Amanda Huotari and Fritz Grobe
Amanda Huotari is the executive artistic director of Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, where she annually produces 30 performances on-site and at community events. The venue also hosts 150 international artists who come to train in physical theater workshops, create projects in residencies, and perform in the Barn’s show series. Amanda’s own solo show, The Soiree, is directed by Broadway’s Avner the Eccentric and has received accolades at festivals in the United States and internationally. A 7th generation Mainer who spent seven years outside the state, she’s now raising her family in her hometown community and is dedicated to supporting the development of a local culture of curiosity and creativity.
Fritz Grobe is board president of Celebration Barn Theater. He is also co-founder of EepyBird Studios, best known for viral videos featuring the explosive combination of Coke and Mentos that have been viewed over 100 million times. He has appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, the Today Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and MythBusters, and he has performed live in London, Paris, Istanbul, and Las Vegas. In addition to his work with EepyBird Studios, Fritz has over 20 years’ experience as a professional juggler, creative director, and choreographer for award-winning circus acts and stage performances.