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.

Production Previews

10/13/2018 to 10/28/2018

Mary is hiding in the bathroom, but not from her blind date. Precocious teenager Lucy is pushing her best friend (and soon-to-be stepmother) Jane into the bathroom to have a heart-to-heart about Lucy's father. Lydia finds herself in the bathroom holding a drenched silk blouse, considering her...

10/14/2018 to 10/24/2018

This October, Freshwater Theatre is proud to present the next installment in its Ivey award winning short play festival series, The Feminine Surcharge, to run in rep with our main stage production, Preferred by Discreet Women Everywhere, by Ruth Virkus.

With this...

11/03/2018 to 11/17/2018

Sandbox Theatre presents Words Do Move, an all new theatrical event.

Inspired by the empathetic power of language, Words Do Move is an exploration into communication, fed through the collective lens of the ensemble. Built from scratch over a period of seven weeks, WDM examines how words...