The Founders

The founders of The Strange Capers are:

Randy Reyes and Eric Powell Holm – Artistic Directors

Rob Nygaard and Lauren Ignaut – Managing Directors

Rachael Crew – Marketing and Communication Director


Rachael Crew is the Director of Marketing and Communications for The Strange Capers.  Rachael was raised in Southwest Minneapolis and is a graduate of Washburn High School.  She attended the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and holds a B.A. in Anthropology.  Rachael’s previous work experience includes marketing and communications roles at VEE Corporation (Sesame Street Live) and City Pages.  She is currently Associate Director of Marketing at the Guthrie Theater.

Eric Powell Holm grew up in Brookings, South Dakota and graduated from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program.  In 2005, he and Elliot Eustis founded Shakespeare On The Cape (SOTC) in Provincetown, MA, and over four seasons, SOTC created 15 productions and employed 30 young artists. For the company, Eric directed Twelfth Night; or What You Will, Romeo and Juliet, School For Wives, Cloud 9, The Tempest, and, with Jef Hall-Flavin, the world premiere Tennessee Williams one-act called The Parade, Or Approaching the End of a Summer.  Eric also directed Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play for 3 Sticks, and Andy Bragen’s Water for the Chicago Avenue Project at Pillsbury House.  He was the assistant director to the Guthrie’s Merchant of Venice with Joe Dowling, CTC’s production of Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) with Peter Brosius, and Matthew Amendt’s acclaimed original play The Comedian’s Tragedy with Bill McCallum.  Eric founded The Bottling Company in Minneapolis in 2008, which produced the Midwest premiere of Christopher Shinn’s Pulitzer-finalist play Dying City (one of Lavender Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of the Year).  He was named one of “Five Rising Artists to Watch in 2009” by Minnesota Monthly.  He is Randy Reyes’ assistant director for The Strange Capers’ As You Like It.

Rob Nygaard is co-Managing Director for The Strange Capers. He graduated from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, with a degree in marketing, finance, and political science. He is currently Development Associate at the Guthrie Theater. He has interned at various Fortune-500 companies in the Twin Cities, and worked with Jazz Services Ltd., a London-based non-profit supporting jazz musicians in the United Kingdom.

Randy Reyes is the director of AS YOU LIKE IT.  Since moving to Minneapolis from NYC 5 years ago Randy has acted for various theaters like The Guthrie , Mixed Blood, Mu Performing Arts, the Minnesota Fringe, and the Workhaus Collective.  Randy’s directing experience includes the creation of FOUND at Augsburg College,  ASIAMNESIA by Sun Mee Chomet and GOD SAVE GERTRUDE by Deborah Stein at the Playwrights’ Center, VOICES and THE VALUE OF LIFE at the Minnesota Science Museum, and CIRCLE AROUND THE ISLAND, ZOMO, and RAVEN at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio.  Randy’s training includes The University of Utah and The Juilliard School.  He also teaches for the Guthrie’s Education Dept and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program.  Randy is the Associate Artistic Director at Mu Performing Arts.


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