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. 

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.

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.

Current Class

The Guthrie Experience class of 2022 has arrived! From all over the country, this class features actors from Brown/Trinity, Juilliard, UCLA, UCSD, Columbia, CalArts, Yale, and NYU. 

Their training will culminate in a performance of Ana Caro de Mallén y Soto's Valor, adapted and directed by Maija García. 

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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