Our Community

Community engagement

We believe that theater is for everyone, which is why we’re committed to building mutually beneficial relationships with diverse groups across the Twin Cities. By investing in local partners and collaborating with them to create relevant programs and events, we strive to bring the community and the Guthrie together both on and off the stage.

Our work with the Native community

The Twin Cities is the home of many Dakota and Anishinaabe people, as well as other Native communities. We honor their heritage, stewardship and relationship to this place by collaborating with Turtle Theater Collective and Indigenous Direction to create accurate work about, for and with Indigenous peoples.

Together with Indigenous Direction co-founders Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) and Ty Defoe (Haudenosaunee, Six Nations/Anishinaabe Nation), we’ve produced Water Is Sacred and Stories From the Drum on our stages, which engaged and featured members of the Native community.

Upcoming work

We’re honored to continue this journey of community art-making by offering free classes and fellowships for emerging Native artists, and community trainings about decolonizing/indigenizing professional spaces and processes. The Guthrie has also commissioned FastHorse and Defoe to develop a theater piece, to be performed at a later date.

This work is made possible through support from The Joyce Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Become a community partner 

How it works

We strive to grow mutually beneficial partnerships that are as diverse and wide-ranging as our programming and community. Our community partners offer real-world insight to our artists through valuable conversation, research or field trips. The Guthrie can amplify a partner’s work by inviting them to participate in post-play discussions or showcasing their work in production-related materials. Our goal is that everyone benefits from the experience of working together on these highly invested collaborations, and that we build lasting relationships. 

Start a conversation 

To explore the idea of becoming a community partner, contact Rebecca Noon at rebeccan@guthrietheater.org.

Current partners 

All Square, The Advocates for Human Rights, The Aliveness Project, Beauty Lounge, Curl Power Salon, The East Side Freedom Library, The Humphrey School of Policy and Planning, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Legacy Arts Group, members of the Twin Cities’ Indigenous community, Partnership Resources, Inc., The United Theological Seminary.

Past events

Hair Salon, in conjunction with Steel Magnolias, featuring Sasha Cassadine in partnership with Flip Phone Events. Photo by Rebecca Jean Lawrence

Happening: A Response to Islamophobia, in partnership with CAIR-MN. Photo by Nathan Dale Studios.

Happening: An Immigrants Cabaret, featuring Greg Angel (bass), Denise Prosek (piano), Darius Jordan Lee, Mia Pinero, Tyler Michaels King and Lamar Jefferson. Photo by Nathan Dale Studios. 

Happening: Water is Sacred, featuring Emma Geyer (Manitou Rapids Anishinabe), Sharon Day (Ojibwe), Eileen Hudon (Anishinabe, White Earth, Crane Clan), and Bridget Saice-Childs Photo by Rich Ryan. 

Happening: A Purple Celebration. Photo by Brandon Werth. 

Luminous Current. Created in partnership with Juxtaposition Arts and designed by D'Angelo Raymond and Temesgen Besha. Photo by Riché Effinger.

Happening: The Art of Surviving, featuring Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. Photo by Dan Norman.

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