Theater Venues to Watch in 2017

Up-and-coming performance spaces hitting the Twin Cities

Nimbus, Crane Theater
Nimbus’s new space, Crane Theater

Photos by Mathieu Lindquist

The past few years has seen a good deal of shuffling in Twin Cities performance spaces, with the fate of venerable spaces such as Minneapolis’ Theater Garage (OK, venerable is a stretch) up in the air and companies trying new models such as the Southern’s Art Share Program and Park Square’s Andy Boss Thrust Stage as part-time home for itinerant companies. Long-time experimentalists nimbus have opened a new space in Northeast called Crane Theater that nearly doubles their old space at 7,000 square feet and aims to be a hub for independent theater. Not far away in Northeast is Strike Theater, founded by veterans of the sketch comedy and spoken-work scene as a home to similar hijinks. And though it’s not entirely new, Theater Latte Da’s purchase of the Ritz Theater means that 2017 will be the first year of this nearly two-decades-young company putting its mark on its very own permanent stomping grounds.

nimbus, crane theater