Levi Weinhagen is a writer, producer, performer, podcaster, trainer and educator.
He co-founded the all-ages theater company Comedy Suitcase and has created multiple original shows that were in the top 10 of ticket sales at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. In 2012 Levi was named an Artist of the Year by City Pages. He was the first ever Artist in Residence for the Walker Art Center’s Education and Family programs department in 2014-2015. He is a teaching artist with COMPAS. Levi produced and hosted a podcast called ‘Not About You’ that is a serious yet entertaining look at social justice issues in America. He is a graduate of HOPE Community’s Sustainable Progress Through Engaging Active Citizens (SPEAC) organizer training program. Levi is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. He completed the 2017 Center for Performance and Civic Practice Summer Institute. Levi is also Senior Strategist and Special Projects Director for the race and gender justice focused consulting firm, Team Dynamics.
As someone who holds many identities (white, straight, cisgendered male) that are currently given preference in many ways in the United States and its colonies, I believe that knowing and naming the ways our identities and lived experiences impact the ways we are or are not getting our needs met is essential.
Three of my most important values are justice, kindness, and creativity. A focus on justice tells me that we can and should close gaps that hurt us and the people we care about. A focus on kindness guides me in holding onto the truth without using shame as a driver for change. And creativity is how I remember that there are always multiple ways to move towards goals.
Comedy Suitcase is a Twin Cities-based theatrical production company dedicated to creating live comedy for all-ages. Founded in 2010 by Joshua English Scrimshaw and Levi Weinhagen, Comedy Suitcase strives to bridge the gap between imaginative theater for children and sophisticated comedy for adults. In the words of Groucho Marx: "A child of five could understand this. Fetch me a child of five!"
My interactive workshops are student-driven and centered on building resilience, confidence, providing inspiration and revealing the power of the art form of comedy. The tools of comedy help young people learn more about themselves and the world. And knowing how to get a laugh means really knowing how to show empathy.
Not About You is a podcast about identity and social justice. I’m the producer and host of the show and I wanted to make a show where a white, straight, cis-gendered man (that’s me) connected with folks with different lived experiences from my own about the ways parts of their identities bump up against injustices. We talk about race, gen
Not About You is a podcast about identity and social justice. I’m the producer and host of the show and I wanted to make a show where a white, straight, cis-gendered man (that’s me) connected with folks with different lived experiences from my own about the ways parts of their identities bump up against injustices. We talk about race, gender, religion, representation, protests, politics, relationships and more.