Operating Support

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Duluth Playhouse
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
St. Louis
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2015 Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 3
Appropriation Language

ACHF Arts Access

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Present shows with the highest of artistic standards that result in rewarding experiences for artists and audiences alike. By our ability to acquire strong artistic leadership, provide tools and resources for artists to succeed, and increase audience/participatory support. 2: Improve accessibility to arts education and audience participation. By the investment in the new Resident Company Program for adults, scholarship opportunities for youth, and free access to see theatre for all.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Strong vision, clear direction and high artistic values supported the work of artists and provided a quality experience for audiences. Success was evaluated by the artistic quality achieved and the many sold out shows throughout the season. Encore performances were added and this demonstrates the excellence of artistry and support of audiences. 2: Scholarships for classes and free tickets to shows gave those with low-income access to the arts. The Resident Company Program successfully offered free training combined with employment opportunities for artists. Youth scholarship program supported 35% of enrollments, and free preview nights played to sold out houses.

Description of Funds
Source of Additional Funds

Other, local or private

Recipient Board Members
Herb Minke, Sandy Hoff, Marcia Doty, Brian Liberty, Patricia McNulty, Steve Nys, Monique Forcier, Mia Thibodeau, Steve Greenfield, Tim Johnson, Dolly Schnell, Jeanie Peterson
Project Overview
Operating Support
Project Details
General operating support
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Gradl Seitz
Organization Name
Duluth Playhouse
Street Address
506 W Michigan St
Zip Code
(218) 733-7551
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications
Ardell Brede: Mayor of Rochester, elected 2002.; Peggy Burnet: Businesswoman, art collector, and community volunteer. Member of the Smithsonian National Board. Former chair of the board, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Officer at Large, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Uri Camarena: Business consultant, Metropolitan Economic Development Association. Board chair, Minneapolis College of Art and Design.; Michael Charron: Dean of the School of the Arts, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Rebecca Davis-Lee: Touring pianist, piano and music theory teacher. Vice Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board.; Sean Dowse, Former executive director, Sheldon Theatre. Board member for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. Secretary/Treasurer, Minnesota State Arts Board.; David Glenn: Ceramic artist. former executive director of the Minnesota Project.; Thomas Moss: Consultant to nonprofits and government agencies. Chair, Minnesota State Arts Board; Janice Sivertson: Gallery owner and visual artist; Dobson West: Senior advisor, Spell Capital Partners Fund; Christina Widdess: Arts organization consultant; former managing director, Penumbra Theatre
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Nolita Christensen: Community and nonprofit management consultant; woodworker; Amy Demmer: Executive director, Grand Marais Art Colony; Sindiswa Georgiades: Project management and fund development professional; Sonja Jacobsen: Retired office manager, Jacobsen Metal Fabrication; vocal and instrumental music teacher; board member, Mankato Symphony; Colleen LeBlanc: Retired community educator; former Five Wings Regional Arts Council board member; Tammy Mattonen: Financemanager, Minnesota Discover Center (Chisholm); Laura Salveson: Director of the Mill City Museum; Rickey Shiomi: Playwright, director, cofounder of Mu Performing Arts; Bonnie Stewart: Cofounder, Sisters Sojourn
Conflict of Interest Disclosed