Ghostbridge Theatre is a Minneapolis-based company dedicated to the performance of original work. Challenging audiences to transcend societal, personal, and spiritual boundaries, we aim to illuminate connections and obscure certainties. Creating landscapes of imagination, our work utilizes ambiguity to empower audiences to make their own personal decisions – sparking debate and revealing the validity of multiple perspectives.
Ghostbridge Theatre is a fiscally sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts.
“…strange and beautiful…”
“Very compelling, did not want to look away for a moment…”
“…one of the most unique theatre experiences that I have had…”
“Fascinating; engaging; thought-provoking. Loved it!”
Jeff Nichols (Artistic Director)
Jeff’s writing, directing, and designing for Ghostbridge is informed by past lives as singer, trumpet player, actor, and social activist. Credits include Echobell, Ask the Question, Mannequin’s Daughter, Four Actors in Search of a Moment, Stork and Raven in a Special Benefit Performance to Aid the Unwinged Flock, Everywhere You Look, and Drowning.
Following the production of his solo show Ask the Question at the Marsh in San Francisco he earned his MFA in Theater from Southern Illinois University. His play Echobell was produced by Senses Askew in New York City and Theatre Terra Firma in St. Paul. Jeff is a massage therapist and plays music with the all-star improvisational group sans le systeme at iNMiGRATiON events around the Twin Cities.
Karen Elaine Massey (Executive Director / Artistic Associate)
Karen is an actress, singer, and musician who loves the behind-the-scenes side of theatre as well. She earned her MM in Opera & Music Theater from Southern Illinois University. Professional theater includes summer stock with Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre and national children’s tours with Theatre IV out of Richmond, VA. While with these companies, she served as Company Manager for BRDT and Road Manager for Theatre IV. For four years, she enjoyed working as an actor and Assistant Director with the Minneapolis troupe of The Murder Mystery Company. She now teaches all levels of piano and voice at Blue Tree Music Education. She is Assistant Director for the Songbirds children’s choir and serves as Director for the year round musical theater camps and workshops at Blue Tree.
She has enjoyed performing with Ghostbridge Theatre, Nightpath Theatre Company, In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, Savage Umbrella, Theater for a New Democracy, AEthem Theatre Company, and Minnesota PerformDance at the Cowles Center.
Most recent credits include: Iris in Mannequin’s Daughter (Ghostbridge Theatre); Stork in Stork and Raven in a Special Benefit Performance to Aid the Unwinged Flock (Ghostbridge Theatre); Linda in By Moonlight (Theater for a New Democracy); and Emily in Our Town (Nightpath Theatre Company). Visit Karen’s website.
Eric Larson (Artistic Associate)
Eric is a poet and sometimes performer, born and raised in Minneapolis. He has studied improvisation, storytelling and physical theater at HeidiHouse, Studio 206 and Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis. He also studied at Flying Actor Studio, The Marsh, and with Moshe Cohen (founder of Clowns Without Borders) in San Franciso, California.
Most recently with Ghostbridge, he performed the role of Detective Roberts in Everywhere You Look as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival 2015.
Tera KilBride (Artistic Associate)
Tera Kilbride is a local choreographer and performance artist with a background in devsied theatre, solo performance, and poetry. Tera graduated from New College of CA, San Francisco Experimental Performance Institute. She has been a lead artist/choreographer on several projects at venues such as the Soap Factory, Zenon Zone Show, Tarnish and Gold Gallery and the Bedlam Theatre.
With Ghostbridge in 2016, she created choreography for two immersive dance theatre pieces at Gamut Gallery in downtown Minneapolis in conjunction with two visual art exhibits; the most recent a woman-artist exhibit addressing issues issues of materialism, body image, consumer culture, and feminine identity. Ghostbridge credits include: Stork and Raven and Mannequin’s Daughter.
Tera was awarded the 975 Howard Space (now SAFEhouse, San Francisco) Artist in Residence in 2008, Soap Factory’s (MN) Artery 24 in 2009 and E|MERGE (Massachusetts) Collaborative Residency 2016. Tera holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology.
Michael Hearn (Costume designer / props)
Michael’s creative work with Ghostbridge includes Stork and Raven (2016) and Mannequin’s Daughter (2017). In Omaha, Nebraska he worked with The Blue Barn Theater Project and won a Theater Arts Guild award (costuming) for How Ghetto Claus Funked Xmas. In Minneapolis he has costumed Hedwig and the Angry Inch and various Fringe Festival shows. He was also a part of the creative team of An Evening with Melody is “Barbra,” a Barbra Streisand revue featuring Melody Mendis.