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Naked Stages, a 9-month Jerome Fellowship for emerging performance artists at Pillsbury House Theatre, is now accepting applications for 2015. Three emerging artists will be selected: two will create a performance for the stage and one will be creating a performance-based installation of their design in or around PHT’s building.

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Deadline for Submission:
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2015.

E-mail completed applications to or deliver to:
Pillsbury House Theatre, Attn: Naked Stages
3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Informational Meetings:
Thursday, February 12, 6:30 pm at Pillsbury House Theatre
Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 pm at CHAT in St Paul
These Info Sessions will cover the history of the program, the goals of the fellowship, and what the panel looks for in making its selections. We will also cover the difference between applying to create a performance art piece for the stage verses a performance art installation.

Study Hall:
Saturday, February 28, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at Pillsbury House Theatre
Study Hall is an opportunity for applicants to drop in and have the draft of their grant reviewed by Program Director Molly Van Avery who will suggest revisions.
View past Naked Stages artist applications (PDF) »

Contact with any questions or help with your application process.

About the Naked Stages Program

The goal of this program is to assist artists in acquiring tools to opportunities in performance, critical response skills, marketing, and technical production. This program emphasizes the development of artistic process rather than technical production. To this end, artists are not permitted to supplement their technical budget with additional grant funds. Artists are expected to be in residence in the Twin Cities for the mentorship program and production period. This is a time intensive program and artists should consider their ability to commit to the program prior to the application process.

The selected artists meet as a group to participate in workshops and provide a critical and supportive environment for creating work. All parts of this process will be coordinated and facilitated by the Program Artistic Director. Artists receive support for marketing, technical production, and photo and video documentation from the Pillsbury House Theatre staff. Two artists will share a two-weekend run at Pillsbury House Theatre December 10-12 and Dec. 17-19, 2015, and one instillation-based artist will set their own schedule depending on their concept.

Selections will be announced on April 2, 2015, and the program will begin April 3 with a mandatory meeting from 6-9 pm.

Death Tax cast, featuring Wendy Lehr, Regina Marie Williams, Tracey Maloney, and Clarence Wethern

Death Tax cast, featuring Wendy Lehr, Regina Marie Williams, Tracey Maloney, and Clarence WethernWeeks before the New Year (and the new estate tax taking effect), the ailing Maxine is convinced that her estranged daughter is bribing Nurse Tina to expedite her demise. But, when Maxine offers an enticing deal of her own, Nurse Tina finds herself at a moral crossroads. A suspenseful and captivating dark comedy, Death Tax raises timely questions about the tensions between family and money, life and death.

“Death Tax…confirms Hnath’s shrewd intelligence, his flair for modern theatrical game-playing, his dark sense of humor and  his whip-smart sense of character. You really can’t ask for anything more.” –Chicago Sun-Times

area premiere by Lucas Hnath
directed by Hayley Finn
starring Wendy Lehr, Regina Marie Williams, Tracey Maloney, and Clarence Wethern

March 6 – April 5, 2015

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Sundays at 3:00 pm

Additional Important Dates:

  • Post-Show Discussions with our Community Partner: TBA
  • ASL Interpreted Performance: Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 pm
  • Audio-Described Performance: Friday, March 27 at 7:30 pm
  • Free Child Care: For children 16 months and older. Call 612-825-0459 for reservations.
    Friday, March 13, 7:30 pm
    Sunday, March 22, 3:00 pm

at Pillsbury House Theatre

3501 Chicago Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
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Buy tickets online or call 612-825-0459.

Pick Your Price. Pay what you want for every performance, every night. (Regular price: $25)
Groups: Contact Kelsye at 612-787-3622 or

Run time: 90 minutes

Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah Sanders
Pillsbury House Theatre presents a live Jazz at Lincoln Center webcast of legendary jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders performing on Saturday, January 31. The performance will be broadcasted in HD at 8:30 p.m. CST, utilizing Pillsbury House Theatre’s sound system for superior audio quality.

Saturday, January 31
Concert starts at 8:30 p.m.

Livestreamed at Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Tickets: Free
Call 612-825-0459 or email to reserve.

Renowned saxophonist Pharoah Sanders first rose to fame in the 1960s after joining the Sun Ra Arkestra and John Coltrane’s later ensembles. An essential (and essentially divisive) component of free jazz’s early days, Sanders was first recognized for his notoriously aggressive and huge tenor sound. Without losing any of his raw power–or his ability to quite literally make his instrument scream–Sanders quickly began to further expand upon and refine his craft into a more patient, melodic, and spiritually peaceful sound, working a unique beauty into the psychedelic spaciousness of Sun Ra, alongside the improvisational chops and compositional courage of contemporaries like John and Alice Coltrane. Virtuosic, harsh, and one-of-a-kind, Sanders still has the rare qualities that propelled his career for half a century, plus more tricks up his sleeve than ever.

“If there’s anyone who has that quality of freedom, it’s Pharoah. He’s probably the best tenor player in the world.” – Ornette Coleman

Pillsbury House Theatre is a Jazz at Lincoln Center Micro-Content Network partner. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Micro-Concert Network is a collective of global jazz advocates who host webcasts of Jazz at Lincoln Center concerts, and are dedicated to developing a jazz audience within their own communities.

Thanks to our media partner for this event, KBEM Jazz88 FM.

The Power of Our Voices (POV) students from Broadway High School at Longfellow present The Life We Were Given is the Life that We Live, an evening of original poems, monologues, and scenes. The culmination of a 3-month POV residency in their school, this performance is a chance for the students to share their stories on our stage.

Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m.
performed at Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

Tickets: Free
No reservations necessary; just show up.

About Power of Our Voices
Since 2014, Teen Programming Coordinator Siddeeqah Shabazz has been bringing POV to teens through high school residencies across Minneapolis. The program uses theatre as the foundational tool to develop leadership skills, acquire vocational strategies, improve academic performance and connect with community resources.

Watch this sneak peek from MTN Youth!

Xavier Tavera Zine preview

Come celebrate another awesome photography project in South Minneapolis! Art Block leader Xavier Tavera will share portraits he as taken of small business owners on the South Side. He will also be releasing a photo zine of the project at the event. Free and open to the public.

Xavier Tavera Zine preview

Preview the zine here.

Stay afterward for Naked Stages featuring performances by PaviElle French and B Billy Xiong.