Growing Our Impact

Penumbra Theatre is a dynamic arts organization with matchless community engagement and education programs. In addition to our critically acclaimed main stage productions, we open our doors to thousands of patrons every year who value our deeply emotional and educational approach to exploring issues of race and racism. Penumbra has built a trusted name in Minnesota as a social justice leader in the arts, inviting audiences to consider the most urgent issues of the day with unflinching honesty and courageous compassion. Artists value Penumbra as a restorative space where their spirits are nurtured and their voices are amplified without mediation. Youth find a platform for learning and leadership development that sets them on a lifechanging course to dedicate their talents and intellect to bettering our world. Penumbra’s reach is deep and wide. Through the African American experience we draw together a diverse and beautiful community throughout the state and nation.

During our yearlong exploration of interracial relationships and multiracial identity, we heard from individuals, families, and couples who extended profound gratitude for illuminating their experiences—acknowledging their challenges and celebrating their victories. We are committed to using our stage as a platform to interrogate our collective ethics and Penumbra’s institutional reach to expand civic engagement. I hope it will do your heart good to look at what we’ve accomplished together this year! Thank you for your support and for staying #PenumbraProud!