Full Circle People

Who We


Full Circle People

Artistic Leadership
Rick Shiomi (Co-artistic director)
Martha B. Johnson (Co-artistic director)
Lara Trujillo (Core Artistic Group member)
Stephanie Lein Walseth (Core Artistic Group member)


General Manager

Quinci Bachman

Full Circle Board of Directors

Michael Katz - President

Christina Ogata – Vice-President

Martha B. Johnson - Secretary

Ross Peterson – Treasurer

Gregory Anderson

Rick Shiomi

Moses Kariuki Ehlers

Gordon Nakagawa

Martha J. Johnson

Full Circle Honorary Advisory Council

David Hwang

Cochise Anderson

Rose Chu

Don Eitel

Ricardo Vazquez

Jennifer Weir

Harry Waters, Jr.


Co-Artistic Director

Rick Shiomi

Rick Shiomi has been a leader in Asian American theater for over thirty-five years, as a playwright, director and artistic director. He has written over twenty plays, including the award-winning ​Yellow Fever​, ​Mask Dance​ and ​Journey of the Drum.​ He has directed at Mu Performing Arts, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia and the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco. For Mu he has directed ​Into The Woods​ set in Asia, ​The Mikado​ set in Edwardian England (with Skylark Opera) and ​Yellow Face​ at the Dowling Studio of the Guthrie Theater. He was a co-founder of Mu Performing Arts and the artistic director there from 1993 to 2013. He directed ​Caught​ by Christopher Chen and ​You For Me For You b​y Mia Chung for InterAct Theatre, receiving Barrymore Award recommendations for both. He received the Sally Ordway Irvine Award for Vision in 2007, the Ivey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012 and the McKnight Distinguished Artist Award in 2015.


Co-Artistic Director

Martha B. Johnson

Martha B. Johnson began her Twin Cities career in the early 1980s with her co-founding/co-artistic directorship of 21st Street Players, a small, experimental theater company, where she collaborated on new works by poet Robert Bly and Japanese Noh master Akira Matsui. During this time she also taught acting for Guthrie Theater Outreach for several years. In 1988 she joined the theater faculty at Augsburg University where she taught classes, served as department chair, and directed over 30 productions, including area premieres of Anne Carson’s ​Antigonick​ and Nilo Cruz’s adaptation of Calderon’s ​Life is a Dream​. She maintained a professional career while teaching, helping to co-found Mu Performing Arts and serving there as core artistic group member for 21 years, collaborating with other theater artists as a director, dramaturg, consultant, and performer. And while at Mu she wrote Dipped in Love, directed by Jen Weir and produced by Mu at Mixed Blood Theater.  Proud to be one of the co-founders of Full Circle Theater, she has served this company as co-artistic director, co-writer, dramaturg, assistant director (​Theater: A Sacred Passage​), and director (16 of the 46 plays comprising Full Circle’s 2017 production, ​365 Days/365 Plays ​by Suzan-Lori Parks—A 2017 Remix). Outside of Full Circle, she has directed at New Native Theater, and a translated version her play ​Dipped in Love​ is slated for production in Tokyo fall 2019 by Theater Kinder Space (translation by Momoko Tanno).  She holds a Ph.D. in theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she specialized in ancient Greek, traditional Japanese, and experimental European theater. 


Core Artist

Lara Trujillo

Lara Trujillo is a vocalist, actor and educator who performs on stage and in concert in various Twin Cities venues.  She has appeared in several productions with the Minnesota Opera, The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Mu Performing Arts, History Theater, Bloomington Civic Theater and has appeared on stage with Ordway Center, Chanhassen Dinner Theater, Teatro del Pueblo, Minnesota Festival Theater, Theater Latte Da, 7th House Theater and Mill City Opera.  Lara has also been featured in concert as a guest vocalist with the Bloomington Symphony, St Olaf Orchestra, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, University of Mankato Symphonic Band, and has performed for special events with Guthrie Theater, Twin Cities Opera Guild, Schubert Club, First Readings Project, A Prairie Home Companion and Opera on Tap.  In addition, Lara spent many years as a music educator/director in the public schools, churches, community theaters and as a private instructor.


Core Artist

Stephanie Lein Walseth

Stephanie Lein Walseth was one of the co-writers for Full Circle’s debut production of Theater: A Sacred Passage, one of the directors for 365 Days/365 Plays: A 2017 Remix, and the dramaturg for Under This Roof. As an actor, director, dramaturg, and stage manager, she has worked with Penumbra Theatre Company, Mu Performing Arts/Theater Mu, Sod House Theater, the Playwrights’ Center, Guthrie Theater, Theatre Unbound, Starting Gate Productions, Theater in the Round, Frank Theatre, the University of Minnesota, Native Voices at the Autry (CA), and Portland Stage Company (ME). Stephanie is also a theater educator and administrator whose work in the Twin Cities has included tenures with Penumbra, Mu, Mixed Blood Theatre, Ubuntu Theater Project (Oakland, CA), and Augsburg University, where she is an adjunct faculty member. She received her Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota, and her research interests include the cultural poetics and politics of Native American, African American, and Asian American theatre, as well as theatre historiography, cultural studies, performance ethnography, critical and feminist pedagogies, and theatre for social change. She has recently taken on a new role at the Perpich Center for Arts Education as the Theater Education Specialist with the Professional Development and Resources team. In this capacity, she works with K-12 and college/university theater educators and directors across the state.

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Quinci Bachman | General Manager

Quinci Bachman ​is an emerging theater artist and arts administrator in the Twin Cities. She graduated from Augsburg University where she received her B.A. in Theater Arts, trained in QLab and associated Apple software, and studied broadcast and online journalism/marketing. Since joining Full Circle Theater, first as an intern and now as General Manager, she has been instrumental to Full Circle’s administrative and marketing development and has created numerous graphic designs for the company’s use. Bachman is also a talented emerging theater artist in the area of sound design. She designed the sound for Full Circle’s first two productions: ​Theater: A Sacred Passage​ and ​365 Days/365 Plays​. She’s also designed sound for G A R L I C’s ​Die Weiße Rose​ and ​Living With Roaches​. She’ll be creating the sound design for Full Circle’s upcoming production of ​Caught​ at the Guthrie Theater’s Dowling Studio in May/June 2019.  Bachman has also stage-managed two shows for Full Circle; and has designed lights, co-written scripts, stage managed, served as sound board operator, or tour manager for G A R L I C, New Native Theater, the 2015 Fringe Festival’s ​Ferguson, USA, ​and for multiple Theatre in the Round productions.

Full Circle Board of Directors


Michael Katz | Board President 

Michael Katz is a Minneapolis attorney with thirty years’ experience in construction and corporate law. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and William Mitchell College of Law. He began his career in construction litigation, then moved to in-house practice, first with S.J. Groves & Sons Company, then with Ellerbe Becket. He is a life-long student of English and French literature, English drama and history. He is currently in private practice in downtown Minneapolis, representing clients in the design and construction industry.

Christina Ogata | Vice-President 

Christina Ogata had a 30-year career as a labor attorney, and continues her work as a human relations activist, amateur musician and community participant. Christina puts some of these values and experience to work by being active in and giving to nonprofit arts organizations. She is a past-president and board member of COMPAS and a 30-year member of the St. Paul Civic Symphony, a group that just celebrated its 70th anniversary and is the oldest community orchestra in the Twin Cities area. Christina retired as General Counsel for Education Minnesota, a union that represents Minnesota’s public school teachers and other school district employees as well as the faculty of Minnesota’s two-year community and technical colleges. She is a graduate of Macalester College and the University of Minnesota Law School. She loves dancing merengue and salsa and attending arts performances of all kinds. She has a strong affinity for and experience with the Colombian-American and Japanese-American communities and cultures.

Ross Peterson | Board Treasurer
Ross Peterson is President and CEO of Multiventure Properties, Inc., a local Condominium and Townhome Association Management Company that he founded over 30 years ago. Ross was first introduced to Rick and Martha several years ago, through Mu Performing Arts. His appreciation and respect for their individual talents made his decision to accept a position on the Full Circle Theater Board an easy one. During his career, Ross has served in various capacities on multiple real estate related boards and committees. He has also worked with hundreds of Association Boards of Directors, providing daily management and accounting services. Ross will be responsible for the financial oversight of the project.

Martha B. Johnson | Secretary

Martha B. Johnson brings to Full Circle many years of administrative experience both from her serving as Chair of the Theater Arts Department at Augsburg University for several years and from her experience as Co-Artistic Director of 21st Street Players. In addition she served on the board of  21st Street Players for five years, and on the board of Mu Performing Arts for the first five years of its existence. 

Greg Anderson | Director

In 2014, Greg Anderson enthusiastically accepted the invitation of Full Circle’s founders' Rick Shiomi and Martha Johnson's to join the the company’s first board of directors. Greg's association with Rick and Martha goes back to the early days of Mu Performing Arts when he served as a board member for three terms and as Treasurer for many years. Greg has also served as Board Chair and Treasurer of several non-profit organizations including the American Swedish Institute and the Swedish Council of America. Greg retired as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer of Ellerbe Becket upon the sale of the company in 2009. Since then he has been an independent financial consultant. Greg has held senior leadership positions at Banta Corporation, Midcontinent Communications, and B. Dalton Booksellers and has served on several corporate boards. Greg began his career as a CPA with the international accounting firm of Grant Thornton. Greg enjoys theater and building start-up organizations, making him a great fit for the Board of Directors of Full Circle Theater Company.

Rick Shiomi | Director

Rick Shiomi served on the board of Mu Performing Arts for twenty-one years, served on the board of CAATA (The Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists) from 2006 to 2014, and served on the board of MRAC for several years.  He served on the board of The MN Theater Alliance for four years.


Moses Kariuki Ehlers | Director
Moses Kariuki Ehlers is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Robins Kaplan LLP Law Firm, where his knowledge of digital marketing’s power is helping attorneys maximize their online professional credibility, and the law firm define and achieve new brand goals. His background and experience across many digital marketing platforms enables him to keep everyone on the same path and heading toward identifiable marketing goals and objectives.  He brings a number of coaching and leadership qualities to his position. He is able to align himself with an organization’s vision, and work with individuals who have many different kinds of personalities. He can also serve as a team leader in a variety of situations, using his excellent time management skills to run teams with confidence. As a leader, he will take ownership of projects, and make decisions to get them done. These skills have allowed him to deliver success across a wide variety of industries including law, broadcast TV, human capital management, education and entertainment.  His fascination with digital marketing is more than a 9-5 one. In his spare time, he is actively participating in the trending topics throughout various platforms. 

Gordon Nakagawa | Director 

Gordon Nakagawa is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies and Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). His scholarship has examined Japanese American World War II incarceration narratives and communication, power, and equity in marginalized communities. He is a founding faculty member of the Asian American Studies Department at CSUN and the founding chair of the Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division in the National Communication Association. In the 1980s, he was an activist with the National Coalition for Redress/Reparations, which advocated for a formal apology and reparations from the federal government for 120,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated in U.S. concentration camps during World War II. He has also served as the Director of Equity and Diversity at CSUN and as the first Director of Diversity Integration at Hamline University. He is currently an organizational consultant on Communication, Equity, and Diversity. Most recently, he was Vice President for Diversity Integration at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. He is a member of the Twin Cities chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

Martha J. Johnson | Director 

Dr. Martha J. Johnson is the Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota.  She has worked in international education since 1991 for organizations and institutions in the US, Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom.  She holds a BA with a double major in English literature and theatre arts from St Mary’s University of Minnesota, an MA in English literature from the University of St Thomas, and a PhD in American Studies with an emphasis in drama and the performance of gender, race, and cultural identity from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Her dissertation focused on the works of playwright David Henry Hwang and she is a member of board of the David Henry Hwang Society. She has served in leadership positions for multiple educational programs, associations, and non-profit organizations.