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Formed from the ashes of 3 Augsburg University graduates, Wayward is dedicated to producing challenging work in equally challenging spaces.  We believe in bringing theatre to our audience.  We produce plays in bars, hotels, mansions, you name it, we will perform in it!

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About the founders:

Sarah Nargang - Co Founder

Sarah Nargang - Co Founder

Sarah Nargang is a producer, director and actress as well as a co-founder of Wayward theatre. Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude with her degree in Theatre with a core focus in directing from Augsburg University and has studied with LISPA in Berlin where her focus was devised theatre, Lecoq and neutral mask. Sarah's local work includes Children's Theatre Company's Bridges Program - using storytelling as a vehicle for critical literacy, InterAct Theatre where she also works as a teaching artist, The Jungle, directing for Swandive Theatre, Mission Theater, Paul Bunyon Playhouse, Pioneer Place on Fifth and many more. Sarah was the Director of Operations for many years at a midsize company, honing her skills at running a business before jumping off the deep end and starting her own retail business, Never Knock Goods.

When not hanging with her cohorts, Tim McVean and Mike Kelley, Sarah can be found riding horses and trying to make her partner, Brent, giggle. 

Tim McVean - Co Founder

Tim McVean - Co Founder

Tim McVean is also a Graduate of Augsburg College.  He has played numerous roles with Wayward: Hamlet (Hamlet), Tartuffe (Tartuffe), The Weir (Brendan), Criminal Genius (Philly), Kaleidoscope (Applegate), The Ghost Train (Teddy Deakin).  Tim has also performed in various productions with other Minnesota-based theater companies. Hamlet (Hamlet), Little shop of Horrors (Seymour), The Seagull (Konstantin), and The Songs of Love and War (Ensemble), The Marriage of Figaro (Figaro), U Betcha, The Making of a Minnesotan Boy Band, (Jake)

Tim will be directing Wayward’s upcoming production of Macbeth @ The James J Hill House in October 2019.

In addition to his acting career, Tim is The Director of Sales and Marketing for AVEX an audiovisual company in Minneapolis and has worked in the theater and events industries for over 13 years.

Mike Kelley - Co Founder

Mike Kelley - Co Founder

Michael Kelley is an actor, director, producer, and designer with a degree from Augsburg College. With Wayward, Michael has directed Criminal Genius, Tartuffe and Hamlet. Michael held the position of Artistic Director with Pioneer Place Theater Company directing such productions as Romeo and Juliet, The Seagull, Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Laughing All the Way. He has also directed for Classical Actors Ensemble (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet), 3AM Productions (Hamlet, Love and War), Magnolia Theatre (Cupid and Psyche). As an actor Michael has worked with Theatre de la Jeune Lune (The Deception), Great River Shakespeare Festival (Pericles, Merchant of Venice), Shakespeare and Company (The Taming of the Shrew, Tartuffe, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor), The MN Shakespeare Project (Measure for Measure, Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night), and Mission Theatre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Violent Delights, Titus Andronicus, Much Ado About Nothing). He has also served on the board of Classical Actors Ensemble and Mission Theatre.

Mike is the Director of Operations for AVEX, an Audio-Visual Production Company. He has spoken to high schools and colleges on the subjects of theatre, Shakespeare, and running a Theatre Company. In his spare time, Michael loves to play softball, noodle on his guitar, cook, woodwork, and play poker.


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