Workhouse Theatre Company is the only independent theatre company residing and producing in North
Minneapolis. Based in the Camden neighborhoods of Minneapolis, WTC produces a full season of theatre offerings.
WTC collaborates with established and emerging artists to interpret plays and generate new theatrical works.
Workhouse Theatre Company's mission is to provide the residents of the Camden neighborhoods with an
opportunity to attend and to participate in quality presentations of theatrical works.
WTC will accomplish its mission by:
o Producing a broad range of interpretive and generative theatrical presentations of the highest possible quality
o Providing hands-on learning experiences for emerging artists in all aspects of theatre production and
o Promoting the artistic, creative and civic qualities of the Camden neighborhoods
At Workhouse Theatre Company we believe:
Theatre arts can be accessible to everyone. We work to shatter the myth that an evening of theatre must be costly,
and we find ways to make the abstract ideas of many plays a reality for the people. Theatre does not need to be
obtuse or expensive to be good.
Lack of a degree in theatre does not mean that you have no right to partake in the creation of theatre. We find ways
to bring every interested person into Workhouse and to capitalize on their inherent skills and abilities. We pair the
theatre newcomer with a theatre veteran in a mentoring relationship and we challenge participants to reach further
than they ever thought possible.
Theatre can be transformative in nature.
In October 2003, the idea for a permanent independent theatre company in the Camden community is developed
and then presented at a monthly Victory Neighborhood Association meeting. The idea was unanimously supported
and several in attendance offered their names as volunteers.
After a year of planning, Camden Civic Theatre kicks off in October 2004 with a series of Beginning Acting classes
taught by Jeff Redman in cooperation with Minneapolis Community Education at Patrick Henry High.
In December 2004, Camden Civic Theatre has its first production, A Snowbound Christmas Carol, which is created
by members of the company.
In April 2005, Camden Civic Theatre is formed as a company of theatre artists at Rix Neighborhood Bar and Grill in
Minneapolis. Original company members are Jeff Redman, Valerie Borey, Kelly McGowan, Doreen Keuseman, Jane
O'Brien, and Norma Peterson.
On March 1, 2006, Camden Civic Theatre becomes officially incorporated with the State of Minnesota.
In June 2006, Camden Civic Theatre presents its first fully-staged mainstage production, The Good Doctor by Neil
In August 2006, the company changed its name from the Camden Civic Theatre to Workhouse Theatre Company.
Mississippi Running by Valerie Borey - September 2006 (reading)
The Guys by Anne Nelson - September 2006 (reading)
'night, Mother* by Marsha Norman - October 2006 (reading)
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus - November 2006 (reading)
Scenes from A Christmas Carol by Valerie Borey and Charles Dickens - December 2006 (reading)
House by Daniel MacIvor - January 2007 (reading)
Love Letters by A.R Gurney, Jr. - February 2007 (reading)
No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre - March 2007 (reading)
A Company of Wayward Saints by George Herman - August 2007 (first main stage production)
Oleanna by David Mamet - October 2007
The Underpants by Steve Martin - February 2008
'night, Mother* by Marsha Norman - April 2008
(winner of the 2008 Ivey Award for Theatrical Excellence)
100 by the Imaginarybody, UK - October 2008
Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children by Dave Louapre and Dan Sweetman - March 2009
How I Learned to Drive* by Paula Vogel - May 2009
Apartment 3A by Jeff Daniels - February 2010
Proof * by David Auburn - October 2010
Sylvia by A.R. Gurney, Jr.
- May 2011
Torch Song Trilogy - June 2011
*winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
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