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MN Original | Off-Leash Area Theater

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Watch now: Off-Leash Area was co-founded by theater artist Paul Herwig and dancer Jennifer Ilse to bring together elements of theater, dance and music. The contemporary performance company creates original performances set in locations varying from proscenium stages to garages.

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MN Original | Librettist & Composer Dominick Argento

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Watch now: In 1962, the Walker Art Center commissioned Dominick Argento to compose an opera for Center Opera, now known as Minnesota Opera. More than 50 years later, Minnesota Opera continues to emphasize new works by contemporary librettists and composers, including a 2014 revision of Argento’s “The Dream of Valentino,” which premiered in 1993 at the Kennedy Center.

Among the many awards to his name, Argento has a Pulitzer Prize and a National Opera Association Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also Composer Laureate for the Minnesota Orchestra.

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MN Original | Minnesota Citizens for the Arts

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Learn about how Minnesota Citizens for the Arts (MCA) serves as a national model for arts advocacy. In addition to their creation of the State Arts Board and Regional Arts Councils, MCA partnered with the conservation community in 2008 to develop and pass the 25-year Legacy Amendment, which builds funding for the arts into Minnesota’s constitution.

Executive Director Sheila Smith shares accomplishments from the organization’s 40-year history.

MN Original is a recipient of Legacy Amendment funds.

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MN Original | Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher

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Watch: With a dry sense of humor and quick wit, Jeffrey Hatcher discusses the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen. 

Hatcher’s stage productions have premiered locally at theaters like The Illusion, Children’s Theater Company and the Guthrie Theater, while nationally his work has been seen on Broadway. Hatcher has also worked on several major motion pictures including Stage Beauty (2004), Casanova(2005), The Duchess (2008) and Mr. Holmes (2015).

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MN Original | Performer Timotha Lanae

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Learn how music has been a part of Timotha Lanae’s life for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first song at 7 years old and stepped into her first stage role during high school.

Since then, Lanae has appeared in theatrical productions both locally and internationally, and released a solo album that hit number one on the 2013 U.K. Soul Chart. She is currently working on her original musical, REDdington. Despite her overseas success, Lanae calls Minnesota home and continues to find creative inspiration in her home state.

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MN Original | Actress Sally Wingert

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Watch: Known for her enormous talent, robust laugh and exuberance for the Twin Cities theater community, Sally Wingert has captivated audiences for over 30 years.

While she calls Guthrie Theater home, Wingert has acted with nearly every professional theater company in the Twin Cities and has performed on Broadway and London’s West End.

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MN Original | SpotLight Showcase

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Explore how Hennepin Theatre Trust’s SpotLight Musical Theatre Program serves students from more than 60 Minnesota high schools through in-school workshops, formal evaluations and an annual award program called the SpotLight Showcase.

At the showcase, schools are recognized for their achievements from the year and select students perform music and choreography. The Triple Threat Award further recognizes two students, one male and one female, who excel in all aspects of performance but also demonstrate leadership and community building.

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MN Original | Minnesota Fringe Festival

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For more than two decades, the Minnesota Fringe Festival has given performers of all abilities and experience levels the chance to produce their own work and perform in front of an audience. Learn how the festival draws record level crowds with their eclectic offerings and create your own.

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MN Original | Musical Mondays Cabaret Show

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Performers from the Twin Cities theater scene sing at Musical Mondays at Hell’s Kitchen, the monthly cabaret series in Minneapolis. Learn about cabaret style performances and the way they facilitate non-traditional performers and performances. 

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MN Original | Actor Pearce Bunting

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Actor Pearce Bunting portrays the “host”, in Garrison Keillor’s play Radio Man which is based on Keillor’s childhood and creation of the radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. Learn about the process of adapting a personal story into a play.

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MN Original | Michael Robbins and Bonnie Morris of Illusion Theater

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Michael and Bonnie started the Illusion Theater so they could tell stories that reflected them and their community. Learn about their latest production and the work they are doing to develop stories with high school students. For more MN Original resources, click here

MN Original | Actor Tyler Michaels

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Tyler Michaels, known for his physical, scene-stealing roles, has graced many Twin Cities stages. Learn about the life and goals of a young actor and reflect on your goals.

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MN Original | Glensheen the Musical at the History Theatre

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Learn about the history of the murders at Glensheen mansion in Duluth, MN and reflect on dramatic adaptations of historical events. 

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MN Original | Brownbody: Performing Arts

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Brownbody Performing Arts Company combines figure skating, modern dance, storytelling, social justice and theater into one inspiring performance. It is a space within the world of skating where stories and movement and shaped and told by African American skaters and artists. It is listening and communicating with the body as well as poetry and singing.

MN Original | Northern Spark

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Alison Hiltner (Visual Artist) and Lisa Aston Philander (Curator of the University of Minnesota's college of Biological Sciences Conservatory) partner with local artists Alyssa Baguss, Julie Benda, Regan Golden, Maxwell Hoaglund, Erica Hoaglund, Terez Lacovino for the Northern Spark 2017 exhibit Ecological Futures: Speculative Biomes of the Past, Present or Future.