Theatre Coup d'Etat
Fundraiser for Springboard for the Arts

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A fiscally sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts. NEXT EVENT: Our annual fundraiser - Coup de Carnivale 2017, Saturday, March 25

NEXT EVENT: Our annual fundraiser - Coup de Carnivale 2017, Saturday, March 25, 6:30pm at Fallout Urban Arts Initiative located at 2601 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408. Tickets available at:

NEXT PRODUCTION: The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, June 2-19, 2017

Where the money goes

First and foremost: the artists' salaries. Over 65% of our budget goes directly to our actors, stage manager, costumer, set and lighting designers, artists, graphic design, and the director. Coup d'Etat firmly believes that artists should be paid for their work, just like any other craft. The remaining costs include rehearsal space, production rights to the show, and marketing. Great projects are made possible by generous contributors like you!

About Theatre Coup d’Etat 

Among the Coup d'Etat's hallmarks is introducing theatre to new venues, many of which have gone on to become consistently successful performance spaces for other theater companies as well as their own. These include the American Swedish Institute, where the company’s Ivey Award-winning production of Hamlet was the first play performed. The critically acclaimed production of One Flea Spare at the Soap Factory Basement in 2014 opened another new and successful venue. In the summer of that year, the company brought Shakespeare to the south side of the Minnesota River, with their popular outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Kelley Park in Apple Valley. Coup d'Etat followed these up with their production of 'Art' by Yasmina Reza at Muse Event Center in Spring 2015, where it was raved by critics and audiences alike. After Equus was given the company's second Ivey Award in five years, Coup d'Etat ushered in an original adaptation of Antigone at SpringHouse Ministry Center from September 30 - October 17, 2016. 

Theatre Coup d’Etat productions and performers are regularly featured in awards and “best-of” lists. These include:

  • 2013 Ivey Award for Best Director, Hamlet
  • 2014 “Years Best”, City Pages, One Flea Spare
  • 2014 “Best Show”, Lavender Magazine, One Flea Spare
  • 2014 Favorite Show, Cherry & Spoon, One Flea Spare 
  • 2015 "Best of the Year", City Pages, Equus
  • 2015 “Best Productions”, Lavender Magazine, Equus
  • 2016 "Best Director" and "Best Emerging Artist", City Pages, Equus
  • 2016 Ivey Award for Ensemble Acting, Equus
Company members have received recognition for Extraordinary Performance 2010 (James Napoleon Stone, Bent), Best Supporting Actor 2012 (James Napoleon Stone, Killer Joe), Classical Performance of the Year 2012 (Meri Golden, Romeo & Juliet), Best Classical Actress 2014 (Ellen Apel, One Flea Spare), and Best Supporting Actor 2014 (Brie Roland, Miss Julie).

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