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UMN theater and dance students create podcast, bridging artistic divisions

UMN theater and dance students create podcast, bridging artistic divisions

Nina Raemont, Associate A&E Reporter

September 9, 2020

"The Peercast" will feature arts-related news and conversations with Twin Cities creatives, intending to close the gap between programs within the UMTAD department.

Get front row (virtual) seats to local music and art focused on racial justice

Local Minneapolis Band Sapphire poses for a portrait at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Sunday, Sep. 6th. The group will soon perform for the first time in over eight months at the Amplifying Solidarity concert series.

Meg Bishop, Associate A&E Reporter

September 8, 2020

Northrop teamed up with student organizations to stream concerts and a film about the responses to the killing of George Floyd.

Q&A: Jennifer Melin Miller, co-producer of “Hadestown” and Carlson MBA alumni

Courtesy of Jennifer Melin Miller. Photo by Amy Melin.

Nina Raemont

July 15, 2020

Jennifer Melin Miller, a University of Minnesota alumni, became involved in investing and producing Broadway shows over five years ago. She’s found great success in her investments and even has some Tonys to show for it.  A&E talked to Miller about Broadway, investing in theater and the f...

UMN theater students create short film on finding queer love — via Zoom

University of Minnesota Theater Majors Reilly Arena, left, and Sabrina Diehl play two queer characters with anxiety disorders in a story of Zoom romance amid the pandemic.  The short film is available for free viewing on YouTube.

Meg Bishop

June 4, 2020

Video calls became the new “Want to grab coffee sometime?” to maintain social distancing guidelines and other coronavirus safety precautions that have been in place for the last three months. Amid Minneapolis’ stay-at-home order and the government's call for nationwide social distancing, meeting up...

Student-led theatre fields short plays about pre-COVID living

Sarah Mai

Meg Bishop

June 2, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, it’s hard not to get nostalgic about the way things were just a few months ago. University of Minnesota students Mac Scheldt and Katelyn McLane of Little Red Theatre Company came together to create the project "Tiny Plays from Quarantine", which aims to remind pe...

Topping 2,300 entries, theater “bakeoff” brings camaraderie to quarantine

<p>Illustration by Sarah Mai</p>

Alex Strangman

March 29, 2020

Minutes before the stream even went live, the comment section was buzzing with activity as people from across the globe tuned in for live script readings of the 10 finalists from the “Quarantine Playwriting Bakeoff.” The competition, which went viral almost overnight, was created by a group of students from the University of Minnesota’s theater program, wi...

UMN theater students’ creative quarantine competition goes viral

Sarah Mai

Alex Strangman

March 15, 2020

As people across the globe are stuck in quarantine, many are looking for ways to escape this new dystopian-like reality. A few University of Minnesota students came up with their best attempt to beat isolation. Three students in the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA program, Gus Mahoney, Nigel Ber...

Minnesota theaters welcome a first-ever ‘Jubilee’ year

Actress Sushma Saha tries out a new means of transportation during a break at a rehearsal for

Norah Kleven

February 24, 2020

Theater's ever-evolving persona is taking a turn this year as one group looks to change the conversation about diversity in produced works. The Jubilee is a year-long theater festival which invites participants to produce works written by or about traditionally excluded voices. As of January, 126 theat...

“MOTH”: using the stage to process trauma

<p>Courtesy of  Sophina Saggau.</p>

Ksenia Gorinshteyn

February 6, 2020

On a night out to the theater in the Twin Cities, you will find yourself among Shakespeares, Arthur Millers and Tennessee Williamses. However three University of Minnesota alumni want to present Australian playwright Declan Greene’s two-person play, “MOTH.” Ben Lohrberg and Sophina Saggau, both grad...

Building a brave space

Chicago based circus

Becca Most

June 12, 2019

A group of about 100 audience members edged the corners of the square studio space, shyly looking in wonder at the sea of white fabric that took up most of the floorspace.  The cloth seemed to breathe, moving softly up and down, the red lights underneath it making glowing pink pockets below the...