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Community engagement

Theater is for everyone, which is why we build 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 Native community members

The Twin Cities is home to many Dakota and Anishinaabe Peoples 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 artmaking by offering free classes and fellowships for emerging Native artists and community trainings about decolonizing/indigenizing professional spaces and processes.

The Guthrie also commissioned Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) and Ty Defoe (Oneida and Ojibwe Nations) to develop a theater piece, For the People, which premiered in October 2023 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. This work is made possible with support from The Joyce Foundation.

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 partners offer real-world insight to our artists through valuable conversation, research or field trips. The Guthrie can help 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 Amanda White at amanda.white@guthrietheater.org.

Current partners 

All Square, The Advocates for Human Rights, The Aliveness Project, Beauty Lounge Minneapolis, CAIR-MN, Curl Power Salon, East Side Freedom Library, Flip Phone Events, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, Juxtaposition Arts, Legacy Arts Group, members of the Twin Cities Indigenous community, Partnership Resources, Inc., 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.

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. 

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

Happening: A Purple Celebration. Photo by Brandon Werth. 

Luminous Current, a light-based art installation created by teen artists D’Angelo Raymond and Temesgen Besha in partnership with Juxtaposition Arts. Photo by Riché Effinger.

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

A workshop of For the People, written by Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) and Ty Defoe (Oneida and Ojibwe Nations) in collaboration with members of the Twin Cities Native community, was recently held at the Minneapolis American Indian Center with a talented group of local Native artists.

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