The Winding Sheet outfit
In 2012, Amber Bjork and Kristina Fjellman put together their first collaboration on Birds of Passage for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Since then, they choreographed dances, participated in parodies, and--with the help of Megan Campbell Lagas, Brigid Kelley, and Kayla Dvorak Feld--created the Tiny Clandestines.
The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines ran for two seasons--September of 2013 (thanks to an Irrigate Grant through Springboard for the Arts) and once a month over half a year in 2015 (thanks to a Saint Paul Arts Challenge Grant through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation) . It returned at the beginning of 2018 as part of the Art Shanty Projects on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.
In 2017, The Winding Sheet Outfit came back to the Minnesota Fringe Festival with The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox, which won the encore slot in its venue and a critic's pick award from Twin Cities Arts Reader. The show was remounted for a limited engagement run in November 2017. The next year, Blood Nocturne premiered at the Fringe and won three Golden Lanyard Awards from Minnesota Fringe voters, as well as Best of Fringe from Twin Cities Arts Reader.
Amber Bjork -- founding member
Amber is a Twin Cities-based actor and director who seeks out theater that is a little more off-kilter and a little more challenging. She has worked with several companies in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, most notably with Theatre Pro Rata where she was an artistic associate and company member for eight years. She has directed The Minotaur, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Elephant's Graveyard and T Bone N Weasel for Theatre Pro Rata, 600 Years, Marie-Jeanne Valet Who Defeated La Bete du Gevaudan for Sandbox Theatre, Turn Signals for Freshwater Theatre, Tempests for Tedious Brief Productions (co-director under Noe Tallen), and others. She has performed with all of these companies as well as Transatlantic Love Affair, Theatre Unbound, Nimbus Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, and others. She has created and performed short pieces for Sandbox Theatre's Suitcase series and the Fringe Orphans series at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Amber was a 2018 MN Theater Awards Honoree in Exceptional Performative Direction for The Winding Sheet Outfit's The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox.
Amber's education includes a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, a four year education in mime, movement, storytelling and puppetry from Masque Theatre and School, and various workshops and intensives with SITI Company, Sandbox Theatre, Kari Margolis, and Jon Ferguson.
Kristina Fjellman -- Co-founder
Kristina is a visual artist and performer and is drawn to creative projects that will combine both of these passions. She has exhibited her sculpture in venues around the Midwest and Twin Cities and was a recipient of a Jerome Fiber Art Project Grant for 2010-2011 at the MN Textile Center. Her performance work includes: The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox, The Theater of the Tiny Clandestines and Birds of Passage with The Winding Sheet Outfit; Works In Progress My Life Is All But Over at the Red Eye Theatre; and with Sandbox: In The Treetops, 600 Years, War with the Newts, The Horse, Bird, Monkey, and the Dancer, Suitcase, This Is a World To Live In, and Killer Inside.
Kristina is graduate of the College of St. Catherine with a MAED in Art and Theater Education and an ensemble member of Sandbox Theatre. Most recent projects include: The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox with The Winding Sheet Outfit and Sandbox’s In the Treetops at Open Eye Figure Theater with limited engagement at the Germanic Institute, and recently her visual art can be seen in residence at Saint Kate's.
Past winding sheet collaborators
Mark Benzel: Birds of Passage
Megan Campbell Lagas: The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines (2018, 2015, 2013), The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox, Birds of Passage, word/move, Five Fifths of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Julia Carlis: The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Emily Dussault: Blood Nocturne
Kayla Dvorak Feld: Blood Nocturne, The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines (2018, 2015), The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
André Johnson, Jr: Blood Nocturne, The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Mandi Johnson: Birds of Passage
Brigid Kelley: The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines (2013), Five Fifths of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Theo Langason: Birds of Passage, Five Fifths of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Derek Lee Miller: Blood Nocturne, The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines (2018)
Brian O'Neal: Birds of Passage, Five Fifths of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Tony Rydberg: Birds of Passage
Boo Segersin: Blood Nocturne, The Memory Box of the Sisters Fox
Joshua Swantz: Blood Nocturne, Birds of Passage
Mark Sweeney: The Theatre of the Tiny Clandestines (2015)