Level Nine

Community. Conversation. $9 tickets.

From reduced ticket prices to dynamic community events to a fresh series of original plays, the Guthrie’s ninth floor has undergone a groundbreaking transformation. 

Learn more about Level Nine and upcoming events below. We hope to see you soon!


Level Nine is:

Theater for everyone
All tickets to all Level Nine performances are $9.

Vital art
We will produce and present work by acclaimed national or international artists and companies.

Impactful new work
We will commission a play by an accomplished playwright, creating art that addresses pressing questions in our society.

Devised theater
We will host three devising ensembles, which start their work with no script, over the next three years.

Homegrown theater
Local and regional theater companies, with support from the Guthrie, will continue to shape the Dowling Studio.

Community dialogue
Conversations, town hall meetings, readings, dance parties - special events will address current events and track our collective history.

Upcoming events

The celebrated Texan theater collective comes to Minnesota

an original work by Rude Mechs
directed by Thomas Graves
with text by Kirk Lynn and original compositions by Peter Stopschinski

July 7 - 15
Dowling Studio

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2018–2019 presentations

Two Degrees

The Guthrie Theater presents PRIME Productions’
Two Degrees
by Tira Palmquist 
directed by Shelli Place

October 5–21, 2018
Dowling Studio

Hot Funky Butt Jazz!

The Guthrie Theater presents Interact Theater’s production of
Hot Funky Butt Jazz!
created by the Interact Ensemble
directed by Jeanne Calvit
music and lyrics by Aaron Gabriel
featuring New Orleans' musicians Zena Moses, Jeremy Phipps and Eugene Harding

November 3–18, 2018
Dowling Studio

Leaves of Grass – Illuminated

The Guthrie Theater presents
Leaves of Grass – Illuminated
written and performed by Patrick Scully
from the text by Walt Whitman

July 12–14, 2019
Dowling Studio


The Guthrie Theater presents Full Circle Theater’s production of
by Christopher Chen
directed by Rick Shiomi

May 17 – June 2, 2019
Dowling Studio

A community can be measured by the questions its theater asks.

Former Artistic Director Liviu Ciulei

I see Level Nine as an “agora”— to use the Greek phrase — a civic space, a place of dialogue, a place to wrestle with ideas.

Artistic Director Joseph Haj

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West Side Story

June 16 - August 26 
An iconic American musical

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Not Every Mountain

July 7-15 
Featuring Austin, TX theater collective Rude Mechs

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