About

Mission

Ten Thousand Things awakens the creative spirit of audiences and artists by bringing essential and exceptional theater to people from all backgrounds and life experiences.

Vision

To ignite empathy and revolutionize belonging through the power of compelling and inspiring theater.

Values

Performing for audiences of all life experiences and backgrounds expands imagination and challenges us to create work that is honest, relevant and representative.

We combine rigor, skilled artists and bold, universal stories to create the best work possible.

We value the tremendous talent and commitment of our artists and place them at the center of the work.

We actively work to eliminate barriers to participation and cultivate equitable practices. Whether an audience member, artist, staff, or volunteer, each person’s unique perspective is necessary to the work.

Challenging work is best met by an environment that allows for laughter, safety, play and creativity.

Our Performance Model

Ten Thousand Things awakens the creative spirit of audiences and artists by bringing essential and exceptional theater to people from all backgrounds and life experiences.

Theater-goers experience the immediacy and vibrancy of theater through a performance in which there is no stage and actors perform in the middle of the audience. With minimal sets and costumes, the finest quality actors in the region fully engage the audience by distilling the story to its essence.

We perform in the round, with the lights on and minimal sets and live music. The result is a performance that engages the imagination of our audiences. Through this dynamic exchange, artists and audience breathe new life into theater together, reminding us that theater is essential to all of our lives. 

Our free performances are at shelters for the unhoused, correctional facilities, low-income senior centers, after-school programs, women’s shelters, and locations in greater/rural Minnesota. We also perform for paying audiences in such locations as the Capri Theater, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, The Woman’s Club, Open Book, and North Garden Theater.

On Belonging

Ten Thousand Things believes that theatre is better when everyone is in the audience. The Ten Thousand Things model is rooted in telling bold, universal stories that honor a diversity of identities. Your presence drives us to evolve creatively and cultivate equitable practices. This inclusive approach breaks down historic and current barriers by igniting the power of empathy. With intention, rigor, and joy, Ten Thousand Things commits to holding space for you.

Land Acknowledgement

Ten Thousand Things Theater, based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, is located on the traditional land of the Dakota People; and we honor the Anishinaabe People of this land as well. We are guided by the original stewards of this land.

As we continue to educate ourselves, we invite you to investigate who the original peoples are from where you are located, participate in local and national grassroots-led campaigns, and celebrate the vibrancy of Indigenous people today. This land acknowledgement is not a static, historic statement. The land is to be protected, honored, and cared for today and for future generations.

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