“[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
2019-2020 is TRP’s 68th Anniversary Season, and marks its 50th year on the West Bank. It is the longest-running theatre in Minneapolis, and second only to Old Log Dinner Theatre in Excelsior as the oldest (non-academic) theatre in the Twin Cities region.
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]
Every year, more than 450 people contribute their time and talents — 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, making available its 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 25% of its operating budget comes from patron donations and grants.
Jeeves in Bloom, produced in 2018, was the theatre’s 550th 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 four full-time positions and two part-time positions.
Auditions are open to anyone in the community. In 2015-16, 631 people auditioned for shows at the theatre; 30% of them (186) were new to the theatre. Its listing of 3,000+ 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 the state. [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, coordinate the technical operations, review the finances and marketing, and more.
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 the visual aspects of a production to patrons with visual impairment — is also available free of charge.
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TRP’s role in building theatre in the Twin Cities: CLICK HERE
Who has worked at TRP?: CLICK HERE