New Artistic Directors will Publicly Discuss Theater Plus New Dance Works at U of M

At the U of M’s Rarig Center, you can catch the Re-Imagining Theatre event. Four local artistic directors will engage in a conversation moderated by Marianne Combs, MPR arts correspondent. It has been a watershed year of transition for the Twin Cities theater scene, one of the most prestigious in North America. 2015 saw the retirement of Guthrie Theater artistic director Joe Dowling and Jungle Theater artistic director Bain Boehlke. Here’s a chance to see and hear their successors.

The event features two new faces: Joe Haj at the Guthrie and Sarah Rasmussen at the Jungle. Two voices from identity-based theaters will also take part: Sarah Bellamy, co-artistic director of the African-American-based Penumbra Theatre, and Randy Reyes, artistic director of the Asian-based Mu Performing Arts. Bellamy becomes full artistic director in 2017. She is currently in her co-leadership position, which she shares with her father and Penumbra founder, Lou Bellamy, until then.

The U of M Theatre Arts and Dance Department will also be presenting new work by four significant choreographers: Wynn Frick, Gerald Casel, Joanie Smith, and Tony-winner Garth Fagan (The Lion King). Toni Pierce-Sands directs.

Re-Imagining Theatre
Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
Rarig Center, 330 21st St., West Bank U of M, Minneapolis

Dance Revolutions
Dec. 10–13
Rarig Center, 330 21 st St., West Bank U of M, Minneapolis

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