Open Eye Theatre

A nonprofit organization

$10,926 raised by 124 donors

100% complete

$10,000 Goal

Invest in the power of art to foster dynamic, creative communities!

Open Eye is a nimble theatre that offers a wide array of artistic events and workshops that enrich our community and advance the careers of emerging artists. From intimate indoor concerts to eye-popping outdoor spectacles, your support helps Open Eye produce innovative art, support artists, and build connections within our neighborhood and the broader community. 

If you love the magic and mission of Open Eye Theatre, please donate today!

Please join us in raising $10,000 to end our season on solid footing and be ready to boldly meet the challenges and opportunities of 2024! With your support, Open Eye will continue to bring innovative theatre, puppetry, storytelling, and music to our neighborhood, our cities, and our region. Let's keep dreaming big together! Your support now will help us:

  • Celebrate the triumphant return of Gaelynn Lea and Kevin Kling’s immensely popular collaboration INVISIBLE FENCES, combining exceptional artistry with explorations of identity, disability and the stories we tell ourselves.
  • Launch TWO Driveway Tour summer puppet shows that will reach over 3000 people in 80 communities across the Metro and greater MN!
  • Advance the careers of emerging artists with the PUPPET LAB FESTIVAL, led by Co-Artistic Directors Oanh Vu and Sofía Padilla!
  • Blow the roof off our theater with the area premiere of LIZZIE: THE MUSICAL, a rock-opera exposing the secrets of America's most notorious axe-swinging murderess.
  • Nurture neighborhood camaraderie with a re-launch of our free outdoor summer art-crawl, BRIDGEFEST, featuring sidewalk performers, pop-up puppetry, and a DJ dance party.

We can only achieve these dreams with your help. Please donate in any amount to support our artist-driven and community-focused work now and in 2024!

Here are a few ways your support helped us open eyes, hearts, and minds in 2023:

  • In the past year, nearly 13,000 people engaged with Open Eye to watch shows, attend events, or take workshops!

  • We keep growing as a creative hub for new work: over 20+ original works of theater, puppetry, music and storytelling commissioned and supported in the last year!

  • Open Eye supported over 120 Minnesota artists – performers, designers, musicians, writers, instructors, and technicians!

  • The summer Driveway Tour performed in 69 communities across the Metro and Greater MN! 76% of this year’s Driveway Tour hosts returned to partnered with us again! We've performed for over 111,000 Driveway Tour patrons since 2004!

  • Open Eye artists supported six FREE community events, engaging with over 2181 households!

  • Representation & Inclusion Matter: Artists from BIPoC, LGBTQ, and Disability communities are leading projects and envisioning new programming: 52% performers, designers, instructors, and writers; 75% artistic leadership. Our stage is now lift-enabled and fully accessible!

And we’re committed to having even MORE impact next year! Thank you for helping us open eyes, hearts, and minds with your support!

Organization Data


Organization name

Open Eye Theatre

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Arts & Culture Children & Family Community

BIPOC Serving

BIPOC Serving

LGBTQ+ Serving

LGBTQ+ Serving


506 E 24th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404