About
Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre

Origins. History. Rebirth.

Originally formed as ‘The Celtic Collaborative’ in 2011, the organization was founded by a group of local Minnesotans with a love for performing arts and Celtic cultures. In the ten years since its inception, The Celtic Collaborative has performed several self-written theatrical pieces, which have focused on telling the story of the Celtic people. The group has routinely performed at the Irish Fair of Minnesota, during Irish Arts Week in St. Paul, and during the Day of Irish Dance Celebration hosted by the Irish Music and Dance Association.

In addition to theatrical productions, the group has also published two books: “The Harp and The Loon, Literary Bridges Between Ireland and Minnesota,” and “Danny Who? 4 Decades in Irish music” by Tom Dahill.

In 2019 the organization updated its mission to be performance-arts focused; as a result, the name was changed to more directly align with the mission and goals of the organization. And so, Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre was born.  Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre is devoted to creating engaging and thought-provoking theatre that illuminates the history and diversity of Celtic Culture through the lens of the greater human experience.  We seek to create community through sharing stories that uplift, inspire and provide relevant insight on contemporary issues while celebrating our shared humanity.

Meet the Board of Directors

Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre is an entirely volunteer run organization. Our board currently consists of five members that oversee the programming and daily operations, as well as a team of committee members that help with task-specific assignments. 

Alisa Pritchett, Treasurer

Alisa Pritchett, Treasurer

Alisa has been in love with the theatre since middle school. She has a BFA in theatre from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MFA in Acting from Florida State University. She trained at the Asolo State Theatre Conservatory where she appeared in The Heiress, Biloxi Blues, As You Like It and Nunsense. She was the founding director of the Lexham Community theatre (1996-1998) and is currently on the board of the Out Of The Mist Celtic Theatre.

Kevin Geraghty

Kevin Geraghty

Bridget Martin, Board Member

Bridget Martin, Board Member

Born in England; Bridget attended Queens University Belfast, where she received her teaching diploma, before joining the VSO (Peace Corp). She Fell in love with theatre while working in Malawi, where she ran a national drama festival and directed locally. She also coached drama at an American school in Madrid, Spain before returning to Minnesota, where she was the theatre teacher at St. Paul Open School. Now retired, Bridget spends her time as a volunteer in the Irish community.

Mike Casey,  Secretary

Mike Casey, Secretary

Mike was one of the founding members of the organization. He has served as secretary for the last five years, and has performed in several of it’s productions. Mike is active in the Irish community; He sat on the board of Irish Fair of Minnesota for 14 years, most of them coordinating Irish Fair’s cultural area. He has also been a supporter and volunteer with The Irish Music and Dance Association,the Center for Irish Music, the Celtic Junction Arts Center, and Friends of St. Patrick.

Steve Griffith, Board Member & Managing Director

Steve Griffith, Board Member & Managing Director

Steven Griffith taught in & chaired the theatre and dance department at Gustavus Adolphus College for 27 years. He taught courses in Irish theatre and history, theatre design, stagecraft, and arts management. Steve has designed for over 150 theatre productions. He lived in Dublin in the early 1990s while doing research on the Abbey Theatre, has led 10 college study abroad tours to Ireland, & visited the island many more times. He has a BA and MFA in theatre, & a Ph.D. in higher education policy.

Amber Ladany, President

Amber Ladany, President

Amber has been involved in theatre for over 25 years; performing in shows such as:The King and I, Music Man, and 1984. However, backstage is where she calls home. Amber is of Irish American descent and spends much of her free time volunteering in the Twin Cities Irish community. She currently serves as a board member and volunteer coordinator for The Irish Music and Dance Association; Volunteer coordinator for the Irish Fair of Minnesota, and is the President of Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre.

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Sarah has been involved in theater since 1968 as actor, student, artist-in-residence in the Minneapolis Schools, founder of community theater group, grant-writer, and enthusiastic audience member. She is a piano teacher and Irish fiddle player. Sarah has been studying the Irish language for several years.