Guthrie Theatre’s summer training program for MFA actors resumes in 2022

The Guthrie Theater today announced the return of its summer theater program, A Guthrie Experience, after a four-year hiatus. Founded in 1997 under the direction of Kenneth Washington, A Guthrie Experience brings MFA actors from across the country to the Twin Cities for an intensive, seven-week performance experience.

Designed to train future leaders in American theater, the experience includes voice, movement, and acting, professional mentorship, cultural immersion in the Twin Cities’ vibrant theater community, and an opportunity to develop bold new work. for the scene. Notable alumni include Mahershala Ali (1999), Sterling K. Brown (2000), Ricardo Chavira (1999) and Emily Swallow (2003), among others. The renamed program is now led by Maija García, Guthrie’s Director of Education and Skills Training.

Artistic Director Joseph Haj said, “Through the visionary leadership of former Director of Business Development Kenneth Washington and Artistic Director Joe Dowling, A Guthrie Experience has had a profound impact on the careers of dozens of actors from theater and on our estate. After a year of hiatus, it is an absolute joy to welcome these dynamic artists to our theater community and to see this vital program reappear with ingenuity and intention in the hands of Maija García.”

“This experience offers serious artists a unique opportunity to cross ideas, question practices and perfect their art,” said Maija García. “We have invited many of the Twin Cities’ most influential artists into our creative process. It is a pleasure to be in such intelligent company as we engage in a play from the most prolific playwright in the world. Spanish Golden Age.”

The 2022 Guthrie Experience program will culminate with five public performances of the twisted drama Valor by Ana Caro de Mallén y Soto, translated by Barbara Fuchs and Diversifying the Classics/UCLA, and directed and adapted by Maija García. In Valor, Caro – celebrated poet and playwright of Spain’s Golden Age – captures the spirit of comedy and the rapture of romance while interrogating 17th-century notions of masculinity, nobility and honor through a radical vision of women’s action.

Guthrie Experience 2022 participants include Clew (Brown University/Trinity Rep), Myka Cue (Brown University/Trinity Rep), Rodd Cyrus (The Julliard School), Oye Ehikhamhen (UCLA), Noelle Franco (UCLA), Junior Nyong’o (University of California San Diego), Abigail C. Onwunali (Yale University), Nick Saxton (Columbia University), Jeremy Spektor (California Institute of the Arts), Rachel Towne (New York University).

Valor’s creative team includes Maija García (Director), Mina Kinukawa (Scenic Designer), Sara Bahr (Costume Designer), Karin Olson (Lighting Designer), Jaime Lupercio (Sound Designer), JD Steele (Music Director) , Annie Enneking (Fight Choreographer), Julia Cervera (Prop Designer), Miko S. Simmons (Design Consultant), Carla Steen (Residence Playwright), and Abigail C. Onwunali (Assistant Director).

Valor will play August 3-7, 2022 at Dowling Studio. Tickets are $20 and are on sale now at the box office at 612.377.2224, 1.877.447.8243 (toll free) or online at A performance interpreted in ASL and audio-description will be available.

All members of the public, regardless of age, must wear a mask that securely covers their nose and mouth (no bandanas, neck gaiters or face shields) when entering and inside the Dowling Studio. A complete list of Guthrie’s requirements is available at

The Guthrie Theater recognizes that it resides on the traditional land of the Dakota people and gratefully honors the land itself and the people who have preserved it over generations, including the Ojibwa and other Indigenous nations.

The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) is an American center for theatrical performance in Minneapolis, Minnesota, dedicated to producing a blend of classical and contemporary plays and training the next generation of theater artists. Under Haj’s leadership, the Guthrie is guided by four core values: artistic excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal responsibility.

Since its founding in 1963, the theater has continued to set a national standard of excellence in the field and to serve the people of Minnesota as a vital cultural resource. The Guthrie is home to three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, restaurants and spectacular public spaces.

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