A Guthrie Experience

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Auditions for A Guthrie Experience 2023 are complete.

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 successful relaunch of A Guthrie Experience last June, we are thrilled to begin auditioning actors for summer 2023. I am honored to carry the torch of this legendary program that has influenced so many lives and artistic careers. 

Maija García
Director of Education and 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 collaborate on a production in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio.


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


This seven-week summer intensive will run from June 20 to August 7, 2023.


Auditions will be held on the East Coast in October 2022 and on the West Coast in November 2022.

  • 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

Contact us

View our FAQ or email Maija García at maijag@guthrietheater.org or Cody Kour at codyk@guthrietheater.org.

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 alumnus 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.

Frequently asked questions


Myka Cue, Oye Ehikhamhen (GEx 2021) in Valor. Photo: Tom Wallace

Junior Nyong'o (GEx 2021) in Valor. Photo: Tom Wallace

The cast of Valor (GEx 2021). Photo: Tom Wallace

Rachel Towne, Oye Ehikhamhen, Rodd Cyrus (GEx 2021) in Valor. Photo: Tom Wallace

Clew, Noelle Franco (GEx 2021) in Valor. Photo: Tom Wallace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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