Support Summer Institute

Support brave new voices in theatre! Summer Institute is our three-year leadership development program that trains teens to use their passion for the arts to promote social justice and equity. Each year our students gather for four weeks to critically engage with the issues affecting them and the world. They examine the relationship between power, systems of oppression, protest, and liberation. They come together regardless of differences across race, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or political ideology. They meet. They discuss. They dream of a better world. Our students explore who they are and discover their own power to make change.

$500: Subsidize the cost of tuition for one (1) student
$250: Underwrite half the cost of tuition for one (1) student
$100: Support an overnight dormitory stay at the University of Minnesota and a tour of the campus to help one (1) student become better acquainted with college life
$50: Give one (1) student an annual pass to Penumbra’s mainstage season
$25: Provide one (1) student with several healthy lunches or bus passes so they can focus on what they’re learning



Donate By Mail
Send check with Summer Institute noted in the memo line to:
Penumbra Theatre Company
270 North Kent Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Questions? Call Karla Williams, Director of Advancement, at 651.288.6794 or email

Photo Credit: Allen Weeks