In Community

For over 30 years, Ten Thousand Things has worked with more than 100 community partner organizations throughout the Twin Cities metro area and Greater Minnesota to come together through theater to celebrate, understand, challenge and be inspired. 

Free Performances

TTT tours up to half of our performances for free to our community partners’ facilities. We bring the same transformative actors and shows to all our audiences—whether at a paid show or in a free tour.

Residencies & Workshops

TTT’s workshops and residency programs all offered free to community partners. These programs help participants connect with themes from TTT productions and foster personal expression, collaboration, empathy, and confidence.

Teen Youth Initiative

This initiative grew out of concerns from youth-serving partners that young people had grown isolated due to the pandemic. We continue to grow engagement with youth through free shows and workshops and by centering youth voices in our programming.

Ten Thousand Voices

This storytelling program—launched during the pandemic—amplifies the voices of diverse Minnesotans whose perspectives are not often highlighted in our arts landscape. To date, we have featured people in incarceration, seniors, youth, and people with disabilities.

Increasing Access

Our unique model of producing theater includes working with community partners to identify and reduce barriers to participation for people diverse in race, gender, age, income, education, culture, and life circumstances. We address:
  • Cost: We make half of our shows and all of our workshops and residencies free-of-charge, and our public shows offer pay-what-you-can offerings.
  • Location: We produce shows throughout the Twin Cities Metro areas and in Greater Minnesota communities. 
  • Transportation: We tour shows to community partner venues where people have existing or easy transportation access, or where no transportation is required, such as low-income senior facilities. 
  • Cultural norms: We present theater in familiar settings, with all the lights on, in the middle of a circle of chairs, with no stage or other hierarchical structures. 
  • Relevancy: We choose bold, universal stories, ranging from classics, to contemporary plays and musicals, and work with diverse professional artists who reflect the age and color diversity in our audiences.
  • Disabilities: We present in accessible spaces and offer audio description, ASL interpretation, and captioning at select performances. We also partner with several disability service organizations to present shows directly in their facilities.
Attendee at Powderhorn Park
"I was moved to tears. A true catharsis as Greek theater was for the Greeks. We were fortunate to also see it outdoors as in Greek times."
Jan at Everwood Farm
"The performance at Everwood Farm, near Glenwood City, WI was gorgeous. Thanks so much for bringing Euripides, and you, to our part of the world."
Paul at Luminary Arts Center
"My wife and I have been attending TTT productions for going on 20 years. Last night's Iphigenia was yet another reason why we attend...just a beautiful 90 minutes of theater."