Brought together by a common desire to create and share theatre which transcends expectations, we formed in the Spring of 2016. As a team, our involvement in hundreds of shows in dozens of theatres has led us to begin our new venture together with a specific focus on improving our craft. The definition of absolute guides our work: existing independently, not qualified or diminished in any way; total, pure.
JAMES DOUGLASS, FOUNDING DIRECTOR
James Douglass has been part of Absolute Theatre since directing its inaugural production of FROST/NIXON. He also has directed The Amish Project, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, and A Doll’s House, Part 2 for Absolute. He is in the process of directing Love, Loss and What I Wore for Absolute’s final production of Season 3. As a double major in Theatre and Mass Communications/Public Relations from St. Cloud State University, James quickly combined his main areas of study professionally as a marketing intern for Actors Theatre of St. Paul. James has continued to work nonstop in both professions since arriving in southeastern Minnesota in 1988. He has more than 150 acting, directing, stage managing, scenic, lighting, and costume design credits throughout southern Minnesota alone, including work for Jackson County Arts Guild, Limelight Productions, Rochester Repertory Theatre (artistic director and marketing director), Rochester Civic Theatre, Summerset Theatre, Albert Lea Community Theatre, Paramount Theatre, and Honors Choir of Southeast Minnesota. James also marketed and performed with Altered States Players, a touring improvisational theatre company based in St. Cloud and the Twin Cities. He is currently the executive director of communications, media relations and marketing at Riverland Community College where he has also taught theatre and directed productions. The National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) named James the 2016 National Communicator of the Year. Email: James@absolutetheatre.org
SUZIE HANSEN, FOUNDING DIRECTOR
Suzie’s Absolute directing credits include The Duck Variations, Three Viewings, The Robber Bridegroom and Radio Gals. Suzie's vast stage experience in the region is a highlight of our team. With involvement in over 150 performances, including 48 directing credits, dozens of acting roles, 18 choreographs and as a playwright of twelve scripts, Suzie offers a wide perspective on telling stories to regional audiences. Suzie has a degree in theatre from Winona State University. She has previously directed with The Rochester Repertory Theatre, Brave Community Theatre, St. Killian's Art Center, Vertigo Theatre Factory, and Stewartville and Grand Meadow High Schools. On stage, she may be familiar as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Keely in Keely and Du, Molly Sweeney in the title role, Timothea in Sea Marks, and Lizzie Curry in Rainmaker. Most recently, Suzie appeared as Nora in Absolute’s A Doll’s House, Part 2. Twice a year, she writes and directs the Elder Network Murder Mysteries at the Plummer House. Finding a creative home with Absolute Theatre, Suzie looks forward to the opportunities ahead.