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!
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!