Announcing the Cast of A New Brain

C Ryan Shipley (Roger Delli-Bovi) and Riley McNutt (Gordon Schwinn)

C Ryan Shipley (Roger Delli-Bovi) and Riley McNutt (Gordon Schwinn)

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Gordon Schwinn is the frustrated composer of a children’s TV show who, on one otherwise ordinary day, collapses into his lunch and wakes up in the hospital. As doctors and nurses fly in and out of his room, trying to figure out what’s wrong with his brain, Gordon drifts in and out of consciousness as he contemplates his life, legacy, and the meaning of music—all while navigating his relationships with his best friend, mother, and boyfriend. Oh, and he’s also being haunted by Mr. Bungee, an imaginary frog and the star of the children’s show he’s supposed to be composing for. A semi-autobiographical musical by Tony Award-winning composer William Finn, A New Brain features Finn’s signature lyricism and is an unexpectedly funny, relatable, and ultimately touching meditation on how beautiful the world is when we slow down enough to look.


Riley McNutt is a familiar face to Artistry audiences, having taken on such roles as Marius in Les Miserables and Motel in Fiddler on the Roof . He was most recently seen in 2018's Noises Off (Lloyd Dallas) and Candide. Riley's other Twin Cities credits include Theatre Latté Da, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Trademark Theater, and the Ordway.

C Ryan Shipley played Bert in last fall's production of Mary Poppins. His other Artistry credits include The Music Man (Olin Britt), The Drowsy Chaperone (Robert Martin), Singin' in the Rain (Don Lockwood) On the Town (Gabey), 42nd Street (Billy Lawlor), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), among others. He has also appeared at Park Square Theater, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, and the Old Log Theater.


Bradley Greenwald last appeared at Artistry in 2018's production of Follies (Benjamin Stone). He also led The Baker's Wife (Aimable Castagnet). Bradley is one of the Twin Cities most beloved actors, with credits including Jungle Theater, Guthrie Theater, and Theatre Latté Da, among numerous others. This is, interestingly, not the first time he has played a frog: Bradley played Frog in A Year With Frog and Toad at Children's Theater Company.


Mary Palazzolo, Caitin Burns, Sarah DeYong, and Reese Britts also return to Artistry for A New Brain. Mary Palazzolo was last seen in Footloose (Lulu Warnicker) and also played Paulette Bonafonté in Legally Blonde. Caitlin Burns played Sally Durant-Plummer in Follies, as well as Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins and Belinda Blair in Noises Off. Sarah DeYong is most recognizable to Artistry audiences as Amalia Balash in She Loves Me; she also appeared in Legally Blonde and Follies (Young Heidi). Reese Britts returns to Artistry for the second time after playing Willard Hewitt in Footloose this summer.


Jen Burleigh-Bentz, Rodolfo Nieto, and Evan Tyler Wilson also all make their Artistry debut in A New Brain. Jen Burleigh-Bentz appeared on Broadway in Mamma Mia as Tanya, and her local credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Duluth Playhouse, and the Ordway. Rodolfo Nieto is an accomplished opera and musical theater performer who has appeared in the Twin Cities with Minnesota Opera, Theatre Latté Da, and Mill City Summer Opea. Evan Tyler Wilson was a part of the Drama Desk-award-winning Off-Broadway Company of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. He has also been seen at Asolo Rep, Theatre Latté Da, and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.


Fall Classes & Workshops Announced

Our newest selection of classes is open for registration. This season, we're welcoming guest teaching artists to our studios and introducing new offerings by known-and-loved Artistry instructors. The 2019 Fall Session is brimming with possibilities! Read about some of our featured workshops below ↓


Sumi-e: Ink Play with Scenes of Autumn
Instructor: Susan Frame

Saturday, September 14

Have fun learning to paint colorful maple leaves and little birds. We'll use ink, watercolor, rice paper, and bamboo brushes to capture the beauty of this season. Join us to learn and refine your brushwork skills in a non-intimidating, relaxing environment. Emphasis is on expressive painting from the heart, learning new techniques, and developing a personal style. Open to beginning through advanced artists. Watercolorists and other painters will also find this useful.


Continuing Clay
Instructor: Risa Nishiguchi

Section A: Mondays, Sept 9 - Oct 14
Section B: Monday,s Oct 28 - Dec 9

Have you learned some clay basics, but are hoping to move your process to the next level? Explore techniques in handbuilding and wheel throwing with a new-found energy and appreciation as you discover different ways to think about clay in this class for continuing students. Problem-solve, take risks, and move your work to the next level with individualized instructor attention in an encouraging and fun atmosphere.


Pastel Portraits
Instructor: Ann Solyst

Saturdays, Sept 14 - Oct 5

Dive into the world of portraiture using the classic and versatile medium of pastel. With the help of guided exercises and teacher demonstrations this class will make portraiture more approachable and enjoyable by giving students tools and foundations to support them in their work. Students will learn about negative space, line, and value, while experiencing along with fellow students the fun of creating an expressive and compelling portrait in an easy-going atmosphere.


Drawing to Painting
Instructor: Sharon Stadther

Section A: Mondays, Sept 9 - Oct 14
Section B: Mondays, Oct 28 - Dec 9

Learn to create a painting from start to finish in this special two-session class inspired by the methods of the old masters. Session 1 covers value, perspective, composition, and relationships, and culminates with the process of transferring student's charcoal sketch to canvas. Session 2, students pick up brushes, paint, and palettes, and learn just how important value is and how to utilize the whole canvas. Class will further study focal points, explore color and color mixing, tint, tones, and hues.

Announcing the Cast of Our Town


Linda Kelsey as the Stage Manager

Linda Kelsey as the Stage Manager

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One of the most enduring plays in American history, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town tells the story of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, and the simultaneously remarkable and quotidian lives of its inhabitants over the twelve long (and short) years from 1901 to 1913. Narrated by the omnipotent Stage Manager and anchored by the love story of young George Gibbs and Emily Webb, Our Town is a play about life: at once epic, ordinary, and fleeting. The New York Times writes: “Our Townpresents a long-gone way of American life, yet the eternal verities it embraces are as touching as ever.”


Linda Kelsey* is a veteran stage and screen actress best known for her television work in Lou Grant, for which she earned three Golden Globe and five Emmy Award nominations. Her other T.V. credits include E.R., The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and M*A*S*H*. Kelsey has appeared on almost every major stage in the Twin Cities, including the Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, and Park Square - where she played the title role in Mary Stuart, among many others. In 2009, the Star Tribune wrote: "Frequently we lose talent to the coasts...Rarely, following great success, do we see them return to the Midwest. How fortunate we are that Linda Kelsey is an exception."


Jelani Pitcher and Brianna Joy Ford are both Chicago-based actors making their Artistry and Minnesota debuts in Our Town. 2016 graduates of the competitive B.F.A. Acting program at Ithaca College, Jelani and Brianna have worked extensively across the East Coast and Midwest, and their combined credits include the Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, EDGE of Orion, Ithaca Shakespeare Company, 4615 Theatre Company, The Kitchen Theater, Piven Theatre, Cider Mill Playhouse, and TimeLine Theater. A vibrantly talented on-and-off stage couple, Artistry is thrilled to introduce Jelani and Brianna to the Twin Cities theater community.


Ansa Akyea* is a Swiss-born Ghanaian-American actor and graduate of the University of Iowa's distinguished Masters of Fine Arts Acting program. He has worked as an actor and director at some of the best local and regional theaters throughout the Twin Cities and Chicago, including the Guthrie Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Park Square Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, and more. Ansa is the recipient of the 2011 Playwrights' Center McKnight Award for Acting, City Pages Best Actor award, the 2013 Minnesota Playwrights' Center Many Voices Fellowship, and an Ivey award for the Guthrie Theater's production of Clybourne Park.

Adelin Phelps is a darling of the Twin Cities theater scene, with credits including Trademark Theatre, the History Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Theatre Latté Da, WLDRNSS, Walking Shadow, Frank Theatre, Dark and Stormy, Swandive Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, and Transatlantic Love Affair, where she is a core company member. She will make her Guthrie debut after Our Town, playing Annelle in Steel Magnolias.

Jason Ballweber is an actor and director with an emphasis on creating new work. His credits include Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Sod House Theater, Yellow Tree Theatre, Three Sticks Theatre, Jon Ferguson Theater, Live Action Set, Bedlam Theatre, Minnesota Orchestra, Manitoba Theater for Young People, Seattle Children's Theatre, Know Theatre of Cincinnati (Acclaim Award for his direction of Sideways Stories from Wayside School), Open Eye Figure Theatre (where he co-created and directed the Ivey Award-winning Milly and Tillie), and Children's Theater Company, where he directed the North American Premiere of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. He is a founder and company member at Four Humors Theater.

Elise Langer was born and raised in Paris, France, and relocated to California at 15, and Minnesota in adulthood. A bilingual, bicultural actor with extensive experience in physical theatre and clowning, Elise's credits include Children's Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, History Theatre, and Open Eye Figure Theatre. She holds a bachelor's degree in Acting from UC San Diego, and trained at the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Elise has been the recipient of an Ivey Award (for Milly and Tillie) and a McKnight Theatre Fellowship.

* Member AEA


Join Us for an "Art Chat" on July 24!


Bloomington seeks input from artists and other creatives about their artistic space needs!

Artistry, in partnership with The City of Bloomington and Springboard for the Arts, invite artists and creative workers to share what type of artist spaces you would like to see in Bloomington, specifically in (but not exclusive to) the 98th Street and Lyndale Avenue area. Examples include artist studios, co-working, rehearsal, performance, gallery/exhibition, or live/work space. We want to hear from you!

Date: Wednesday, July 24 from 5 - 8 p.m.

Address: 609 W 98th St Bloomington 55420 (formerly Nutrition Plus)

Artists and creative workers of all disciplines and levels welcome! Stop by any time during this interactive open house and share with us. Creative activities, food, and refreshments provided.

More info:

Behind-the-Scenes of "Footloose" Rehearsal

Angela Steele (center) with the cast of  Footloose

Angela Steele (center) with the cast of Footloose

Footloose opens two weeks from Friday, and Director Benjamin McGovern is having the time of his life: “Rehearsals are exhilarating because of all the energy these young performers bring to the room,” he says.

But the show also has a deeper message — one of hope and healing after trauma. “One of the things we’re talking a lot about is how a whole town can exhibit trauma and how trauma can live in the body, and how dance and the physical expression of dane can release that in a way that’s tremendous and joyous.” Says McGovern, who has teamed up with Music Director Anita Ruth and Choreographer Heidi Spesard-Noble for Footloose. “This play is, in some ways, a journey from something unanswered in the body that gets answered through dance. But how that also translates to the emotional health of an entire town.”

Check out rehearsal video on our youtube page.

Emily Scinto, Alyson Enderle, Erin Nicole Farsté and Ethan Davenport

Emily Scinto, Alyson Enderle, Erin Nicole Farsté and Ethan Davenport

Angela Steele and Erin Nicole Farsté

Angela Steele and Erin Nicole Farsté

Angela Steele and Ethan Davenport

Angela Steele and Ethan Davenport

Angela Steele (center) and the cast of  Footloose

Angela Steele (center) and the cast of Footloose

Artistry to Host ECI Fellow-Curated Exhibition


We’re excited to share the news that a new fellowship program for emerging curators  is launching in the Twin Cities! New Twin Cities-based Emerging Curators Institute offers  fellowships to emerging curators in Minnesota with a $3k stipend, exhibition funding, curatorial mentorship, and a curatorial learning intensive. Applications are available here through June 28.

The first program of its kind in the region, the Emerging Curators  Institute (ECI) hopes to fill the opportunity gap in the curatorial field by offering stipends and  exhibition funding for Minnesota-based emerging curators. ECI aims to foster critical dialogue around curatorial practice and will host a series of public programs that will be free and open to  the public, bringing nationally-recognized curators to speak in Twin Cities.

We are especially pleased to announce that Artistry has been selected as a host for one of these fellow-curated exhibitions. The exhibition will take place January 2020 - check back for more announcements soon!

Andrea Specht Receives New “Diane Darr Award for Artistry Excellence”

Andrea Specht and Board Member John Gibbs

Andrea Specht and Board Member John Gibbs

The Artistry Board of Directors presented outgoing Executive Director & Chief Advancement Officer Andrea Specht with the inaugural Diane Darr Award for Artistry Excellence at a special luncheon on Tuesday, June 11. The event brought together donors to the Diane Darr Fund for Bloomington’s Future, launched in 2018, and the Andrea Specht Appreciation Fund, which has raised more than $80,000 and counting for Artistry.  

The Diane Darr Award for Artistry Excellence is named for Andrea’s friend and mentor, and it will serve as a living tribute to an extraordinary citizen artist and the founding mother of the Bloomington Art Center.

According to Board Member John Gibbs, who presented the Award, “’Transformational’ is an overused word, but sometimes, truly appropriate. Today, we recognize Andrea for her genuinely transformative actions. In a little less than a decade Andrea has left a permanent mark and forced a gigantic leap forward in to bringing this community together to think bigger, professionalize the theater, inspire our placemaking, assure that no ideas, creativity or individuals are marginalized – and generally push us all toward the ideal of artistic excellence.”  

In describing the woman for whom this Award is named, Board President Karen Snedeker said, “As a civic leader, Diane helped to found numerous organizations that distinguish Bloomington to this day. Diane has always championed the convictions that continue to underscore Artistry’s work: the conviction that high quality arts experiences are essential to a vibrant, forward-looking community, and that access to arts engagement and arts learning for every generation is a vital part of a healthy democracy.”

In her comments at the luncheon, Diane reflected on the fact that excellence – including artistic excellence – is not for the faint heated or those unprepared to work hard in its pursuit. It demands that even as we celebrate progress and success, we ask “What could be better?” Accordingly, the Diane Darr Award for Artistry Excellence may not be presented every year. As John Gibbsnoted, “It is only once in a while that someone comes around who is truly transformative.” In the future as in 2019, this Award will be presented to persons whose contributions to Artistry meet that very high bar.

All Artistry friends are invited to wish Andrea well at a farewell open house on Tuesday, June 25. The open house will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in the Inez Greenberg Gallery, and no RSVP is required.

Artistry Announces the Appointment of Kevin Ramach as Executive Director

Kevin Ramach becomes Artistry's new Executive Director on July 1, succeeding Andrea Specht. Kevin and Andrea share a lifelong passion for the performing and visual arts.

Kevin Ramach becomes Artistry's new Executive Director on July 1, succeeding Andrea Specht. Kevin and Andrea share a lifelong passion for the performing and visual arts.

The Artistry Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Kevin Ramach will succeed Andrea Specht as the organization’s executive director, effective July 1, 2019.

Ramach brings deep and varied experience in arts leadership and management to Artistry, including a more than 25-year track record of success encompassing all aspects of the nonprofit performing arts business. He is best known within the Twin Cities arts community for his contributions to the internationally respected Minnesota Opera, where his eight-year tenure culminated in his service as President and General Director from 2012 to 2014. During that time, the Opera achieved a 14-year high in season ticket sales and produced a critically acclaimed, innovative Magic Flute that became the best-selling production in the organization’s history.


In his capacity as Minnesota Opera President and General Director, Ramach also served as President and Board Chair of the Arts Partnership, comprising the Opera, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Schubert Club, and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. During his term of leadership, the Partnership completed a successful $75 million campaign to build a new, state-of-the-art concert hall at the Ordway and create an endowment to fund artistic excellence for future generations.

Earlier in his career, Ramach served in a variety of roles with the Kentucky Opera, including Production & Education Manager and Interim Executive Director; and as an Assistant Professor/Technical Director in the theater department of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He holds a BFA in Theatre Production from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, an MFA in Theater Design from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ramach currently serves as Board Chair of the Minneapolis-based Youth Performance Company, and he served on OPERA America’s Technical Production Forum and New Works Forum from 2000 to 2014.

According to Artistry Executive Search Committee Chair Laura Davida Preves, “We are thrilled to have Kevin join Artistry as its next Executive Director. He was the clear choice after an intense national search process that included many qualified candidates. Kevin impressed the committee with his strong leadership, thoughtfulness and clear ideas for realizing Artistry’s strategic vision of making art and artists essential to a vibrant social fabric and civic life. We are excited to welcome him to Artistry’s excellent team."

“I am very excited to join the staff, board and the Bloomington community to continue to advance the mission of Artistry,” said Ramach. “The growth of Artistry under Andrea’s leadership has been remarkable and compelling. I believe that working together we can continue this momentum, expanding the role of arts and engagement in our community.”

Ramach succeeds Artistry Executive Director & Chief Advancement Officer Andrea Specht, who has led the organization since 2009. During Specht’s tenure, Artistry has grown by 65%; advanced the excellence and regional reputation of its theater and visual arts programs; built an outreach program that now ensures arts access for more than 8,500 people of all ages and backgrounds; launched a nationally unique creative placemaking collaboration with the City of Bloomington; completed an ambitious rebranding; and reached an unprecedented level of fundraising success by tripling contributed revenue.

In November 2018, Specht shared with the Board of Directors that after more than nine years at the helm, it was time for her to seek a new set of professional challenges and for Artistry to benefit from a new leader’s ideas and energy. Specht and the board agreed that she would remain in her role until as late as June 30, 2019, giving the board an opportunity to carry out a thoughtful search for her successor.

According to Board President Karen Snedeker, “The board is deeply grateful for Andrea’s exceptional leadership for nearly a decade. Artistry’s transformation over that time is a testament to her vision, work ethic, intelligence, and remarkable ability to inspire and engage our many stakeholders. While we will miss Andrea’s day-to-day presence, she leaves a strong foundation for Kevin and the board to build on in leading Artistry to even greater success.”

Reflecting on her tenure, Andrea stated, “I could not have asked for a more compelling and rewarding assignment than serving as Artistry’s lead advocate. I’ve truly come to love this organization, the people who are part of it, and the community of Bloomington. Leaving something I love so much is hard to do, but it’s the right time for this change. I’m honored to hand the reins to a leader of Kevin’s caliber, and excited to see how Artistry continues to evolve and grow from here.”

Specht will be honored as the recipient of the organization’s first “Diane Darr Award for Artistry Excellence” at a luncheon on Tuesday, June 11, where the Board of Directors will also celebrate successfully raising a $75,000 fund in Specht’s name.

Announcing the Cast of Footloose



Jordan Leggett, Evan Latta, Alyson Enderle, Ethan Davenport, Angela Steele, Emily Scinto, Dylan Rugh, Reese Britts, and Erin Farste

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When seventeen-year-old Ren McCormack’s father walks out on his family with no explanation and no goodbye, Ren is forced to move from Chicago to a town in the middle of Nowhere, Nowheresville, where he has no friends and no prayer of fitting in. Things go from bad to worse when he realizes that the town has outlawed his only outlet—dancing, the girl he likes is the conservative preacher’s daughter, and her boyfriend has a mean right hook and a target on Ren’s head. So our endlessly optimistic hero does the only thing he knows how to do: fight back. And get every kid in school to do it with him. Based on the beloved 1980s film and featuring all the songs that made it famous, this musical is a non-stop dance party with a heart of gold.


Ethan Davenport makes his Artistry debut as Ren McCormack. Growing up in South Minneapolis, Ethan appeared at the Guthrie Theater, the History Theater, and in over a half dozen productions at Children's Theater Company. He is a rising junior in the prestigious theater program at University of Evansville. 

Angela Steele played Elle Woods in last summer's production of Legally Blonde. She may also be familiar to Artistry audiences as Janet Van de Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone (2016) or Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray (2015). Her other Twin Cities credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Theatre Latte Da, and the History Theater.


Jennifer EckesPaul R. Coate*, and Shana Eisenberg all return to Artistry in Footloose. Jennifer was last seen in the The Music Man (2017) as Marian Paroo, Paul in Legally Blonde (2018) as Professor Callahan, and Shana in Victor/Victoria (2018). 
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With Austin Lewis (Chuck Cranston), Emily Scinto (Urleen), Alyson Enderle (Wendy Jo), France Roberts (Wes Warnicker), Mary Palazzolo (Lulu Warnicker), Brent Teclaw (Coach Roger Dunbar), Maggie Mae Sulentic (Eleanor Dunbar), Josh Weisenburger (Lyle), Carter Bannwarth (Travis), Brittany Marie Wilson (Principal Harriet Clark), Dylan Rugh (Bickle), Jordan Leggett (Garvin), Luke Harger (Jeter), Josie AxelsonElizabeth CassidyEvan LattaNicholas Ohren, Callie RosenbaumMichael Hasenmueller and Rebekah Meyer.


The Link-Up, Vol. 1.

Welcome to the the link-up, a new Artistry feature where we share what the we're thinking about, loving on, and going to this month! 

The Edina Art Fair will feature Artistry teaching artist Ann Solsyt (Sarah Beggs' May pick). 

The Edina Art Fair will feature Artistry teaching artist Ann Solsyt (Sarah Beggs' May pick). 

FROM RACHEL DALY (Director of Visual Arts) It's Art-a-Whirl weekend! Join me at this great Twin Cities tradition, where the artists and makers of Northeast Minneapolis open their doors for the largest open studio tour in the country (plus, you can buy affordable art, sample beers and food from local breweries and restaurants, and there will be live music!). Make sure to stop by Leslie Barlow's studio in the Northrup King building if you go - it'll be a great preview of her upcoming exhibition at Artistry, Two/Too, opening June 21!

FROM BILL RONCHACK (Audience Services Manager) The show next season I'm getting the most questions about is definitely William Finn's quirky, witty musical A New Brain. Don't write off this life-affirming show as you're considering season tickets. Here's a great video about the inspiration behind the show, and an in-depth interview with Mr. Finn himself.

FROM LEAH HUGHES (Senior Director of Operations & Community Partnerships) Corey Wade, a teacher at Bloomington's Hillcrest Community School (a frequent Artistry program partner) is nominated for a national teaching award. Way to go, Corey!

FROM SARAH BEGGS (Education & Volunteer Program Manager) I can't wait to hop over to our next-door neighbors in Edina for the Edina Art Fair (running May 31 - June 2). I'm especially excited to see what Artistry teaching artist Ann Solyst has this year!

FROM BEN MCGOVERN (Producing Artistic Director) Why isn't there more overlap between musical theater actors and straight play actors? At Artistry, we frequently cast actors in both. Read an interview from Broadway's Brandon Uranowitz about why actors get pigeonholed. 

FROM ANDREA SPECHT (Executive Director & Chief Advancement Officer) Season Packages went on sale to new subscribers this week!  I want everyone to know that as I wrap up my nearly 10-year tenure at Artistry, I've already bought a full season package for 2019-2020. I'll be attending all our shows with my parents and a couple of their friends. See you at the theater!  

FROM DEVON COX (Marketing & Artistic Associate) Looking for a new place to grab a pre-show bite? I recently went to the unassuming, but delicious CoTu Oriental Cuisine (a quick nine blocks north on Penn Ave from the theater) and had a completely insane noodle salad. Plan on splitting -- the prices are modest, but portion sizes are off the hook! 

New Season Tickets and Single Tickets Now On Sale!


Save up to 20%, gain flexibility, avoid sell-outs, and make sure you never miss a show when you become a season subscriber. With full, partial, and choose-your-own package options, the time to become a subscriber is NOW! New season packages are on sale to the public starting today.

When you become an Artistry subscriber, you:
• Receive a discount of up to 20% on the shows in your package.
• Can change your show dates whenever and as often as needed, subject to availability.
• Have the opportunity to buy an unlimited number of individual show tickets at a special
subscriber price, all season long. Individual show tickets for the 2019-2020 season cost $46 for
adults and $41 for seniors, but as a season subscriber, you can purchase adult tickets for $43
and senior tickets for $38. Consider seeing a beloved show a second time, inviting friends and
family to join you at the theater, or giving Artistry theater tickets as gifts. You can use your
subscriber discount on individual show tickets in any of these ways.

Season packages start at just $111, and it's easy to buy them online. You can also call our box office at 952-563-8575, or stop by in person. We'd love to talk with you about our shows and answer your questions! 

For a full list of season package options, benefits, and prices, CLICK HERE.

Why This Year?

This year's shows are a mix of classic and contemporary musicals, carefully chosen for their heart, wit, and universally beloved scores. We're also pleased to present one drama, the heritage favorite Our Town, on the Schneider Theater stage. With a crackerjack creative team attached to each show (including Producing Artistic Director Benjamin McGovern), we can't wait to see each of these exciting titles come to life. Joining us as a subscriber means that you're committing to dynamic, thoughtful, high-quality theater in your community, and we rely on the support of patrons like you to keep us healthy and thriving for years to come!

Also, after 15 years, we are thrilled to announce that we have upgraded our ticketing software to an
industry standard product that offers many benefits to our patrons, regardless whether you
purchase tickets online or from our staff.

The software comes at a cost, and Artistry will join the ranks of nearly all other Twin Cities theaters
in charging a ticketing fee to help pay for it. Season subscribers will also receive a related benefit:
deeply discounted ticketing fees. Full subscribers will receive the greatest discount, and no
subscriber will pay more than $5 per package in fees – compared to $3 per ticket for individual show
tickets. In other words, there’s never been a better time to subscribe and save!

For a refresher course on each show, go here!



Box office: 952-563-8564

"Tinker to Evers to Chance" Opens This Saturday!

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Artistry is thrilled that the final show of our 2018-2019 season is Tinker to Evers to Chance, a regional premiere play from Mat Smart, a New York-based playwright who is a core writer at the Minneapolis Playwrights' Center. A moving story of family, friendship, and baseball, Tinker to Evers to Chance is directed by Brian Balcom and stars JoeNathan Thomas and Meredith Casey, two actors both new to Artistry.

Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs

Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs

"An obvious way to capture the immediacy of sports is to put sports onstage. Sports make us wonder—something theatre can learn from. We wonder: what is going to happen next? Who is going to win? Why do people still come to see Hamlet or Othello? Everyone knows how it ends. It’s the same reason the ESPN Classic channel exists. There are plays, there are games that transcend the “what is going to happen next” question. The how and why are so compelling, it keeps us glued to our seats. These are the classics." -  Tinker to Evers to Chance Playwright Mat Smart

Want to go more in depth? READ THE AUDIENCE GUIDE.

Carl Oltvedt Reflects on his Teaching Philosophy

“Spring Arrival,” acrylic, by Carl Oltvedt

“Spring Arrival,” acrylic, by Carl Oltvedt

“I am an artist and I am passionate about what I create in my studio work.  I am a teacher and I believe wholeheartedly in sharing what I know; part of the sharing is passing on knowledge, technical expertise and hopefully inspiration that being an artist is not only possible, but vital: vital to the next creator and also to those who experience what she/he has to share.  I often go to museums to visit “old friends”, which is a phrase coined by a dear friend and mentor of mine, Eric Erickson.  With each visit, the work has not changed, but I do; I see new relationships within the work and within myself.  I see strength and courage that I can lean on when I doubt or question myself in terms of direction.  Doubts and questions are a constructive part of growth where you look back within to find your path.  Hundreds of students have been in my classes during my career and I am proud to have had the opportunity to be a guide during part of their lives; becoming a professional in the arts is a difficult decision and path to follow, but seeing it as possible is imperative.  I have thirty-five years of full-time university/college level teaching experience and an additional six years of part-time teaching experience as a graduate TA and in community education. “

Carl Oltvedt works full-time as an artist in a variety of painting and drawing media. He retired from Minnesota State University Moorhead in May of 2015, where he was a Professor in the School of Visual Arts.  He continues to teach workshops and short-term classes in the region.  His work has been exhibited at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis since 1978.

His paintings and drawings are included in numerous public, corporate, and private collections.  He has completed commissions for corporations and private collectors including Cargill Corporation, Minnesota Mutual, Securian Corporation, Microsoft, and the Laske family.  He was a recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in 2014 and 1991, and a Lake Region Arts Council/McKnight Artist Fellowship in 2002.

Rave Reviews for "Victor/Victoria"


The critics are raving about Artistry's production of Victor/Victoria, directed and choreographed by Michael Matthew Ferrell. Check out the quotes below and don't forget to get your tickets soon - they're going fast!

"Ferrell’s production is suffused with understated elegance...Victor/Victoria stirs the heart." - Rohan Preston, The Star Tribune

"Beautiful, thought-provoking, sexy, glitzy, and filled with marvelous jazz music." - Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page

"A sublime vehicle for its eponymous star...Ann Michels balances deftly between empowerment and doubt." - Dominic Papatola, The Pioneer Press

"Sizzle and style." - Arty Dorman, Talkin' Broadway

"Michels brings the house down." - Basil Consindine, Twin Cities Arts Reader

Artistry Instructor Erin Paradis is Recipient of 2019 Jerome Artist Project Grant

Erin Paradis, a well-loved instructor here at Artistry, is one of three ceramic artists to be awarded the 2019 Jerome Artist Project Grant. The Jerome Foundation “supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, who take risks and embrace challenges, whose developing voices reveal significant potential, who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production…”

We couldn’t agree more with their decision… congratulations, Erin!

Dotty Pink Arms , earthenware, glaze, underglaze, by Erin Paradis

Dotty Pink Arms, earthenware, glaze, underglaze, by Erin Paradis


Erin Paradis is a ceramic sculptor, living and working in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.  She has been a Visiting Assistant Professor and is currently a Lecturer in Ceramics and Sculpture at the University of Minnesota.  She has worked extensively as an artist, resident, and instructor at art centers and academic settings around the country including Odyssey Clayworks, Penland School of Craft, and Colorado State University.  She has traveled internationally and has shown work at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Scotland.  Paradis’ work is inspired by moments of uncertainty she experiences and how she gains clarity through encounters with seemingly ordinary structures, spaces, and objects in her daily life.  These moments are abstracted into her ceramic sculpture and composed into her installations.

Summer Camps are Open for Registration


Registration has opened for our Summer Camps program, running June 10 to August 9. Campers will spend the summer with talented Artistry teaching faculty exploring painting, pottery, acting, illustration, and much more! Options available for young artists going into grades 1 -9, find more information here.

Artistry Represented at Arts Advocacy Day

Artistry Executive Director and Arts Advocacy Day Team Leader Andrea Specht visited the state capitol on March 12 with a fierce team of over 700 advocates, educating our legislators about the importance of arts in the community.

Thank you to Minnesota Citizens for the Arts for organizing this incredible opportunity to inform our elected officials of the effect arts funding has on Minnesotans. And of course, thank you to all those that support the arts!

Arts Advocacy Day Team (including Artistry Executive Director Andrea Specht) with Rep. Michael Howard

Arts Advocacy Day Team (including Artistry Executive Director Andrea Specht) with Rep. Michael Howard