About Minnesota Playlist

MinnesotaPlaylist provides information and inspiration for Minnesota’s performing arts.

All content is free to read, including audition notices, talent profiles, in-depth articles and essays from great artists and writers, and calendar listings and audience reviews. Posting a classified ad or business profile costs a small fee. Buy a membership for additional benefits, including a talent profile or a performing company profile. See Prices and Services and Instructions for more details.

Minnesota nurtures some of the best theater, dance, and unclassifiable live performance in the country. We enjoy an impressive collection of successful community theaters, Tony Award-winning regional theaters, scrappy small professional theaters, dance companies, academic training programs, and indescribably odd and wonderful performance festivals.

MinnesotaPlaylist connects the diverse vibrant strands of this influential and admired performing arts community into a comprehensive, high-quality industry journal aimed specifically at performing artists, designers, administrators, and performing arts fans.

MinnesotaPlaylist provides news you can use on affordable rehearsal space, the latest marketing plans, and more; essential tools you need like audition notices and talent profiles; inspirational discussion about the theories and practices that drive us to create more and better work; and more information on what’s playing in Minnesota right now.

Who are we?

Alan Berks (editor and founder) is a Minneapolis-based writer whose work has been seen in New York, Chicago, Phoenix, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and around the Twin Cities. His play Goats was nominated for a 2006 New York Innovative Theater Award. 3 Parts Dead, written in collaboration with Burning House Group, was named one of the best experimental theater productions of 2007 by the Star Tribune. The play Everywhere Signs Fall was also listed by the Star Tribune as one of the best new scripts of 2008.

Leah Cooper (founder) has been a theater practitioner for over 25 years as a director, producer, performer, and arts administration leader. Currently, she is the program director for the newly formed Minnesota Theater Alliance. Prior to that she provided arts and non-profit administration consulting to dozens of organizations in Minnesota, she co-founded this here Web site, and led the Minnesota Fringe Festival from crisis to record attendance and financal stability. She also serves on the Minneapolis Arts Commission and on the board of directors for Live Action Set.


In 2001, Twin Cities Theatre and Film started as a nonprofit organization called Twin Cities Theatre and Film Alliance. The mission of the alliance was to strengthen, promote and unify the theatre and film communities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Part of the fulfillment of this mission was the founding of a Web site.

In February 2002, the alliance sold the site to David Lind, a local actor, director, playwright, and teacher. Over the next few years, David expanded the site’s audience until tctheatreandfilm.org became one of the leading theater industry Web sites in Minnesota with thousands of visitors a week.

In mid-2007, we began discussions with David about taking the site to another level of service. In 2008, we purchased the site and began its transformation in to an in-depth magazine about all live performance (excluding music without a conscious narrative element) around the state.

In October 2008, MinnesotaPlaylist launched with all the functions of tctheatreandfilm.org plus a new design and unique content from artists around the state.

In November 2009, MinnesotaPlaylist celebrated its one-year anniversary with a redesigned, relaunched site including audience reviews, and more. (Matthew Foster, former communications director for the Minnesota Fringe Festival, is responsible for the site's graphic design.)