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

09/14/2019 to 09/28/2019

This September, we proudly present a world premiere from Freshwater Co-Artistic Director Ruth Virkus.

When Marina meets shy, devout Clare at a beginners’ knitting class, they have an immediate connection, changing Clare’s world and putting them on a collision course with Father Paul,...

09/15/2019 to 09/22/2019

Freshwater Theatre invited local artists and storytellers to share tales of things they only learned about themselves in adulthood. This is a fantastic line up of humorous, serious and profound revelations, featuring the work of:

Destiny Davison
Tinne Rosenmeier
Sarah Broude...

10/11/2019 to 10/19/2019

Ralph Wiley, chemist, father, accidental inventor, awakens on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to stand trial for “crimes against humanity”. The crime? The invention of polyvinylidene chloride, one of the earliest forms of plastic. The judge and jury? The Grand Tribunal of the Fifth Gyre, The...