The Exuberantly Joyful Circus Abyssinia is Back by Popular Demand with its New Show, Tulu!
August 25, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is thrilled to welcome back Circus Abyssinia, the internationally acclaimed Ethiopian circus that delighted audiences in 2019, with their brand-new show, Tulu. Running September 13 through October 23, 2022, this dazzling performance is inspired by the story of Ethiopian icon Derartu Tulu, the first Black African woman to win Olympic gold.
Single Tickets Now On Sale for Children’s Theatre Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season
August 11, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce single tickets are now on sale for the powerful and unforgettable 2022 – 2023 Season featuring the exciting world premiere of An American Tail the Musical with book and lyrics by Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses (The Bands Visit) with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler (Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical, The Secret of My Success), based on the hit award-winning animated film by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
Children’s Theatre Company Announces 2022 – 2023 Powerful Season Featuring World Premiere of An American Tail the Musical
April 19, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the powerful and unforgettable 2022 – 2023 Season featuring the exciting world premiere of An American Tail the Musical written by Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses (The Bands Visit) with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler (Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical, The Secret of My Success), based on the hit award-winning animated film by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical Returns in a Newly Updated Version: Award-Studded Creative Team and Cast Announced
January 25, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the cast and creative team for Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical, the smash hit production based on The New York Times best-selling Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series and media franchise.
Cast and Creative Team Announced for the World Premiere of
Something Happened in Our Town
January 25, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the cast and creative team for the CTC commissioned world premiere production of Something Happened in Our Town, written by Cheryl L. West (Broadway’s Play On!, Last Stop on Market Street, Akeelah and the Bee) and directed by Timothy Douglas (Round House, The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Great Theatre of China, and more).
The Return of Circus Abyssinia This Month Postponed to 2022 – 2023 Season
January 7, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) announced today that because of visa challenges due to COVID-19 and the civil war in Ethiopia, CTC has had to postpone the return of the beloved Circus Abyssinia’s new show Tulu, originally scheduled to run January 18-February 13, 2022.
Cast and Creative Team Announced for the World Premiere of Lloyd Suh’s Bina’s Six Apples
DECEMBER 12, 2021
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the cast and creative team that will bring to life the world premiere of Bina’s Six Apples written by Lloyd Suh and directed by Eric Ting, running January 9 through February 13, 2022. This is a co-production with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and will transfer to their mainstage March 11-27, 2022.
Children’s Theatre Company Announces the Cast of ‘Annie’
October 4, 2021
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the cast for the much-anticipated production of Annie. Directed by Peter Rothstein, Annie runs November 7, 2021 through January 9, 2022, opening the first live CTC theatrical season post-pandemic.
Tickets to Children’s Theatre Company’s Much-Anticipated Annie Now On Sale
july 27, 2021
Directed by Peter Rothstein, Annie runs November 7, 2021 through January 9, 2022, opening the first live CTC theatrical season post-pandemic.
Children’s Theatre Company is OPEN! for the 2021 – 2022 Season
June 21, 2021
Artistic Director, Peter C. Brosius’ 25th Anniversary Season features two blockbuster musicals, two world premieres, and the American premiere by Ethiopia’s Circus Abyssinia of their newest production.
Children’s Theatre Company’s Epically Comical Virtual World Premiere of
Audrey Saves the Universe
April 28, 2021
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce the virtual world premiere of Audrey Saves the Universe, a hilarious, seven-episode original mini-series created by Autumn Ness and directed by Reed Sigmund.
Children’s Theatre Company Announces New Exciting Digital Season for 2021
December 16, 2020
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) announced an exciting new season of digital productions (including two from overseas), Virtual Academy classes, and a new All Access Pass for patrons and families to continue to engage with the theatre and build social-emotional development of young people.
CTC Brings Two Favorite Plays to Your Living Room—Tickets are Now on Sale!
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020
Children’s Theatre Company is proud to present two digital productions this fall that were critically acclaimed from past seasons—Corduroy running October 12 through 25, 2020 and Last Stop on Market Street running November 9 through 22, 2020.
Children’s Theatre Company Announces The Virtual Premiere of A Kids Play About Racism
July 20, 2020
Children’s Theatre Company joins a groundbreaking collaboration among 37 Theatres for Young Audiences across the United States, led by the lead producing team of Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, will present the virtual premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, a theatrical adaptation of Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism.
Children’s Theatre Company Announces Updates to 2020—2021 Season
July 1, 2020
The season will feature two stage productions starting March 2021 with digital programming throughout the year.
The Impossibly Possible Children’s Theatre Company’s 2020 – 2021 Season
March 5, 2020
Full season and renewal subscriptions go on sale today.
The Beloved Books of The Rainbow Fish Come to Vivid Life on Stage at CTC
february 11, 2020
World Premiere of Spamtown, USA
January 14, 2020
A moving portrait of the families, relationships, and children’s perspectives during the P-9 Hormel Strike in Austin, MN
Escape the Snow to a Tropical Paradise with Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
DECEMBER 17, 2019
Children’s Theatre Company Announces the Cast for Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
November 11, 2019
CTC’s Cinderella is Back and Ready to Remake the Kingdom!
New songs, gags, and more in the spectacular and hilarious Cinderella
Snow White with Only Two Actors? Challenge Accepted!
September 5, 2019
Children’s Theatre Company Presents Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
From Ethiopia to Jamaica to small town Minnesota,
Experience the World with Children’s Theatre Company’s 2019 – 2020 Season
June 25, 2019
Single Tickets Onsale June 25!
From Ethiopia to Jamaica to Small Town Minnesota,
Experience the World with Children’s Theatre Company’s 2019 – 2020 Season
February 18, 2019
Full season subscriptions go on sale February 19!
Children’s Theatre Company’s Academic Year Classes Now On Sale
August 15, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is excited to announce a new slate of Theatre Arts Training academic classes are now on sale. The school year will include a mix of studio classes for all ages, abilities, and interests, a new Theatre Arts Training Academy for advanced students, Institute for preprofessional students, Release Day Camps, and a Student Seminar Series. Parents can sign their children up for fall, winter, and spring offerings now.
Children’s Theatre Company Welcomes New Board Leadership and Members
July 21, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) announced today that Silvia M. Perez has been elected by the Board of Directors to serve as the theatre’s Chair of the Board of Directors. Also elected was Stefanie Adams as Co-Vice Chair (Principal, Director of Client Services and Marketing, Peregrine), Steven J. Thompson as Co-Vice Chair (Community Leader, Northstar Healthcare Advisors), Adebisi Wilson as Co-Vice Chair (Partner, Ward & Wilson, P.C.), George Montague as Treasurer (Chief Financial Officer, Nuwellis, Inc.), and John W. Geelan as Secretary (General Counsel and Secretary, Piper Sandler Companies).
Michael Winn Appointed Associate Artistic Director/Director of Equity and Community Partnerships
July 13, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce that Michael Winn will serve as the Associate Artistic Director/Director of Equity and Community Partnerships in a new role that brings new play development, equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice, and the community together.
Former CTC Acting Company Member, Traci Shannon Announced as New Casting Director
April 5, 2022
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce Traci Shannon, former CTC Acting Company Member and Performing Apprentice as the new Casting Director.
Children’s Theatre Company Prepares for a Safe Return to In-Person Performances with Introduction of Vaccination and Testing Policy
September 29, 2021
Audiences ages 12-and-a-half and older must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test for general public performances, in addition to mask requirements during the run of Annie. All CTC staff and artists older than 2-and-a-half are also vaccinated.
Five-Theatre Partnership Receives $1.5 Million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Grant to Create “Generation Now”
June 28, 2021
Partners will Commission and Develop 16 New Plays for Multigenerational Audiences by Writers who are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian American Pacific Islander.
Ann Joseph-Douglas Named Director of Education at Children’s Theatre Company
March 30, 2021
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) announced today that Ann Joseph-Douglas has been named Director of Education and a member of the senior staff for the organization.
Children’s Theatre Company Announces 48 Virtual Academy Classes for Winter
November 23, 2020
Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) is proud to announce that Virtual Academy classes for the winter season are now on sale. Classes are either nine weeks or four weeks long, running January 26 through March 27, 2021. Classes range for ages 4 – 18 AND a new adult class!
Children’s Theatre Company’s Thrilling, Performance-Packed 2020 Curtain Call Ball Now Presented Virtually
August 25, 2020
Children’s Theatre Company is proud to announce the 2020 Curtain Call Ball will be held virtually on Saturday, September 12, 2020 and will be free to the public. This can’t-miss, streaming event will be packed with music performances by some of the Twin Cities most beloved theatre artists.
Children’s Theatre Company Announces 45 Virtual Academy Classes for Fall Season
August 11, 2020
Children’s Theatre Company is proud to announce our Virtual Academy classes for the fall season is now on sale. Classes will run for nine weeks from September 21 through November 16 and four-week mini sessions will be available for some early childhood offerings running October 6 through 30, 2020.
Children’s Theatre Company Creates Online Programming
March 24, 2020
In Wake of Canceled Performances and Educational Classes, CTC Makes Staffing Reductions
Children’s Theatre Company to Hold Performing Apprenticeship Auditions for 2020 – 2021 Season
January 24, 2020
Opportunity for non-equity actors from underrepresented communities
Joint Statement Regarding Final Settlements Reached In All 16 Children’s Theatre Company Cases
Read the joint statement of Anderson and Associates and CTC.
CTC Announces Resolution of All Lawsuits
Children’s Theatre Company announces the settlement of all 16 lawsuits brought against the theatre by individuals who were sexually abused by former employees in the 1970s and early 1980s.
A Message to the Community 9/3/19
Children’s Theatre Company is grateful to announce the recent settlement of a suit brought against CTC by an individual who was sexually abused by a former employee in the 1980s. The legal process for other plaintiffs is ongoing, and we will continue to work towards resolutions that help all survivors.
This settlement now means that the trial scheduled to begin on October 21, 2019 will not take place, and no other trials are scheduled.
We are thankful that we have been able to provide resources and settlements to 7 of the survivors—female and male—and are working tirelessly towards settlements for all the survivors.
CTC announced in August a series of actions that include establishing a Survivor’s Fund at the conclusion of the legal process, publishing and sharing our current, stringent Adult Youth Engagement Policy with new language that acknowledges the abuse in the 1970s and early 80s, hosting a community forum on September 16th, and launching a speakers series dedicated to bringing expert voices on Survivor support, child abuse prevention, and art and healing to our community later this season.
We continue to seek and greatly value the community’s ideas, thoughts, comments, and questions. Please share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Board of Directors
An Update on Litigation 9/3/19
We are grateful to announce the recent settlement of a suit brought against Children’s Theatre Company by an individual who was sexually abused by a former employee in the 1980s. The legal process for other plaintiffs is ongoing, and we will continue to work towards resolutions that help all survivors.
A Message to the Community 8/14/19
Dear Community Members,
We are gratified to announce the recent settlements of suits brought against Children’s Theatre Company by six individuals who were sexually abused by the former artistic director and two former employees, in the 1970s. The legal process for other plaintiffs is ongoing and we will continue to work toward resolutions that provide healing and justice.
In the meantime, earlier this month we at Children’s Theatre Company issued a statement—published concurrently with other Twin Cities performing arts leaders—affirming our commitment to join with the artistic community to combat and redress sexual assault and child abuse at CTC and in all the artistic institutions of our greater community.
A theatre’s purpose is to serve its community. Not only does the CTC of today and tomorrow have no place for abuse of any kind, we pledge to uphold the values of our community to the highest standard.
Like so many of you, we choose to work at and serve CTC because of our love of theatre and to help foster that same connection in the children of our community—to spark joy through art and performance. Any kind of abuse of children is abhorrent and goes against our core values.
To all of our artists, teaching artists, and staff at CTC: We reaffirm to you our commitment to address these historic wrongs, and are working on a significant list of action items both for now and the future. While some of our planned actions cannot be taken until legal proceedings conclude, others can and will begin immediately.
Here are just a few of our upcoming actions and events:
- Training and education To begin, we are enhancing our Adult Youth Engagement Policy training to include acknowledgement of the sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s by employees, as well as the changes CTC has made, as context for all our current employees and volunteers. We will also reinforce how to intervene and report any known or suspected abuse as well as provide a significant list of supplementary resources. All current and new CTC staff and volunteers will be given an annual training that puts our child safety practices in historical context. Child actors and parents of child actors will also be made aware of this history when reviewing CTC policies, and will be given additional resources explaining how they can also report known or suspected abuse. The full Adult Youth Engagement Policy will be made available on our website. We plan to continue to strengthen it in every way possible, and share it as broadly as possible, because we believe every theatre should have access to these or similar policies.
- A community council assembled by theatre artist Shá Cage, and artist and community organizer Ricardo Levins Morales, has begun a discussion of ways CTC and the community can move forward to healing and justice. CTC leadership is part of this council and we welcome the opportunity to work together with the community, which will share the outcomes and action steps that arise from these conversations.
- An open forum, which invites the community to a conversation with CTC leadership, including members of its Board, will be held on September 16 from 5-7 p.m. at CTC. We hope that concerned members of our community will join us at this forum, where, in dialogue, we can discuss additional ways that CTC can help community healing and begin the critical work of rebuilding. Please RSVP by emailing email@example.com.
- A three-part speakers series will be presented this season featuring national voices focused on the prevention of child abuse, survivor support, and ways the arts can help in healing trauma. Our goal is to offer information, resources and ideas to advance the work happening in our community. Dates and details will be forthcoming.
To those survivors who have shared their stories with us: We are so profoundly sorry. Your courage in sharing your abuse has challenged us to think more creatively about the strategies by which we can support and honor you.
You have inspired other survivors of sexual abuse to share their experiences with all of us. Your voices have brought this issue to the fore, and our community has been enlightened and forever changed as a result.
You have also inspired us. CTC is committed to establishing a Survivor Fund once the legal cases are all settled. This fund will represent one aspect of a new legacy for CTC—one that supports and honors survivors as well as the broader community for many years to come. Our vision for this fund is communal, survivor-centered, and restorative. We want to be thoughtful and inclusive, so we invite survivors and all members of the community to contribute your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also committed to working with community leaders and practitioners who already engage in this work. Three weeks ago, CTC presented a check for $17,077 to EmpowerSurvivors, an organization that provides direct healing support and education for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. The donation is equivalent to a sold-out performance on June 16th of Matilda. We will continue exploring partnerships with organizations whose missions support survivors of sexual abuse as well as the prevention of child abuse. Our Director of Community Partnerships and Inclusion will be developing these over the fall.
We understand that it is not enough to unequivocally condemn child abuse today. We have to commit to healing and long-term growth, and we recognize we cannot do it alone.
We value the survivors whose stories help shape our actions.
We value the artists, theatre artists, and staff who will help guide us.
We value the organizations and institutions who are already committed to healing and justice, whose partnership will teach us.
We value our community who supports and encourages us.
We, at all levels of the organization, honor and are humbled by the strength, courage, and perseverance of those who have survived this or any kind of abuse.
We value your ideas, thoughts, comments, and questions. Please share them with us at email@example.com.
Chair, Board of Directors
Peter C. Brosius
An Update on Litigation 8/14/19
We are gratified to announce the recent settlements of suits brought against Children’s Theatre Company by six individuals who were sexually abused by the former artistic director and two former employees, in the 1970s.