New Location – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
The University of Minnesota is home to the Gophers and has a student body of 50,000! The University’s Minneapolis campus is divided by the Mississippi River into an East and West Bank.
The National Puppetry Festival will be on the West Bank campus of the University. The West Bank is home to the University of Minnesota Law School, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the Carlson School of Management, various social science buildings, and the performing arts center. The Festival activities will take place in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Rarig Center for the Performing Arts. Housing and Dining will be in Middlebrook Hall.
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
The Puppetry Exhibit, Critical Exchange, Reel Puppetry Film Festival, several workshops, and Puppet Fringe performances will take place here. Amenities of the building include high tech classrooms, meeting rooms, an auditorium and spacious lobby.
Rarig Center for the Performing Arts
The Festival Office, Puppetry Store, Mainstage performances, special events and Puppet Fringe performances will take place here. Amenities of the building include one large proscenium stage, one large thrust stage, two smaller black box theatres, rehearsal spaces, scene shop, drafting studio, classrooms and lower level lobby.
Middlebrook Hall is the festival residence hall. It is comprised of 30 single rooms and over 300 double rooms. Total housing capacity of this building is 900. The amenities of the building include air conditioning, study rooms, lounges, and the dining hall. For a sample dining hall menu click here.
The Minneapolis campus is within blocks of two major highway arteries – I-35W (north/south) and I-94 (east/west). It is a 35 – 45 minute trip from the airport to campus depending on traffic conditions. The campus is also accessible via public transportation by Metro Transit Train. The Metro Green Line stop is the West Bank Station.
With the festival taking place in only three buildings on the West Bank of campus the longest distance to walk between the dorm and workshops/performances is less than half a mile. For those with limited mobility, scooter rentals will be available through Metro Medical – Minneapolis. Information on how to set up your scooter rental will be available on the registration page in early January.
There is a lot to do off campus if you choose to explore Minneapolis.The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden feature the Cherry & Spoon Sculpture in case you need a picture to prove you were here. The Guthrie Theater is an amazing architectural accomplishment and features wonderful views of the city from the 4th and 9th floor. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is always free and you could catch a show at the Children’s Theatre Company housed in the same building.
On campus you can also find the magnificent Northrop Auditorium, the Weisman Art Museum, the Bell Museum of Natural History, the Goldstein Museum of Design, and the West Bank Arts Quarter. On the East Bank of campus you will find Stadium Village and Dinkytown which offer a number of affordable restaurants.