Year in review

A photo collage of Hennepin Theatre Trust events


This year saw Hennepin Theatre Trust achieve landmark development as an organization throughout; we secured ownership of our historic theatres, and in doing so we cemented the enduring impact our venues have on the cultural landscape of our community. Continuing the history of comedy on Hennepin Avenue, the Trust welcomed Brave New Workshop into the organization, renaming their performance space the Dudley Riggs Theatre to uphold the legacy of the troupe’s founder and inventor of improv comedy. To conclude the fiscal year, President & CEO Mark Nerenhausen announced his retirement and, after a national search, passed the torch to Todd Duesing to take up leadership of the Theatre District.

Because of the enduring support from our donors, sponsors, partners and Broadway enthusiasts, last year, Hennepin Theatre Trust reached the following milestones:

  • Reached 51 Minnesota legislative districts
  • Partnered with 49 community organizations across the region
  • Collaborated with 345 Minnesota artists
  • Reached nearly 100 school theater programs serving 8,000 students and thousands of audience members across Minnesota

Read our annual report to learn more about Hennepin Theatre Trust’s impact in the community.

The Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on charitable contributions from our community. Thanks to our supporters, we are able to instill confidence and community connection in more than 8,000 students statewide through our arts education programs, elevate and financially support the creative works of local artists and provide meaningful arts and cultural experiences to the more than 600,000 people we bring to the Hennepin Theatre District annually. When you donate to Hennepin Theatre Trust, you are enabling cultural and economic vitality to flourish statewide.