James' goal is for youth to turn their ideas into life changing opportunities.


H. Adam Harris

Acting Coach & Cultural Equity Consultant

H. Adam Harris is an actor, director, teaching artist, and cultural equity consultant. He works at the intersection of theatre, education, social justice, and community engagement. Recent theatrical credits include puppeteering and voicing the title role of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax in the U.S premiere at the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and The Old Globe Theatre. He’s a frequent performer with CTC: The Snowy Day, The Jungle Book and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. He has worked with the Guthrie Theater, Seattle Children’s Theater, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Park Square Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, and the Minnesota Orchestra. He is a proud Penumbra Theatre Company member, credits with Penumbra include The Owl Answers, The Dutchman, The Ballad of Emmett Till, and The Amen Corner. Along with serving on the Ten Thousand Things board, he is also a member of Artist Core, credits with the company include The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Dirt Sticks, The Seven, and Park & Lake. H. Adam is the Education Coordinator at the Playwrights’ Center; Lead Facilitator at Penumbra Theatre Company; a resident teaching artist with the Guthrie Theater and CTC, and a freelance equity, diversity, and inclusion consultant for various organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program.