WLDRNSS is a live performance company focused on the creation of new work, led by Artistic Director Jon Ferguson. The company creates art that is profoundly thought-provoking, delightfully playful and totally accessible. WLDRNSS is an ever-evolving ensemble committed to exploring what it means to be alive through the creation and presentation of deeply moving and poetic narratives. The company embraces the impulse to create the unforgettable and bring life to art that exists beyond ourselves.
Jon Ferguson - Artistic Director - jon(at)wldrnss.org
Lauren Rae Anderson - Associate Artistic Director - lauren(at)wldrnss.org
Afton Benson - Managing Director - afton(at)wldrnss.org
Jon Ferguson is from Durham in the Northeast of England. He trained at Middlesex University in London with leading physical theatre practitioner John Wright. He has worked with some of the leading theater companies and practitioners in the UK and US including Hoipolloi (UK), The John Wright Company, Told by an Idiot, Mary Zimmerman, Mark Rylance and The Guthrie Theater. He is currently based in Minneapolis, MN. Jon was named "2005 City Pages Artist of the Year", and his production Please Don’t Blow Up Mr. Boban, with Live Action Set, was chosen by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as the "Outstanding Experimental Theater Production of 2005" and named "Best Stage Production" by the Minneapolis City Pages - Best of the Twin Cities 2006. Other awards include: Sunday Times (UK) Ensemble Award, Time Out London Critic’s Choice and Victoria Fringe Festival “Best Comedy” Award. Jon has taught play, physical theater, clowning, mask and collaborative play creation throughout the UK and US, including teaching extensively for The Theatre Royal Bath, The Bristol Old Vic, The Guthrie Theater and The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, as well as teaching countless independent workshops. Jon is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Forever & WLDRNSS for which he has directed and co-created all of their work since 2012 including; A Bun For a Door Handle (Forage Modern Workshop), The Brutes (The Machine Shop), Muy Very Authentic (Open Eye Figure Theater), The Big Show (Southern Theater), The Nature Crown (Guthrie Theater), Good Job Horses (Southern Theater) and The Venetian Twins (Southern Theater). Selected previous work includes; Please Don't Blow up Mr. Boban (The Soap Factory and Loring Theater), We Are Ugly But We Have the Music (Bryant Lake Bowl), Ligustrum Vulgare (Bryant Lake Bowl), Or The White Whale (Southern Theater), You're my Favorite Kind of Pretty (Southern Theater), Animal Farm (Southern Theater), Super Monkey (Guthrie Theater), The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Red Eye Theater), Ubu Roi (CSB/SJU), Cymbeline (St. Olaf College), Rhinoceros (Concordia University).