Tea Tour 2009

About Nicole Gruter

Nicole Gruter was born in 1971 to Dutch immigrants in Mankato, Minnesota. She studied theatre, performance art and women’s studies in Madison, Wisconsin, graduating with her B.A. in 1994 and her MFA in 2009. In the decade following, Gruter pursued performance art, musical performance and the glories of rock and roll by presenting work guerilla style, in traditional spaces, and in alternative establishments, all the while working as bartender and promoter in rock clubs. Today, her work consists primarily of live performance, music, video, sound recordings, and installation.

Performing in unexpected and varying environments, Gruter’s work often relies upon interactive exchanges with the public, either through the act of handouts, food consumption, gathering of information, or the exchanging of stories, often combining humor with political and personal issues. Her varied subject matters range from political satire and family immigration to hoarding, operatic arias, and Dutch butter cake. Additionally, her stage act and persona “Wilhelmina Baker” concentrates on manipulating established genres of music and theatre, changing the execution of a formal piece of work through modern commentary and the reinvention of traditional formats. She resides in Madison, WI.

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  1. Heather Spann said, on August 10, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Hey, Nicole! Got your postcard in the mail and would love to come to a “tea”. I’m checking on your itinerary right now…I think you must have written this program about me! I”m struggling to get maybe 5 hrs of sleep at night and barely keep my head above water…kids, career, home…it’s all too much. And worse yet, I never feel like I’m doing enough!

    Good luck, and Kudos! Maybe I’ll see you on the tour!

  2. Mark said, on September 11, 2009 at 5:05 am

    You’re a very brave, wonderful, crazy girl and I’m mighty proud of you.

  3. Monique Gruter said, on September 14, 2009 at 11:31 am


    Just watched the promo video with y’all having tea outside and with your intro speech. Funny thing, I remember clearly when we were all in your kitchen and you were preparing this voice over text. And you were asking our input. The final version, as my friend Timmy from elementary school used to say, is Tits.

    The prep time in your kitchen seems eons ago. Time flies baby, it flies.


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