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13 Community Theaters in Minneapolis – St. Paul

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis is one of the best theater cities in the United States. Look beyond the Guthrie, and you’ll find a shocking number of professional and semi-professional stages in this friendly Midwestern metropolis. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the fun, start with the exceptional community theaters in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Twin Cities’ community theater scene is warm and welcoming, whether you’re a complete newbie or an old pro. It’s also incredibly diverse, offering everything from splashy Golden Age musicals to experimental plays by local playwrights.

Can’t get enough? We’ve also included a list of professional and semi-professional theaters that offer auditions for local Minneapolis actors.

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Community Theater Groups in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota

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Are you interested in getting involved in community theater in Minneapolis or St. Paul? These 13 community theater groups are active and accepting new members! To catch up on the latest from the Twin Cities theater community, follow the Twin Cities Theater Community group on Facebook.

Did we miss your favorite MSP community theater? Drop us a note, and we’ll add it to the list.

1. Lakeshore Players Theatre

Lakeshore Players Theatre is a Minneapolis-area community theater that’s seriously engaged with the community. In addition to a full lineup of musicals and plays — shows like Company, Wait Until Dark, Mary Poppins, Steel Magnolias — the theater hosts an annual 10 Minute Play Festival, theater camps and workshops, a summer concert series, and much more.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 4941 Long Ave White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: (651) 426-3275

2. Theatre in the Round Players

Theatre in the Round Players is a great place to start if you’re new to community theater in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The company welcomes new faces — plus, you’ll get the chance to work with professional directors. This group does mostly plays, with an average of nine productions each year. It’s a great opportunity to dive deep into the straight-theater canon; recent seasons have included The Comedy of Errors, Black Comedy, 110 in the Shade, and The House of Blue Leaves.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 245 Cedar Avenue S, Minneapolis MN 55454

3. Cross Community Players

Cross Community Players is one of the most organized and professional community theaters in the Minneapolis area. They’re known for big, crowd-pleasing musicals, including Mamma Mia, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Mary Poppins. Occasionally, you’ll find an audition for a play such as The Diary of Anne Frank. The group does a great job of publicizing auditions on their website and Facebook page, so it’s easy to figure out what’s next.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 13500 Grove Dr #1135 Maple Grove, MN 55311

4. 4 Community Theatre 

4 Community Theatre offers some of the most interesting seasons in the Twin Cities. In 2018, for example, the theater put on the Sam Shepard play True West, box-office draw Anything Goes, the offbeat Big Bad Musical, and the contemporary The Ever After Musical. Great for actors, great for audiences!

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 1421 E. Wayzata Blvd, Suite 210, Wayzata, MN 55391

Phone: (952) 473-2521

5. Fridley Community Theatre

Since 2010, the Fridley Community Theatre has been putting on a summer musical, a winter play, and a youth show. Summer shows tend to have large casts — think Kiss Me Kate, Sister Act, and Anything Goes. Winter plays like Boeing, Boeing and Picasso at the Lapin Agile offer a fun acting challenge. 

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 6085 Seventh Street NE – Fridley, MN 55432
Phone: 763-502-5100

6. St. Anthony Community Theater

The St. Anthony Community Theater attracts talented, passionate people from all walks of life — including professional actors and singers from around Minneapolis. This group produces both plays and musicals, as well as the occasional theater workshop. Past productions include Annie, Urinetown, and The Sound of Music.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 3303 33rd Ave NE, Saint Anthony, MN, MN 55418

7. Columbia Heights Fine Arts Foundation

Columbia Heights Fine Arts Foundation creates interesting theater seasons filled with classic and contemporary plays. With options as diverse as Harvey, Almost, Maine, and Torch Songs, Tangos, and Touchdowns, you’ll definitely find something to stretch your skills. The group’s Facebook page is the best place to find up-to-date information.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 1400 49th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421

8. Second Act Players of Rosemount

As you might guess from the name, the Second Act Players of Rosemount is a community theater group for people aged 50 and over. In addition to a lineup of plays, this group hosts educational classes and “field trips” to theater productions in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Website | Facebook
Address: PO Box 409, Rosemount MN 55068
Phone: ​​(651) 252-4215

9. Theatre 55

Theatre 55 is another senior-focused community theater group in Minneapolis. Founded by Richard Hitchler, who spent years at St. Paul’s SteppingStone Theatre, this group aims to deliver a welcoming, fun environment for actors and singers of all experience levels. With shows including HAIR! The Concert Experience, Urinetown, and Pippin, there’s something for everyone.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN

Phone: (612) 389-9010

10. The Park Theater Company

Get a glimpse at up-and-coming theater writers when you audition for The Park Theater Company. Here, you’ll find eclectic community theater productions that aren’t happening anywhere else in the Twin Cities: The President and the Space Lady Holiday Musical by Phil Hall, Touche the Musical by Jerry Wilson, and Axel and His Dog by Don Stolz are three standouts.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: 2840 Cavell Ave. South, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Phone: 952-935-5762

11. Front Porch Players of Rosemount

The Front Porch Players of Rosemount put on two plays each year. Most of the group’s directors choose classics: On Golden Pond, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Deathtrap. Follow the group on Facebook for audition information.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: Rosemount, MN  55068

12. Eagan Theater Company

Exercise your acting muscles with the Eagan Theater Company, a community theater group that focuses on straight plays. In recent years, the group has put on shows including A Murder is Announced, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and Twelve Angry Jurors. Keep an eye on the Facebook page to find out about upcoming auditions.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: Eagan, MN 

13. Applause Community Theatre

Perform in an original play with the Applause Community Theatre. Each year, this group puts on full-length plays by local authors; you can also participate in one-act play festivals.

Website  |  Facebook
Address:  St Paul, MN 55104

Bonus: Mounds View Community Theatre

Mounds View Community Theatre is on hiatus until the summer of 2022, thanks to pandemic restrictions. When it returns, head to New Brighton to audition for the gorup’s splashy summer musicals. Past shows have included Man of La Mancha, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and H.M.S. Pinafore. This Minneapolis community theater group doesn’t have a building of its own; instead, it performs at various venues around the region. We love that the group frequently offers sensory-friendly preview performances to create a comfortable, welcoming theater experience for all audiences.

Website  |  Facebook
Address: New Brighton, MN

Professional and Semi-Professional Theaters in Minneapolis – St. Paul, Minnesota 

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Are you looking to expand beyond community theater? The Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area is overflowing with professional and semi-professional theaters that offer local auditions. Whether you want to be in a Broadway musical or an experimental play, these theater groups are a great place to start.

The Minnesota Playlist audition notices are another good resource for actors and performers in the Minneapolis area.

Guthrie Theater

Minneapolis, MN
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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen, MN
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Walking Shadow Theatre Company

Minneapolis, MN
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Lyric Arts

Anoka, MN
Website  |  Facebook

Wildwood Theatre

Minneapolis, MN
Website  |  Facebook

Yellow Tree Theatre

Osseo, MN
Website  |  Facebook

The Zephyr Theatre

Stillwater, MN
Website  |  Facebook

History Theatre

St. Paul, MN
Website  |  Facebook

Shakespeare and Company

White Bear Lake, MN
Website  |  Facebook

Artistry Theater

Bloomington, MN
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Trademark Theater

Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN
Website  |  Facebook

Theater Mu

Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN
Website  |  Facebook

Theatre Pro Rata

Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN
Website  |  Facebook

Did we miss any of the best community theaters in Minneapolis – St. Paul? Send us a note, and we’ll add your favorites to the list!

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