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Guthrie Theater

818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Education Group SalesClasses By RequestBehind-the-Scenes ToursGetting There

The Guthrie boasts three stages, a full-service restaurant with pre-show dining, and some of the best views of Minneapolis to be found in the city.

Wurtele Thrust Stage reaches out into the audience with seating on three sides putting patrons at the center of the action as actors enter and exit the stage from backstage, through an intricate collection of trap doors and elevators, and directly through the audience.

McGuire Proscenium Stage features a "picture frame" rectangular opening, allowing the entire audience to experience the play from the same vantage point and focusing on the subtleties of characters' psychological development.

Dowling Studio provides a totally flexible and well-equipped performance space inspired by the unique history and character of the "black box," which originated in the off-off-Broadway movement of the 1960s.


Education Group Sales

Introduce your children to the excitement and inspiration of live theater as you share with them the magic of stories unfolding on the Guthrie Theater's stages.

Weekday matinees are at 10:30am or 1pm.

For more information contact:
Name: Lana Aylesworth
Phone: 612-225-6244
Email: groups [at] guthrietheater [dot] org

Reservations: Requests for group tickets for performances may be submitted online at www.guthrietheater.org/group_ticket_request_form

Cost: Prices vary depending on the play, date, and area of seating. Groups prices for weekday matinees range from $11 to $20 a ticket. Evening and weekend prices range from $15.50 to $73.25. Complete pricing information can be found in the Group Tickets for 2013–2014 Season Performances brochure (PDF). Each group ticket has a $1 handling fee in addition to the listed prices, as described in the brochure.

Minimum group size: typically need a minimum of 15 people to qualify for the group rate but the Guthrie will make an exception for programs that have limited enrollment including homeschool groups

Target grade level: varies by play

More information on education group sales can be found online at www.guthrietheater.org/education/schools/education_group_sales

Show and Tell: A Matinee Day for Students

Cost: no additional cost, see ticket prices above

Choose pre-play presentation, post-play discussion, or both!

Pre-Play Presentation: A half hour presentation where students learn more about the production directly from professional artists or members of the Guthrie staff. (Please be aware that pre-play presentations begin promptly and latecomers will not be seated.)

For 10:30am matinees, the pre-play presentation is from 9:30am to 10am.
For 1pm matinees, the pre-play presentation is 12pm to 12:30pm.

Post-Play Discussion: Up to 40 minutes of discussion with cast members immediately after the performance.

More information on Show and Tell can be found online at www.guthrietheater.org/education/schools/show_and_tell


Classes By Request

Delve into Shakespeare, discover how to tell a story or how to create your own, learn what methods and tricks to rev up your creative juices, tune up your spontaneity and stay in the moment, or "Duke It Out" with the swashbuckling excitement of stage combat: sword play, choreographed punches and orchestrated falls.

Classes By Request can take place at the Guthrie or an offsite location, but there is an additional fee for offsite classes, which starts at $75 and varies with distance.

All classes are 90 minutes and are taught by Guthrie teaching artists or staff.

For more information contact:
Name: Lana Aylesworth
Phone: 612-225-6244
Email: groups [at] guthrietheater [dot] org

Please make requests at least three weeks in advance of the desired class date. Payment and final number of participants is due two weeks prior to class date

Cost: $300 per class for up to 20 participants
$15 per person for each additional person

Minimum Group Size: 20 students, Large groups will be split up appropriately according to the type of class and more teaching artists will be hired if necessary
Maximum Group Size: unknown

Target Grade Level: varies by class, from age 4 through high school

More information on Classes By Request can be found online at www.guthrietheater.org/education/classes/classes_request_groups


Behind-the-Scenes Tours

• Backstage Tours

Backstage tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at how Guthrie shows are taken from script to stage. In 45 minutes, you'll visit the Guthrie's signature thrust and proscenium stages; enter the expansive scene shop where sets are built and painted, and learn how they're transported to each stage; visit the shop where costumes are expertly stitched, fabrics dyed and wigs constructed; and explore the rehearsal rooms where company members prepare for performance.

Cost per child/student: $7
Cost per adult/educator: $12 ($7/subscribers and seniors)

Reservations: Regularly scheduled Backstage Tours open to the general public are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or online.

Groups of 20 or more may schedule a tour by calling the Group Sales office at 612-225-6244 or e-mailing groups [at] guthrietheater [dot] org.

More information online at www.guthrietheater.org/tours

• CostumeRentals Tours

Explore one of the nation's most expansive collections of theatrical costumes, boasting more than 30,000 unique costume pieces. For nearly 50 years the Guthrie Theater and The Children's Theatre Company have designed and constructed intricately detailed, one-of-a-kind costumes for hundreds of productions. Now their shared warehouse with more than 17,000 square feet of space devoted to the preservation of these extraordinary garments is open to the public for guided tours. CostumeRentals guides provide information about a wide variety of costume materials and their construction, highlighting individual pieces from the Guthrie's rich history. CostumeRentals is a combined project of the Guthrie Theater and The Children's Theatre Company and is located at 855 E Hennepin Ave in Northeast Minneapolis, less than two miles from the Guthrie Theater.

Cost per child/student: $7
Cost per adult/educator: $12 ($7/subscribers, seniors, and groups)

Reservations: Regularly scheduled CostumeRentals Tours open to the general public are held on the first Saturday of the month at 11:30am, and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or online.

Groups of 10 or more may schedule a tour by calling the Group Sales office at 612-225-6244 or e-mailing groups [at] guthrietheater [dot] org.

• Architecture Tours

Influenced by the Mississippi River's proximity and beauty, architect Jean Nouvel's vision for "theaters in the sky" made way for countless architectural feats in the facility. Discover its features through an architecture tour — covering everything from ground plans to groundbreaking, site selection, neighborhood influences and noteworthy elements that have garnered worldwide attention. Please note that the architecture tour is not led by a professional architect or engineer.

Cost per child/student: $7
Cost per adult/educator: $12 ($7/subscribers and seniors)

Reservations: Regularly scheduled CostumeRentals Tours open to the general public are held on the first Saturday of each month at 9am, and may be reserved by calling the Box Office at 612-377-2224 or online.

Groups of 5 or more may schedule a tour by calling the Group Sales office at 612-225-6244 or e-mailing groups [at] guthrietheater [dot] org

• Self-Guided Audio Tours

The Guthrie's spectacular public spaces are open year-round. Explore every place from the amber box to the Endless Bridge with a self-guided iPod audio tour led by a celebrity guide:

Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul
Angela Davis, anchor, WCCO-TV
Kevin Kling, monologist and playwright
R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis
Brian "B.T." Turner, on-air personality, Cities 97 FM
Sally Wingert, actor

Download any of six FREE audio tours as a podcast on iTunes or rent an iPod from the Box Office for $5 during Box Office hours.


Getting There

Metro Transit: The nearest MetroTransit bus stop for the Guthrie is the Route 7 or Route 22 stop on the corner of Washington Ave at Chicago Ave. For light rail, use the Downtown East/Metrodome Station stop.

Parking Information: Parking is available in the ramp on S 2nd St directly across from the Guthrie and in numerous parking lots throughout the neighborhood. The event rate for Guthrie performances is $8. Rates vary during other area events.

Driving Directions: The Guthrie is located in downtown Minneapolis on the west bank of the Mississippi River.

From southbound I-35W, take the Washington Ave exit (exit 17C). Turn right onto Washington Ave, then right onto 11th Ave S. Turn left onto S 2nd St and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

From eastbound I-94, take the N 4th St exit (exit 230). Turn left onto 3rd Ave S then right onto S 2nd St and go 4 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your left.

From northbound I-35W, take the 3rd Ave/Washington Ave exit (exit 17C). Turn left onto Washington Ave then right onto 11th Ave S. Turn left onto S 2nd St and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.

From eastbound I-394, take the 3rd Ave N/Washington Ave exit (exit 9C). Take the Washington Ave ramp. Turn right onto Washington Ave then left onto Chicago Avenue. Turn right onto St 2nd St. The Guthrie will be on your left.

From westbound I-94, take the 5th St exit. Turn righto onto 11th Ave S then left onto S 2nd St and go 2 blocks. The Guthrie will be on your right.



Information subject to change. Please check with Guthrie Theater for the most current information. Last updated on Sat, Feb 27, 2016.