Artists at Work

We are who we collaborate with

Here at the Guthrie we consider ourselves lucky – every year, some 300 world-class actors, directors and designers cross our stages. That’s not to mention our 150-person staff production team of technicians and artisans who are among the best in the business. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to build the extraordinary productions we do.


Actress Sally Wingert gives us a glimpse into life behind-the-scenes as an actor.

Discover how Fight Director Kara Wooten turned her mother’s Southern cotillion dream into an empowering career of choreographing fights for the stage

Setting the stage with scenery – an inside look at set design

Hitting all the right notes – the science of Stephen Sondheim’s music

Building the production – the magic of making it rain onstage

Making space to play – a director’s approach to the rehearsal process

Scenic artists at work – an inside look at our paint shop

Telling a story with lights – an inside look at lighting design

Creating an environment for artists to work – an inside look at stage management

When mere words aren’t enough – an inside look at musicals

Transforming the space – from a bare stage to a South Pacific island

Dressing the part – an inside look at costume design

There is a strong connection at the Guthrie between the life on stage and the audience. I found this invigorating and really unusual. It is a terrific place in which to explore theater.

Arthur Miller, Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright


Drapers and tailors and stitchers, oh my! Using a costume designer’s sketch, our costume department builds each one of our costumes by hand. 

After our carpenters and painters build the scenery in our shop, it’s ready for load-in. Scenery is moved through the production link and onto the stage. Each floor, or deck, is unique to the production. 

From reupholstering an armchair to making a custom candle, our props artisans build unique props and also refurbish props from stock.  

Alas, poor painters! Our artists can create period wallpaper on a grand scale, a recreation of a famous Seurat painting, stunningly realistic woodgrain, and everything in between.

A bird’s eye view of the scene shop showcases carpenters at work on a set for Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

Each of our scenic artists is a jack-of-all-trades, with the ability to weld structures in all shapes and sizes directly from the imaginations of our scenic designers.

It takes a village to create scenery for three stages. Here the painters put the final touches on a custom stained-glass window. 

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Know Before You Go

First-Timer's Guide

A handy know-before-you-go guide

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The Glass Menagerie

September 14 - October 27
A poetic memory play 

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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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