Minneapolis theaters receive grants for full-time playwrights


Two Minneapolis theaters will get full-time playwrights for three years thanks to a national grant, the Star Tribune reports.

Out of 14 theater companies, Mixed Blood Theatre and Ten Thousand Things are the only theaters outside of New York to be chosen for the Mellon Foundation grants worth roughly $175,000 to $200,000.

Qui Nguyen will write a series of pieces for Mixed Blood's main stage, touring and inclusion programs. Nguyen is the co-founder of the Obie Award-winning Vampire Cowboys Theater Company in New York.

Longtime, award-winning Minneapolis playwright Kira Obolensky will write three plays for Ten Thousand Things. Obolensky has written two pieces, "Raskol" and "Vasa Lisa," for the company. She will also assist artistic director Michelle Hensley write a book about their work.

The grant program is aimed at helping advance the work of American playwrights and evaluating the impact of having a hired playwright on staff in a theater company, MPR reports.

The grant program is aimed at helping advance the work of American playwrights, while evaluating the impact of having a playwright embedded in the staff of a working theater company.

Next Up


As golf season approaches, book your round now at Dacotah Ridge GC

The stunning course is designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett's group out of potential Timberwolves sale

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that Garnett's group was not one of "more than 10" to buy the team.


Full production winery set to open in Minneapolis this month

The couple behind Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery is opening AxeBridge Wine Company in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.


Pedestrian killed in two-vehicle crash in Crystal

The incident happened just after noon.

Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 1.45.48 PM

Foss Swim School opens its 9th Minnesota location in former Pier 1 store

The Eden Prairie based company has 22 locations across the Midwest.

police tape, crime scene

Charges: Minneapolis man kills woman, tells police to kill him

A convicted felon is accused of fatally shooting a 29-year-old woman on Feb. 28.


It's that time of year: Minneapolis offers deal on trees for property owners

The City Trees program sells trees for $25 from March 8 to April 16, or until trees run out.

coronavirus, covid-19, doctor

CDC report reveals how first cases of Brazilian COVID variant came to MN

Dozens of people had to be tested for the virus after the first and only two cases of the P.1 variant were detected in Minnesota.

stormking bbq

Black Sheep Pizza's owner, Rapids Brewing opening BBQ brewpub in Minneapolis

The brewpub is a new iteration of Jordan Smith's Texas-inspired StormKing BBQ restaurant.


Minneapolis gets $1M grant to re-hire firefighters

The federal government has awarded the City of Minneapolis $1.07 million to re-hire six firefighters who were laid off at the end of 2011. The city applied for the grant in February 2012. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants program is enough to pay for the positions for two years.