A town square: The flurry, flow, and hustle of diverse people greeting one another, gathering the days news, exchanging products and services, having a laugh, a conversation together—sharing moments.
MinnesotaPlaylist is the virtual town square for Minnesota’s performing arts. We herald the latest news, offer services that enrich your career or your life, and share a sense of camaraderie and society. We want you to take a step inside and become a part of this exciting, bustling village.
All content is free to read, including calendar listings, show reviews from great artists and writers, audition notices, talent profiles, and in-depth articles. Posting a classified ad, talent profile, talent book, or business services profile costs small fees.
Minnesota nurtures some of the best theater, dance, and unclassifiable live performance in the country. We enjoy an impressive collection of successful community theaters, Tony Award-winning regional theaters, scrappy small professional theaters, dance companies, academic training programs, and indescribably odd and wonderful performance festivals.
MinnesotaPlaylist connects the diverse vibrant strands of this influential and admired performing arts community into a comprehensive, high-quality online journal aimed specifically at performing artists, designers, administrators, and performing arts fans.
Who are we?
Damon Runnals (Owner and CEO) is a Minneapolis based jack-of-all-trades. He oversees Minnesota Playlist, co-operates Swandive Theatre with his wife and artistic partner - Meg DiSciorio, and tries to make the world a little better for his two amazing daughters. He is a long time tabletop gamer and runs a twice monthly home game of Dungeons & Dragons. He has worked in arts administration (The Southern Thater), printing (FedEx Office), social media (Sogro), and currently is a creative at Apple. Questions about Playlist? Send him an email at [email protected]
Erin McNeil (Lead Editor) is an arts administrator, writer, and entrepreneur living and working in Minneapolis, MN. By day she manages contemporary art exhibitions, by night she helps others create meaningful content for Minnesota Playlist. She did her MFA in Photography and MA in Art History at the Savannah College of Art and Design and her BA in the History of Ideas at William Jewell College. She is always looking for new voices to add to Minnesota Playlist and to hear about shows, so feel free to drop her a line at [email protected]
Alan Berks (Founder) is a Minneapolis-based writer whose work has been seen in New York, Chicago, Phoenix, Indianapolis, San Francisco, and around the Twin Cities. In his 14 years and counting in Minnesota, he also co-created Thirst Theater, directed communications at Pillsbury House + Theatre for four years, and taught at St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the Workhaus Playwrights Collective, and he is also the co-Artistic Director (with Leah Cooper) of Wonderlust Productions.
Leah Cooper (Founder) has been a theater practitioner for over 25 years as a director, producer, performer, and arts administration leader. Currently, she is the Executive Director for the four year old Minnesota Theater Alliance. Prior to that she provided arts and non-profit administration consulting to dozens of organizations in Minnesota, she co-founded this here Web site, and led the Minnesota Fringe Festival from crisis to record attendance and financial stability. She is also the co-Artistic Director of Wonderlust Productions.
The graphic design of the website is the inspiration of Matthew Foster.
In Feb of 2017 Alan and Leah graciously passed the keys to this kingdom to Damon Runnals. Hands were shaken, lawyers consulted, documents signed, checks cashed, and with little fanfare a transition of power was managed.
How did they get here?
In 2001, Twin Cities Theatre and Film started as a nonprofit organization called Twin Cities Theatre and Film Alliance. The mission of the alliance was to strengthen, promote and unify the theatre and film communities of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Part of the fulfillment of this mission was the founding of a Web site.
In February 2002, the alliance sold the site to David Lind, a local actor, director, playwright, and teacher. Over the next few years, David expanded the site’s audience until tctheatreandfilm.org became one of the leading theater industry Web sites in Minnesota with thousands of visitors a week.
In mid-2007, Alan and Leah began discussions with David about taking the site to another level of service. In 2008, we purchased the site and began its transformation in to an in-depth magazine about all live performance (excluding music without a conscious narrative element) around the state.
In October 2008, MinnesotaPlaylist launched with all the functions of tctheatreandfilm.org plus a new design and unique content from artists around the state.
In 2015 after an incredibly successful Indiegogo campaign, MinnesotaPlaylist launched a major update - the current version of this website. Everything was updated - visuals, experience, options, and the user interface. And then a big ole party was held.