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Who We Are

Aethem (AY-thum) is an old English world for "air exhaled from the lungs," "residual breath," or “the breath of inspiration.”  We strive to create meaningful theatre that provokes thought and inspires change, and through ensemble work, we seek to move, be moved, and move others.

Since 2009, Aethem has existed as a way for artists to come together in community and create dynamic, original theatre.  Aethem was birthed from a love for movement-based theatre and devised work, and even though we often produce scripted pieces, that love still informs everything we do.  We choose to work in ensemble because it allows us to be open with each other in a safe space, ensures everyone is heard without structural hierarchy, and lets us celebrate failures and successes together.  Plus, it's fun!

Our Team

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Kayla Hambek

Managing Director

Kayla is a nationally-produced and published playwright and actor whose work has been seen across the Twin Cities with Aethem and others.  She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Augsburg University, and has appeared onstage with the Guthrie Theater, Lyric Arts, Nimbus Theatre, Theatre Unbound, Chameleon Theatre Circle, and many more.


Brendan Veerman

Communications Director

Brendan is an actor and producer whose work has been seen across the Twin Cities.  His onstage appearances include Lyric Arts, Chaska Valley Family Theatre, Artistry, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Lakeshore Players, TheatreX, and more.   A highly versatile performer, he has a passion for physical comedy and imaginative storytelling in all its forms.


Calli Kunz

Resident Director

Calli is an actor, director, and devised movement choreographer. She is a lover of all things devised theater. Calli received her BFA in Acting for the Stage and Screen from Azusa Pacific University. She has worked with Illusion Theatre, Nimbus Theatre, Lyric Arts, Pillsbury House Theatre, and many more.

Our Members Emeriti

Many thanks to our members emeriti, without whose hard work and dedication we would not be the company we are today.

Angela Van Epps

Brianna Kalisch

Bre Weitzel

Evie Digirolamo

Jessica West-Leveque

Joe Digirolamo

Matthew Anderson

Zachary Schaeffer

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