Welcome and Bio
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This summer, I have several exciting projects underway! Join playwrights at the Walker Open Field on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30, starting June 8th. The event that I'm putting together, with assistance from the Playwrights' Center, is an open play reading— anyone is welcome to participate by reading plays out loud or submitting plays to be read. In a few days, I'll have a voting poll available on this site to vote for the next play to read at Open Field. This week, June 8th, the plays to be read are "I Do, I Don't, I Do" by t.d. barna and "There He Is" by Michelle Jane Wilson.
Plays can be submitted to my email address for consideration: Contact on this site. Pdfs are the best format for submission.
I'm also working as writer/director with the RenegadeEnsemble on a show for this year's Fringe Festival. The RenegadeEnsemble is a local chamber ensemble that supports the music of living composers. We are putting an exciting new theater piece together with new music by Joshua Clausen. The title of our show, Bridges and Borders, is also the title of one of Josh's new music works.
- Stages Theatre
- I'm going to direct music and acting for the late June theater camp at Stages Theatre, teaching songs from Mary Poppins!
- Zac Crockett's Dissertation
- Performed on Zac's dissertation with an ensemble in April at the Ritz Theater with choreographer/director Vanessa Voskuil and some excellent collaborators: David Mehrer, Cory Grossman, and Nathan Hanson.
- Coop Co-op
- Joy! Chickens! are soon to be at the house of my friend who is also an incredible ceramics artist, Anna Metcalfe. This is my first time working on a design team, and I'm so excited to see our coop come to life!
Lastly, and the piece of news most personally exciting, I will be going to graduate school in the fall for a degree in landscape arechitecture at the University of Minnesota! It's a very new direction for me; a career shift in which I plan to incorporate my musical insights as well as environmental interests!
Solange Guillaume is collaborative and creative musician, whose work encompasses classical piano performance, musical theater direction, songwriting, and composition. As a pianist and Assistant Director of the new music group, RenegadeEnsemble, Solange avidly supports the performance of modern compositions; in her songwriting, she marries a classical music aesthetic with thought-provoking and fantastical prose.
Solange's performances include ICMC in Belfast, Ireland, Ted Mann Hall, Inver Hills Community College, and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She attended Towson University for her Master's Degree, studying with Professor Reynaldo Reyes, and Vanderbilt University for her Bachelor's Degree, under the instruction of Dr. Craig Nies. Key professors in her personal piano studies have been Gwendolyn Mok (Berkeley, CA) and Dr. Paul Shaw (University of Minnesota). She is also very grateful for her philosophy and music mentorship under Dr. Gerald Phillips (Towson University).
Solange's pursuits and interests include, and remain generally limitless: languages, philosophy, DIY electronics, theater, poetry, literature, and the environment. Time permitting, she loves to run and rock climb, and has hiked in many locations across the continental United States, including the entire John Muir Trail. She and her husband, Zachary Crockett, another composer-extraordinaire in the Twin Cities, love to travel and have climbed in the Gunks, Hueco Tanks, Fontainebleau, Seneca, Devils Tower, Bishop, and may soon take up the sport of sea kayaking. We road-tripped out to California and back in '09 and climbed in Joshua Tree, spring of 2010. Our most recent adventure was to Belize, earlier this year.