Wu Chen Khoo is a freelance lighting designer, technical director and stage technician based in the Twin Cities. Over the last 15 years he has lit hundreds of plays, dance, opera, musical, concerts and events for companies such as Theatre De La Jeune Lune, Mu Performing Arts, Stages Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Bloomington Civic Theater, Stepping Stone Theater, Minnesota Dance Theater, Southern Theatre, Skylark Opera, Guthrie Theater, Ballet of the Dolls and Jon Ferguson Theater, among others. He was the technical director and master electrician of the Jungle Theater from 2007 - 2011. In 2014, he was the technical director for the Jungle's production of DETROIT. He has a reputation for helping newcomers to the industry get started.
Chava Curland is a director, mask and puppet designer, and theater arts administrator based in the Twin Cities. She earned her BA in Drama from Ithaca College in New York, and has enriched her education through attending the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and by apprenticing in Bali, Indonesia under master Topeng mask carver, Ida Bagus Oka. Before joining the Tech Tools team, she was the Communications Coordinator for the Germanic-American Institute, and offered her administrative skill to such companies as Girl Friday Productions, Gadfly Theatre Productions, and Puppet Cinema (NYC). As a mask and puppet designer, she has worked on multiple productions & projects with Mad Munchkin Productions, In the Heart of the Beast, and Classical Actors Ensemble. She has directed for local companies such as 20% Theatre Company, Gadfly Theatre Productions, Intergenerational Theatre Productions, Theater Unbound, and for her own company, See-Saw Theatre Lab; and has worked in New York for the Rod Serling Conference (Prod Manager/Puppet lead of 'It's a Good Life'), Manhattan Rep Theater (Director), and ManyTracks (Associate Producer/Assistant Director).
Laura Wilhelm has made the Twin Cities her home after finishing a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Directing from the University of Memphis TN. She is the Artistic Director for Mad Munchkin Productions, a theater company producing original works of imagery and imagination. In addition to her own company, Laura has directed for Theater Unbound, Bridge Productions, Applause Theater, Cross Community Players, and Steppingstone Theater as well as theaters and Universities in TN, NE, MN, KS, and FL. As a puppeteer, designer, and propsmaster, her work has been on stage at the Guthrie, Children’s Theater, Mixed Blood, Ordway, Heart of the Beast, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater amongst others.