Called "a 21st century dream factory" by Time Magazine, the new Guthrie boasts three stages, a full-service restaurant, pre-show dining, numerous bars and some of the best views of Minneapolis to be found in the city.

The design of the new Guthrie was influenced by three key factors.

First, then Artistic Director Joe Dowling had a vision for a new three-theater center that would allow the institution an expanded ability to perform a wider range of plays and to engage the public and educational organizations in a stronger way. In addition, the theater would have the ability to host regional, national and international productions.

Second, the design of the building was influenced by the size, scale and history of the historic mills adjacent to the site.

Finally, the site overlooking the Mississippi River offers incredible dramatic views of St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. Connecting Guthrie audiences to these amazing views became a key design goal.



Wurtele Thrust Stage»

"We will keep the asymmetrical auditorium and the intimacy between actor and audience as our hallmark." ~ Joe Dowling

McGuire Proscenium Stage»

"With the addition of a proscenium stage, the Guthrie is able to present the full range of the extraordinary American repertoire."~ Joe Dowling

Dowling Studio»

"Young people are the lifeblood of a vibrant theater. In our new studio space, the Guthrie will play an important role in developing a new body of American artists." ~ Joe Dowling

Other Spaces»

While the Guthrie is well known for its regional, national and international productions, it is also a welcoming, urban gathering place for the casual or destination visitor or for those planning corporate or private events.

Photo Gallery

Jim Gallop, George Byron Griffiths and Michal Daniel