Level Nine

See theater that’s brave, immediate and deeply engaging.

You may know Level Nine as the home of our photo-worthy Amber Box or the location of the Dowling Studio. What you may not know is that we’re redefining the theater experience on our top floor. It’s intimate, spontaneous and you never know who or what you may discover.


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

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

Former Artistic Director Liviu Ciulei

2019–2020 Season presentations

Single tickets start at $9 for select performances. Local presentations for the 2019–2020 Dowling Studio Season are now on sale. Additional productions will be announced at a later date.

Zafira and the Resistance 

The Guthrie Theater presents
a New Arab American Theater Works production of
Zafira and the Resistance

October 11–27, 2019
Dowling Studio

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Fast Company

The Guthrie Theater presents
a Theater Mu production of
Fast Company
directed by BRIAN BALCOM

November 8–24, 2019
Dowling Studio

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The Guthrie Theater presents
created and performed by VIE BOHEME

March 20–28, 2020
Dowling Studio

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Níke Kadri and JaBen Early in the Guthrie’s production of We Are Proud to Present, part of the 2016–2017 Season. Photo by Dan Norman.

Melinda Lopez in Mala, an ArtsEmerson production presented during the 2017–2018 Season. Photo by Paul Morotta.

Katie Bradley and Brian Kim in Full Circle Theater’s production of Caught, part of the 2018–2019 Season. Photo by K. Bachman.

Norah Long and Jennifer Whitlock in PRIME Productions’ Two Degrees, during the 2018–2019 Season. Photo by Dan Norman.

Cast members of Birds Sing Differently Here, produced by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project as part of the 2017–2018 Season. Photo by Dreamland Arts.

Frank Boyd in The Holler Sessions, presented in collaboration with the TEAM during the 2016–2017 Season. Photo by Maria Baranova.

Cast members of Not Every Mountain, created and performed by Rude Mechs and ensemble during our 2017–2018 Season. Photo by Dan Norman.

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Know Before You Go

First-Timer's Guide

A handy know-before-you-go guide

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2019–2020 SEASON

Explore Our Season

Courageous new work with must-see classics you know and love. 

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July 27 – August 31
An insightful new comedy

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