BIOGRAPHY

Lisa Marie Brimmer (she/her) is a queer, black, transracial adoptee artist and arts based community organizer. A long time arts administrator, Brimmer has worked with organizations such as the Ordway Center for Performing Arts (as Arts Access Program Manager) and Intermedia Arts. She is currently appointed, with her colleague ​Neal Cuthbert, in a position as Interim Co-Executive Director at The Cedar Cultural Center. As Programs Manager for the Department of Equity and Public Programming. At Intermedia Arts, her portfolio included artist and leadership development as well as the organizations robust equity work, The VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Artists and The Beyond The Pure Fellowships for Writers. . In her time as the Intermedia Art’s Program Manager for the Creative Leadership Department (2014-16), she managed the Creative Community Leadership Institute and supported the Creative CityMaking- Minneapolis project. Her work has undergirded pilot projects, programs and departmental teams in atmospheres of both development and transition.

As an artist, Brimmer has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices, On the Commons Magazine, Burn Something Zine, the anthologies Walk Towards It (Ellen Hinchcliffe), Whisked: Cooking Up Community (Camille Gage), and the forthcoming Fierce Lament (Red Bird Press). Along with John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins she will be co-editing an anthology of Queer poetry and prose with Minnesota Historical Society Press.  Her work has been performed in many Twin Cities venues and a few in Wisconsin. Brimmer is a two time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow and a current graduate fellow in English Literature at the University of St. Thomas. She attended the Juniper Writer's institute in 2009 and VONA (Voices of Our Nation) in Minneapolis at the Loft Literary Center in 2017. Her directing has been seen on stage with 20% Theater Company with performance artist Rica de la Concha.

Her work has been featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet, The Spokesman Recorder, Insight News and on the air with Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI.

She is currently working on a fall/winter 2018 production of Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko's Waafrika 123 with 20% Theatre Company.

She is also working on a film with film-maker Nova Scott-James ( vimeo link) called   Wild Darlings Sing The Blues and It's a Song of Freedom

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Resume and CV

   
Press: 

Theater Review: A Tribe Called Queer: Can We Kick It?  Dwight Hobbes. Twin Cities Daily Planet, 2015
   

Selections

   
Education:

Graduate Fellow University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
MA English Literature 2018

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
BA Sociology and English Literature 2008

Employment

Interim Co-Exective Director, The Cedar Cultural Center
December 2017-Present

Programs Manager, Dept. of Equity and Public Programs: Intermedia Arts 2016-Sept 2017

Programs Manager, Dept. of Creative Leadership, Intermedia Arts 2014- present
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Selected Readings:

Retro/grade The Future Residency, Minneapolis 2018
Poetry Asylum Minneapolis 2018
Black Futures Minneapolis Institute of Art 2017
555 Reading series, Triple Watt Coffee 2017
Queer Voices Reading Series 2017
The Debt or Crisis Launch Party 2017
Body Lines, Public Art Collaboration with Camille Gage, Minneapolis, MN 2015
the way the field fell, Audio Recording Art on Foot Silverwood Park, Minneapolis MN 2015
Run... Toward a Mythology of Power with Chaun Webster. 2014

Performance & Curation
Queer Voices Curator
THESE ARE THE MEN, Savage Umbrella, Role of Tiresius, The Southern Theater. 2015
Late Nite at Pillsbury House Theater curated by E.G. Bailey and Laurie Carlos. 2010,2012,2014, 2016
Blacker the Berry curated by Sha Cage, Intermedia Arts. Minnapolis MN 2014
OUTspoken MN Feature Artist, Fox and Egg Gallery. Minneapolis MN. 2014
Queertopia, Queer Cabaret curated by Nastalie Bogira and Jeffry Lusiak, Minneapolis, MN. 2014. Co-Curator 2016
These Are The Men workshop, Guest Artist. Savage UmbrellaTheater Company, 2014.
#riotgirrlz, Occupy Homes MN, Cause Spirits and Soundbar, Minneapolis, MN. 2014.