A Guthrie Experience

From the program director

A Guthrie Experience is designed for M.F.A. actors and theatermakers to engage in a deep dive the summer before their final year of graduate school, offering an opportunity to cross-pollinate a wide range of artistic practices and perspectives that inform our field. Our purpose is to inspire a culture of collaboration and artistic excellence among early career professionals and engage future leaders of the American Theater. 

After a four-year hiatus, we are thrilled to relaunch A Guthrie Experience during summer 2022, and I am honored to carry the torch of this legendary program that has influenced so many lives and artistic careers. 

I look forward to hosting auditions on the east and west coasts this October and December.

Maija García
Director of Professional Training

About the program


M.F.A. actors and theatermakers with a passion for enduring works and an interest in examining the classical canon are encouraged to apply.


Designed to cultivate future leaders of the American Theater, the experience includes voice, movement and acting intensives, professional mentorship, cultural immersion in the vibrant Twin Cities theater scene and an opportunity to develop a bold, new work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio.


This seven-week summer intensive will run from June 20 to August 7, 2022.


The Guthrie’s state-of-the-art facility on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.

Contact us

View our FAQ or email Director of Professional Training Maija García at maijag@guthrietheater.org or Artistic Administrative Assistant Cody Kour at codyk@guthrietheater.org.

How to apply 

For M.F.A. actors

Auditions will be held on the east coast in October 2021 and the west coast in December 2021.

  • If you are part of an M.F.A. program and signed up to audition, complete the actor application form 48 hours before your audition.
  • If you are part of an M.F.A. program that is not on the Guthrie audition tour but you would like to audition, complete the actor application form and submit your resume and headshot online. We will follow up with an opportunity to audition live on Zoom.

For your audition, please prepare the following:

  • Two monologues, one contemporary and one classical
  • A piece of dramatic literature, poetry or prose that is set to movement
  • A song you love to sing, in any genre, sung a cappella

Applications must be received by December 17, 2021.

Actor Application Form

For production and design fellowships

We are seeking production and design collaborators in the following areas: costume design, sound design, lighting design, projection design, scenic/prop design, production management and stage management.

To apply, please complete the fellowship application form and upload a cover letter and theater resume that includes a link to your website or digital portfolio. If you are selected as a fellowship candidate, an interview may be scheduled.

Applications must be received by December 17, 2021.

Fellowship Application Form

History and alumni 

Launched in 1997 under the leadership of Kenneth Washington and Marcela Lorca, A Guthrie Experience was designed to introduce emerging actors to a preeminent American Theater at the center of the Twin Cities vibrant arts community, building a bridge between training and profession.

For more than 20 years, A Guthrie Experience alumni have developed successful careers onstage and on screen, garnered numerous awards and returned to perform on the Guthrie’s stages. Notable alumni include Mahershala Ali, Morena Baccarin, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Sterling K. Brown, Dion Flynn, Cassandra Freeman, Miriam Hyman, Josh Radnor, Corey Stoll and Emily Swallow, among others.

A Guthrie Experience not only fulfilled its promise, but it exceeded my expectations, leading me into pathways (and places) I never anticipated. It gave me a proud voice and mission for not only my work as an actor, but also my worth as an artist.

Oscar Fabela, GEx 2017

After two years of training with a small group of actors at NYU, it was invaluable to break away from the familiarity of that environment and spend a summer in Minneapolis with thirsty actors from other conservatory programs. It was a joyful experience that made me bolder and showed me where I still wanted to grow.

Emily Swallow, GEx 2003

Ernest Bentley (GEx 2017) in Incurable: A Fool’s Tale. Photo by Nick Fay.

Ben Graney and Krystel Lucas (GEx 2007) in Postcards From Earth. Photo by George Byron Griffiths.

Beverly Sotelo (GEx 2006) in Confluence. Photo by George Byron Griffiths

Bret Calo, Kimberly Monks and Tia Jemison in Incurable: A Fool’s Tale. Photo by Nick Fay.

Darien Battle and Jamie Rezanour in Going Live! Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.

Kimberly Monks, Oscar Fabela, Katie Rich and Tia Jemison in Incurable: A Fool’s Tale. Photo by Nick Fay.

Jude Sandy, Richard Sloniker, Rebecca Hirota and Alex Teicheira in Caviar on Credit. Photo by George Byron Griffiths.

Arielle Yoder, Stephanie Lane, Salome Mergia, Nicole Davis, Christian Henley, Rudy Roushdi and Israel Lopez (GEx 2015) in Concrete Orange. Photo by Dan Norman. 

June Patterson (GEx 2006) in Confluence. Photo by George Byron Griffiths.

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