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Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Girl Friday Productions
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
September 2014
End Date
August 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session, chapter 6, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Proposed outcome one: 24 theatre artists were engaged in creating a production of The Matchmaker, serving 1,500 audience members. Proposed outcome two: 90% of audience survey respondents indicate the production met or exceeded their expectations.The artistry and the effectiveness of our production will be evaluated through the degree and quality of participation among the artists, audience attendance and feedback, and press reviews. Methods will include audience house counts, confidential online artist surveys, written audience surveys, post-performance discussions, anecdotal feedback from industry peers, and monitoring critical response in the press.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Girl Friday exceeded its expected outcomes. 24 theatre artists were engaged in creating The Matchmaker, which served 1,745 audience members. Of the audience survey respondents, 96% stated that the production met or exceeded their expectations and the production quality was rated 9.2+ on a 10 point scale. The production also received seven outstanding press reviews.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Lisa Billingham, Pahoua Yang Hoffman, Philip Losacker, Anthony Paul, Wendy Ruyle, Luther Salveson
Project Overview
Arts Activites Support
Project Details
Funding to produce The Matchmaker, the rarely staged 1955 comedic masterpiece by Thornton Wilder. Performances will take place at the new Andy Boss Thrust Stage at Park Square Theatre in July 2015.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Girl Friday Productions
Street Address
4221 17th Ave S
Zip Code
(612) 729-1071
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Julie Andersen: Eagan Art House Executive Director; Jill Anfang: Roseville Parks and Recreation Program Director; Bethany Brunsell: Music Teacher and Performer; Kathy Busch: Realtor, Shakopee School Board Member; Shelly Chamberlain: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Operations Director; Joan Elwell: Lakeshore Players Executive Director; Mary Erickson: Independent School District 112 Community Education; Anthony Galloway: Actor, Storyteller, West Metro Education Program; Jamil Jude: Theatre Artist; Peter Leggett: Walker West Music Academy Executive Director; Dayna Martinez: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; Colleen McLaughlin: Arts Midwest Director of External Relations; Tom Moffatt: Silverwood Park Supervisor; Christine Murakami Noonan: Minnesota State Fair Foundation; Heather Rutledge: ArtReach Saint Croix Executive Director; Rachel Smoka-Richardson: Children's Theatre Company Development Officer; Dameun Strange: Composer and Performer; Melissa Wright: Twin Cities Public Television.
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Mary Grace Flannery: Organizational Development, Administration, Community Development; Teresa Mock: Artistic, Audience Development, Organizational Development; Joan Vorderbruggen: Administration; Alex Legeros: Administration, Artistic; Carrie Christensen: Community Development, Education, Artistic; Toni Wilcox: Education, Administration; Christine Karki: Youth Programming, Education, Artistic; Paul Humiston: Administration; Deneane Richburg: Artistic, Community Education, Marketing.
Conflict of Interest Disclosed