MISSION

Workhaus Collective creates a direct and immediate relationship
between playwright and audience by fully producing original plays
under the artistic leadership of the playwright.

WHAT WE DO

With each play that we develop or produce, the playwright assumes Artistic Directorship of his or her own process. This allows the writer to retain the overall artistic vision of their project while interacting more directly with the audience than in the standard production model where control lies in the hands of a larger, producing institution. Workhaus Collective is comprised of eight Minnesota-based, nationally recognized playwrights – Trista Baldwin, Alan Berks, Jeannine Coulombe, Christina Ham, Carson Kreitzer, Dominic Orlando, Joe Waechter, and Stanton Wood; and emeritus members Cory Hinkle, Deborah Stein, and Victoria Stewart — who banded together to create an exciting new space for productions of locally made new work for local audiences.

Our vision is to carve out a space in Minnesota, and nationally, for risky, new, text-based scripts created by Minnesota writers that all Minnesotans can enjoy and be proud of. Except for a few courageous exceptions, most “new” plays produced in the Twin Cities have already been seen by audiences in Chicago, Louisville, or on either coast. It is our aim to create a canon of challenging, original works the Twin Cities can call its own.

Annie Enneking, Tracey Maloney, and Casey Greig in Trista Baldwin’s DOE.

HOW WE STARTED

Since its founding in 2006, Workhaus Collective has produced seventeen world premiere productions. Our work has been described as “simply wonderful,” “impressive,” “strong and visceral” and “as close as any play I’ve seen in the last ten years to being absolutely perfect.” Graydon Royce of the Star Tribune named us “the single greatest source of new play production in the Twin Cities and Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine named us one of the “sexiest things” in all of Minnesota.

In 2007-2008, the Collective became the first company in residence at the Playwrights’ Center, producing Dominic Orlando’s A Short Play About Globalization, Cory Hinkle’s SADGRRL13, and Deborah Stein’s God Save Gertrude, a hybrid performance event that was part play/part rock concert. Since then, we have produced 14 additional plays including; 800 Words, earning lead actor Luverne Seifert an Ivey Award; Music Lovers which was named one of the best plays of 2010 by both Lavender Magazine and Metro Magazine; Little Eyes, in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater; Chimera, recently re-produced at HERE Arts Center in New York City and nominated for a Drama Desk Award; Flesh and the Desert, named one of the Star Tribune’s best plays of 2012; and The Mill, which was named one of the best plays of 2012 and will tour to International Falls in March 2014.

Production poster for Dominic Orlando’s The Sense of What Should Be.