History of TRP

Founded in 1952, TRP is the longest-running theatre in Minneapolis, and second only to Old Log Dinner Theatre in Excelsior as the oldest theatre in the Twin Cities region. It is the fourth-oldest community theatre in the state, after Duluth (1914), Fargo-Moorhead (1946), and Rochester Civic (1951).


(8:12 – Aired Oct 13, 2012)

Featured on Minnesota Original, the weekly art series of Twin Cities Public Television (TPT).

TRP: For the Love Of It

(Part 1 – 6:44) | Part 2 – 9:17)

TRP Artists look back on creating its shows.

(68:56 – Aired 2019)

The history of Theatre in the Round Players.


A group of seven artists set out a goal to begin a theatre supported by members.


The theatre moved to a new location which brought about new growth opportunities.


The theatre moved to its current location with all operations under one roof.


TRP pioneered theatre for under represented communities in the Twin Cities.

(1980s and 90s)

TRP painted its facade with a mural of its blueprint and was an initial host theatre for Fringe Fest.


TRP surpassed 50 seasons and completed facility renovations to ensure years of continued success.

(2020-  )

After going dark for a pandemic, TRP has returned with more seasons.

Alphabetical listing