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Janet Paone, Artistic Director

Janet is a professional actor, director, singer and voice over artist. She began directing at Irondale in 1984, bringing her knowledge and passion for theater to inspire and develop young talent. When she’s not at Irondale, Janet can be seen whipping up egg coffee as Vivian Snustad in “The Church  Basement Ladies” series. You may remember seeing her dance the conga down Hennepin Avenue as Tina’s mom in Hey City Theatres “Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Janet was a co-host on FM 107.1 after winning the first Undiscovered Divas contest. As a classically trained singer, Janet has performed in various roles with the MN Opera and most notably NYCO. Fun Fact: if you find yourself in a parking garage in Columbus, OH you may hear her saying “Please take the ticket”! Janet is a graduate of Augsburg University with a degree in Theater and Vocal Performance. 


John A. Woskoff, Set and Costume Designer

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John has been involved with high school, community and professional theater for over 45 years, both on stage and behind the scenes.  He has been part of the Irondale drama department since 1984, working alongside Janet Paone since her first year as director of the department.  John has provided Irondale Theater with set and costume design for over 150 productions. Over the years, he has enjoyed working with Irondale students to introduce them to the creative aspects of theater production.  In addition to working at Irondale, John also works at Theater in the Round and Sidekick Theatre in Minneapolis.  At Theater in the Round he has designed sets and costumes for over 30 productions. He also serves on the Technical Advisory Board for TRP.  Most recently he has designed for Sidekick Theatre, a relatively new company which produces theater in the Twin Cities and throughout the State of Minnesota.  In his non-theater life, John has retired from years of working at a custom furniture showroom at International Market Square.  A proud native of Iowa, John has been a resident of Minneapolis throughout his adult life.

Joshua Barnd, Technical Director

Josh is the owner and operator of River Bottom Productions LLC, where he offers services as a DJ and in lighting, sound, sets and props. River Bottom Productions also rents out specialty sets and props. He has been doing theater in some capacity since the day he walked! Josh has worked on both amateur and professional productions. He spent 10 years with Hey City Theater and was the Production Manager, Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer and Sound Desk Operator for the premier of The Ultimate Pajama Party at The Lab Theater in Minneapolis. Josh has worked with over 50 different organizations on their productions.  He was awarded the Outstanding Young Jordanite award for his dedication to the arts in and around the Jordan area. Most recently his work has been seen and heard at Jordan High School, Kimberly High School (WI), The International School of MN, Edina High School, Valley View Middle School, Minnesota Thespian All State Show, Minnesota's Largest Candy Store and Valleyfair. In addition to his many theatrical hats, he is also a father to 3 kind and talented children, Xander, Maxwell and Zoey.

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Bill Sucha, Pit Conductor

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Bill has been instructing bands, orchestras, or choirs with the Mounds View District music staff since 1996—primarily at Irondale High School. He has been the recipient of several awards and honors including: the 2001 Minnesota representative for the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” feature in the School Band and Orchestra magazine, presenter for the Nebraska Band Directors Association Convention, and a 2000 WCCO Radio Good Neighbor. He has been on the Minnesota Percussion Association, Royal Guard Drum and Bugle Corp, and Minnesota Brass Senior Drum and Bugle Corp executive boards. Bill earned his Bachelor's in Music Education from UW-River Falls.

Matthew van Bruggen, Production Manager

As an alumni of our program, Matthew is thrilled to be part of the team coordinating all special technical projects of our productions. He has assisted with the administrative and technical demands of several arts organizations after graduating from Irondale, including the Spotlight Showcase at the State Theater, Minnesota Fringe Festival and The Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, New York). Matthew is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree Performing Arts Management. He is currently the District Performance Facilities Manager with MVPS and the Theater Director at Mounds View High School. 

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Roxanne Britz, Music Director

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Roxanne recently retired from being a music teacher at Bel Air Elementary. She is a core cast member of the Church Basement Ladies series, where she has played the role of Karin for 12 years. Other credits include Sister Leo in the regional premiere of Nunsense (Plymouth Playhouse) and performances with Minnesota Opera, the Guthrie, Red Eye Theater, and The Medora Musical. She also played Mrs. Howell in the Minnesota Fringe show Gilligan: A Tropical Musical and has appeared in local commercials and films, including ABC’s In an Instant. She earned her Bachelor's at UMD and Master's at St. Thomas.

Neal McIntosh, Music Director

Neal is a great part of our team, assisting us as our accompanist for both rehearsals and performances. He frequently works with Hill-Murray, Saint Anthony Village HS on top of Irondale. He has also been seen on stage with Mounds View Community Theatre and Lakeshore Players. Neal received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from University of Northern Iowa.

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Lexie Wollan Swenson, Choreographer


Lexie is the Choreographer and Assistant Director for The Medora Musical in ND, and previously spent nine seasons there as a Burning Hills Singer. Other credits include Assistant Choreographer and performer for Troupe America’s National Tour of A Christmas Carol, performing in ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas at Dolly Parton’s theme park, Dollywood and Ring of Fire at Circa 21. Lexie received her Bachelor's at Belmont University.

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