AnsaPericlesActors’ Equity Association has named Ten Thousand Things Theater Company co-recipient of this year’s Rosetta LeNoire Award. The company is sharing the award with Joe Haj and the Guthrie Theater.

Created in 1988, the award recognizes individuals, theaters or producing organizations with an exemplary record in the hiring or promotion of people of color, women and actors with disabilities through diverse and inclusive casting.

Past recipients include Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre Company, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Detroit Repertory Theatre, Walter Turnbull of Boys Choir of Harlem, Joseph Papp and the New York Shakespeare Company, and Mixed Blood Theatre Company.

“It is an honor to be recognized for one of the most important things we do at Ten Thousand Things: opening up possibilities for women and people of color through casting, both for our actors, who get the joy of playing unconventional roles, and for our audiences, who can see themselves and others portrayed in new ways in the stories we tell,” said Artistic Director Michelle Hensley. “We are pleased to share this year’s award with our Twin Cities colleague, the Guthrie Theater and its terrific leader, Joe Haj.”

The award will officially be presented to Ten Thousand Things on August 14.


Ten Thousand Things productions bring high-quality, intelligent theater to people with HenryShalittle access to the wealth of the arts. This award-winning theater company invigorates ancient tales, classic stories, and contemporary plays through its search for honest, open interactions between actors and audience. 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, inches away from patrons. With minimal sets and costumes, the finest quality actors in the region fully engage the audience by distilling the story to its essence.

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