Charles Nolte was a distinguished theater artist with an international reputation – an actor, playwright, director, and educator who taught at the University of Minnesota for three decades. As an actor, Nolte appeared in nine Broadway productions. He shared the stage with the likes of Judith Andersen, Vincent Price, Charlton Heston, Martha Scott, Henry Fonda, and Christopher Plummer.
He has written over ten plays and directed more than 100 productions at theaters in the Twin Cities and elsewhere. The Nolte Experimental Theatre at the University of Minnesota was named in his honor in 1997, and he was named Professor Emeritus of Theatre in 1998.
In 2009, Dr. Charles M. Nolte donated his papers to the Tretter Collection for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies at the University of Minnesota. This donation formed the basis of an open collection for LGBT-related performance and film materials, with Nolte’s papers at its core.
Shamey Cramer, writer, filmmaker, activist
Shamey is a visiting Ralph Bunche Scholars intern at the Tretter Collection LGBT Archives. He also serves as a member of the Tretter Collection International Advisory Board, is active with the Gay Games movement, community work and political campaigns. He was semifinalist for the 2002 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for his modern day screwball comedy 'Katie's Folly,' He currently has a documentary film in progress focusing on homophobia within the African-American community.
Allegra has performed in eight of the last ten Minnesota Fringes, including five full-length solo shows. She spent two years on the road as the sax player for Buckets and Tap Shoes, performing in 21 states and two shows in Helsinki, Finland. She is also the co-founder of the Rockstar Storytellers. Allegra is the principal alto saxophonist for the Minnetonka Concert Band, works as the Audience and Volunteer Services Director for the Minnesota Fringe, and is currently teaching writing.
Damon Rudman , performer, writer
The Problem of the Body
Like John Waters channeled through Sir Kenneth Clark, Prof. Damon Rudman probes contemporary American attitudes toward bodily urges by comparing today’s US media with jaw-dropping imagery from other times and places.