St. Paul has a Plethora of Theaters
The quality and variety of Saint Paul theater is almost endless.
The Great American History Theatre presents plays about historic people, places and events that shaped the region.
Park Square Theatre Company presents its classic repertoire in the Seventh Place Theatre.
Penumbra Theatre is a professional African-American theater company that oftentimes performs
the works of two-time Pulitzer winning playwright and former Saint Paulite, August Wilson.
The Minnesota Centennial Showboat offers a one-of-a-kind, year-round theater experience on the banks of the Mississippi River.
The floating Showboat features vaudeville-style dramas and comedy
June through August by University of Minnesota theater students and the remainder of
the year a variety of shows are produced by the Actors Theater Group, all on a historic riverboat setting.
Actors Theater also performs in the Lowry Theatre, located down the block from The Saint Paul Hotel.
Steppingstone Theater, which stages plays primarily for children opened a new 430-seat theater in
a beautifully renovated church in Saint Paul’s Summit Hill District in 2007.
This lovely facility will also serve as rental space for other small theaters in the Twin Cities area.
It was one of Saint Paul’s favorite sons, Garrison Keillor, who spear-
headed a national crusade to save the Fitzgerald Theater, for
decades an upper Midwest showcase foreplays and later, movies.
The Fitzgerald is home to Keillor’s ‘Prairie Home Companion’ as well
as chamber music, films, live radio shows and other cultural pro-
grams. The Fitzgerald also served as the primary filming site for the
‘Prairie Home Companion’ movie which premiered in Saint Paul in
the spring of 2006. The film starred several major actors including
Meryl Streep, Lilly Tomlin, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, Kevin
Kline, John C Riley and Saint Paul’s own Garrison Keillor.
Dance is also no stranger to Saint Paul. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts offers
a diverse dance series annually and The Shaughnessy Dance Series, a six-week program offered during the spring of each year,
is the only one of its kind in the country.
The series is committed to spotlighting local professional dance companies and is
presented in the College of St. Catherine’s Shaughnessy Auditorium.
Saint Paul is also home to the Saint Paul Conservatory of the Arts, which
is located on the 5th Floor of the Landmark Center, with dedicated performance and rehearsal
space on the third level of the Legendary Roy Wilkins auditorium within the River Centre complex.