Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Scholarship Opportunity for Undergraduate Arts/Economic Majors!

The National Association for Business Economics (NABE) Foundation and Americans for the Arts are teaming together for the fifth consecutive year in presenting the NABE Foundation – Americans for the Arts College Scholarship Award. This scholarship will be offered to an exceptional student that integrates the arts with the economic education process. The candidate must be either a recent high school graduate or college undergrad majoring in economics or the arts. The scholarship is a $5,000 reward and the deadline to apply is October 19th, 2012. 

If you think you, or someone you know, would be an excellent candidate, visit the NABE Foundation’s website by clicking the link above. To see more guidelines about the scholarship and how to apply click here

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Performance Added to Pilobolus Due to High Demand!

Now’s your chance to bring your school group to see Pilobolus fill the Ordway stage with athletic highly inventive modern dance! We have recently added another performance due to high demand.
Pilobolus, Photo by John Kane
NEW! Performance Date and Time: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:30AM

Tickets are available for only $3.50 a ticket, regardless of group size!

We also offer bus reimbursement for all schools to attend a performance at the Ordway.

Ordway study guides are also distributed to help educators connect the performance experience to classroom curriculum.

Recommended Grades K-8 | Dance

Fri, May 3 at 10:30am                     SOLD OUT
Fri, May 3 at 12:30pm                     307 Tickets Available
Thurs, May 2 at 10:30am               500+ Tickets Available

Creating zany moving shapes, Pilobolus opens their world of movement to the audience. Known for their unique style involving the entanglement and contortions of bodies, dancers are often seen as being able to defy the laws of gravity. Pilobolus demystifies their process of improvisation, creativity and collaboration in this truly laugh-out-loud experience.  Pilobolus will stretch one’s definition of modern dance through their highly athletic and inventive, performances, giving audiences a brief glimpse into the idea that movement is everywhere and is an important part of everyday life.

Please contact the Education Hotline with any questions or to place an order at 651-282-3115 or

*Tickets subject to availability

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ordway Education Loses a Dear Friend

Don Ulmer was a retired educator who enjoyed working as an usher and a tour guide for Ordway Education's school performances and events. He was always so helpful and kind as he assisted school groups to their seats. Don had a great sensibility when it came to the students attending a school performance. As one colleague remembers," I don't think I'll ever forget the time Don was working a school performance and a student asked if he was an elf. Don had such a good sense of humor about it." Don will also be missed for the wealth of knowledge he would provide on tours of the Ordway.

Don's family has graciously requested that memorial funds go towards supporting Ordway Education's programs as he was a retired educator who had an affinity for working the Ordway's education events. 

Don was a wonderful fixture at the Ordway, and he will truly be missed.

Donald H. Ulmer (1939 - 2012)

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Research in Arts Education – Positive Findings

Did you know that training in acting increases memory? Learning, Arts, and the Brain has a list of interesting journal articles showing evidence that children who are motivated in the arts have increased memory, better attentiveness, and other beneficial cognitive skills. Click on the link below if you're interested!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Introducing New Members to the Ordway Education Team!

We would like to introduce you to two new members to the Ordway Education team!


Traci Shannon will be assisting us with Education Sales until December.

Traci hard at work!
Traci is a fairly new transplant to the Twin Cities area who hails from Chicago, IL, by way of Washington DC, by way of Winston-Salem, NC. She is a graduate of Howard University, with a degree in Theatre Arts. She has apprenticed at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and has most recently been working in the Ticket Services department at the Ordway. Traci is so excited to be joining the awesome Education team at the Ordway!


We also have a new Education Intern for the Fall Semester!
Casey loves helping out with Ordway Education Programs!
Hello everyone!
My name is Casey Trujillo. I’m currently a senior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities studying Communication Studies with a Theatre Arts minor. Go Gophers! Before then, I was born and raised in a small town in Minnesota called Parkers Prairie.    
When it comes to my interests, I enjoy being involved with the arts. Ever since I was little, I’ve participated with school plays, band, choir and other extracurricular activities. Having the opportunity to participate in these programs helped shape me into the person I am today! Along with the arts, I’m a very social person. Whether staying in or being out and about, I always enjoy the company of people.
In regards to this internship, there are many things I’m looking forward to. Firstly, I’m eager to experience all of the behind-the-scenes activity that makes theatre happen! It’s amazing to see many people collaborating in order to make a performance blossom, and I’m happy to be involved with that here at the Ordway. Furthermore, I’m excited to participate with the 2012-2013 school performances. We have a diverse set of educational shows coming up and I’m thrilled that I’m able to contribute. Overall, I’m looking forward to lending a helping hand while getting to know the people I’ll be working closely with. The next few months will be a great experience!
- Casey Trujillo

Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 Sally Awards - Now Accepting Nominations

Please see below for a message from our President and CEO, Patricia Mitchell, about the upcoming Sally Awards. We are now accepting nominations! 

Dear Arts Enthusiast:

For the past 20 years, the Ordway has been privileged to recognize extraordinary Minnesota artists who inspire us with their creativity and dedication to their craft.

The 2012 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards will continue this tradition, and you can be a part of it! We invite you to participate by nominating artists and artistic leaders to be considered for the 2012 Sally Awards.

As members of Ordway’s circle of friends and fans, we welcome your participation in this important Ordway tradition. It’s easy to do. Just think about the artists and artistic leaders who have inspired you, your family or your friends, and forward their names to us as nominees for the 2012 Sally Awards. The Awards include the following five categories:


Minnesota’s arts scene is so rich and diverse that it’s impossible for us to keep up with the work being created every day in every corner of the state. You probably know about artists who are not yet on our radar screen. Don’t keep their talents a secret! Any arts organization or individual in the state of Minnesota is eligible, as long as they have not already received this award. 

Please consider making a nomination, and forward this invitation to your friends and colleagues! The nomination form as well as a list of past award recipients can be found on our website at


If you have any questions regarding the nomination form or the awards, please contact Kate Youngdahl at 651.282.3101 or We'd love to hear from you!

Patricia A. Mitchell
President and CEO

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why Dance Makes You Shine - Billy Elliot Multi-Media Essay Contest

Submit an essay telling us why you have a passion for dance and why it makes you SHINE from the inside out!

Submit your entry in the creative format that expresses your passion for dance best; such as song, video, drawing/painting, photo collage, a written essay, or whatever else you can imagine.

One Grand Prize Winner will receive a Family Four Pack of tickets to see Billy Elliot The Musical on opening night Oct 9, meet the company, and enjoy an exclusive backstage tour.

Two Runners-Up will receive a Family Four Pack of tickets to see the show on opening night Oct 9.

Essay must be submitted by 5pm Fri, Sept 28.

When submitting your essay please include your NAME, AGE, ADDRESS, PHONE, and ESSAY FORMAT.

Download a PDF version of the Dance Contest Form >