Playwrights’ Center Sustains, Develops, and Advocates For Playwrights and Their Work to Realize Their Full Artistic Potential

In these unique and challenging times, Playwrights’ Center is rising to meet the moment by building on our 50-year history of supporting playwrights.

The exponentially growing demand for Playwrights’ Center’s services is driving our plan to build a visionary new art center: a dynamic intersection of artmaking and learning where we can help shape and share the stories that will inspire generations of theatermakers and theatergoers.

In this cultural hub, playwrights from all backgrounds will thrive, surrounded by the talent, support, and tools they need to craft their best work. A place where students will grow, learning from established writers and rising stars of the field. A place where local communities will come together, engaging with diverse stories of the human experience. An innovative, highly accessible, and internationally renowned art center in the heart of the Twin Cities. 

Our vision goes way beyond a building. We seek to expand our impact, locally, nationally, and internationally, to make Playwrights’ Center—and the Twin Cities—a world-class leader in new play development that prioritizes all voices to reshape the theatrical field. 

Enjoy a video walk-through of Playwrights' Center's new home

We invite you to help us make this bold vision a reality.

Theaters and audiences across the country are eager for new work from daring, diverse voices. Playwrights are hungry for the support and connections that will launch their stories. Playwrights’ Center stands at the epicenter, serving the needs of all to build a stronger cultural ecosystem and a better, brighter world.

Our groundbreaking endeavor will uplift unheard voices to shape the future of the American theater for decades to come. But our goal cannot be achieved without support from leaders and arts advocates like you. Together, we will create an unprecedented artistic hub for playwrights worldwide—community heart on a global scale—based right here in the Twin Cities.

The Playwrights' Center's new home will be located in Saint Paul's Creative Enterprise Zone, at 710 Raymond Avenue. Highlights of the new Playwrights' Center building include:

  • a multi-use theater
  • a flexible rehearsal studio
  • a technology-enabled classroom
  • community gathering space
  • adaptable writing rooms

To complete the construction of our new home, Playwrights' Center is in the midst of a campaign to raise almost $20 million, of which we have secured, as of February 2023, just over $9 million. To learn more and get involved in A Campaign for All Narratives, please contact Director of Advancement Christopher Bineham.

A Home For Playwrights.
A Catalyst for Social Change.
Supporting New Narratives One Writer at a Time.

Media coverage of A Campaign for All Narratives:

Star Tribune, February 9, 2023

Pioneer Press, February 26, 2023