COVID-19 Updates

Submitted by liz on Thu, 05/21/2020 - 16:00


Performance is, at heart, a community activity; unfortunately, it is our performance community that must adjust in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We take the health and safety of our community very seriously, and will use this page to keep our artists and audiences updated on events at the Crane. We are keeping abreast of the global pandemic, and following all recomendations from the Minnesota Department of Health, which can be found here.

Currently, the State of Minnesota has ordered all gathering places, including theaters, to remain closed until further notice.

Theater and other Entertainment is listed as a Phase IV activity. As of now, there is no estimated date for when we may be allowed to open. When Phase IV is released, we will evlauate the guidelines and consider our options. Being allowed to open does not mean we will automatically open. We will work with our renters and other producing partners to ensure the safety of artists and audiences alike. 

MN Reopening Guidelines Here 

We will continue to update this page as the situation unfolds.

See Saw Theatre Lab: September 4 - 20 CANCELED

Chris Schlichting: Aug 27 - 30: TBD

MN Fringe Festival Independent Producers: July 30 - Aug 10  CANCELED

Theatre Pro Rata: June 5 - 21 POSTPONED

Freshwater Theatre: May 15 - 31 CANCELED

Market Garden Theater (LGM Studio): May 1 - 10 POSTPONED


nimbus presents The Red and The Bright, April 11 - 26: POSTPONED until December, 2020

Fringe Presents: Coming Home, March 27 - 29: ALL PERFORMANCES CANCELED





The Crane Theater is a home for new collaboratively created theater in the Twin Cities. A place where the artists in our community go to build work for our community and beyond. A place where theater lovers can go to see the best work created here, by local artists, for them. A place of learning, helping, sharing.

Located in NE Minneapolis, The Crane is situated at 2303 Kennedy St. NE, just a block off Stinson between Hennepin and Broadway Avenues.

With nearly 30’ ceilings, this 7000 square foot space contains exactly what we need to create theater- wide open space. It features a gorgeous brick exterior, and striking industrial interior that fits the theme of new work well- this is a place where things are made.

Built in 1922, the Kennedy building was originally a Westinghouse factory. Here they manufactured lamps, small appliances, and passenger elevators. Our section was a 1953 addition, and features a 5 ton gantry crane that is the fixture of our new lobby.

We have a good relationship with our new landlords, who want to build a long-term relationship with a quality anchor tenant. Our 10-year lease in this building includes options for renewal and right of first refusal to all first floor space. The space has a new roof, and the landlord will be installing new HVAC units to meet our specifications.

The Crane is much more than a theater.  Its a home for new theater, and the peope who make it and enjoy it.