Past Events

See below for a list of our past events. 
Click here for details of our upcoming events.

Lake Street Story Circles 2020

Lake Street Story Circles Project brings a cohort of ten artists together to hold Story Circles and create new performance work about life, spirit, resistance, politics, vision, relationships, history, business, survival and joy. Grounded on Lake Street, grounded in Minneapolis, grounded in story, in place and each other.

Tree of Peace, Tree of Life, Tree for the Future...

Over the last few months, many people have responded to Sharon Day’s invitation to send their messages to future generations. From a place of deep love, the purest truth, and with hope, people created leaves with their messages to be part of the Tree of Peace, Tree of Life, Tree for the Future. People from all over Turtle Island contributed to this large scale sculpture.

We will raise the tree at the Minnesota State Capitol with the wish that our leaders enact policies that reflect our prayers that everyone be able to live a good life.

Mothers Respond

Curated by Adlyn Carreras, Pangea World Theater's Office Manager and ensemble member.

Join us for drumming, song, and poetry in the park to honor

George Floyd.

Artist and performance details coming soon!

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 5PM
Powderhorn Park (at the corner of 14th Ave. S. and E. 32nd St.)

The Burning Truth Project

A collaboration between Twin Cities singers Andrina Brogden, Katia Cardenas, and Sarah Greer, with accompanist Kavyesh Kaviraj created in response to the current moment. Using stories and song to respond to the theme of “Burning Truth,” this 1.5 hour live in-person performance takes place in a Twin Cities backyard before a limited, socially-distant audience.

For more information, click here!

Rising From Concrete

What does it mean to rebuild, redistribute and ultimately grow amid civil & societal unrest?

Something that you believe to be concrete is now being churned and resown. Concrete is laid to restrict overgrowth and make it easier for us to move, which ultimately creates a barrier between us and the land. But plants will always slip through the cracks despite a surface designed to oppress and repel them. Through voice, movement and color we will allow our bodies to cascade, take root and then rise again from the pavement, part of Pangea World Theater’s Another World Is Possible Series.

The performance will be live, raw, in the moment responses to the various forms of art being expressed. Poetry and song will inform the movement of the dancers, as they paint their bodies with pigment powders, which will inform the chalk drawings on the street.

We will take the necessary precautions to ensure this event is covid-conscious. Masks are required. This event will be outside.


Music / Spoken Word Performances by:
Ancestor Energy 2 - Louis Alemayehu, Renée Copeland, William TruthMaze Harris & Joseph Damman
Thomas LaBlanc
Kieran Morris

Movement Performances by:
Gayatri Narayanan, Keila Anali Saucedo, Keekee Abner, Fran Riggins, Johanna Keller Flores, Judy Holo, Nana Souvannavong & Sabrina Diehl

Apparel Creation by MinneapolisMade

Chalk Art by Tim Blighton

Creation/Curation Team: Gayatri Narayanan, Key Rose & Jenny Zander

Open Water Project

Suzanne Victoria Cross is the resident stage manager and event coordinator at Pangea World Theater. 10 years ago, she wrote a 10-minute conversion between two characters, Miles and Linda. This play is an attempt to address the violent act of covert racism that is concealed in the fabric of our society. The acts of racism that leaves her breathless and paralyzed because she wasn’t expecting to feel subhuman at Cub Foods or waiting in line for a concert. She also knows that words aren't enough. This lives in the body. So, in an attempt to heal, the community is invited to go on an artistic exploration in how many different art forms can express what goes through the mind and body when our language and security are ripped away.

Open Water Artists
Playwright - Suzanne Victoria Cross
Dancer/ Movement Artist - Marcela Michelle
Miles - Duck Washington
Linda - Kelsey Laurel
Production Support - Elizabeth Morgan

To view the performance, click here.


Translated and adapted by José Rivera
From the play by Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Directed by Leslie Ishii

“Even in dreams, there is right and wrong.” A contemporary adaptation of Spanish Golden Age classic La Vida es Sueño (Life is a Dream), Sueño follows the life of young Prince Segismundo, heir to the Spanish throne, who is imprisoned at birth. What will Segismundo do when he is released if all he’s ever known are prison walls? This witty and enchanting version is translated and adapted by Obie award winning Puerto-Rican playwright José Rivera.

March 6th – 22nd, 2020 at 

The Lab Theater - Mpls

Thursdays, Friday & Saturday, 7:30PM, Sunday 2:30PM
Talkbacks to follow Friday and Saturday performances, except opening night.

This event was cut short due to COVID-19. Read a statement regarding the situation here.

Castles by Kat Purcell

Kat Purcell, artist-in-residency at Pangea World Theater, shares the results of their experimentation, emotional-vocal-excavation, and arts-intervention dramaturgy. The central themes manifest as a collection of questions: "If I am you, and you are me, then what does it mean when we are in conflict?" "How do we sing each other into resonance?" "How do we conceive perseverance for ourselves?"


Read more here:


Performance details:

Saturday 12/7, 7:30PM, Sunday 12/8, 2:30PM

Pay-What-You-Can, no one turned away for lack of funds.


Pangea World Theater Studio

711 W. Lake Street, Ste. 101

Minneapolis, MN 55408


This presentation is a part of Pangea World Theater's Another World is Possible program.


Cover photo taken by Taja Will.

Staged Readings by Carolyn Dunn and Sharon Day

Soledad by Carolyn Dunn
A teenager finds old cassette tapes of her Cherokee father's once-famous pow wow songs and presents them as her senior project. Will the surprise be a welcome one for her emotionally-distant dad?

Ingah Izitchigay Nibi Ohnje/I Will Do It For The Water by Sharon Day
Forgiveness is not a big enough word to contain what transpires on the Missouri River Walk between strangers. This story weaves the escapades of river walk troubadours as they attempt to undo the juju left by Lewis and Clark.

Don't Feed the Indians

Conceived, Written and Directed by Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock Nations)

Watch out when Indian show business meets the Doctrine of Discovery! A raucous play and political satire loosely based on Dante's Divine Comedy. A comedic Native-Aesthetic look at the marginalization of Indigenous Peoples and the appropriation of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property. See what happens when the Indians push back.

This event was a part of the Indigenous Voices Festival. 

Two Brothers

A Performance by the Ikidowin Youth Acting Ensemble

Directed by Sir Curtis Kirby III

Can you learn to fly if you are told you can’t? Two eagles are rescued by a farmer and raised by the farmers chickens. The two eagles believe they are chickens because they are raised by chickens. This story examines in a humorous way the way our surroundings affect our identity.

This performance is free to the public, but donations are highly appreciated.

Día de los Muertos Community Altar: De Amor, Nadie se Muere

Please join us for a celebration of ancestry and Latino American Heritage! Pangea World Theater invites you to Plaza Centenario on 12th ave and Lake Street to celebrate this special time of year.

Local visual artists Tomás Araya Biagetti and Kieran Myles Andrès Tverbakk will be creating an altar inspired art installation for Día de los Muertos. Altars have historically been used to honor those close to us who have passed. We push this idea to include the species, solidarity, and seeds we are losing due to the climate crisis. Our translated title is "Of Love, No One Dies"

We will also be featuring performances by local Latinx artists.

Join us to learn more about this holiday and the meaning behind our work!

Tatanka by Tom LaBlanc

Tatanka is an intuitive historical drama telling a story of nine generations of displacement, relocation, genocide, historical trauma and surviving all that hate by undoing racism, making relatives, co-existence, and humor.

$5-$25 Sliding Scale, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Festival Pass- $30 for entry to three staged readings and 

Don't Feed the Indians

Honoring Who? Ending Racism In Sports

All My Relations Arts and Pangea World Theater invite you to join a roundtable community discussion about racist mascots in sports; why they exist and how we can influence change amongst fans. Facilitated by Angela Two Stars, All My Relations Arts Director.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome to learn and share ideas to create positive change for a healthy community.


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A multimedia piece that examines the condition of a trapped virtual identity through the lens of a cyber celebrity stuck within the regulating algorithms of a social media platform, inside a broadcasting room floating somewhere in the inter-webs of cyber space and time.



Friday, September 27th at 7:30PM

Saturday, September 28th at 7:30PM

Open Mic Night

Join us for an open mic with artists from around the country!

Join Pangea World Theater and Art2Action's 2019 National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation for a FREE Open Mic featuring DJ Chamun at Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater!

Directing Praxis: Panel & Livestream

Join us in person, or online @


Art2Action, Inc. and Pangea World Theater are proud to present an extraordinary group of directors and theater-makers, in conversation on the topic of Directing Praxis, as part of the 2019 National Institute for Directing and Ensemble Creation.


Featuring Lou Bellamy, Diane Rodriguez, Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker, and Michael Malek Najjar. Moderated by Andrea Assaf.


 Monday, 15 July at 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT (Minneapolis) / 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT (New York).

Mother Goose’s Bedtime Stories

Through the Penumbra of Time

Mother Goose's Bedtime Stories: A celebration of black, brown and indigenous folk, transgender, non-binary , LGBTQIA+, and womxn.


When | 6/15 and 6/16, 7PM

Where | Pangea World Theater Studio


Sliding scale/pay what you can!

Masters of the Currents

Pangea World Theater presents the midwest regional premiere of TeAda Productions'

"Masters of the Currents"


How do we uphold culture? How much do we have to give up to assimilate? Follow three Micronesian youth on their journey of identity growing up in Hawai'i, and the conflicts they must overcome to be accepted by their peers while still holding on to the history and rich cultural traditions of their ancestral islands of Micronesia. As sea levels rise and political tensions escalate creating new refugees, worlds of culture collide. When we get there, whatever side of the shore we are on, we must remember that we are all on the same boat.

Mixed Blood Theater
1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Show Times
Friday, May 17th | 10:00 AM, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 18th | 2:30 PM, 7:30 PM

Tickets available at

Mother Courage and her Children

About The Event

Pangea World Theater’s take on Brecht’s classic, Mother Courage, a scathing critique of profiteering through war and misfortune. As relevant today as when it was written, Mother Courage follows a woman determined to make her living from war at any cost. Over the course of the play, she loses all three of her children to the very war from which she tried to profit. The play will feature a diverse ensemble of 15 members.


Show Times

March 15th - 16th Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm

March 21st - 23rd, 28th - 30th Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm

March 24th, and 31st Sundays at 2:30pm (no show Sunday 3/17)


Student Matinees:

March 19th - 20th, 26th - 27th Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10am


Written by William Nour, Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee

Staged Reading with Panel Discussion

Written by William Nour

Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee

Performed by Mohamed Khouli, Heidi Berg, Gary Geiken, Jawdy Obeid, Erika Kuhn, David Wasserman, Dan Britt


In a post 9/11 America, flight attendant, Alex Khoury, a Palestinian who had left Israel to escape discrimination, mistrust, suspicion, and second-class existence, finds that he continues to be the target of such treatment in his newly adopted home.


Friday, November 16, 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 17; 2:30 & 7:30 pm,

with post play discussion

Sunday, November 18, 2:30 pm

Curated panel discussion about anti-Arab racism, homophobia and post 9-11 America with

Rabih Nahas, Sima Shakhsari and William Nour

Alternate Visions

Staged Readings of Works in Progress by Latinx Playwrights

WHEN: Nov 30 - Dec 1, 2018

WHERE: Pangea World Theater, 711 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408


If My Bones Could Speak by Adlyn Carerras

An exploration of identity, family, ancestry, and stories true and imagined. What is important? Who decides? A journey of words, movement, and music. 


El Odio de un Pais- The Hate of a Country by Raquel Almazan
Rape culture becomes personal Costa Rican mythology: A missing arm in the sugar cane fields, a mother and daughter climb the mango tree of dangerous memories in the jungle, imprisoned men swear their innocence to El Crimen de Colima. An autobiographical and biographical series of one-acts that explore histories of Costa Rica from the perspective of family lineage.

Buffalo Show

Folk singer night at Buffalo Show with Larry Long, Amanda Standalone, Ben Weaver, Al Gross and Strong Buffalo, with a tribute to Floyd Red Crow Westerman.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25 2018 at 7PM

WHERE: Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater; 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA


More information check out the facebook event!

Twin Cities Theaters of Color Coalition Panel

This panel is part of Pangea and Art2Action's National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation.

This panel on Twin Cities Strategies to Advance Equity in the Theater will bring together leading artists striving for equity in their work. Check out an online article about the panel here. Featuring the panelists below and moderated by Pangea's Meena Natarajan, this is sure to be a fascinating event:


  • Vickie Benson, Program Director, McKnight Foundation

  • Justin Christy, Strategy and Learning Manager, Bush Foundation

  • Takara Henegar, Associate Program Officer, Minnesota Community Foundation

  • Al Justiniano, Artistic Director, Teatro del Pueblo

  • Kristen Marx, Program Administrator, McKnight Foundation

  • Dipankar Mukherjee, Artistic Director, Pangea World Theater

  • Eleanor Savage, Program Director, Jerome Foundation

  • Randy Reyes, Artistic Director, Mu Performing Arts


This panel is part of Pangea and Art2Action's National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation, and a live stream will be available on HowlRound TV network at

Land : Landed

Featuring Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires artists France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly

​WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 5:00-7:00pm

WHERE: Pangea World Theater 

Land : Landed is a performative presentation that is concerned with two grand, historical narratives that impact contemporary art discourses. One is the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing, specifically the centrality of land and its connection to art making. The other is the unprecedented migration of humans around the globe, specifically people of colour who arrive in the territory now known as North America, who bring their art practices with them. What do these two narratives have to do with one other?

Discussion: “Primary Colours Initiative“

Featuring Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires artists France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly

​WHEN: Wednesday, May 30, 6:30-8:30pm

WHERE: Pangea World Theater 

Join us for a special conversation with Canadian artists France Trépanier & Chris Creighton-Kelly who will share about their three-year initiative with Primary Colours/Couleurs primaires and will facilitate a discussion exploring how we can honor 'difference + isms', while simultaneously building solidarity.

Lake Street Arts! Solidarity and Spring Celebrations

Hosted by Pangea World Theater and GoodSpace Murals in collaboration with Latinas y Latinos Unidos por la Cultura y el Arte, Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center and Club Cuernavaca-Axochiapan-Morelos.

WHEN: Saturday, May 26th, 3:30-5:30PM

WHERE: Plaza Centenario

1200 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

This past year, Pangea's Arts Organizing Fellows and GoodSpace Murals collaborated on creating a community mural that will live at the Plaza Centenario. Join Pangea World Theater, as we unveil the finished product, followed by a short ceremony in recognition of our 2017-18 Arts Organizing Fellows. In the tradition of Café con Pan, we invite you to enjoy free coffee, bread and live performance! Spring is here and the art is thriving!

Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras

Cohosted by Pangea World Theater and Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras


Friday, May 4th at 7:30PM

Saturday, May 5th at 7:30PM


Intermedia Arts

2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Inspired by Luis Valdez’s legendary Teatro Campesino shows on flatbed trucks in the 70s that brought attention to the plight of migrant workers in California with performances in parks and union halls, award-winning performance artist José Torres-Tama & his ArteFuturo Ensemble roll out the Taco Truck Theater / Teatro Sin Fronteras crossing economic, geographic, and racial borders to challenge the anti-immigrant hysteria gripping the country.

Their radical theater on wheels is driven by a live music sound-bed that will stir your soul and a street theater vibe with pop-up food vendors selling tacos. Visually dynamic, profoundly moving, and continuously engaging their audiences, the diverse and bilingual ArteFuturo Ensemble offers a parallel between Latina/no immigrants dehumanized as "illegal aliens" and the historical struggles of African Americans with a national crisis of police shootings of unarmed black civilians. They proclaim that, "No human being is illegal!", and that "BLACK LIVES MATTER!" 

In addition, the Minneapolis Pangea World Theater production will engage the voices of local poets and performers to explore the attacks on all people of color by the current administration, and will include a Muslim Somali poet, a Native American performer, and two DREAMERS. Let's dare to remember that the United States of Amnesia was founded on the near genocide and extermination of Native People, and the first "illegal aliens" were the Europeans who transformed the land into property. Let's dare to remember that the empire was built on the enslavement of Africans, with their bodies transformed into property.

We are here to remember against a culture that pimps amnesia and fear, and our collective voices address a Eurocentric plantation paradigm that threatens to take America back to the 1950s--when people of color were systematically silenced and white nationalism was the ruling power at all levels of society. 

The ArteFuturo Ensemble includes New Orleans’ artists Spirit McIntyre, cellist, vocalist, and poet; Roberto “El Mex Andino” Carrillo, singer, panpipe player, and MAP Fund award-winning performance artist, poet, and cultural activist José Torres-Tama.

Taco Truck Theater will begin in the parking lot of Intermedia Arts. Blankets and camp chairs are welcome.

$10-$20 Sliding Scale
*No one will be turned away from lack of funds. 
Advanced tickets online at or 1-800-838-3006

Lake Street Arts! at the Market