About us

A town square: The flurry, flow, and hustle of diverse people greeting one another, gathering the days news, exchanging products and services, having a laugh, a conversation together—sharing moments.

MinnesotaPlaylist is the virtual town square for Minnesota’s performing arts. We herald the latest news, offer services that enrich your career or your life, and share a sense of camaraderie and society. We want you to take a step inside and become a part of this exciting, bustling village.

All content is free to read, including calendar listings, show reviews from great artists and writers, audition notices, talent profiles, and in-depth articles. Posting a classified ad, talent profile, talent book, or business services profile costs small fees.

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 online journal aimed specifically at performing artists, designers, administrators, and performing arts fans.

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. In his 14 years and counting in Minnesota, he also co-created Thirst Theater, directed communications at Pillsbury House + Theatre for four years, and taught at St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective, and he is also the co-Artistic Director (with Leah Cooper) of Wonderlust Productions.

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 Executive Director for the four year old 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 financial stability. She is also the co-Artistic Director of Wonderlust Productions.

Our regular writers and reviewers include Derek Lee Miller, Dominic Orlando, Marya Hornbacher, Ira Brooker, Sophie Kerman, Matthew Foster Paul De Cordova, and Adia Morris. Read more about them in our author directory. We are always looking for more artist writers. Contact us.

The graphic design of the website is the inspiration of Matthew Foster.

History

For 2015, MinnesotaPlaylist is launching a new website that will expand the performing arts audience and the conversation about the performing arts throughout the state. How did we get here?

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.