Exposed Brick Theatre is dedicated to telling the untold stories through theatre and performance art. We create opportunities for audiences and artists to grow beyond their own personal experience and view their world from new and multiple perspectives. By creating original work that dissects unexamined subject matter, we give voice to silenced issues and populations with the overall intention of fostering an authentic understanding across divides.
Exposed Brick Theatre was founded in 2004 by Aamera Siddiqui & Suzy Messerole.
Aamera Siddiqui was born in Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania to South Asian parents, and she considers herself to be a global nomad. Her childhood experiences in three separate continents have culminated in a career as a multi-disciplinary artist. She has worked with theater companies including Illusion Theater, Mixed Blood, Pillsbury House Theater, Pangea World Theater and more. Siddiqui is a two-time recipient of the Many Voices Fellowship and a featured playwright at The National Asian-American Theater Conference, Her one-woman show, American as Curry Pie, premiered at History Theater in 2011. In 2014, Aamera received an Artist Initiative grant and created Freedom Daze which was produced at Intermedia Arts in 2015. Aamera currently working on Please Don’t Feed the Children a commission for Pangea World Theatre and CLOTH for Exposed Brick.
Suzy Messerole began life in a town of 400 in Iowa and has been slowly climbing the population ladder ever since. As Co-Artistic Director of Exposed Brick Theatre and a member of the Million Artists Movement, Suzy’s work combines her passion for theatre and social justice. Suzy has directed the world premieres of Aamera Siddiqui’s American as Curry Pie and Freedom Daze, Jeany Park’s 100 Men’s Wife and Stacey Parshall’s Shipside, among others. Suzy is the recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board, an NEA/TCG Emerging Directors Finalist, a Jerome Foundation Naked Stages Fellowship and was selected for the pilot National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation by Pangea World Theatre in 2012. Suzy’s most recent work includes writing and performing in Venus Nefanda, and directing the staged reading of CLOTH.
board of directors
Jenny Dodgson, Stacey Parshall Jensen, Anton Jones, Suzy Messerole, Aryca Myers, Eliza Rasheed & Aamera Siddiqui