There’s something audacious about calling in seven stage professionals from around the country to spend a week creating new theater pieces in Lanesboro, Minn.

Maybe that’s why Catherine Glynn, of Lanesboro, called this venture Audacious Raw Theater, or A.R.T.

Glynn was inspired by the collaborative and experimental work done by theater companies such as Rude Mechs and Neo Futurists. The idea is to create and develop new theater works during one intensive week, leading to public performances on June 1 and June 2.

The theme this year is “Inside, Outside, Upside Down.”

Glynn has acted at the Commonweal, and has presented her solo shows “The Belle of Amherst” and “Miss Myrna Davenport’s Poetry in Motion” for Lanesboro Arts.

In addition to Glynn, Audacious Raw Theater this year features:

—Jerome Yorke, who has created and directed several theater pieces and is on the faculty of the University of Dayton’s Theatre, Dance, and Performance Technology Program.

— Hilary Williams, a Chicago-based writer, actor, and filmmaker.

— Laura Gentry, a motivational speaker, musician, clown, and improv artist who is founding director of the Iowa School of Laughter Yoga.

— J. Pankaj Jha, of San Francisco, a transgender storyteller originally from India.

— Aurelia Clunie, an actor, director and teacher from Evanston, Ill.

— Paula Ramirez, originally from Venezuela, an ensemble member of the Rivendell Theatre in Chicago.

— Lewis Youngren, who was a member of the Commonweal Theatre apprentice class during the 2016-2017 season.

The performances of Audacious Raw Theater works will coincide with Lanesboro’s annual Rhubarb Festival.

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Tom covers primarily arts and entertainment for the Post Bulletin and 507 Magazine. He also often writes feature stories about local history. He is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoys reading and traveling.