Barry Kornhauser & CTC

Part two of our interview with playwright, Barry Kornhauser, continues as we dig deeper into his partnership with CTC as well as his artistic process in developing new work for the stage. From Reeling to Balloonacy, Kornhauser continues to be a treasured part of the CTC family.

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Mentor Month Spotlight: Savannah

It’s National Mentoring Month. According to Mentoring.com, young people who have a mentor in their life are 55% more likely to enroll in college and 130% more likely to hold a leadership position themselves. We asked Theatre Arts Training student, Savannah, about her CTC mentor, Chris Zappa.

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Chris Schweiger, Stage Manager

Ever wonder how exactly a show gets its shape, from first rehearsal to final performance? It would be impossible without the Stage Manager. Read on to delve into the work of CTC’s Stage Manager Chris Schweiger.

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Barry Kornhauser & Corduroy

We sat down with playwright and artist-in-residence Barry Kornhauser to talk about his work developing and adapting Corduroy for the stage. Read about Kornhauser’s partnership in new play development with CTC including challenges, inspirations, memories, and more!

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Andi Soehren, Wardrobe Supervisor

Andi Soehren, the Wardrobe Supervisor at Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) gives us a peek into her world of quick changes, hair and makeup adjustment, and a shocking amount of laundry!

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Neighborhood Bridges Peace Plays

This month, Neighborhood Bridges students will share messages of peace throughout the metro as they perform “Peace Plays” for their communities. Neighborhood Bridges is CTC’s nationally recognized critical literacy program.

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Junior Intern Spotlight

Meet Hannah Stenback! Hannah is a Junior Intern with CTC’s Theatre Arts Training. We sat down with Hannah to talk about her experience as a Junior Intern and hear about her plans as a future educator.

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Adriane Heflin, Technical Director

Adriane Heflin is in charge of building new worlds. As the Technical Director at Children’s Theatre Company, she manages the construction of jungles, palaces, and sparkling cities on CTC’s stages. Read more to learn about Heflin and her job!

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Ifrah Mansour’s How to Have Fun in a Civil War

Children’s Theatre Company partners with Minnesota-based Somali multimedia artist Ifrah Mansour in her production of How to Have Fun in a Civil War. We will be presenting this play with support in our Cohen Stage.

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Meet Performing Apprentice Elise Benson

Elise Benson joins CTC as the 2016-2017 Performing Apprentice! Elise is excited, “to have time to devote to learning,” as she works with CTC’s student actors, Acting Company, and creative professionals. Learn more about Elise and CTC’s premiere apprenticeship program.

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Deb Shippee, Costume Director

Deb Shippee, Children’s Theatre Company’s (CTC) Costume Director, clearly believes in the value of theatre as a power to shape lives. Shippee has spent the past eight years overseeing the costuming department at CTC, and she and her team are responsible for translating costume designers’ visions from paper sketches to the reality of the stage.

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Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play! Press Release

Minneapolis, MN – Mo Willems’ best-selling book series comes to life in Elephant & Piggie’s We Are in a Play!

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Sten Severson, Sound Director

At first thought, the creation of sound in theatre can seem like a purely technical task. Record some noises, program some machines, press some buttons, and voilà, all done! Right? Not quite. Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) Sound Director Sten Severson sheds light onto the field of sound design.

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Behind the Scenes Spotlight: Randy Rowoldt, Crafts Artisan

Walking into Randy Rowoldt’s workshop at Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is a bit like taking a step directly into the theatre’s imagination. As CTC’s Crafts Artisan, Rowoldt creates the aspects of costumes that bring performances to new levels of authenticity and whimsicality—hats, belts, jewelry, shoes, socks, tails, fake facial features and limbs, and even human and animal heads.

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Peter C. Brosius, Cheryl L. West, and Akeelah and the Bee win American Alliance for Theatre and Education Awards

Each year, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) honors innovative, high quality work that advances the field of theatre for young audiences. AATE is dedicated to transforming communities by promoting theatre for young audiences (TYA) and increasing access to theatre experiences.

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Raegan Henderson
Introducing Children’s Theatre Company’s New Howard Fellow: Raegan Henderson

Children’s Theatre Company is excited to present our new Howard University Arts Administration Fellow, Raegan Henderson. Raegan, a recent graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., will begin her yearlong fellowship at CTC in mid-August. We interviewed Raegan to learn a little bit about her before she makes her move to Minnesota.

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Neighborhood Bridges Students Perform at Crossing Bridges Festival

At the end-of-year Crossing Bridges Festival, Bridges classrooms performed their own versions of their favorite stories from the school year using handmade sets, costumes, props, and puppets. This year, over 2,450 people attended the free performances at Children’s Theatre Company celebrating 24 classrooms over four nights.

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What is Animal Dance all about?

We are excited to present Animal Dance, a world premiere production specially designed for preschool age children. This new work developed by renowned post-modern choreographer and dancer, Ann Carlson stars real baby goats, chickens, dogs, bunnies, goldfish, and a tortoise onstage.

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A Spotlight on Student Actor, Christine Hwang

Meet Christine Hwang! Christine played Martha in the 2015 Theatre Arts Training Senior Intensive production of Spring Awakening. We sat down to hear about her experience in the Senior Intensive and her advice to anyone auditioning for the Intensive program this summer.

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Children’s Theatre Company Announces Kimberly Motes as the New Managing Director

The Children’s Theatre Company Board of Governors is thrilled to announce the appointment of Kimberly Motes as the new Managing Director of Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) effective February 29. Motes is currently the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of St. Thomas.

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