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As the theater approaches its return season on September 30, all staff, artists and audiences must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test


August 27, 2021


Masks are required for all staff, audiences and guests

(Minneapolis/St. Paul) - The Guthrie Theater (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) today announced the introduction of a vaccination and mask policy for staff, artists and audiences as it prepares to resume in-person, full-capacity performances on September 30, 2021. The policy, which is subject to change based on evolving city, state and CDC guidelines, will remain in effect through performances of What the Constitution Means to Me, September 30 – October 24, 2021, and A Christmas Carol, November 6 – December 27, 2021. For up-to-date information about health and safety plans, visit

Artistic Director Joseph Haj stated, "As a public institution whose mission is to gather and serve the community through shared theater experiences, we have a responsibility to prioritize the safety of our staff, artists and audiences; to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our workplace, city and region; and to ensure the long-term health and vitality of the Guthrie." He added, "While we continue to balance keeping the theater open and working to ensure everyone who visits the Guthrie stays healthy and safe, we are forever buoyed by the support of our audiences, and we look forward to a safe, comfortable return to the art form we love."

Beginning September 30, 2021, all ticket holders must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 test to attend a performance at the Guthrie. Full vaccination means 14 days have passed since receiving a vaccine authorized on an emergency basis by the Food and Drug Administration or World Health Organization. Ticket holders who are not vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours prior to entry.

Theaters will be sold to full capacity without social distancing. Masks that securely cover the nose and mouth are required for all staff, volunteers and ticket holders regardless of vaccination status. (Bandanas and neck gaiters are not considered acceptable facial coverings.) Artists will not be required to wear masks while rehearsing or performing onstage. A complete list of Guthrie requirements for masking, vaccination and testing is available at

Ticket holders who are sick, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to COVID-19 or don't meet the vaccination/testing requirements may exchange their tickets or receive a refund by calling the Box Office at 612.377.2224. Ticket holders who do not comply with the policy will not be admitted. Exceptions to the theater's COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy will be made for those visiting the Guthrie's indoor and outdoor public spaces during building hours. All guests must wear masks while visiting the Guthrie regardless of vaccination status.

Effective September 23, 2021, all Guthrie staff, artists and volunteers, except those who have received an accommodation for medical or religious purposes, must be fully vaccinated. Artists under age 12 must show ongoing proof of negative COVID-19 tests to perform onstage at the Guthrie.

The Guthrie will continue to closely monitor local, state and federal guidelines for in-person events and keep ticket holders up to date regarding changes to its health and safety policies. Vaccination and mask policies for productions beginning in January 2022 will be announced at a later date.

The Guthrie Theater's 2021–2022 Season sponsors include the Minnesota State Arts Board, WEM 2000 Foundation of The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation, Target, The Shubert Foundation and U.S. Bank. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Ticket Information

New season subscriptions and single tickets for What the Constitution Means to Me are on sale now at Single tickets for A Christmas Carol go on sale September 7, 2021.

Single ticket prices for all shows, excluding A Christmas Carol, range from $15 to $80. Tickets for A Christmas Carol range from $15 to $134. Discounts are available for students, seniors and children. To purchase a season subscription, call the Season Ticket Office at 612.225.6238 or 1.877.997.3276 (toll-free).

Land Acknowledgment

The Guthrie Theater acknowledges that it resides on the traditional land of the Dakota People and honors with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations, including the Ojibwe and other Indigenous nations.

The GUTHRIE THEATER (Joseph Haj, Artistic Director) is an American center for theater performance in Minneapolis, Minnesota, dedicated to producing a mix of classic and contemporary plays and cultivating the next generation of theater artists. Under Haj's leadership, the Guthrie is guided by four core values: Artistic Excellence; Community; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; and Fiscal Responsibility. Since its founding in 1963, the theater has continued to set a national standard for excellence in the field and serve the people of Minnesota as a vital cultural resource. The Guthrie houses three state-of-the-art stages, production facilities, classrooms, restaurants and dramatic public spaces.


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