A Guthrie Experience
M.F.A. actors with music theater/singing experience and M.F.A. theater makers with expertise in design (scenic/prop, costume, lighting, projection, sound), production or stage management are encouraged to apply before their final year of graduate school.
A seven-week summer intensive for M.F.A. actors and theater makers designed to cultivate future leaders of the American theater. Curriculum includes workshops with master teachers, professional mentorship, the opportunity to develop a new work in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio and a cultural immersion in the vibrant Twin Cities’ theater scene.
June 22 – August 8, 2020
The Guthrie’s state-of-the art facility on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.
How to apply
Auditions will be held in select cities between December 2019 and March 2020.
- If you are part of an M.F.A. program and have signed up for an audition through your program director, please complete the application 48 hours prior to your audition.
- If you are an individual who would like to schedule an audition in one of the cities we're visiting, please complete the form and we will follow up with availability.
What to prepare
- Two monologues, one contemporary and one classical
- A piece of dramatic literature, poetry or prose, set to movement
- A song you love to sing, any genre — sung a cappella
We're currently offering fellowships in the following areas: Costume Design, Sound Design, Lighting Design, Projection Design, Scenic/Prop Design, Production Management and Stage Management.
To apply for a Production/Design Fellowship, please complete the application by February 28, 2020. If you are selected as a candidate, an interview may be scheduled.
What to prepare
Please upload a cover letter and theater resume (with a link to your website or digital portfolio) and complete the online application. Materials may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
History and alumni
Launched in 1997 under the leadership of Kenneth Washington and Marcela Lorca, A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training 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 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, Casandra Freeman, Miriam Hyman, Josh Radnor, Corey Stoll and Emily Swallow, among others.