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Hedwig and the Angry Inch


The Petri Dish - December 6

Miracle on Christmas Lake

The Comedy Roast of Mr. Scrooge

Melody Mendis: A Babs Christmas

Naked Girls Reading

Target plans to give $500 million by 2015 to support education and help kids learnd to read. Learn more.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

The Creative Institute

The Creative Institute at Actors Theater of Minnesota is committed to providing a creative educational experience in an environment of collaboration and openness. View all of our current classes here.

  • Do you want to increase your creative side but have no interest in being on stage?
    Then our Improv 101 classes are for you.
  • Do you have improv training and are looking to advance your scene work?
    Then our Improv 201 classes are for you.
  • Do you want to gain skills as a performer and gain an edge in auditions?
    Then our Conservatory classes are for you.
  • Do you work in a corporate setting and find the need to increase your ability in the areas of communication, innovation, team building, and people management?
    Then our Corporate Training Classes are for you.
  • Are you in charge of your next company event or social gathering? Want to infuse some comedy and creativity into your event? Then you have come to the right place. We can customize an entertainment program for nearly any event or gathering.
    Please contact John Haynes,, for more details.

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What clients say about the Creative Institute

Our classes:

“Improv classes helped me in my work life and my personal life to more effectively communicate and problem solve I would recommend these classes for anyone who wants to learn a creative outlet for their lives.”

- Michelle C.

“The Improv for Auditions class gave me more confidence and I started getting more on-camera work almost immediately after taking this class.”

- Sara R.

Our Corporate Training:

“Our organization has benefited greatly from John’s ability to instruct and help us apply some key, definitely translatable principles of improvisation. I will continue to bring John Haynes in for both speaking and strategy sessions.”

- Lori Crever, VP, International Finance, Wells Fargo

“John was extremely engaging and made people feel at ease by calling out what everyone already does and don’t want to admit. The humor he was able to bring to a topic about communication was great! It
did not feel like an hour and a half had gone by—I wanted it to keep going. Two thumbs up!”

- Saint Paul Hotel Training Participant

Our Corporate Entertainment:

“Thanks so much for the outstanding event today. I laughed until I had tears in my eyes. It was truly a very enjoyable event and a treat filled week.”

- Larson/King Employee

“The members of The Actors Theater brought life into our event and got the crowd excited as they helped generate excite and laughs which made our fundraiser a huge success.”

- Amy Cervin - Greater TwinCities United Way