Irish Roots of the Guthrie Theater


Irish in Minnesota

The storied and historic Guthrie Theater was invented and founded by the Anglo-Irish director, Sir Tyrone Guthrie (1900-1971) on Vineland Place in 1963 and then moved across the city and reinvented in a beautiful symmetry by another Irishman: the Dublin director, Joe Dowling in 2006. Now overlooking the Stone Arch Bridge and Saint Anthony Falls in Minneapolis in a completely new midnight blue expanded building, the extraordinary Guthrie Theater – one of the most significant regional theaters in America – has been profoundly and indelibly shaped by its Irish roots. Understand the biographies and creative dynamics of these two Irish directors who fulfilled lifelong ambitions for how theatre should be presented and constructed in their sojourns in Minnesota and, in turn, profoundly deepened the cultural riches of our North Star state.

3 Sessions: Saturdays, 2 pm – 3:15 pm, December 4,11,18.

Payment: $75

  • Online payment is strongly preferred. It automatically notifies the instructor and the director of the Irish College of your registration.
  • By check, make it out to ‘Celtic Junction Arts Center’ and mail to Irish College, Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104.  If you pay by check, please send an email to the instructor,  Patrick O’Donnell at and copy education@celticjunction.orgWithout an email, we won’t know to expect you or how to communicate with you. 
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