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.
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.
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.