Theater is better when everyone is in the audience
Performing for audiences of all life experiences and backgrounds expands imagination and challenges us to create work that is honest, relevant and representative.
Artistic excellence drives our work
We combine rigor, skilled artists and bold, universal stories to create the best work possible.
Artists are our greatest asset
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.
We choose joy
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.
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.