Our Staff

Ella Selyukov

President / Founder 

Millennium Center for Performing Arts (MCPArts)

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Under Ella Selyukov’s dynamic leadership, MPCArts provides a safe place for exploration of the complexity Artists face in finding their creative voice. By actively achieving and refining their creative skills in art, music, and drama, they build a platform to expand their imagination and find solutions to the challenges they face personally and professionally.

 

MCPArts is the result of Ella’s successfully opening of multiple Day Centers for adults and seniors with mental and developmental challenges. MCPArts has the distinct opportunity to enrich the lives of these MCPArtists through equipping and enhancing their gifts of visual, musical and performing artistry.

 

Ella Selyukov, has earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and is an active volunteer in her community. Over the past 15 years she has been recognized for her accomplishments as a pianist, choir director, music teacher, piano & voice instructor in the Twin Cities area. Ella has directed many musicals that have brought music and drama to a higher level of expectation and appreciation. Ella seeks to guide MCPArtists toward the understanding of their personal skills, talents, artistic gifting, to maximize their life goals and achievements.

 

Snezhana Bessonov

Director

MCPArts 

 

SnezhanaSnezhanahas a broad range of experience in health and human services, state government and public relations. As a director at the Millennium Center for Performing Arts she oversees the operations and compliance of two locations. With emphasis on health and overall wellness, she strives to create safe and nurturing environments where artistic, individual and interpersonal growth is attainable.

 

As a consultant she has worked with school boards and districts, engineering firm, a land institute – building relationships with state and local public officials, community outreach, initiative implementations and special events management. Prior to consulting, Snezhana worked for an environmental sports marketing agency; a public relations and public affairs firm; and as staff for the Minnesota State Senate. Before immersing herself in the state government, she worked with individuals who have developmental and physical disabilities.

 

Snezhana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern College, St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

Danielle Daniel

MCPArts – Drama Coach

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“It is my artistic philosophy that “creativity” is a dynamic element within everyone; making it possible for us to do things we never dreamed we could.  I encourage students to find their own voice, vision, and style through self-discovery, social interaction, and free-expression.  I see my role as a guide providing the creative process to spark students’ curiosity about art and life.”

Danielle Daniel is an actress, storyteller, and teaching artist. Her career includes a wide variety of theater projects including storytelling programs and workshops.  She is author of a children’s book, The Ghost of Old Man Willie.  Danielle’s plays have been presented at the Southern Theater, the Pillsbury Theater, Purdue University and the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Her tours shows and storytelling programs have received rave reviews from educators, parents, community organizations, and most importantly students of all ages.

Danielle is a recipient of a LIN Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship, Jerome Fellowship and a Many Voices Award from the Playwright Center. Danielle has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota, and completed The Kennedy Performing Arts Center’s “Artists as Educators” program through Northern Iowa University.