The Players

Know No Stranger is a living, breathing organism.

Like coral, say, or The Blob (from the hit movie The Blob 2), we’re always growing. Each contributor is an important piece of our ever-changing puzzle. And we’re always looking to expand out roster! So many terrific artists and thinkers have helped us out over the years that we (tragically!) can’t name them all here—but man, we love ’em.

We’d be delighted to introduce you to some of the old standbys! Here:

  • Brandon Schaaf
    Brandon Schaaf illustrator & performer

    A Field Guide to Recognizing the Work of Brandon Schaaf: Upon hearing / seeing / touching / smelling / tasting the work, do you feel your childlike wonder being revived? Has your relationship with yourself and others been sweetened; your respect for all living things, deepened?  

    Portfolio Site

  • Emily Gable
    Emily Gable puppeteer & illustrator

    She dwells in the dark, and it obeys her. As if they are her puppets, the shadows kneel at her command. From the macabre to the beautiful to the downright goofy, they contort and morph for her amusement. She is a silhouette-shaper, a muralist, an illustrator to be feared. For in an instant, her works may come to overwhelming life.

    Also, hire her.

  • Matt Helfrich
    Matt Helfrich writer & builder

    Known to parents everywhere as a “nice young man” and to his peers as alternately “cool” and “great,” Mr. Helfrich composes musical pieces ranging from “good” to “incredible;” he is a conceptual draftsman whose works have garnered identifiers such as “hilarious” and “resonant;” and he is a consummate visual artist creating things we have occasionally heard referred to as “props” or “puppets.”

  • Ryan Felton
    Ryan Felton writer & performer

    Felton’s mild-mannered exterior: an effective guise. For at the drop of a worn-out cliché, our man refracts into a thousand gleaming personas. Motives! Pun-craft! Plot twists! Tics, temperaments and dialects spin out from the uncloaked Felton, glowing bundle of narrative energy.

    Portfolio Site

  • Wallace Wimbley
    Wallace Wimbley

    Wallace Wimbley’s been in the biz since you was in nappies. We asked him how it feels becoming our stage manager after fifty years producing hit after hit in tri-county theatre. Wally said, “I can’t believe it’s come to this.” We’re excited too, Wallace! We love you!

  • Rachel Leigh
    Rachel Leigh multimedia designer

    Rachel enjoys a standing relationship with an elite troupe of dancing light and sound waves. “She’s one of the more exacting choreographers with whom we’ve worked,” they informed us. “But it’s always worth it once we pull off what she has in mind.”

    Also, hire her.

  • Matt Holdzkom
    Matt Holdzkom puppeteer & writer

    One part Pee-Wee. Two parts Henson. A splash of Fireball, and a mess of 19th-century Hoosier newspapers. Still not enough ingredients to make a Matt Holdzkom. Our complex pal has light notes of acerbic wit and subtle sweetness, fortifies our fuzzy friends, and adds historical texture, with just a hint of Vaudeville. Nutritious!

    Portfolio Site

  • Danielle Graves
    Danielle Graves maker & do-er

    How does one contain the accomplishments of an artist so prolific and admired into a single paragraph? How can anyone hope to encapsulate the enumerable achievements of a painter/plush sculptor/gallerist/illustrator/art activist/good friend like Danielle Graves into a bite-sized blurb? One cannot. One simply cannot.

    Portfolio Site

  • Tara Ree Miller
    Tara Ree Miller illustrator & maker

    Who can turn the world on with a brush? Who can take a tight deadline, and suddenly make great art not seem rushed?
    Well, it’s Tara, and you should know it: Her paintings and jokes and set pieces show it. Need a little prop? She’s gonna make it. Animation time? She’s gonna take it.
    She’s gonna make it—after all!

    Portfolio Site

The wider family includes…

Stephen Vincent Giles

Will Bancroft

Sweet Poison Victim

Megan Van Dam

JD Gray

Stacey Holloway

Michael Runge

Laura Guenin

Twon Schroeder

Kerstan Wallace

Ryan Mullins

Brishen Vanderkolk



Alan Goffinski

Jess Strauss

Annie Fields Monical

Jake Watson

Carina Stahl

Paul Pelsue

Kerstan & Emily Wallace

Strawberry Runners

Scoot Dubbs


Calvin Schaaf

Alex Bunce

Oreo Jones

Adam Tallent

Doug Pierce

James Furness

Megan Hart

Leila Breton

Jeff Beaver

Fahodi Dance Troupe

Fly Golden Eagle

Oh Dang Lo Mein!

Erin Livingston

Davey-K & Friends

Benjamin Briggs

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