Forget breaking down the fourth wall; GreenHouse has demolished the entire house.
-Amy Wilder, Columbia Daily Tribune
Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri
Co-Founder and Artistic Director | GreenHouse US
Elizabeth is an actor, director and theatre educator hailing from Minnesota.
Elizabeth has a B.A. in Theatre from St. Olaf College, where she graduated with distinction. While in college, she studied theatre abroad in London, and has worked with theatres in New York, Vermont and Minnesota performing nationally with The Living Theater, Glass House Theatre, Rhinebeck Center, Dances for Dull Moments and Cromulent Shakespeare and the True/False Film Festival.
As a freelance director and teaching artist she has worked with acclaimed children’s theatre companies across the US including: The New England Youth Theatre, Stages Children’s Theatre and The Young People’s Theatre Workshop.
Elizabeth frequently directs GreenHouse pieces and has also written original scripts (alongside Co-Founder Emily Adams) for GTP’s The Nutcracker and C’tait La Nuit and the upcoming Dark Creation, the Mary Shelley Project. Her own works as playwright include 2015′s The con-ARTIST and 2016’s Lost Letters and To the Sea. For GreenHouse, she has adapted A Christmas Carol, Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, an immersive take on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, and this season’s immersive adaptation of Frankenstein.
Elizabeth has been featured in commercials and film as well, and produced her first short film, Perch with Veda Productions, which premiered at the Citizen Jane Film Festival in 2014. She is currently in post-production for another original short as screenwriter and actor, Go Well.
For GreenHouse’s success and Elizabeth’s artistically entrepreneurial spirit, she was awarded Columbia Business Times’ 20 Under 40 award in 2015.
She continues her training with Anne Bogart’s Siti Company in NYC and leads workshops and intensives on ‘Acting Shakespeare’, ‘Acting with Intention’, ‘The Present Approach’ and ‘Suzuki Method’.
In the summer of 2015, Elizabeth was delighted to bring GreenHouse’s flair to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a landmark endeavor for the company that also established a new branch of the company: GreenHouse UK, spearheaded by Co-Founder Emily Adams.
Co-Founder and Artistic Director | GreenHouse UK
Emily Adams completed her BA in Theatre and English Literature while studying at the University of Wales. Her training included classical theatre, performance art, forum theatre and the voice and the text.
Upon graduating, Emily completed national tours in the UK with award winning theatre companies: Lacey Theatre Company and Riding Lights, performing in renowned venues such as the Royal Albert Hall in London and historic York Minster Cathedral. Emily has also acted in a number of independent short films and was in two seasons of the BBC’s comedy series The League of Gentlemen.
In 2007, Emily furthered her training with ChickenShed Theatre Company in London, a company whose patrons include Dame Judi Dench, Jeremy Irons and Sir Bob Hoskins. Emily then went on to establish a satellite theatre company, Cotton Shed in Lancashire, North England. Here, as an Artistic Director, Emily lead the creative program; devising, writing and directing performances for the adult, youth and children’s company, running theatre workshops for the company and developing the business’ sustainability and profile in the North West. Under Emily’s leadership, the company was one of five to be awarded non-profit of the year in Lancashire, North England and secured a place on the National Theatre’s Youth Performance Program in London.
During this time Emily also worked as a freelance director, actor and theatre educator having the privilege to work with a variety of different companies including John Magrath’s Contact Theatre in Manchester.
Since establishing GreenHouse Theatre Project with Elizabeth, Emily has performed and co-directed all of their performances (sans C’Tait la Nuit due to the birth of her beautiful daughter Esmé.) She has co-written two of Greenhouse’s original pieces, The Nutcracker and C’tait la Nuit. Last season, she adapted the script for GreenHouse’s production of the Spanish legend, Don Juan.
Emily has recently relocated back to her homeland and is currently establishing GreenHouse UK, making GTP a global endeavor. In 2015, this second branch will officially commence with the presentation of C’Tait la Nuit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Em Piro grew up three miles inland from the Puget Sound. As a teenager she trained with the Young Actor Institute in Seattle and the British American Drama Academy in London before moving to the Midwest to look for America. She studied sociology and anthropology, and practiced arts-integrated social service in St Louis.
Em frequents experimental and professional theatres as an actor, co-creator, and producer. For two years she practiced weekly Viewpoints and Suzuki method, and began experimenting with site-specific and immersive storytelling in under-traversed urban spaces. One evening a friend strapped her into a pair of stilts and let her teeter around an empty storefront. She devoted regular practice to stilt training, eventually attending the inaugural Global Stilt Congress in San Francisco where she was completely out of her league yet managed to co-create a site-specific, immersive acro-stilt theatre performance in the mountains of Mendocino County. She then conjured the POW! Project which developed experimental interdisciplinary street theatre, and showed installations with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, ARTICA, and the sidewalks of St Louis. In 2011, Em and her co-conspirators founded St Lou Fringe, a network of independent performing arts. Her work with the Fringe has led to her involvement in issues urbanism, race, innovation and performance across North America and in Europe.
As a multi-faceted advocate for live arts, Em is was featured in both St Louis’ “Top 20 Artists” and “Top 5 Impresarios” by ALIVE Magazine, and was awarded the Grand Center Visionary Award (Outstanding Young Artist), Riverfront Times Best of St Louis (Best Impresario), St Louis Kickass Award, St Louis Theatre Circle Award (Unique Contribution to Theatre), and a flurry of accolades for acting, directing, and producing.
In 2016, Em moved to Toronto to research at York University. She co-created and directed performances and audioscapes in Toronto and Montreal, and trained with Quote-Unquote Collective, practicing Leqoq techniques in physical and vocal performance. Her research on performance and climate change was presented in Toronto and Stockholm. At York she collided with her now-collaborator, Chilean puppeteer and feminist performance artist Denise Rogers Valenzuela. Their immersive, participatory performance installations have shown at The Theatre Centre, Younger Than Beyoncé Gallery, and the NYU Performance Symposium.
This year Em returned to Seattle where in private she imitates ballet in tiny spaces.
Anna is a professional actor and theatre-maker based in New York. She appeared as Emily in Greenhouse’s production of Our Town in 2014 and co-directed 2015′s Big Love. Anna performs in all kinds of spaces for all kinds of audiences–from a multi-million dollar house of over a thousand seats at the Guthrie Theater, to the gymnasiums of prisons with Ten Thousand Things Theater. In 2016, Anna appeared in Constellations at Minneapolis’s Jungle Theatre. She has performed modern dance at the Walker Art Center, helps develop new plays at The Playwrights’ Center, has collaboratively devised experimental performance at multiple art galleries and theaters, and performed interactive theater for kids at The Children’s Theatre Company. She has worked for the Great River Shakespeare Festival, The Court Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand, and she once did a show on a boat. (Turned out the boat was sinking, though. We had to cancel the last two performances.) She plays Molly’s high school friend “Patty Knicklebocker” on the first season of the television show FARGO. Anna is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Minneapolis Ivey Award for Emerging Artist of 2011, the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Best of MN 2013 “Best Actor Under 30,” Mpls/St. Paul Magazine’s 2012 “Best Actress,” Minnesota Monthly’s 2011 “Artists We Love,” and one of Cherry & Spoon’s “Favorite Artists” of 2011.
Jenny Hipscher was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, she headed to Albuquerque, New Mexico to see what life in the desert was like. A licensed massage therapist with a background in dance, athletics, yoga, clown, and physical theatre, Jenny is interested in how we respond to the world through our bodies, and how we can transform ourselves and our environments through the emotional and physical choices we make.
Jenny spent 4 years as a principal performer with Zsolt Palcza’s Readymade Dance Theater Company in Albuquerque, performing at P.S.122 and HERE Arts Center in N.Y.C. and Counterpulse in San Francisco. With Readymade, she also collaborated on the production of two dance films, Fata Morgana and Body Artist.
Along the way, Jenny pursued various trainings in circus skills, movement, theater, and healing arts. Jenny has been a part of Vienna’s Impulstanz International Dance Festival and Spain’s Deltebre Danza, a contemporary dance and circus intensive. Returning to Spain, she studied clown and improvisation at Bont’s Independent Republic of Failure on the island of Ibiza and then walked across the country on the Camino de Santiago.
Last Fall, Jenny attended Double Edge Theatre’s Fall Artistic Immersion—a three-month physical theater intensive at their farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts. In addition to performance, Jenny immersed herself in Double Edge’s commitment to off-grid, non-traditional living and working/creating environments.
Out of this variety of experience, Jenny has been developing her own performance practice — somewhere between dance, physical theater, performance art, and clowning. She has collaborated with various visual artists and musicians in dance films, music videos, community events, puppetry performances, and art installations, and recently performed her first five minutes of stand-up comedy.
Jenny visited and performed in Columbia for the first time this past summer while on a three-month bike tour with Agile Rascal Traveling Bicycle Theatre — the first theater company to tour an original play all the way across the country on bicycles. She is excited to be returning to CoMO to work with GreenHouse Theatre Project for their upcoming season.