The Guthrie Theater opened in 1963 with a production of Hamlet directed by Founder and preeminent British Director Sir Tyrone Guthrie. In February 1995, Joe Dowling became the Guthrie’s seventh artistic director. Dowling’s leadership at the Guthrie has been marked by his dynamic productions of the classics, the commissioning of more than 30 new plays, co-productions by visiting international theater companies, partnerships with local theaters, a well-rounded and rigorous approach to advanced actor training, and the realization of plans to build a new multistage theater center on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Guthrie opened its new facility in 2006 that includes three stages: a thrust stage for the grand-scale classics of the ages, a proscenium stage for the more intimate classics of the past century, and a studio theater for developing the classics of tomorrow. The theaters allow the Guthrie to retain its artistic preeminence nationally and internationally, while serving the community in their role as a vibrant, multi-use public gathering place and educational resource for the Upper Midwest. The company has received such honors as America's Best Regional Theater by Time Magazine, Tony Award, and Jujamcyn Theater Award for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Guthrie Theater will present student matinees of Othello (March to April 2014) directed by Marion McClinton. The company will provide related educational activities, including Show-and Tells, Schools on Stage, educator workshop, and a play guide. They anticipate reaching 270 schools from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota.