"The region's most ambitious theater company." — City Pages

Walking Shadow Theatre Company is a Minneapolis-based company with a reputation for producing well-staged and carefully researched work. We are drawn to shows that are smart, exciting, savvy—and often a little quirky or subversive.  Walking Shadow has been called “a company that deserves attention” by the Star Tribune and praised by Minnesota Monthly for its “polished productions of incisive modern works.”

Walking Shadow has performed at a variety of theaters in the Twin Cities since 2004, including the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis Theatre Garage, Pillsbury House, Red Eye, and others. The company also has appeared several times at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and occasionally produces site-specific, interactive plays with puzzles.

The company is led by a trio of artistic directors: John Heimbuch, David Pisa and Amy Rummenie.


Walking Shadow believes the human soul is a disturbing and beautiful place. We create engaging and memorable experiences that promote an exchange of ideas inspired by the stories we tell. By using established and new material, careful research and bold artistic expression we develop high-quality theatre that illuminates the depths and heights of human capacity.

In pursuit of its mission, Walking Shadow Theatre Company is dedicated to the following aims:

  • Developing the talents of our artists

  • Nurturing audience commitment to the arts

  • Facilitating dialogue within our community

  • Examining local culture in a global context

Walking Shadow Theatre Company is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all donations to Walking Shadow are fully tax deductible. 

Artistic Company

John Heimbuch
Co-Artistic Director

John is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Theatre Company.

He has directed Walking Shadow’s productions of The AliensSchiller's Mary StuartCompleat Female Stage BeautyDrakulThe Transdimensional Couriers UnionSeventy Scenes of Halloween and 36 Views. His original scripts for Walking Shadow include A Midwinter Night's RevelThe Three MusketeersDrakul, The Transdimensional Couriers Union, Squawk, 10-Speed RevolutionThe Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen, and William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead -- which has been published by Samuel French and produced throughout the world.

In addition to his work with Walking Shadow, John is a filmmaker, game developer, educator, and sings with the rock band Bad September. He is an alumnus of Minnesota State University Mankato, the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and Perpich Center for Arts Education. He can be found online at johnheimbuch.com.

Email: john@walkingshadowcompany.org


David Pisa
Executive Director

David Pisa (he/him) is Executive Director and a founding member of Walking Shadow Theatre Company. He has served as Production Manager for all of Walking Shadow’s productions since its inception in 2004.

As a puzzle/game designer, David has developed original large-scale puzzles for Walking Shadow Theatre Company's immersive plays 1926 Pleasant, Saboteur, and Cabal. His local escape room UTOPIA (created with Jerry Belich for Riddle Room) was the recipient of a 2017 Golden Lock-In Award from Room Escape Artist. David has created day-long, week-long and one-room treasure hunts for various organizations. Projects include CITY OF GLASS for MN0PQ, CLEVER TREASURE PUZZLE PARTY for the 38th and Chicago Pop Up Art Storefront Project, the story and puzzles for MYSTERYPHONE (a smartphone-based choose-your-own-adventure game) for Northern Spark 2014 in collaboration with Monkey With a Mustache, and puzzles and games for Hennepin County Library's THE NIGHT LIBRARY at Northern Spark 2016 and 2017, plus private commissions. 

David has worked as backstage crew and followspot operator at Children’s Theatre Company since 2000, where he served as the IATSE union steward for 6 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College.

Email: david@walkingshadowcompany.org


Amy Rummenie
Co-Artistic Director

Amy is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Theatre Company.

She has directed Walking Shadow's productions of The ChristiansA Midwinter Night's RevelThe CowardThe WhaleGabrielThe Three MusketeersThe Sexual Life of SavagesGross IndecencyEurydiceAn Ideal Husbandreasons to be pretty, Saboteur, after the quake, Mojo, Squawk, Caligula, Amazons and Their Men, William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead, The American Pilot, Fat Pig, The Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen, 10-Speed Revolution, and 1926 Pleasant.

Amy has worked for Park Square Theatre, Daleko Arts, and The Playwrights' Center. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Minnesota State University Mankato, is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Theatre Director's Lab, and has served as a literary intern for the Guthrie Theater. 

Email: amy@walkingshadowcompany.org