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''Theater on the Park'' - a higher ed collaboration at Minneapolis College

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October 23, 2019
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., Oct. 22, 2019 — “Theater on the Park” is the official banner for the collaboration recently announced by Minneapolis College and Metropolitan State University to bring attention to their ongoing partnership.  Both institutions look forward to expanding and strengthening this collaboration in the co-located mainstage season at the Whitney Fine Arts Center – just off Loring Park.

Metropolitan State University, with their main campus on Dayton’s Bluff in St. Paul, has had an established upper division academic theater program on the Minneapolis College campus for over a decade, accepting transferring students not only from Minneapolis College, but from other area two-year community colleges as well. “Regardless of their origin story, said Maxine Klein, theater faculty at Minneapolis College, “we all come together on the main stage and we are delighted to find we are stronger together.”

Transfer Pathways, a fairly recent development within the Minnesota State system, is a streamlined academic process that has simplified the way students are moving from the state’s two to four-year institutions in all disciplines.  “…And this helps us continue that process where there is less disruption moving from one institution to another” said Jonathan Beller, a recent addition to Metropolitan’s theater faculty. “In addition, Metropolitan State has a long tradition of offering highly individualized learning opportunities and internships within the off-campus community, which intersects with our season of original student written plays.  With all this going on, we need to offer multiple opportunities for student actors, storytellers, playwrights or curious students in any discipline, who would welcome the experience, and get credit for their participation.”

This fall, ADAM & EVE, by Mark Twain will run October 23, 24, 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. and October 26 at 1 p.m.  KISS, by Guillermo Calderon will run November 14, 15, 16 and 22 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 16 and 23 at 1 p.m. In the spring, OUR TOWN, by Thornton Wilder will run March 26, 27, 28 and April 3 at 7 p.m. and March 28 and April 4 at 1 p.m. Performances are free of charge; audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable contribution to the Food Pantry.  All performances are at the Whitney Fine Arts Center Main Stage, located just off beautiful Loring Park, in the heart of Minneapolis.  

For more information on the Theater program, and how to get started at the College, please contact our Admission Office at  or by phone at 612-659-6000.

Parking is available in the Hennepin Avenue ramp and persons with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact the Center for Accessibility Resources at 651-793-1549 or e-mail For more information e-mail

Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system and offers students more than 100 liberal arts, career and technical programs designed to prepare them for good jobs in high-demand professions or to transfer to a four‐year college or university. Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, more than 10,000 students enroll annually in credit and non-credit programs. The College’s Foundation provides scholarships and emergency assistance awards to highly motivated, low-income students. Without this support, most of these students would be unable to pursue their academic dreams. For additional information, please visit
Deanna Sheeley, Chief Communications Officer
(612) 659-66537