“[TRP is one of] a few local playhouses widely acknowledged as Institutions with a capital ‘I’ . . . the founders of Theatre in the Round Players didn’t realize in 1952 they were helping to create a national model . . . thus has this ‘community theater’ – whose alumni have invigorated many other stages – helped build the theater community.” -Minneapolis Star Tribune
2001-2002 was TRP’s 50th Anniversary Season. Only one (non-academic) theatre in the Twin Cities is older than TRP — Old Log Dinner Theatre in Excelsior, which was founded in 1942.
TRP produces 9 shows with performances on weekends, one of the few theatres offering mainstage productions year-round.
TRP performs on a unique arena stage in a century-old building. [more info follows]
An average of 400 people contribute their time and talents every year — in acting, backstage work, and support services. TRP alumni appear on- and off-Broadway, in film and television, and in regional theatres and teaching. [more info follows]
The theatre serves as a major resource for the local performing arts community — with large collections of props, costumes, and sets; databases of actors, directors, and designers. [more info follows]
The theatre is self-supporting, with its principal source of income from the box office. About 15% of its operating budget comes from patron donations and grants.
Uncle Vanya, part of TRP’s 55th season, was the theatre’s 450th mainstage show.
Several theatres in the Twin Cities got their start at TRP, including Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, one of the nation’s preeminent African-American theatres, and the Youth Performance Company, one of the top youth theatres. [more info follows]
The theatre maintains a paid staff of three positions.
Auditions are open to anyone in the community. An average of 80 people audition each month, of which 30 are new to TRP. Its listing of 2,200 actors is often used by theatres, casting agencies, filmmakers, and others.
In the biennial Festival of American Community Theatre, TRP has won first-place at the state level seven times, first-place at the regional level twice, and a national title — a record for theatre in Minnesota. [more info follows]
TRP does not have an artistic director on staff: the theatre hires professional directors for each production.
Theatre in the Round Players, Inc. is a membership organization, open to anyone interested in its work and mission. There is no membership fee. There are more than 800 registered members. At an annual meeting, members elect the volunteer Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors oversee all operations of the theatre. Committees choose the play titles and artistic directors.
The theatre’s facilities are accessible for audience members using wheelchairs. Equipment to help audience members hear is provided free of charge. Assisted viewing of performances — in which a narrator describes visual elements of a production to patrons with visual impairment — is also available free of charge.
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Community Theatre: CLICK HERE
A Unique Stage in a Unique Building: CLICK HERE
The Building: CLICK HERE
Helping Build Local Theatre: CLICK HERE
Alumni (a brief listing of people who have worked at TRP): CLICK HERE