Co-Founder I Artistic Director
Peter Rothstein has directed 72 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 11 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theater Company, Minnesota Opera, the Illusion Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, and Asolo Rep. He is the creator of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and Steerage Song–a docu-musical created in collaboration with Dan Chouinard. Peter was named the 2015 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune, Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender, and Best Director by City Pages. He has received nine Ivey Awards and has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B. A. in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter-Rothstein.com
Denise Prosek has worked extensively as a music director, pianist, and arranger in the Twin Cities for the past twenty years, including forty mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da. She has also music directed for Children’s Theatre Company, the Guthrie, Park Square, Mu Performing Arts, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and the Ivey Awards, among others. Denise holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College. She was named a Playwrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow in 2013-2014, Outstanding Musical Director in 2006 and 2008 from Star Tribune, Best Music Director in 2010 from Lavender, and Theater Artist of the Year in 2012 from Lavender.
Michelle Woster was hired as the first managing director of Ten Thousand Things in 2003, where she worked for ten years with the company’s small staff and board to grow this locally-recognized treasure into a leader on the national theater scene. For the past four years she held senior development positions at the Center for Victims of Torture and The Family Partnership. Michelle holds a B.A. in English from The University of St. Thomas and a M.P.A. from The University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She lives in Northeast Minneapolis with her husband Peter Quale and their three children.
Associate Artistic Director
Elissa Adams has spent her career developing new work. In her 19 seasons as Director of New Play development at Children's Theatre Company, she commissioned and developed more than 45 new plays and musicals that premiered at CTC and went on to productions across the country. She was Literary Manager/Dramaturg at La Jolla Playhouse and Director of Playwright Services at The Playwrights' Center, where she oversaw the Center's Jerome and McKnight Fellowships and served as Artistic Director of PlayLabs. She is a frequent dramaturg at the Sundance Theatre Lab, an Adjunct Professor at MCAD, a recipient of the McKnight Theatre Artist Fellowship and a former Board Member at Open Eye Figure Theatre and TYA/USA. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from UC San Diego.
Allen has been working in the Twin Cites as a production manager, stage manager, and designer since graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Technical Production. Before working with Theater Latté Da he was the Production Manager at Penumbra Theatre and Actors Theater of Minnesota, and the Company Manager at Climb Theater. Allen has also done work with Sample Night Live, Theatre Mu, Walt Disney World, Sesame Street Live/VEE Corporation, ShopNBC, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Virginia Luoma Dance, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Keane Sense of Rhythm, and many others.
Andrew is a marketing and branding professional in non-profit arts marketing in the Twin Cities. He holds a master's degree from the University of Innsbruck School of Management in Strategic Management and Multi-Cultural Branding. A theater and arts advocate and supporter, Andrew served as Director of Marketing for Berkeley Symphony prior to joining the staff at Theater Latté Da and served as Marketing & Communications Manager at Lyric Arts Company prior to that. With a love for choral music, Andrew continues to support choral music ensembles in Minnesota both as a singer and board member for choral music ensembles in the Twin Cities.
Libi has been a dedicated lover of the arts since learning to play the saxophone at age 9. Originally from Virginia, Libi graduated with a BS in Business and Enterprise Management from Wake Forest University and held Development positions at Sixth & I in Washington, DC and Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis before joining Theater Latté Da in October 2018. She is passionate about exploring how art can connect people and using fundraising as a tool for telling stories and building community. When not at Theater Latté Da, you can find Libi at one of the Twin Cities’ many live music venues, or re-watching Star Wars at home with her cat.
Chris is a 2019 graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a B.A. in both Communication Studies and Theatre Art. Prior to serving as TLD’s Marketing Associate, he worked for 4 years as the PR & Marketing Manager for Concordia Theatre, managing everything from media relations and community engagement to marketing and box office. He was also the Marketing & Development Intern at Churches United for the Homeless and the Radio Production Intern at Prairie Public Broadcasting. Additionally, Chris is a performer, director, librettist, and published playwright. His plays have been produced in schools, fringe festivals, and community theatres across the country and abroad, earning numerous accolades. In his free time, you can almost always find Chris at a coffee shop, listening to public radio, attending concerts, and supporting the incredible local music scene. Learn more about his plays and other experiences at christophercartwright.weebly.com.
Tiffany K. Orr
Production Stage Manager
Tiffany is celebrating her ninth season as the Production Stage Manager at Theater Latté Da. While on staff, she has stage managed over 20 productions including Six Degrees of Separation, Ragtime, C., Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, Oliver, Cabaret, Spring Awakening & Evita. While in the Twin Cities, she has had the opportunity to work with many amazing companies including the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, and the Pillsbury House Theatre. This summer Tiffany will return to Wichita, KS for her ninth summer as a part of the stage management team at MTWichita. Tiffany is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Box Office Manager
Renata Nijiya moved to Minnesota after graduating from Longwood University with a BFA degree in Theatre Performance and began working as a costume designer with companies such as 20% Theatre, Walking Shadow, Mixed Blood and Workhaus Collective at The Guthrie Theater. She joined Ballet of the Dolls as a company dancer in 2010 as well as working as Director of Audience Services for The Ritz Theater until 2014. Renata can be seen on stages throughout the Twin Cities as her alter-ego Queenie von Curves, producer of Naked Girls Reading, or found snuggling at home with her wife, three cats and two French bulldogs.
Master Electrician & Rentals Manager