About Us/Contact

  • The Ritz Theater
  • 345 13th Ave NE
  • Minneapolis, MN 55413

Myron Johnson, Artistic Director: mbimtt@gmail.com

Myron Johnson has over 50 years’ experience in dance, theater, and mime performance and production. He began his training as a child, studying at Minnesota’s Children’s Theatre Company and School. At age 19, he was awarded a scholarship to study in Paris under the celebrated mime Marcel Marceau. While in France, he also studied under Mme. Janine Charat, and later with Rene Bon. He pursued further studies at the New York Conservatory of Ballet and the Minnesota Dance Theatre.

Since founding Ballet of the Dolls in 1986, Johnson has choreographed and mounted over 100 original productions, receiving extraordinary critical and popular acclaim.




Renata Shaffer-Gottschalk moved to Minneapolis in 2006, after graduating magna cum laude from Longwood University (Farmville, VA), with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Since moving to Minneapolis she has worked as a costume designer (favorites include Avenue Q with Mixed Blood Theatre and Reasons to be Pretty with Walking Shadow Theatre Company and Guthrie Theatre Presents), company member of 20%Theatre Company (2008-2013), company dancer with Ballet of the Dolls (favorites include Nutcracker: The Lost Act, Memphis Blues and SINderella), and actress (favorites include Emilie in Les Liaisons Dangereuses with Urban Samurai Productions). As her alter-ego Queenie von Curves, she teaches burlesque/dance classes, produces Naked Girls Reading-Minneapolis, writes a column “Curved Space” with MN-Ups Pin-Up Magazine, works as a plus-size model and is a cast member of Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret and Burlesque. In her spare time (ha!) she enjoys dyeing her hair outrageous colors, eating vegan cookies and getting into mischief with her hubster.







  • Ryan Medeiros, Box Office Associate

Ryan Medeiros has worked at the Ritz since December of 2012, and you might see his smiling face in the box office or behind the bar. Ryan works full-time as an educator, plays ice hockey ridiculously early on Thursday mornings, and plays Vintage Base Ball (1860s rules – no gloves!) on the weekends when there isn’t snow on the ground. Ryan also loves supporting his wife, Renata (Theater Operations Director here at the Ritz), in all the crazy fun things that she does.












Ashleigh is MinnPost’s membership and events coordinator by day, and Ritz helper by night. She can usually be spotted manning the box office or tending bar or performing as “Buttercup Flowers” in the occasional Ritz production.














Lulu Blue is an accomplished playwright and poet who delivers a unique
brand of beat poetry and is known as The Burlesque Poet of Minnesota.
She received her BA in English from the University of Minnesota-Twin
Cities and specializes in incorporating her passion for Marxist and
Feminist theory into her work. Since 2010, she has performed as the
poet laureat of the Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret and Burlesque Show,
directed by Amy Buchanan, where she recites her verse accompanied by
the Le Cirque Rouge House Band, an accomplished jazz quartet. Lulu
Blue also headlines the jazz duo ”Stanzic,” accompanied by
pianist Sean Roderick.














Boards of Directors

The Ritz Theater Foundation:

  • Michael P. Rainville, Sr.,  Chair
  • David Warner, Vice Chair
  • Michael Arulfo, Secretary
  • Jenny Fortman
  • Diane Hofstede

The Ballet of the Dolls:

  • Michael P. Rainville, Sr., President
  • Amy Sperling, Vice President
  • David Warner, Treasurer
  • Mandy Meisner, Secretary
  • Greg Handberg
  • Larry Berle
  • Emily Boigenzahn
  • Kathy Cashman
  • Carrie Connor

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