A Guthrie Experience

A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training (GEx)

A Guthrie Experience for Actors on Training (GEx) is an eight-week actor training program that brings together graduate student actors (between their second and third years of graduate school) from across the United States for the summer.

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Program details

Our program is designed to build a bridge between training and the acting profession while introducing participants to a preeminent American regional theater. The program creates the foundation of career-long relationships between young actors and the Guthrie. Our hope is that alumni will return to our stages and work in the Twin Cities throughout their careers.

Participants attend workshops and discussions with staff, guest faculty and visiting artists, see plays and participate in social events which immerse them in the Twin Cities theater community, and devise a piece of theater to be performed for the public.

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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.

Emily Swallow, 2003 Alumna

My time at the Guthrie, both in the Guthrie Experience and onstage professionally, are due specifically to one man … [Guthrie Experience Founder] Ken Washington. He helped make me into the actor I am today. For that, the Guthrie will always be a part of me.

Ricardo Chavira, 1999 Alumnus

The 2017 Guthrie Experience participants in A Fool’s Tale. Photo by Nick Fay. 

The 2017 Guthrie Experience participants in A Fool’s Tale. Photo by Nick Fay. 

The 2017 Guthrie Experience participants in A Fool’s Tale. Photo by Nick Fay. 

The 2015 Guthrie Experience participants in Concrete Orange.

The 2014 Guthrie Experience participants in Going Live! Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp. 

The 2010 Guthrie Experience participants in Macondo. Photo by Jacyln Hansel. 

The 2009 Guthrie Experience participants in Chain of Fools.

The 2008 Guthrie Experience participants in Caviar on Credit. 

The 2008 Guthrie Experience participants in Caviar on Credit.

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