Jason Peterson, Co-founder & Executive Artistic Director Jason Peterson is the Artistic Director and co-founder of Yellow Tree Theatre. Jason has worked as an actor in television, film and theater in New York and Minneapolis over the past twelve years. Recent projects include: Fool for Love & Rabbit Hole (Jungle Theater); Grace, Death of a Salesman, Clybourne Park, The Pavilion, String, Miracle on Christmas Lake, Our Town, The Rainmaker and The Glass Menagerie (YTT). Jason was recently noted in Mpls. St. Paul Magazine as a “Risk Taker” & “Scene Shaper” in the Twin Cities artistic community. He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of MN Duluth. Jason and his wife, Jessica, founded YTT together in 2008.
Jessica Lind Peterson, Co-founder & Development Director Jessica Lind Peterson is co-founder of Yellow Tree along with her husband, Jason. Jessica is an actress and playwright and her plays have been produced in all over the country and here at YTT. Roles at YTT include: Violet, Next to Normal (Lavender Magazine "Creme de la Creme Performance"), Dancing at Lughnasa (Star Tribune Top Ten Twin Cities Productions of 2015), Stay Tuned, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Last 5 Years and Title of Show. Plays include: Flowers for the Room (co-written by Blake Thomas), Miracle on Christmas Lake I & II, A Hunting Shack Christmas, A Gone Fishin' Christmas, What I Learned From Grizzly Bears (published by Smith & Kraus), String (KCACTF Mark Twain Comedy Award Runner-up) and Lena Long Legs. Jessica holds a BA in English & Theater from the University of MN Duluth and is an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Hamline University. She is also a published essayist and the proud mom of two light-saber loving little boys.
Peter Carlson, Managing Director A native Minnesotan, Peter was most recently the General Manager of The Rose Ensemble, a professional vocal ensemble in St. Paul. Before that, he worked as a Lutheran church musician for 17 years. Peter has a B.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and a Master of Sacred Music degree from Luther Seminary and St. Olaf College. Peter loves to travel and has a special interest in international service programs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Friends of Africa Education, an organization that supports schools in Tanzania. Other interests include theater, reading, and spending time at the cabin. Peter is extremely excited to be part of the team at Yellow Tree Theatre and is inspired by their mission of bringing great theatrical stories to all people.
MacKenzie McCullum, Patron Services Manager MacKenzie grew up just down the road in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and started her journey with Yellow Tree back in 2009 as a summer intern. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and has directed and stage managed shows in Duluth and the Twin Cities. She previously worked for Zeitgeist Arts and managed the box office at Renegade Theater Company. She currently writes for Take It With You, a live radio theater show based in Duluth, MN.
Yellow Tree Board of Directors
Paul Holzmeyer, Vice President
Mike Matheson, Treasurer
John Nelson, President
Jessica Lind Peterson
Colleen Sparke, Secretary
Connie Wilder Willis