Cast Bios For Nature: An Outdoor Walking Play

Performers act out a scene from Nature.
June 9, 2016

Headshot of actor Tyson Forbes
Play creator Tyson Forbes as Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tyson Forbes is the co-artistic director of TigerLion Arts where he serves as a writer, performer, creator and producer. TigerLion’s past productions include The Buddha Prince, KIPO!, The Flame Brigade, and The Dragons are Singing Tonight. Additional credits include performances at Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater in 1776, Arsenic and Old Lace, Peer Gynt, The Winters Tale, Edgardo Mine, The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde, Macbeth, Nice Fish, The Crucible, and most recently, Harvey.

He was seen in the Ordway’s production of Cabaret, the Jungle’s productions of Detroit and The Night Alive, and has performed in regional theaters throughout the United States. Other credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Terra Nova, Arcadia, The Homecoming, Equus, Don Juan in Hell and Fully Committed.  Tyson has collaborated on numerous original productions, with Nature being especially close to his heart, as he is the great-great-great grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Headshot of director Markell Kiefer
Director Markell Kiefer

Markell Kiefer has toured, performed, and directed nationally. She is a pioneer of outdoor walking plays such as The Buddha Prince, which has performed in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York City’s Central Park. Markell has worked creatively with Guthrie Theater, Circus Juventas, Minnesota Boychoir, University of Minnesota, The Southern Theater, Theater Forever, Twin Cities Public Television, Puppet Farm Arts, Stages Theater Company, Pillsbury House, Children’s Theatre Company, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and NY Theatre Workshop, among others.  

Producing and directing credits include all TigerLion Arts productions, KIPO!, Buddha Prince Backstage, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, The Flame Brigade,  Crimes of the Heart, The Cosmic Equation, Thunderstorm, The Adventures of Hucklebery Finn, Uncle Sergei, The Proposal, The Life of Milarepa, Fully Committed, and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

Training includes a Master of Fine Arts in Lecoq Physical Theatre at Naropa University, a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Environmental Ethics from Middlebury College, Circle in the Square Theatre School, and European Clown with Giovanni Fusetti.

Headshot of actor Bear Brummel
Bear Brummel as Henry David Thoreau

As a fresh member of the cast, Bear Brummel is humbled to step into a story as rich as Nature. Since graduating from The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Bachelor of Fine Arts actor training program a year ago, he has been consistently working theatrically and commercially in the Twin Cities.

His recent productions include the world premiere of C. and the NEXT Festival with Theater Latte Da, A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater, A Lie of the Mind with Theater Pro Rata, as well as performing and directing for the Driveway Tour and Two-Wheel Tour with Open Eye Figure Theater. Bear could not be happier to finally be bringing a show outside after years within dimly lit theaters. 

Headshot of actor Kylie Sullivan
Kylie Sullivan as Elly Emerson

Mokena, Ill. native Kylie Sullivan began her acting career at the age of four. Since then, she has been a part of more than 40 projects, including film, commercial and theater. Acting credits include Scent and Gordon Finn, among many others.

In addition to acting, Kylie is a competitive dancer with training in all genres of dance. Outside of the performance realm, Kylie is a straight A student who loves space, astronomy and creating crafts that she sells to raise money for her area animal shelter.  She recently wrote a 74-page musical called A Mistake in Happily Ever After, and has her own craft DIY YouTube channel.