Nautilus Music Theater

A nonprofit organization

$6,893 Raised

100% complete

$4,000 Goal

Help make the world safe for new opera and music-theater!

If you've come here during the Give to the Max campaign, WELCOME!
We know there are so many worthy non-profit organizations to support
during this difficult time, and we are honored that you might be considering
a contribution to Nautilus. Our artists eagerly await the opportunity
to once again grace the stage, providing our community with the
stimulation and solace you have come to expect from us. Thank you for
your support, and please take care of yourselves and your loved ones!

Dear friend:

Perhaps you've already contributed to Nautilus this year, and if that's the case, we are truly grateful for your support!  If not, we hope you'll consider a donation.

Listen to what some of the artists with whom we have worked have to say:

  • "Nautilus serves as an oasis, a place of creative nourishment, empowerment, and respite. It gave me heart; I felt valued and taken seriously as an artist at a new and higher level. The support I felt from the staff was phenomenal!"
  • “Nautilus’ COMPOSER-LIBRETTIST STUDIO has proven time and time again to be a successful incubator for writers, composers, and performers. The community, creativity, and hard work that comes out of it is amazing!”
  • "The WESLEY BALK OPERA/MUSIC-THEATER INSTITUTE  validated my work as an artist, giving me varied and valuable perspectives into the craft. I was able to discover new tools to integrate into my performance as well as my approach to working on new material, and showed me ways I can impact my community with my work. I learned more in  three weeks than I learned in two decades as a performer."
  • "Thank you to the whole staff for the invigorating, supportive, creative environment you created as a workspace for artists.  It is clear that you all truly embrace the work and love sharing with fellow artists.  You obviously have such respect for the work and the artists who create, it is just wonderful. "
  • “The next morning, we began our three day Collaboration Principles workshop with Ben Krywosz, the Artistic Director of Nautilus Music-Theater in St. Paul. He looks like Santa Claus, and made me believe in the Spirit of Christmas again”.

And our fully-staged, award-winning PRODUCTIONS, as rare as they are, have provoked critics to offer praise:

• "Nautilus has managed something fascinating and even exotic!"
• "Beautiful voices, a powerful story, and great characterization"
• "Breath-taking; heart-wrenching; quietly powerful; beautifully staged"
• "Gorgeous and evocative libretto and score"
• "Knock-out singing that touches your soul"
• "Nautilus takes away the extraneous, and the heart reveals itself onstage"
• "This is a company with a unique vision, doing important, unusual, fresh and entertaining work... an absolute must see!"

Depending upon what part of our work engages you, there are a number of projects you can support!

We are planning a full production of STATIONS OF THE HEART by Jim Payne and George Maurer, which was to premiere last month, now re-scheduled for the Spring of 2021 (we'll see if it will be live or virtual). We are lining up 4 virtual Rough Cuts presentations after the first of the year, including ROUGH CUTS #200, a virtual celebration postponed for last April. We are planning another Composer-Librettist Studio here in the Twin Cities for the spring, and look forward to our annual Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute this summer, planning for a virtual contingency if Covid restrictions have not been lifted.

And with your help, there will be lots more creative activity as we continue to give writers, composers, performers, and directors an opportunity to learn their craft and expand their skills, while giving audiences a new and fresh look at telling stories through music. Take a stroll down memory lane as you look at the photo montage below, or check out a silent slide show here on YouTube!

Of course, these kinds of exciting projects are only possible with the support of patrons such as you. We are grateful for your support in the past, and if we are to continue offering this kind of work to the Twin Cities (and beyond), we have to raise more money from arts patrons such as yourself. Good citizens appreciate the arts, but great ones are visionary enough to know that the kind of behind-the-scenes arts understructure in which Nautilus works is absolutely crucial to a healthy and creative social environment. And of course, in this time of divisive politics, the arts are an especially powerful place that we can come together to laugh at our foibles, weep for our griefs, and feed our souls with the tender mercies for which we all yearn. So please, give what you can so that our artists can continue providing our community with new operas and other forms of music-theater that are emotionally expansive, dramatically engaging, and spiritually stimulating!

Thank you for your support!

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Organization name

Nautilus Music Theater

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Arts & Culture

Significantly impacted by pandemic

Significantly impacted by pandemic


308 Prince Street #190
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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