Shanan & Carolyn


Carolyn Pool is a Twin Cities-based actress whose work has been seen all over the United States. Recent stage work includes: “Bill W. and Dr. Bob” (Lois Wilson), “Autistic License” (Mom), and “Three Viewings” (Mac) at the Illusion Theater; “Of Mice and Men” (Curley's Wife), “August:Osage County” (Ivy), and “Dead Man's Cell Phone” (Jean) at Park Square Theatre. In 2008 Carolyn played Vivien Leigh in “Orson's Shadow” with Gremlin Theatre (Ivey Award winner for Outstanding Ensemble). Carolyn can also be seen in the films “Prince Breakup” (winner "Best Actress" 2011 Z-Fest) and “Rotations of the Earth” (winner "Best Actress" 2011 SoCal film festival).

Described by local critics as a “clever and inventive voice in comic theater,”Shanan Custer is a veteran of the Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, where she wrote and performed in 14 sketch comedy revues, the more recent of which, “Das Bootylicious,” was named a Top Critics’ Choice for Best New Play 2004 by the Star Tribune. Other original work includes “From Here to Maternity” with Joshua Scrimshaw (Top Ten Selling Show of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, 2007), and “Pride and Plot of Pointlessness” (performed with Hang Kitty Productions at the Theater Garage in 2008). Shanan was in “Dudley: Rigged for Laughter” at the History Theater and also appeared in “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul in spring of 2010. In spring 2013 she garnered rave reviews for her role as Emilie in "Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight" for Theater Pro Rata. In September, Shanan hosted the Ivey awards for the second year in a row.

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