Our Mission


Director Benjamin McGovern** and actors Sara Marsh* and John Catron* rehearse Harold Pinter's The Hothouse in the Artspace Grain Belt Bottling House atrium (Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp)

Dark & Stormy Productions seeks to enrich the community by providing artistically excellent, relevant, and thought-provoking professional productions that engage and inspire both the audience and the artist.


Director Benjamin McGovern** and actors Sally Wingert* and Robert Dorfman* rehearse the United States premiere of George F. Walker's And So It Goes. (Photo: Melissa Hesse)


We have three primary goals: 

1) Fostering new theatergoers. 

The director and cast of William Mastrosimone's Extremities with Minneapolis Judge Kristin Siegesmund, facilitating an emotional post-show discussion attended by Theoroi, the Shubert Club's under-35 arts patron group, with other audience members.

2) Sustaining current audiences by offering them the opportunity to see intimate, unconventional, immediate, exciting productions featuring the top talent in the Twin Cities. 

A performance of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow (Director: Benjamin McGovern**; Lighting Design: Mary Shabatura; Costume Design: Christine A. Richardson; Photo: Tom Wallace, Star Tribune)

3) Supporting the rich community of professional artists (particularly union artists) in the Twin Cities by providing collaborative, engaging, unique, artistically challenging opportunities in between productions at larger theaters.


Actors Sara Marsh* and Robert Dorfman* rehearse a scene from Harold Pinter's The Hothouse for the first time, in the Artspace Grain Belt Bottling House atrium (Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp)
A production photo of the same moment in The Hothouse between actors Sara Marsh* and Robert Dorfman*, as seen by audiences (Director: Benjamin McGovern**; Lighting Design: Mary Shabatura; Costume Design: Lisa Jones; Photo: Heidi Bohnenkamp)

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*Member, Actors' Equity Association
**Member, Stage Directors' & Choreographers' Society