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Because theater is richer when EVERYONE is in the audience.

Awards

Ten Thousand Things' shows have been chosen for dozens of "best of" critics lists and several Ivey Awards. The organization received the Sally Award for Vision in 2010, and Founder Michelle Hensley has received numerous local and national awards for her direction and leadership.

  • 2019

    2019 Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation: Marcela Lorca - Zelda Fichandler Award
    City Pages: Top 25 The Winter's Tale
    Star Tribune: Top 10 The Sins of Sor Juana
    Cherry and Spoon: Twin Cities Theater Favorites Into the Woods
  • 2018

    2018 Cherry an Spoon: Scapin - Memorable in 2018
    MN Theater Award: Joy Dolo - Exceptional Individual Performance, The Good Person of Szechwan
    Star Tribune: #10 on Top 10 The Good Person of Szechwan
    Theater Communications Group Visionary Leadership Award : Michelle Hensley
  • 2017

    2017 Ivey Award: Michelle Hensley - Lifetime Achievement Award
    Ivey Award: Steven Epp - Fiddler on the Roof
    Star Tribune: #4 on Top 10 Electra
    Star Tribune: #6 on Top 10 Fiddler on the Roof
    Rosetta LeNoire Award: Exemplary record in the hiring/promotion of people of color, women and actors with disabilities
  • 2016

    2016 Fox Foundation Fellowship : Luverne Seifert
    Ivey Award: Trevor Bowen - Emerging Artist
  • 2015

    2015 Star Tribune: #5 on Top 10 Henry IV, Part I
    City Pages: #6 on Top 10 The Unsinkable Molly Brown
    Ivey Award: Romeo & Juliet
  • 2014

    2014 Star Tribune: #10 on Top 10 The Music Man
    City Pages: #4 on Top 10 The Music Man
  • 2013

    2013 Minnesota Monthly: Best Theater Experience - Ten Thousand Things
    City Pages: #3 on Top 10 A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 2012

    Star Tribune: Michelle Hensley - Best Theater Artistic Director
    Star Tribune: #8 on Top 10 Measure for Measure
    Pioneer Press: Top Theater of 2012 - Ten Thousand Things
    City Pages: #2 on Top 10 Measure for Measure
    City Pages: 13 Favorites Vasa Lisa
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  • "...an exemplar of what good Shakespeare - let alone good theater - should be...two hours of terrificness." — Pioneer Press

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