CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS
The Center for Performing Arts is a location for artists, community members, and students of many interests and disciplines to gather and develop their work. As an organization, the Center is dedicated to the vitality of the creative process and supports practitioners from a range of traditions to teach, learn, workshop, and practice in order to sustain their work/life and become creative and contributing members of their communities.
The Center for Performing Arts was constructed as a convent for Incarnation Catholic Church in 1913. Well-suited to house artist’s studios, dance studios, offices and meeting spaces, in 1995 the arts center project was conceived of and converted into its current use by Jackie Hayes with support from community members and artists. Since then, the Center has provided hundreds of individual dancers, theaters, movement practitioners, performance companies, dance companies, bodyworkers, therapists, and teachers with affordable office, rehearsal and audition space.
Jackie Hayes, Executive Director. In addition to founding and leading the CFPA since its inception, Jackie is an educator and practicing artist in performance and public art. She has been creating performance and site-specific work with a focus on questions of representation, aesthetics, and audience for over 25 years in Northern California, New York, and Minneapolis. Jackie has degrees in Political Science, Theater Directing, and a Ph.D in Performance Studies from NYU. She has created or co-created dozens of workshops on art practice for Master’s students and four major conferences on performance on both West and East coasts. She served as faculty for MFA in interdisciplinary arts students, and in several senior academic leadership positions at Goddard College in Vermont from 2005-2015.
Jennie Ward, Managing Director. Jennie joined CFPA Mpls as Managing Director in fall 2017. She has worked for over 20 years a freelance theatre director and teacher, in Chicago, Boston, NYC, and the Twin Cities. Locally, she has directed and assistant directed for the Guthrie, the Jungle, the Playwrights’ Center, and MN Jewish Theater Company. She has taught at the U of MN/Guthrie BFA Acting program, Hamline University, and St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She earned her MFA in Directing from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. She lives in St. Paul with her husband and two sons.
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2015: CFPA celebrated 20 years in Kingfield!