After great deliberation, the Minnesota Theater Alliance Board of Directors has voted to dissolve the organization as of the end of our current fiscal year (June 30, 2023).
The Minnesota Theater Alliance began as a volunteer group of nonprofit theater artistic directors interested in exploring the benefits of a formal alliance in the state. Two years later, the Alliance secured startup funding to formalize infrastructure. During the summer of 2010, 35 information meetings were attended by over 200 theater representatives to gather ideas for programs, services, governance, and membership driven by the common needs and perspectives of the community.
For 10 years, the Minnesota Theater Alliance connected, supported, and advocated for the statewide performing arts community. The vision of facilitating a vibrant ecosystem for theaters and practitioners fueled our work on programs and convenings like the Minnesota Theater Alliance Statewide Theater Conference (MTASTC), Performing Arts Human Resources Toolkit Series (PAHRTS), Minnesota Audience Development Exchange (MADE), Group General Liability Insurance, Explore Minnesota Theater partnership, and countless networking events for Artistic Directors, Managing Directors, Front of House personnel, Technicians, Parents, etc.
The onset of COVID-19 in 2020 altered the role and relationship of the Alliance to the theaters and theater makers of our state. Our organization struggled to understand and provide the support required to get the community through our collective unplanned intermission, without competing with our members for scarce resources. We sought input to re-examine our strategy and created task forces to address the needs revealed to us at the time.
Unfortunately, we have never been able to get back the momentum we had prior to the pandemic. And after more than a year trying to get our strategic task forces off the ground, we have come to the conclusion to sunset the Minnesota Theater Alliance at the end of this fiscal year and distribute our assets to other organizations who can continue to support the theater community as they recover from the catastrophic impact of the coronavirus.
The Performing Arts Human Resources Toolkit Series (PAHRTS) and all research and findings made by the Minnesota Theater Alliance during its years of operation will now be housed at and update by Minnesota Playlist. This organization is currently updating it’s website, which will include a new section for this information and future iterations of research that promote stable, accessible, safe, and healthy ecosystem for the performing arts.
Minnesota Fringe will now manage the General Liability Insurance Program for small theater companies seeking coverage for the general public liability and venue rentals.
If you are looking for networking groups, we suggest EPAL (Emerging Performing Arts Leaders) or The Network for Emerging Leaders in Theatre.
The Board will maintain a basic presence online until June 30, 2023, but will not be sending future updates via social media accounts or newsletters. For members, insurance participants, and others who are directly impacted by these changes, you will receive an email explaining what will happen and when. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.