We all know New York as the theatre capital of the United States, and possibly even the world. However, if you’re not based in New York, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fruitful career as a theater maker! Many other cities and small towns in the United States have exciting and innovative theatre scenes. Here are some of the best:
The Twin Cities, Minnesota
Minneapolis and St. Paul, the two cities that make up the Twin Cities major metropolitan area, are home to over two hundred theaters, including the Guthrie Theater, which was started in 1963 by English director Sir Tyrone Guthrie, so there is truly something for every TheaterMaker and Lover alike. The Twin Cities are also a great place for development of new work – the annual Minnesota Fringe Festival shows hundreds of new works and is a great opportunity for theater makers of all levels.
Chicago theater started as a haven for scrappy, determined post-grads and, even though theaters like Second City and Steppenwolf have now become internationally recognized cultural institutions, the city has largely kept that fiery spirit, and is now a haven for innovative, new work.
Washington, D.C. may be the political capital of America, but it’s really climbing the ranks in terms of theatre as well. From the Kennedy Center to Signature Theatre’s daring new musicals, to the experimental theatre of Wooly Mammoth, to the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C. truly has something for every kind of theater maker.
This city gets a place on the list because of its annual Humana Festival. Produced annually by the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the six-week festival is known internationally for the new works that it features. The festival has become a Wonderland for theater makers and it’s given Louisville international clout as a city for theater makers.
Dallas is home to some major, Texas-sized regional theatre productions – everything from glitzy touring musicals to experimental work from smaller companies can be found in Dallas. Dallas’ real claim to fame is the Dallas Theatre Center, which won the Tony for Best Regional Theatre in 2017. DTC produces exciting original work, stages reimagined classic works, and is also known for its extensive and innovative educational outreach programs.
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