Bonnie Kaye Artistic Director has been in the Performing Arts field for over 40 years. She has judged numerous dance competitions and her students have won hundreds of awards. She continues her dedication to the performing arts providing a positive, caring, supportive atmosphere opening young minds to the greatest gift "Creativity." In the Company of Kids is the first Theater School in the Twin Cities offering students on the Autism Spectrum a one of kind opportunity to engage in theater & social skills groups. She is an Autism Education Professional and sits on the accreditation board for licensing. Bonnie is Founder and Executive Director of a non profit "Drama Interaction" since 2011 providing performing arts programs to Adults and Children who are differently-abled. She holds a Certification as a Certified Dementia Communication Specialist/Facilitator and is reaching the elderly population by bringing the arts to them. "Finding the gifts and strengths in each and every participant through the arts, music, dance and improvisation places the focus on ability rather than disability.
Kristine Neumann is a native of Minnesota and has over 20 years of dance experience. Her areas of specialty include Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe. She has performed on numerous performing lines. Kristine was a member and choreographer of her high school dance team. She has a passion for the Arts and is passing that down to her son Dylan and daughter Jocelyn.
Julie Nelson has always had her hand in the performing arts. From a child she has had a love for acting, dancing, and singing and went onto study theater at Inver Hills Community College and Makato State University. She has experience teaching in schools, co-ops, daycares, In the Company of Kids, etc. Julie has written and directed many children's shows from church to homeschool productions. She has a deep passion for the theater and loves to help children explore and develop their own unique talents and creativity.
Katrina Kramlich Kat has been in the Autism field for several years and owns Inspired Spectrums. Kat team teaches Drama Interaction Adaptive Classes and Camps.
Jill Kuzma works with individuals on the autism spectrum. She's employed by the Apple Valley-Rosemount-Eagan school district (ISD-196) as a Speech-Language,Pathologist, Social Skill Teacher, and ASD staff trainer. Jill has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Theater, Master of Arts Communicative Disorders. Her licensures include: ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, Mn Dept of Health License, and MN Board of Teaching License.
Tony Neumann has been involved in the performing arts since the age of 3 and competing on many levels in Tap, Jazz, Gymnastics, Adagio, etc. He has also performed in numerous plays/musicals at the Children's Theatre Company. Tony plays the saxaphone and keyboard. In addition to performing arts and acting, Tony is a professional DJ owning his own mobile DJ service. Tony worked in radio in Mankato while attending MSU for communications with an emphasis on computer science. He is the father to two beautiful children, Dylan and Jocelyn.
Oleksandra Norwick is a self-taught Ukrainian artist, illustrator and urban sketcher who moved to the States a few years ago. Educated in linguistics and interpreting, she found her professional focus shifting back from the language to art after the relocation, which led to rediscovery of her artistic identity and restoring connections to cultural origins. Oleksandra has been teaching in our adaptive programs and is a wonderful addition to the Drama Interaction Family! She not only is a great artist but a Russian Interpreter and assists in our programs at Sholom where there are several Russian speaking residence.
In 2015-2016, Oleksandra was a protégée in the WARM Mentor Program in Minneapolis, MN, and later, exhibited her work at the WARM Guerrillas: Feminist Visions (Grain Belt Bottling House), WARM Final Exhibition: Launching and Landing (Grain Belt Bottling House), Systems in Nature (Wargo Nature Centre), La Mese delle Donne (Rochester Art Center), and created illustrations for the IMPRESSIONS Project by Saint Paul Almanac in 2017, and public art for Downtown Minneapolis Council in 2018.
2000-present: Self-taught 2018: Making it Public Forecast Public Art Workshop Series Grantee 2015-2016: WARM Mentor Program Protégée 2003: Member of the Young Artists’ Union of Ukraine 1996-2000: Municipal Art School #2 1996 -2003: Municipal Music School #16
Megan Primus -Teaching Artist, Actress, Megan has a BA in Theater and is seen in the Twin Cities quite regularly in Shows.
Angela Neumann has been involved in the performing arts at the very young age of 2. She has studied many different styles of dance and has competed in many dance competitions throughout the Twin Cities. She was cast in Strega Nona at the Children's Theatre Company at the age of 6. Angela's full time job is a teacher at Kindercare but lends a hand at COK every chance she gets. She loves working with children and students with all abilities.
Karen Helfand Bix is an experienced educator, disability activist and theater artist. An advocate for invisible disabilities, Karen served on the advisory board of the Minnesota-Dakota chapter of CCFA (the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation of America). She is a member of the DFL Disability caucus and of several other disability rights groups, both national and local. As an actress and as the founder and editor of the popular webpage Twin Cities Theater People, Karen is a familiar name in local theater circles. She holds Master of Arts degrees from New York University and University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attended the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. In past years, she was employed as Drama Specialist at Camp Chi, a children’s summer camp in the Wisconsin Dells, and as an adjunct Professor (of Literature or of Composition) at Augsburg College, the University of Minnesota, the University of Maryland, the University of New Orleans, the State University of New York, Milwaukee Area Technical College and several other colleges and universities. Through her close relations with her extended family, whose members include talented young people with Autism and with Down Syndrome, Karen witnessed the benefits of arts education affords to disabled children and teens first-hand. She is committed to sharing the benefits of her own experience and education with differently abled children and young adults throughout the Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul vicinity.
Sheila Regan ~Theater Teacher/Adaptive Programs Sheila Regan is an actor, teacher and writer based in Minneapolis. After graduating with a degree in Theater from Macalester College, she went on to obtain her MFA in Acting from Indiana University, followed by a three year stint in Chicago working with various theater companies. Since 2006, she has performed with groups such as Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Theatre in the Round, Theatre UnBound and Nightpath Theatre and has taught students of all ages with Teatro del Pueblo, Youth Performance Company, Stages Theatre and most recently In the Company of Kids.
Mindy Bolton (Intergenerational Creative Engagement Explorer~ Facilitator~Speaker~ Dementia Practitioner & Communication Specialist) Team teaches Drama Interaction’s Senior programs.