Guthrie Theater
Production Manager | Prop Shop Supervisor | Stage Operations Supervisor | Production Stage Manager

A word from Joseph Haj, Artistic Director, and Rebecca Cribbin, Director of Production

Production Manager

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Production Manager

REPORTS TO: Director of Production

JOB TYPE: Full Time, Exempt

START DATE: ASAP

SALARY RANGE: $67,500 - $85,500

BENEFITS:  

  • Health Insurance, HSA and Dependent Care Options, Dental & Vision, Flexible Spending account, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability.

  • Short term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of service

  • Paid time off

  • Complimentary tickets to Guthrie productions

  • Discounted tickets

  • Discounts on classes and camps

  • Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains

  • Discounted monthly parking

  • Discounted bike locker rental

  • Wellness program

  • Guthrie store discount

  • Admission to opening night parties

  • Affinity groups

  • Discounted Level Five Café and Express dining

  • Frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts


Position Summary

The Production Manager, in close coordination with the Director of Production, is primarily responsible for the production management of the Guthrie’s mainstage season and Dowling Studio programming. Responsible for coordinating the work across multiple production areas, providing clear and effective communication to visiting designers and artists, the Production Manager ensures Guthrie productions open to our audiences on time and within budget. All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility. This position is full-time, exempt and benefits-eligible. Compensation for this position is $67,500 - $85,500 annually plus benefits. The typical schedule for this role will vary based on the dynamic schedule of a theater. This person will work remotely until our building reopens at which time full-time in-person work is required.

 

Essential Duties

Production Management

  • In collaboration with the Director of Production, oversee the execution of all production requirements in support of the work across the Guthrie’s stages and throughout the organization.

  • Create and maintain production schedules. Ensure design guideline documents for creative teams are up to date.

  • Assist the Director of Production in creating and maintaining annual production budgets. Track all production and show related expenditures and generate expense reports.

  • Schedule and lead regular production meetings with Guthrie staff and creative teams.

  • Maintain production calendars within the department and share pertinent information across the organization.

  • Ensure that the resources and support available to production departments are sufficient to achieve the artistic vision and excellence of the theater.

  • Cultivate and promote a safe working environment and ensure that the Guthrie’s production department operates in accordance with current health and safety regulations and best theater practice.

  • Ensure that the Guthrie is in compliance with local and national collective bargaining agreements (IATSE, AFM, USA, SDC and AEA).

Creative Team Support and Engagement

  • Provide clear communication to all members of the creative team ensuring proper understanding of the Guthrie resources available to them.

  • Distribute design guidelines, relevant Guthrie policies and show calendars to all creative teams.

  • Ensure all shared design documentation is updated in shared folders, both internally and externally.

  • In collaboration with the Assistant Production Manager, organize on site design meetings and designer visits.

  • Lead the creative team and relevant Guthrie staff through the entire production process. Lead design meetings, production meetings and post preview note sessions.

Leadership and Supervision

  • Lead, manage and supervise the Guthrie’s Production Stage Manager and Events Production Manager.

  • Use the organizational check-in form to complete monthly check-ins with all direct reports.

  • Attend and/or run department meetings to communicate pertinent information and communicate shared organizational commitments.

  • Coach and develop staff members by monitoring the quality of employees' work and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among employees; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises; and completing annual performance evaluations.

  • Actively participate in fostering a work environment centering the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.

  • Maintain and approve direct report timesheets and expense reports, PTO requests, and other personnel records.

  • Attend regular production department head meetings.

  • Attend departmental and interdepartmental meetings when required.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Prior experience serving in a management role of a theater production department.

  • Formal, informal and cross-disciplinary experiences will be considered.

  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.

  • Ability to read and assimilate information from technical design drawings.

  • Demonstrated computer skills including G-Suite, Dropbox, Microsoft Office.

  • Budget management experience preferred. Aptitude in crafting and overseeing budgets required.

  • Proven experience in handling production and design processes on large scale productions.

  • Working knowledge of IATSE, AFM, USA, SDC, AEA and LORT collective bargaining agreements.

  • Demonstrated creative judgment, excellent problem-solving skills and detail-oriented. Excellent time management skills.

  • Strong ability to lead a team, delegate and communicate effectively across multiple departments with dynamic people.

  • Working knowledge of and willingness to promote current health and safety practices in the theater industry.

  • Must be able to work under the stress of deadlines and adapt to changing priorities as well as attend to numerous projects concurrently.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability and willingness to exercise professional courtesy and discretion at all times and maintain confidentiality as required.

  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a theater which includes a variety of hours including evenings and weekends.

Stage Operations Supervisor

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Stage Operations Supervisor 

REPORTS TO: Technical Director

JOB TYPE: Full Time, exempt

START DATE: ASAP

SALARY RANGE: $50,800 to $63,500

BENEFITS:  

  • Health Insurance, HSA and Dependent Care Options, Dental & Vision, Flexible Spending account, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability.

  • Short term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of service

  • Paid time off

  • Complimentary tickets to Guthrie productions

  • Discounted tickets

  • Discounts on classes and camps

  • Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains

  • Discounted monthly parking

  • Discounted bike locker rental

  • Wellness program

  • Guthrie store discount

  • Admission to opening night parties

  • Affinity groups

  • Discounted Level Five Café and Express dining

  • Frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts


Position Summary

The Stage Operations Supervisor leads, manages and supervises the Stage Crew in the safe delivery and running of all physical elements of any given Guthrie production, in support of the director’s and designer’s visions within the allotted time, budget, and scope of resources. The position provides vision and leadership for the department and facilitates internal and external communication. The Stage Operations Supervisor is expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility.

 

Essential Duties

Stage Operations Supervision and Leadership

  •  Manage and supervise all members of the Stage Crew to promote a safe, healthy and productive work environment. 

  • Manage the day-to-day schedule, determine staffing needs per show, and assign work to Stage Crew accordingly. 

  • Maintain timesheets, personal time off requests, and other personnel records. 

  • Conduct monthly check-in meetings and annual performance reviews with all Stage Crew employees. 

  • Serve as Hiring Manager and/or participate in the recruitment and hiring of full-time or overhire staff as needed. 

  • Attend and/or run department meetings to communicate pertinent information and shared organizational commitments. 

  • Coach and develop staff members by monitoring employee productivity and providing constructive feedback; facilitating conflict resolution among employees; ensuring adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertaking disciplinary actions if the need arises. 

  • Promote a positive work culture by leading open discussion, seeking professional development opportunities, and attending culture-building workshops and trainings. 

  • Actively participate in fostering a work environment centering the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and Financial Responsibility.

Production Support and Collaboration with Design Teams

  • Coordinate with production management, scene shop, prop shop, lighting, sound and stage management to develop plans for handling scenery and props during performances, load-ins, change-overs and strikes. 

  • Supervise crews to execute plans during the tech and preview process and run of the show.  In coordination with Stage Management and in consultation with all relevant departments, determine and create Stage Crew run tracks and cue sheets based on desired effects, transitions, storage and other performance-related tasks. 

  • In collaboration with Stage Management, ensure that all cue sheets are up-to-date and accurate.  Assign staff to set and strike all tech tables and work lights before and during technical and preview periods. 

  • Acts as a liaison on interdepartmental projects, such as the Guthrie Gala. 

  • Attend production meetings, production department head meetings, load-in meetings and all staff meetings.

  • Where appropriate, share all pertinent information with stage crew employees. 

  • Consult with designers and production department members on any issues that arise during the production process which pertain to show running, installation and strike of scenery, automation, and props. 

  • Attend post technical and preview performance note sessions, as required by the Technical Director.

Manage Stage Operations

  • Manage the Stage Crew department by ensuring that all department supplies are stocked and replenished and that these resources are managed efficiently. 

  • Proactively plan and foster communication within and outside of the department on upcoming shows.

  • Communicate with the Technical Director in order to gain information on ground plans, line set schedules, and other technical documentation as relevant.

  • Visit the scene shop regularly to gain familiarity and understanding of how all the scenic elements will be loaded-in and constructed, with particular focus on how Stage Crew will move pieces during scene shifts and how scenic elements are stored off stage. 

  • Ensure that the hard hat rack is fully equipped prior to each load-in and all correct health and safety signage is on display, and continue to ensure through load in and strike that all health and safety policies are being adhered to. 

  • Work in tandem with the Work Safety Captain and Head of Automation and Safety to ensure that all Guthrie stages are free from hazards at all times. 

  • In collaboration with the House Manager and Facilities team, ensure that the auditoriums are safe and clean for patrons and visitors. 

  • Review/revise budget estimates for each production by tracking all relevant information through the rehearsal reports and ensuring these requests match the allocated budget and resource, as given to you by the Director of Production. 

  • Communicate all relevant technical information to Stage Crew and other departments so the productions can run in a safe, timely, and resource-efficient manner. 

  • Collaborate with all run crew on a daily basis to monitor project progress, equipment, and staffing needs. 

  • Ensure that all stage crew run tracks are adequately staffed during planned and unplanned absences. 

  • Assist with emergencies (injuries, malfunctions) as they arise during technical rehearsals and performances of shows. 

  • Work with the Events Production Manager to support institutional special events as needed.  Work with the Technical Director on Dowling Studio productions as needed. 

  • Coordinate pyrotechnic effects as needed, including hiring of pyrotechnic operators, when necessary.

Stage Maintenance

  • Manage common areas to ensure the highest levels of safety and security. 

  • Work with Technical Director to prepare and maintain capital expenditure lines. 

  • Supervise the troubleshooting and repair of scenery, stage machinery, and props during pre-show/weekly checks and performances. 

  • Ensure Stage Crew touches up and repairs scenery and props, when necessary. 

  • Ensure that adequate stocks of Stage Crew materials, supplies, and consumables required to carry out duties are replenished. 

  • Coordinate with relevant departments on the maintenance of scenic and prop elements during the run of the show, whilst knowing when to communicate effectively to other departments when the issues are beyond scope. 

  • Ensure Dowling Studio demountable seating is maintained and compliant with all health and safety codes and regulations.

 

Administration

  • Manage budget on a per-show basis to ensure effective utilization of financial resources. 

  • Analyze and monitor budget statements on a monthly basis.

  • Prepare purchase orders and budget reports. 

  • Work collaboratively with other departments to determine and implement archival systems about each production for future reference. 

  • Maintain files on shows. 

  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience working in a LORT theater and a demonstrated understanding of current best theatre practices. 

  • Prior experience as a Stage Operations Supervisor in a similar-scaled organization preferred. 

  • Strong working knowledge of scenic construction, theatrical rigging, and stagecraft. 

  • Experience working with automation equipment.  Working knowledge of the collective bargaining agreements between IATSE, LORT, AEA, and SDC. 

  • Experience forming and managing relationships with visiting artists, staff, and overhire personnel. 

  • Ability to be flexible and transition between tasks and projects when designs or priorities shift. 

  • Experience supervising, mentoring, and leading direct and indirect reports. 

  • Excellent creative judgment, communication, and negotiation skills. 

  • Proficient skill in word processing and database preparation for information review, preparation, organization, and communication. 

  • Experience with AutoCAD preferred. 

  • Excellent time management skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively both verbally and in writing on an interpersonal and group level. 

  • Professional maturity as measured by the ability and willingness to exercise professional courtesy and discretion at all times and maintain confidentiality as required. 

  • Ability to delegate tasks to others in order to keep the flow of work moving forward at an efficient rate. 

  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days reflective of the dynamic schedule of a theater. 

  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.

Production Stage Manager

DEPARTMENT: Production

POSITION: Production Stage Manager

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

JOB TYPE: 

  • While on AEA contract - non exempt

  • At all other times - exempt

START DATE: ASAP

SALARY: 

  • While on AEA contract - $1,752 per week 

  • At all other times - $1,212 per week

BENEFITS:  

  • Health Insurance, HSA and Dependent Care Options, Dental & Vision, Flexible Spending account, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability.

  • Short term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of service

  • Paid time off

  • Complimentary tickets to Guthrie productions

  • Discounted tickets

  • Discounts on classes and camps

  • Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains

  • Discounted monthly parking

  • Discounted bike locker rental

  • Wellness program

  • Guthrie store discount

  • Admission to opening night parties

  • Affinity groups

  • Discounted Level Five Café and Express dining

  • Frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts


Position Summary

The Production Stage Manager (PSM) is an active member of the Production department, with supervisory responsibility for the stage management team and stage management interns and fellows. The PSM serves as the AEA Stage Manager on Guthrie productions as determined by the Director of Production and Production Manager. This position ensures that the stage management requirements for all Guthrie productions and projects are met. All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility

 

Essential Duties

Stage Management

  • Responsible for the scheduling of all rehearsals, costume fittings, photo and marketing sessions, etc. in accordance with Equity regulations, both before and after opening.

  • Coordinate the dissemination of schedules and other show-specific information to the acting company, creative team, and relevant staff.

  • Publish and distribute performance reports with pertinent show details and information in a timely manner following each performance.

  • Calculate, report and submit Equity overtime incurred by actors and/or stage managers (SMs).

  • Assemble and maintain the prompt book which includes the accurate play text and blocking.

  • Together with the stage management team, create cue sheets, plots, daily records, etc., as are necessary for the technical and artistic operations of the production.

  • When understudies are engaged, rehearse and put in understudies as needed.

  • Responsible for communicating safety and emergency procedures to actors and crew and maintaining safe practices during performance and rehearsals.

  • Keep a consistent and sensitive relationship to the live performance and model supportive morale for the cast and crew.

  • Work with the director, designers and department heads to develop and maintain communication between the rehearsal room and the producing team (creative, production, administrative).

  • This includes the daily creation and distribution of detailed rehearsal notes.

  • Attend regular production meetings.

  • When necessary, contribute and provide stage management support to a variety of Guthrie Theater one-off projects.

  • Support an inclusive and open process in all work.

 

Leadership and Supervision

  • Hire, manage and supervise stage management employees to fulfill the responsibilities of the department.

  • Run regular stage management department meetings to communicate pertinent project information and communicate shared organizational commitments.

  • Coach and develop staff members by providing constructive feedback; facilitate conflict resolution among employees; ensure adherence to legal and organizational policies and procedures and undertake disciplinary actions if the need arises; when required, complete all annual performance evaluations on a timely basis.

  • Actively participate in team building fostering a work environment of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.

  • Using the organizational monthly check-in form complete monthly check-ins with all direct reports when appropriate within their contract.

  • Ensure all pertinent information relating to areas of responsibility of all stage management staff is clearly communicated.

  • Maintain and approve direct report timesheets, PTO requests, and other personnel records.

  • Collaborate with SMs to create efficient modes of communication within and across departments.

  • SMs are expected to stay current with communication technology used by the department and will be offered training as necessary.

 

Visiting Artist Support and Engagement

  • Facilitate the communication between the design team and relevant Guthrie departments to establish elements for productions.

  • Maintain the artistic integrity and intentions of the director after opening, to the best of their ability, including calling brush-up rehearsals when necessary.

  • Consult with designers and production department members on any issues that arise during the rehearsal and production process.

  • Attend production and design meetings and share pertinent information with stage management employees.

 

Administration

  • Work with Production leadership to manage the stage management department budget to ensure effective utilization of financial resources.

  • Project expenses and manage those expenses on a per-show basis.

  • Analyze and monitor budget statements on a monthly basis.

  • Prepare purchase orders and budget reports. Work collaboratively with other departments to determine and implement archival systems about each production for future reference.

  • Develop and implement department paperwork and procedures.

  • Collaborate with all Guthrie departments and act as liaison to all visiting SM staff and the Guthrie.

  • Maintain the stage management supplies budget and ensure all SM materials are sourced and replenished.

  • Work with the Director of Production to prepare and maintain capital expenditure lines.

  • Assume active responsibility for the form and discipline of rehearsal and performances, and be the executive instrument on the technical running of each performance.

  • Act as a liaison on interdepartmental projects.​

Skills and Qualifications

  • Current or former AEA membership required.

  • Experience of working in a LORT theater and an understanding of current best theater practices.

  • Working knowledge of the collective bargaining agreements between IATSE, LORT, AEA, SDC.

  • Prior experience as a Stage Manager in a similar-scaled organization.

  • Experience of forming and managing relationships with visiting artists, staff and over-hire personnel.

  • Experience supervising, mentoring and leading direct and indirect reports.

  • Excellent creative judgment, communication and negotiation skills.

  • Proficient skill in word processing and database preparation for information review, preparation, organization, and communication.

  • Excellent time management skills.

  • Ability to lead and/or supervise employees to get work done efficiently and safely.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively verbally and in writing on both an interpersonal and group level.

  • Ability and willingness to exercise professional courtesy and discretion at all times and maintain confidentiality as required.

  • Ability to delegate tasks to others in order to keep the flow of work moving forward at an efficient rate.

  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.

  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status

Prop Shop Supervisor

DEPARTMENT: Props/Production

POSITION: Prop Shop Supervisor

REPORTS TO: Head of Props

JOB TYPE: Full Time, non-exempt (IATSE position)

START DATE: ASAP

SALARY: $30.33 per hour, $63,086 per year

BENEFITS:  

  • Health Insurance, HSA and Dependent Care Options, Dental & Vision, Flexible Spending account, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability.

  • Short term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, 403(b) with employer match up to 4.5% after one year of service

  • Paid time off

  • Complimentary tickets to Guthrie productions

  • Discounted tickets

  • Discounts on classes and camps

  • Subsidized passes for Metro Transit buses and trains

  • Discounted monthly parking

  • Discounted bike locker rental

  • Wellness program

  • Guthrie store discount

  • Admission to opening night parties

  • Affinity groups

  • Discounted Level Five Café and Express dining

  • Frequent Sea Change restaurant discounts


Position Summary

The Prop Shop Supervisor is responsible for fabricating and modifying props for all Guthrie Theater productions, and providing assistance with the day-to-day operations of the Prop Department. This position interprets technical plans, pictures, and verbal ideas to produce functional props and set dressing. The Prop Shop Supervisor supports the Head of Props and Associate Head of Props in leading prop staff and overhire to ensure props are completed in a timely, safe, and well-executed manner. This position monitors and fosters shop safety procedures and oversees the organization, maintenance, and upkeep of the shop, onsite storage, and warehouse storage to provide a safe and efficient work environment. All employees are expected to center, model and champion the Guthrie’s core values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.

 

Essential Duties

Engineer and Construct Props

  • Build, create, modify and install props, special effects and set dressing to convey the designer’s vision, meet the functional requirements of the play and ensure durability and safety standards.

  • Provide technical assistance and offer solutions to address issues of safety, function, aesthetics, and fabrication methods.

  • Determine effective building processes including accurate time estimates and materials needed. Communicate as needed with Creative teams, Stage Management, and across other production departments to evaluate use and function of props.

  • Coordinate with other production departments to develop plans for the efficient integration of prop elements.

  • Research and determine effective building processes including accurate time estimates and materials for special projects.

  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Maintenance of Spaces and Supplies

  • Organize, direct and participate in the weekly and seasonal maintenance and cleaning of the shop.

  • Maintain appropriate inventory levels of stock shop materials and supplies in coordination with Prop Shopper/Buyer.

  • Restore props to the proper location when no longer in use.

  • Transport stock items and materials between storage areas and theater spaces.

  • Communicate problems and unsafe conditions to appropriate person(s).

  • Maintain safe and operable shop tools, communicating with the Head of Props/Associate Head of Props regarding seasonal maintenance, repair and replacement needs.

  • Assist with Props’ annual warehouse sales and weekly rentals as assigned.

Leadership

  • Foster a work environment incorporating the Guthrie values of Artistic Excellence, Community, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Fiscal Responsibility.

  • Take an active leadership role in setting and maintaining the levels of production craftsmanship and artistic excellence.

  • Foster and reinforce safe working practices in all prop shop activities.

  • Monitor and lead other artisans’ work when directed by the Head of Props/Associate Head of Props in order to accomplish the goals of the show and guide shop workflow.

  • Lead and provide guidance to the assigned work team.

  • Advise and assist other prop shop staff when requested.

  • Become familiar with script, design concepts and construction drawings in order to address questions from staff and overhire.

  • Ensure information and materials are available to complete all shop projects in a timely and accurate manner.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Extensive experience building props in an arts environment.

  • Formal, informal and cross-disciplinary experiences will be considered.

  • Demonstrated experience in leading others on build and installation projects.

  • Basic skills in a variety of areas which may include casting, Photoshop, sewing, upholstery, and crafts. Advanced skills in woodworking, welding/metalworking, electronics and special effects preferred.

  • Basic knowledge of period styles, theatrical terms and practices to develop accurate and precise props and set dressing.

  • Experience creating working props from written and verbal information as well as visual images.

  • Ability to produce accurate working drawings and/or templates to achieve design concepts.

  • Skill and experience in creative problem solving to meet the artistic needs of the show within time and financial requirements.

  • Respond calmly and efficiently to frequent changes during the production and rehearsal process. Experience working on multiple projects simultaneously and organizing time to meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrated experience in working both independently and collaboratively.

  • Strong communication skills with the ability to explain scenic elements, methods, and clarify drawings to staff and overhire craftpersons.

  • Knowledge of safety procedures to maintain a safe working environment.

  • Basic knowledge of repair and maintenance of standard shop equipment, or willingness to learn.

  • Experience using a computer and other technical resources to effectively accomplish work.

  • Experience researching for special projects. Fork lift experience preferred.

  • Strong commitment to safety and ergonomics in the workplace.

  • Experience, ability, and commitment to working with individuals and teams that are mixed across lines of difference such as race, gender-identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, age, class and immigrant status.

  • Must be willing and able to work flexible hours/days, including evenings and weekends, reflective of the dynamic schedule of the theater.

About the Guthrie

History: Founded in 1963, the Guthrie is dedicated to producing the great works of dramatic literature, developing the work of contemporary playwrights and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under the artistic leadership of Joseph Haj, the Guthrie produces a mix of classic and contemporary plays on three stages and continues to set a national standard for excellence in theatrical production and performance. Land Acknowledgement: The Guthrie would like to acknowledge that we gather on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.

 


Mission/Vision/Values

MISSION: To engage exceptional theater artists in the exploration of both classic and contemporary plays, connecting the community we serve to one another and to the world. Through its extraordinary artists, staff and facility, the Guthrie is committed to the people of Minnesota and, from its place rooted deeply in the Twin Cities, influences the field as a leading 21st-century arts organization. VISION: The Guthrie creates transformative theater experiences that ignite the imagination, stir the heart, open the mind and build community through the illumination of our common humanity. CORE VALUES: Our commitment to these four principles is at the heart of everything we do. Artistic Excellence Community Equity Diversity and Inclusion Fiscal Responsibility

 


Anti-Racism Statement and Action Steps

 

The Guthrie is a historically and predominantly white institution, which means we must first acknowledge that we have participated in systemic racism. While we had taken strides prior to 2020 to expand the diversity of our work on and off the stage, we have simply not done enough to include and herald Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) voices. In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, the Guthrie’s Senior Management Team began gathering insight from Black artists and community leaders, staff, board members, national advisers and industry colleagues on how the theater might work toward becoming a more anti-racist and equitable organization.

The following is a sampling of the actions we have taken towards that goal:

  • We have continued our policy that all creative teams must be diverse in race and gender except when it may be necessary for all members of a team to be from an underrepresented community.

  • We have continued our policy to require a qualified slate of candidates diverse in race and gender identity before interviewing for an open position.

  • Starting in August 2020, we began working with Team Dynamics — a Minnesota-based firm selected by the Guthrie’s staff-led Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee — with a focus on anti-racism work for a minimum of 18 months. 

  • Our board of directors is participating in anti-racism training with Team Dynamics.

  • We have continued our work with Native communities including: free Native-led classes for Native community members; paid fellowships for emerging Native artists; free Guthrie tickets for members of Native communities; and a continued commitment to evolving together.

 

Along with these ongoing conversations, we are proactively and publicly sharing our commitments to anti-racism work at the Guthrie — not only to communicate what we are doing with candor but to hold ourselves accountable and be held accountable by everyone we serve. To see our full anti-racism work and commitments, follow this link: 
https://www.guthrietheater.org/anti-racism-work-and-commitments/ 


There is no completion date for this work.