It’s been a while since our last blog update, due in part to Jeremy & Sarah working hard on building up a new source of full-time income as they await the outcome of their court trial against Metropolis Minneapolis LLC, Space Unlimited LLC, and the landlord-owners (view the full civil complaint here). If you’d like […]
In 2015 we underwent an expansion of our theatre space at the Metropolis Minneapolis building near the Hennepin Theatre District in Minneapolis. But this expansion opened up an unexpected can of worms with city inspectors, exposing serious property-wide code violations that are the responsibility of the landlords to remedy. Yet we, as a tenant, have suffered the brunt of the negative consequences. This summer (2016) we were forced to move out, we've had to postpone our 6th season, and consequently layoff our staff. Now we're taking legal action against our former landlords. Find out more below and learn what you can do to help...
Open Window by the Numbers
Number of Productions
Open Window Theatre has produced 19 major productions over 5 seasons between 2011-2016, in addition to 6 summer children’s productions. Open Window’s parent organization, Epiphany Studio Productions, has been in full-time operation since 2003, specializing in touring productions that have reached across the United States as well as Canada, Germany and Australia.
Between 2011-2016 Open Window has hosted over 25,000 people for our productions and other events. We've grown to reach 8,000 people a year from all throughout the Twin Cities area and as far away as Duluth, St. Cloud, New Ulm, Owatonna, Hudson, and LaCrosse, WI. And our attendance numbers continue to grow each season.
Open Window has employed only one full-time staff member over five seasons with up to two permanent part-time staff. Annually the theatre contracts out approximately 60 actors, directors, designers, and theater technicians per production season, paying competitive stipends for non-union talent. In the spring of 2015 we hired our first union Equity (AEA) actor for our production of Freud's Last Session by Mark St. Germain.
Open Window utilizes approximately 200 volunteers each season for various needs from ushering at our shows to help with building sets, distributing posters, and prepping our season brochures & play postcards for mass mailing.
Season Subscriber Numbers
In Season 4 (2014-2015) we experienced a 40% jump in season subscribers from our previous season. In Season 5 our subscriber base grew again, reaching over 500 individual season ticket holders.
Physical Growth & Budget
In 2015 our operating budget reached $250,000 and we grew to lease nearly 7,500 sq.ft. of space at the Metropolis Minneapolis building, up from about 2,500 sq.ft. in 2011.
Youth Education Program
Our E-Rhapsody Youth Theater program completed its 10th season in 2016 and has served over 450 Twin Cities youth from 3rd - 12th grade since its inception. The program is rooted in skills-based games and activities throughout the school year, imparting basic skills in the dramatic arts, skills that benefit young people for their entire lives. Our students are then given an opportunity to put what they've learned into practice through a full play production in June.
What Critics Are Saying
“Cherry and Spoon
...this 90-minute production directed by Jeremy Stanbary utilizes music, movement, and a beautifully diverse cast...[it] presents the ancient message in a cool, modern, and innovative way.
“John Olive, How Was The Show?
No matter what you believe, there is no question but that 'Mercy Unrelenting' generates real power... Check out this theater...
Even though the text is hundreds of years old, Open Window Theatre puts a fresh new spin on and a lot of energy into the story of 'Everyman'... Like many a church, Open Window is a refuge from the world (and standard entertainment), while not abandoning discussions of the hard issues that get dealt with in the world...
“Jay Gabler, The Tangential
...a warm but disciplined production that’s a must-see... In this generous and substantial production, Open Window Theatre has performed an important service and created an evening of theater you won’t soon forget.
“Will Prather, Ivey Awards Green Room Blog
Open Window Theatre, led by Executive Artistic Director Jeremy Stanbary puts on beautiful productions that are engaging, inspiring, and provocative... I am now a huge fan...