You should know that whenever I’m speaking, writing, performing, or teaching I bring boundless passion, laughter, intensity, and joy. Because I gravitate toward projects and people and shows and ideas that make the heart and spirit sing.
Which means the work that fuels me isn’t merely entertainment for entertainment’s sake — it’s so much deeper and more meaningful than that.
I believe time is our most valuable resource. So I intend to spend what little time I have on this spinning blue ball sharing stories with love, kindness, wit and faith for audiences who need them most.
(And yeah, I’ll probably craft those stories in a pink bathrobe… So if the general public asks, tell ’em I look like this and have a background in speaking, writing, performing, and teaching.)
If you like what you’ve read so far, and have an upcoming project or idea that you think we’d be a perfect match for, I’d love to hear more!
This instilled confidence to self-produce sketch comedy shows, which in turn honed comedy chops and eventually led to a gig with the Actors Theater of Minnesota where I originated a role in the Twin Cities’ premiere of the long-running Bye Bye Liver.
Professionally things were awesome. Spiritually I needed more.
Thankfully I discovered the joy of performing for young audiences! Multiple gigs with Stages Theater Company and eventually two tours across the United States with America’s oldest touring children’s theatre, the National Theater Children, filled my heart with love and joy.
In 2012 I entered the solo theatre world as writer/performer in Thumbs Up which premiered in Washington, D.C., as part of the Capital Fringe Festival and later in Minneapolis during the Minnesota Fringe that same year.
“Venske’s acting anchors the piece solidly…the improv-trained Venske is at his best, unafraid to bust a move or pull out a silly dialect. His intensity is impressive, and each short scene ends on a poignant or fun note.”–DC Theatre Scene
When I’m not speaking, writing, performing, or teaching I’m listening to my grandparent’s Hawaiian record collection and sipping scotch in front of the fireplace crafting the next story…in the softest pink robe.
The Knot’s Best of Weddings 2018; Liz Rae Weddings; Minneapolis, MN; 2017
Overall Best Performance, Most Creative, & Best Actor; Something Something Juliet; ZBCT, Zibo, China; 2012
Hot Mic; North Suburban Beat; Host; CTV, Roseville, MN; 2011
Best Dark Comedy; Someone, Something; New York International Independent Film & Video Festival; NYC; 2010
Voted Audience’s Favorite Show; The Chinchillas in Master Works series; Actor; Minneapolis, MN; 2009
Grand Champion & Purple Ribbon Winner; Public Speaking; Minnesota State Fair; 2001