Bertolt Brecht argued that to understand the complexities of the world, one must learn to see complexly. Yet today, in an age in which our vision is increasingly arrested by commercial media, complex seeing has become vastly more difficult. In response, Big Picture Group uses theatre as a lens through which the often obscure dynamics of contemporary life might be brought into focus. Our mission: to see, differently.
The Group :
Roger Bechtel [Artistic Director] has directed .duck, Sisters 3.0, The Good Person of Setzuan, and Switch Triptych True + False for Big Picture Group. As a director and actor, he has worked Off-Broadway and at a number of regional theatres, including the Yale Rep, the McCarter, and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He has an M.F.A. in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a Ph.D. in dramatic theory and criticism from Cornell University. His day job is professor and chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Carleton College.

Nathan Bern is a recent graduate of Carleton College, where he majored in Theater Arts and Mathematics. Nathan is originally from Oakland, California but will be moving to Boston come September. He has recently performed in shows such as After Miss Julie, Three Sisters, Tartuffe, Cock, Baal, and Our Country's Good. He is eager and excited to be a part of the Minnesota Fringe.

Shannon Foy is thrilled to be devising and creating with Big Picture Group. Past credits include Theatre Pro Rata, Upright Egg, and more. You can also currently find her making things up at HUGE Improv Theatre in Uptown. Shannon would like to thank everyone who finds, in their own lives, a way to resist.

Emma Halper is an English and Theater Arts major at Carleton College originally hailing from Northampton, Massachusetts. She has recently performed in Our Country's Good, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and The Winter's Tale, and has directed Stop Kiss, Closer, and Crimes of the Heart. She is excited to participate in the Minnesota Fringe for the first time. .

Bethany McHugh is thrilled to be collaborating with this wonderful group of people and Big Picture Group. Since moving to the Twin Cities two years ago, she has worked with Frank Theatre, Classical Actors Ensemble, Theatre Forever, Full Circle Theatre Company, and others. Most recently, she performed as Juliet in Mission Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet and will be in Sidekick Theatre's production of Be My Baby in the fall. Bethany is a proud alumna of Carleton College and the National Theater Institute program at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. www.bethanymchugh.com

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