Twin Cities theaters team up to bring more diversity to the stage


Five theaters from across the country are teaming up to stage culturally diverse productions.

“We believe this is a major initiative that could have incredible national implications,” said Peter Brosius, artistic director of the Children’s Theater Company.

The Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis and the Penumbra Theater of St. Paul are part of “Generation Now”.

Brosius says the initiative calls for the development of 16 new plays created by Black, Native, Latino and Asian American writers from the Pacific Islands.

“I think what’s exciting is that there is such a need for people to see themselves on stage. There is such a need to make sure all the stories are told.”

The group is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with a grant of $ 1.5 million.

“The way this is going to work is that there will be a series of targeted partnerships where the work is co-commissioned, which means that we will be in discussion. We will determine which ideas, which writers, which projects seem the most exciting then. we will work individually in partnership.

Brosius said the vision is for the plays to ignite conversations, excite audiences and promote a culture of inclusion.

“We look forward to seeing the impact this work will have.”


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