At Interact, creativity starts at each artist’s own personal level – from the earliest stages of seeing dreams come true by learning the skills of the craft, on into careers as talented visual artists and performers whose work is celebrated in our gallery and on our stage. Being and artist or actor is a vocation and all Interact artists and actors are valued as working professionals. Every Interact artist is paid performance fees and commissions on artwork sales.
Interact Performing Arts
Interact Theater Artists develop their talent and skills through daily professional-level workshops in acting, improvisation, vocal work, music, movement, and every aspect of theatrical technique. Our staff of professional theater artists work as teachers and colleagues, both guiding and participating in the collaborative process of developing exciting new work for the stage.
Interact Theater produces two original, fully staged productions each year, created and performed by the entire company; along with smaller performances designed for schools, conferences, and community events. Our ensemble-generated creation and developmental process means that every artist takes part in conceiving new work, developing the original material, building scripts, and incorporating everyone’s ideas through improvisation and other ensemble-building techniques.
Collaborating with major guest artists such as Kevin Kling and many others, Interact Theater has created over three dozen original plays, and has been recognized with two Ivey Awards for best original concept, and best new music score.
Interact Visual Arts
Interact’s staff of professional teaching artists is experienced in a wide spectrum of media, from drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and more. Interact Visual Artists enjoy access to a full roster of learning opportunities, as well as accessible studio space, art supplies, and consistent time to work towards achieving a career in the field.
Artists are invited to show – and sell – their work in year-round exhibitions in our own Gallery, in special St. Paul Art Crawl shows, and through exhibitions in galleries throughout the metro area. Previous examples include: The Basilica of Saint Mary, Park Square Theatre, Soo Visual Arts Center, and the Central Library.
Complementing our staff of professional teaching artists, Interact Visual Artists enjoy residencies by major local and regional master artists, such as retired U of M painting professor Freddy Munoz, mosaic artist Lori Greene, mixed media artist Susan Armington, ceramic artist Laura Godwin, photographer Wing Young Huie, and many others.
Out and About in the Community
Interact Theater and Visual Artists play an important role in taking the arts beyond the stage or the gallery, and out into the community. We exhibit work in venues such as neighborhood centers, government buildings, art fairs, corporate hallways, and corner coffee shops – as well as in a spectrum of professional art galleries throughout the region. We create special performances for professional training events, such as our “legal language” music performance for the Hennepin County Bar Association. Our partnership with the Mayo Clinic Department of Humanities offers improvisation workshops to help medical students develop skills in responding to unexpected situations. And our Arts Teaching Residencies in the schools puts artists with disabilities in classrooms as teachers, mentors, and co-creators, working with both students and classroom teachers to offer high-quality arts learning with a diversity focus.