About Us

"The #1 children's theatre in the nation." - Time magazine


Mission, Vision, and Values
Our mission is to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.

Our vision is to be the leaders in engaging our community and our country in the power of theatre to enrich and transform the lives of young people.

Our values are imagination, excellence, respect, and inclusion.

Contact Info

612.874.0400 (Tickets)
612.874.0500 (Administration)
Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Av. S
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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  • History
  • The Acting Company
  • Educational Programs
  • Ticket Access
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • New Play Development
  • Early Childhood Initiative

Children's Theatre Company (CTC) began as The Moppet Players, a small company which produced creative dramatics, dance, and theatre for children. In 1965, The Moppet Players moved into the Minneapolis Institute of Art and in 1975 was incorporated as Children's Theatre Company. The Theatre's reputation was built on a history of adapting classic children's literature and storybooks, in addition to its extraordinary accomplishments in the areas of scenic and costume design.

For 50 years, CTC has created extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire young people and their communities. The first theatre for young people to win the Tony Award® for Outstanding Regional Theater, CTC has welcomed more than 11 million people and created over 200 new plays since 1965. CTC is recognized as North America's flagship theatre for multigenerational audiences as well as a major cultural and artistic resource in Minnesota.

The Acting Company
CTC is one of the few theatres in the United States to employ a full-time professional Acting Company, whose members belong to the Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers. The Company members are cast in productions throughout the season. CTC also hires two full-time Performing Apprentices each season through a competitive, national search.

Educational Programs
CTC’s education programs are training for the stage of life and reach tens of thousands of young people, from early learners to young adults. Theatre Arts Training (TAT) offers classes and camps in musical theatre, voice, improvisation, and acting and provides scholarships for students in need. Taught by professional actors, composers, choreographers and other professional artists, TAT offers the most opportunities for actors age 2-18 in the Twin Cities.

Neighborhood Bridges is a critical literacy program founded in 1997 by CTC Artistic Director Peter C. Brosius and scholar Jack Zipes. Through three developmentally-specific branches – Neighborhood Bridges (grades 3 and up), Building Bridges (kindergarten), and Early Bridges (preschool) – this nationally-recognized program uses storytelling and creative drama to help children develop critical literacy skills and transform them into storytellers of their own lives. Bridges is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a national model for arts education.

In partnership with Howard University, CTC also offers an Arts Administration Fellowship. The Arts Administration Fellow receives mentorship from seasoned professionals in marketing, development, business, and production management over the course of the season.

Ticket Access
In an effort to make theatre accessible to everyone, CTC provides over 90,000 reduced-price tickets each season to students, educators, families, and community groups through its ticket access programs. These programs include Student Matinees and the ACT Pass.

Diversity & Inclusion
ACT One is CTC's cohesive platform for access, diversity, and inclusion in our audiences, our programs, our staff, and our board. Part of the ACT One initiative is the ACT Pass, which provides subsidized $5 tickets to over 10,000 households and more than 60 community-serving organizations.

New Play Development
The new play development lab Threshold works with playwrights across the country and around the world to develop new work. Over 200 new plays, some of which have gone on to tour nationally and internationally, have been developed through CTC to date.

Early Childhood Initiative
Recognizing the need to support the development of its youngest audience members, Children’s Theatre Company introduced the Early Childhood Initiative in 2005 as an opportunity to use theatre arts as a way to support young children’s development. To do so, they would need to grow and develop the field of early childhood theatre arts and create new, meaningful work for young children. CTC’s Early Childhood Initiatives includes preschool productions, new play development for early learners, on-site classes in Theatre Arts Training, the Early Bridges program, and community partnerships in early childhood education to share early arts opportunities with the community.

Privacy Policy

Thank you for reviewing the privacy policy and disclaimer.

Children’s Theatre Company (“CTC”) is committed to providing a safe online experience. We collect no personally identifying information, unless you choose to provide us with that information. This statement of Privacy applies to the CTC website and governs data collection and usage. By using the CTC website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

If you visit our site to browse, read, watch videos or download, we automatically collect and store only the following information about you:
  • The IP address from which you access our Web site (an IP address serves two principal functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing.)
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages you visit
  • and The Internet address of the Web site from which you accessed our site

This information is used to improve the functionality of the website—to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits. We may compile and report aggregate statistics about our users — numbers, traffic patterns, and related site information — but these statistics will include no personally identifying information. CTC is not responsible for privacy statements or other content on websites outside of CTC, including those linked from CTC’s website.


If you identify yourself by submitting mailing list, donor or ticket request forms contained in the site, we use that information only to respond to your message and to help us provide you with the material you have requested or to send you a written acknowledgment of your donation as required by law, or to verify and/or mail purchases and/or to process your ticket order.

You have the option to contact us by phone or by email (web@childrenstheatre.org) to request that we remove your name from our mailing and/or calling and/or trade list. If you opt to be taken off our mailing list, you will receive no mail from us, including publications or special notices. If you opt to be removed from our calling list, you will receive no calls from us except when a performance is canceled. We will not sell, trade or share a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. If you are not a donor and you opt to be removed from our trade list, we will not provide your name to other arts organizations that might be making special offers or anyone else.


CTC’s website uses "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. We and our advertising partners, including advertising networks, use information gathered through cookies and other similar technologies, as well as other information we or they may have, to help tailor the ads you see on our sites and to help make decisions about the ads you see on other sites. To opt-out of targeted adversity from many ad networks visit: http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices

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All credit card transactions including ticket purchases and donations is processed on a secure server. Credit card information is protected by encryption technology, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. This helps to assure information is protected from unauthorized access.


CTC may occasionally update our Statement of Privacy to reflect customer feedback or changing technologies. CTC encourages you to review this statement periodically.


CTC welcomes comments and questions about or Statement of Privacy. If you believe CTC has not adheared to this statement, please contact us at web@childrenstheatre.org.


Under no circumstances shall CTC, its employees or contractors be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, punitive or consequential damages that may result in any way from your use or inability to use the information provided on this or any other web site supported or maintained by CTC or from your reliance on or use of information, services or merchandise provided on or through the web site or that result from mistakes, errors, omissions, interruptions, defects, deletion of files, delays in operation or transmission or any failure of performance. If you are dissatisfied with the information provided on this web site, or with any of the practices of the CTC in the operation of this web site, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the web site.