A Guthrie Experience

From the program director

We are thrilled to announce that A Guthrie Experience will relaunch and expand its scope in the summer of 2020. I am honored to carry the torch of this legendary program which has influenced so many lives and artistic careers.

A Guthrie Experience is designed for M.F.A. actors and theater makers to engage in a deep dive during the summer before their final year. Our purpose is to inspire a culture of collaboration and artistic excellence among early career professionals.

Maija García


M.F.A. actors with music theater/singing experience and M.F.A. theatermakers 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 theatermakers 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.

Contact us

If you have questions about the program, please contact Jeremy Jones at jeremyj@guthrietheater.org

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.

How to apply 

M.F.A. Actors

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.

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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

Production/Design Fellowships

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.

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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 jeremyj@guthrietheater.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.

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, Class of 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, Class of 2003

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