20% Theatre Company Twin Cities is committed to supporting and vigorously promoting the work of female and transgender theatre artists, and celebrating the unique contribution of these artists to social justice and human rights.
In 2002, the NY Council on the Arts released the results of a 3-year study revealing alarming statistics that roughly only 20% of professional theatre artists today are women. Although women submit about half of all the works available to artistic directors, only 16% of produced plays are by women, and 17% have female directors. Similarly, less than 5% of transgender/gender non-conforming theatre artists are welcomed onstage or backstage in our country. 20% Theatre was formed in January 2006 to change all of this, and is devoted to providing Twin Cities and surrounding audiences with contemporary, ground-breaking, queer theatre. In almost eight years we have produced over 30 plays (including many world and regional premiers, sold-out performances, and productions that have gone on tour locally and nationally), and have provided artistic opportunities to over 500 LGBTQ artists and allies. We produce plays that others won't. We employ emerging artists when no one else will give them the experience they need to advance in their career. We give voice to underrepresented artists. We are a theatre for social change.