Local Design-Lindsay Offermann
The original Guthrie Theater, built in 1963, was once an example of unique design in the Twin Cities. The theater was conceptualized by Ralph Rapson, a leading architect that influenced the modern movement. The Guthrie Theater featured a thrust stage that was designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch. The distinctively designed stage had 7 sides and allowed the audience a more involved experience with the actors. The seating radiated from the center of the theater and vaulted upward to just under the ceiling-hung acoustical panels. Sadly in 2006 the original Guthrie Theater was demolished and in its place is a park and land used for part of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. A new Guthrie Theater was built in 2006 along the Mississippi River and was designed by architect Jean Nouvel.