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About Open Eye

What We Do
Open Eye is nationally recognized for bringing a visual feast of evocative figure theater to the stage. The company’s whimsical yet profound work surprises and delights whether experienced in the company’s historic jewel box theater in Minneapolis or in neighborhoods throughout the Twin Cities with the Driveway Tour. From experimental object works to puppet shows in backyards to community pageants to miniature spectacles, Open Eye consistently creates a unique, contagious exchange between artists and audiences.

Artistic Leadership
Open Eye is led by directors Michael Sommers and Susan Haas. Sommers is recognized as one of the country’s most versatile and ingenious theatre artists. Haas is the visionary behind the Driveway Tour, Toy Theatre After Dark, It's Women's Work, and the showcase of artists on stage.

Our Home
In a brilliant reuse of an architectural gem, Open Eye restored a 110-year-old historical storefront in south Minneapolis. The intimate, well-equipped theatre seats up to 90, with adjacent shops, studios and gardens providing a creative haven for artists.

Our Mission
Open Eye Figure Theatre creates original figure theatre, animating the inanimate on an intimate scale; trains the next generation of figure theatre artists; and advances adventurous, artist-driven programming.

Our Vision
Open Eye Figure Theatre aspires to be internationally recognized for its commitment to the art form of figure theater and for the unique, contagious exchange it creates between artists and audiences.

Our Values

  • We believe deeply in our art form and in the profound exchange that happens with live performance.
  • We are committed to pioneering, artist-driven work.
  • We build relationships by giving, including and delighting.
  • We practice artistic stewardship, using our resources responsibly.
  • We provide a place for teaching and growth that leads to shared ownership among artists.
  • We strive for economic, geographic and physical access to our work, and are strongly committed to our neighborhood.


Our Commitment to Access
Open Eye is committed to making its performances and activities accessible in all ways.

Board of Directors
Open Eye relies on the guidance and support of its Board of Directors.