Julie Boada is an Anishinabe artist, storyteller, puppeteer and arts educator. She has worked regionally and nationally for the past 28 years, both with In the Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theatre and independently. She has worked with many arts organizations including the L.A. Music Center, The Minnesota History Center, and The Fergus Falls Center for the Arts. Recent original work includes Loon's Song, Beauty All Around, Between the Worlds, Shota and the Star Quilt and Retelling the World. Julie has served many roles- as designer, performer and director. She has over a decade of experience working on the annual Mayday Parade with Heart of the Beast. Julie has received grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation and is a 2014 Ivey Award recipient. Julie has a B.A. in Studio Arts and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is passionate about work that inspires, builds community and fosters cultural pride.
Gustavo Boada, (Perú-1954) is a theater-based multidisciplinary artist with more then 25 years working in professional Theater in Peru, Chile, Puerto Rico and New York, Vermont and Philadelphia. USA.
Since he moved to Minneapolis in 2007, he had been working as Mayday Parade staff and roster artist with Heart of the Beast Mask and Puppet Theater. He also works teaching artistic residencies about puppetry, mask-making, and stilting, and receives commissions to build big puppets and pageants, and tour his children’s puppet shows for diverse community organizations and school districts of Minnesota.