WORKHAUS COLLECTIVE ANNOUNCES AN END TO ITS 10-YEAR RUN AS ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S FIRST AND ONLY PLAYWRIGHT-LED, MANAGED, AND ADMINISTERED PRODUCTION COMPANIES.
Since 2006, the Workhaus Collective provided Minneapolis-based, nationally-emerging playwrights the opportunity to lead the productions of their most innovative, commercially-challenging ideas. In 10 years, the Collective produced 25 new, critically acclaimed plays, many of which continued on to other theaters around the world.
After its final production of 2016, the Workhaus Collective is voluntarily ceasing operation without debt.
“With member playwrights enjoying productions and winning awards across Minnesota and the country—and five former members now enjoying prosperous careers on the West Coast—we thought that 10 years and 25 brand new plays was an ideal time to celebrate our successes and move on to the next chapter in all of our careers,” said member playwright Alan Berks.
Carson Kreitzer’s Lasso of Truth at the Playwrights’ Center followed by a published anthology of selected works from Workhaus Collective’s 25 new play productions (Winter 2016) will be the company’s last activities. The anthology will include essays on learning from this unique model of production. Lasso of Truth, directed by Leah Cooper, explores the knotty origin story of Wonder Woman, created William Marston, inventor of the first lie-detector machine, and inspired by the two women with whom he lived. (April 15-May 1, 2016).
We want to thank former Playwrights’ Center Artistic Director Polly Carl and current Artistic Director Jeremy Cohen as well as the Playwrights’ Center staff. Workhaus Collective has benefited over the years from the support—administrative, psychological, and spiritual—of an artistic home.
Without additional support from Bruce and Jean Johnson, other individual donors, and audiences who returned again and again for the next totally different, strange experiment, we could not survive.
All of that plus Jerome Foundation support helped Workhaus increase the our budget 400% over 10 years. Other projects were supported by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Dramatists Guild and, in our final year, the Venturous Fund of the Tides Foundation (New York, NY).
Thanks to this generous support as well conservative financial management by Workhaus Collective’s playwright Artistic Directors, the company has never had any debt and is ending production without any outstanding debt.