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Children’s Theatre Company
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Children’s Theatre Company

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Making Theatre for Children


The Children’s Theatre Company is the leading theatre in North America serving families and young people from tots to teens. Prior to the renovation, the  Theatre’s energy and creativity were masked by the relatively blank facades of the 1970s wing that it occupies at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In addition to meeting the technical needs of a professional theatre, MGA&D’s mission was to motivate and excite young performers and audiences to the magic of theatre. We designed the new lobby as a dramatic multi-story space with luminous glass walls and a roof lantern, which instantly creates a dynamic presence on the arts campus. Inside, a wooden frame reassembled from the former Big Jo Flour Mill that once stood on the banks of the Mississippi River becomes an imaginative  backdrop for improvisation and events.

Solving the Theatre’s Pragmatic Needs


While the new lobby is the iconic face of the renovations, the project included new and remodeled theatres and rehearsal halls, including the 720-seat mainstage and the Cargill Stage, a new 288-seat highly configurable black box theatre. Backstage facilities included expanded shops for scenery, props and costumes and dressing rooms. A new Ground Floor education wing has four classrooms, a multi-purpose presentation space, a new dance studio and a parent-student lounge.  With the new facilities, the Theatre Company  serves 300% more young people and families than the original building.

Project Details

Project Lead:

Patrick Burke, AIA

Robert Blaser, AIA

Professional Credits:

Associate Architect – RSP Limited

Location:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Size:

Size 45,000 SF addition, 180,000 SF renovation

Completion Date:

2005

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