The Chameleon Theatre Circle is dedicated to creating passionate, engaging theatre south of the river, that is artistically excellent and challenging to artists and audiences alike.
The company was founded in 1998 with the belief that south-of-the-river audiences were looking for and would support a local company producing the kind of high-quality, thought-provoking theatre that suburban residents had previously gone into the cities to find. Chameleon performs plays of widely varying styles, including everything from time-tested classics to edgy world premieres.
From the start, Chameleon’s work has been met with critical acclaim, including four wins in five Minnesota play competitions and a featured segment on a PBS special.
Each year, in addition to a full season of plays, Chameleon holds a nationally respected New Play Contest that receives entries from playwrights all over the world. The company selects several winning scripts, which are presented at the New Play Festival each fall and considered for inclusion in a future Chameleon season. Chameleon has produced 12 world premieres as a result of this process.
The Chameleon Theatre Circle took up residence in the newly built Burnsville Performing Arts Center in 2009, after ten seasons spent performing in a variety of venues. As anchor tenant for the Center’s Black Box Theatre, the company maintains a stable performance address and attracts audiences from all over the Twin Cities, helping to make Burnsville a destination for art, culture, and entertainment.