Stories from PH+T


Emily Zimmer

Emily Zimmer

Emily Zimmer’s artistic career revolves around working with kids. Twelve years ago, she came to see the Chicago Avenue Project ...
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Manny and Mimi

If you ask 10-year-old twins Mimi and Manny what their favorite part of Pillsbury House’s afterschool program is, they will ...
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Jamila Anderson

Jamila Anderson grew up in the neighborhoods around Pillsbury House, and joined the afterschool program in first grade. She remembers ...
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photo of Nikki and Rue Mates by Xavier Tavera, 2013

Art Blocks

What does it mean to live in an arts-rich neighborhood? What does it mean to have a community artist living ...
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Chicago Avenue Project

What happens when some of the region’s finest theatre artists invest in the imaginations of elementary school students in South ...
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Breaking Ice

How can we find common ground on issues we cannot discuss? At work, in school, or with neighbors, hot button ...
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Regina Marie Williams in Pa's Hat: Liberian Legacy by Cori Thomas at PHT. photo by Michal Daniels, 2010

Regina Marie Williams

Regina Marie Williams is just like you. She may be one of the Twin Cities strongest stage actors, with one ...
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Mike Hoyt sketching outside of Pillsbury House

Michael Hoyt

Though Michael Hoyt is a studio-trained artist and recipient of numerous visual arts fellowships, working in community to effect change ...
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Photo of Marcus (L) in Juneau, AK; photo by dramaturg Nakissa Etemad

Marcus Gardley

The list of playwright Marcus Gardley’s achievements is long enough to impress even the most stoic Minnesotan. His most recent ...
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Masanara Kawahara

Masanari Kawahara

Emiliano does not like sticky papier-mâché. Last year, he was impatient with any projects like papier-mâché that required multiple steps ...
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Anton and Sophie

Anton Jones

Sophie is a toddler with physical and cognitive delays. Anton Jones is a teaching artist in the Toddler Room. On ...
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Pramila Vasudevan in the dance studio.

Pramila Vasudevan

Pramila Vasudevan is a professional dancer and founder of Aniccha Arts. She is also a teaching artist in residence at ...
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What's New

bubble up art
Eat. Drink. Do good. Be Merry. Shop for a cause. Guild Collective hosts a shopping fundraiser for Pillsbury House Theatre.
Pillsbury House + Theatre Holiday Fundraiser
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Lobby Redesign



Pillsbury House Theatre’s mission is to create challenging theatre to inspire choice, change and connection. Please consider making a donation to support our mission.


Would you like to join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of PH+T? – it’s not even a fundraiser!

You probably know something about what happens here at 35th & Chicago, but it is likely that much of what we do remains a mystery. Did you know about our bike shop staffed by homeless teens? What about our free medical clinic open two days a week on the third floor?

We recently started hosting tours of PH+T that show it all. Depending on the day and time, you’ll likely see what is happening in the theatre (and backstage), as well as in the bike shop, the childcare center, the commercial kitchen, the library, the balcony, the youth art room, the dance studio, the clinic, and more.

Our first tour groups have been surprised to learn:

  • Our lead childcare teacher Charlene has been here for over 20 years, and has cared for multiple generations of some families.
  • Organizations like Upstream Arts and Obsidian Arts office here and complement our mission.
  • We have free coffee in the lobby all day long.

Join an existing tour group, or bring your own group for a tour. E-mail Corrie or call 612-787-3642.



Funding from state and federal government agencies, local and national foundations, and donations from individual donors fuel the theatre’s growth. Contributions support not only our Mainstage, Late Nite, and Naked Stages seasons, but also the education and community engagement programs: Arts on Chicago, Breaking Ice, Power of Our Voices and Chicago Avenue Project. Thank you to all donors for your generosity.

View our major funders here »

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