In The Community

In the community 

Community is one of the Guthrie’s core values, and we believe that what happens outside our walls informs what happens inside them. That’s why we strive to deepen our connection to the arts and each other through audience-engaging events and partnerships with schools and nonprofit organizations across the Twin Cities and beyond. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately.

Guthrie Education Network 

As part of our mission to engage the next generation through theater, we launched the Guthrie Education Network in 2016 to encourage students to “think like an artist” and use creativity to solve challenges in their communities. We planted our first few teaching artists in local schools with a plan to expand across the state — and the program is still going strong today.

During our 2017–2018 Season, 10 teaching artists spent a total of 2,500 classroom hours working with staff and students to develop custom arts curricula that leveraged the Guthrie’s artistic resources. And we hope to place even more teaching artists in more Minnesota schools in the years to come.

Stories from the Drum 

In summer 2017, the Guthrie collaborated with Indigenous Direction to produce Water Is Sacred — a performance that blended ceremony, music, text, dance and discussion to celebrate water and acknowledge how water has been threatened on Indigenous lands. Stories from the Drum builds on this important work. Both projects seek to expand and deepen relationships with the Indigenous communities who hold ties to the Mississippi River and the sacred land on which the Guthrie sits.  

We began work on Stories from the Drum in September 2018 as part of Theatre Forward’s Advancing Strong Theatre grant program.

The project includes:

  • A series of community workshops that celebrate and amplify Indigenous voices through storytelling
  • Tickets to Guthrie performances that include audience engagement activities, free transportation and pre-show communal conversation and meals
  • Public performances on the McGuire Proscenium Stage June 1–2 developed and directed by Indigenous community members

Scenes from A Purple Celebration, a Guthrie Happening. Photo by Brandon Werth.

Scenes from A Purple Celebration, a Guthrie Happening. Photo by Brandon Werth.

Scenes from A Purple Celebration, a Guthrie Happening. Photo by Brandon Werth.

Artistic Director Joseph Haj shares his personal journey during An Immigrants’ Cabaret, a Guthrie Happening. Photo by Nathan Dale Studios. 

Brendon Chan and Celeste Lanuza perform during An Immigrants’ Cabaret, a Guthrie Happening. Photo by Nathan Dale Studios. 

Morgan Holmes performs during An Immigrants’ Cabaret, a Guthrie Happening. Photo by Nathan Dale Studios.

Students from Patrick Henry High School explore the building during their visit to see Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. Photo by Nathan Dale Studios.

Teaching Artist Alex Hathaway works with students of Harding Senior High School before they visit the Guthrie. Photo by Ryan Melling. 

Teaching Artists Marci Lucht and Jay Owen Eisenberg work with students of Harding Senior High School before they visit the Guthrie. Photo by Ryan Melling. 

Courtesy of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Laura Alpizar. 

Audience members watch Water Is Sacred in the Dowling Studio. Photo by Rich Ryan. 

Performers of Water Is Sacred in the Dowling Studio. Photo by Rich Ryan. 

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