Jason Hansen (Music Director)
Jason has held positions of music director, orchestrator, educator, and/or performer at Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood Theater, Guthrie Theater, Children's Theater Company, Theater Mu, Ten Thousand Things, Open Eye Figure Theater, the Catalysists, 7th House Theater, TigerLion Arts, MN Fringe Festival, and Hennepin Theater Trust. He also co-directs the Twin Cities senior rock ensemble Alive & Kickin, accompanies and music directs area cabarets and theatrical events, and is heavily involved with educational and community organizations including the University of Minnesota, Concordia College, Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan Community Theater, and Twin Cities area school districts. Jason is a commissioned composer and arranger developing new music for choir, cabaret, and theater whose works can be found with both Hal Leonard and Alfred Music. He lives in Saint Paul with his wife Alise and daughter Madeleine.
Matt Riehle is a St Paul, Minnesota native. He is relatively new to the
theater scene, but has worked with Chanhassen Dinner
Theatres - Jesus Christ Superstar, Torch Theater – Dangerous
Liaisons, 7th House Theater Collective – Hair & Jonah and the
Whale. He also performs regularly with his band, Jonny James
and the Hall of Fames, doing tribute shows (The Beatles,
Led Zeppelin, 80's) and other classic rock performances.
Colleen Bertsch is a Minneapolis-based freelance violinist who collaborates often with Ethnic Dance Theatre. She was the violinist in Flying Foot Forum's Heaven and Alice in Wonderland, and History Theater's production of Baby Case. As a member of the Balkan band Orkestar Bez Ime, she was awarded a 2011 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and a 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composers Award from the American Composers Forum. Colleen is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in musicology and ethnomusicology at the University of Minnesota. Her dissertation research, which focuses on the co-articulation of musical techniques and identity among Transylvanian folk violinists, was supported by a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Research Award to Romania. Her fieldwork requires playing with and interviewing Hungarian, Romanian, and Roma (gypsy) violinists living in and around the city of Cluj-Napoca.
Josh is very pleased to be returning to History Theatre. Has performed in the Million Dollar Quartet, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Life Could Be a Dream for Old Log Theatre. Other work has included Violet, Next to Normal with Yellow Tree Theatre, Carrie with Minneapolis Music Theatre, Pretty People Suck, Disenchanted with Casting Spells, Aida with Theatre Latte Da, Christmas of Swing with History Theatre. Peformances around the greater Minnesota area with bands as in: Ceewhy, Toussaint Morrision, Solomon Witherspoon, and Xavier Marquis. Training at University of Minnesota Duluth, McNally Smith College of Music. Teaching private lessons at Walker West Music Academy and designing in ear monitors at Alclair.
Randall (Larson, cello) is performing with History Theatre for the first time. Primarily known as a composer, he has performed and recorded with Nautilus Music Theater, Daniel Group Entertainment, Children's Theater Company, Live Action Set, Dangerous Productions, and Interference Arts. He is a member of the immersive arts ensemble, Paris 1919, and is best known as the composer in collaboration with Garrison Keillor on The Young Lutheran's Guide to the Orchestra.
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based multiple woodwind specialist Dylan Younger regularly performs with ensembles in a wide variety of musical styles including classical (chamber and orchestral), jazz, rock, funk, ska, avant-garde, Dixieland, opera, and musical theater. Winner of the 2015 Lawrence University Concerto Competition, Dylan received his B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Lawrence University in June of 2016 with a heavy emphasis on studying and performing on woodwind instruments. In addition, he devoted much time at Lawrence to the study and practice of music education and pedagogy.
At home in the world of musical theater and opera, Dylan has performed on multiple woodwinds in numerous productions of varying styles and eras. He has performed with several theater companies including LU Theatre, College Light Opera Company, and Park Square Theatre.