We at Yellow Tree Theatre have this dream. We see the people of this community gathering together and getting excited about theatre. We see our theatre as a meeting place where everyone feels welcome, an artistic venue where people of all ages and walks of life can mingle together. Maybe we’re a little romantic, maybe this sounds like a crazy convoluted idea, but we’re okay with that. We like crazy.
Why Osseo? Because we want to run into you at the gas pump and help you shovel your driveway. We want to notice when you get new glasses. That’s why we chose this place. We love the small-town feel and the hanging flower baskets. It feels like a place where people still carry ice skates over their shoulder, where fishing rods still roll around in the backs of pick up trucks. It feels like a good place to call home.
What kind of plays do we do? Good ones. Quirky ones. Plays that you may have never heard of. Plays where characters may be a little off-the-wall but their stories are lovely. We like to be a place where new plays begin. We like to take chances. We want you to come to our plays and have yourself a good chuckle. We want you to laugh like a hyena and disrupt the actors. We want to surprise you and inspire you and remind you about being human. We want to see your uncle Al, the big burly truck driver in the third row, get out his hanky, wipe his eyes and blame it on hay fever. We want our plays to stir up conversations between teenagers who wear hoodies and grandpas who wear dentures. Silly, you say? Maybe. But we think telling a good story can do these sorts of things.
Yellow Tree Theatre was founded in 2008 by theater artists and husband/wife team Jason Peterson and Jessica Lind Peterson in response to a need for the arts in the Northwest Suburbs of Minneapolis. Yellow Tree was born with the goal of creating a welcoming artistic venue, with live theater as its backbone, which would also serve as a vibrant artistic hub for the community. Also, our artists are hugely important to us, and we seek to cultivate a theater company where artists are creatively challenged, artistically inspired and financially supported.
Over the past ten years, YTT has produced forty-five productions, ten world premieres and served thousands of loyal patrons. YTT was awarded a 2016 National Theater Company Grant from the American Theater Wing and is generously supported by the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.
Recent recognition includes:
2014 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Achievement Award
2014 Ivey Awards for Outstanding Direction & Acting in The 39 Steps
2014 Best of MN "Best Unexpected Place to Find Great Theater" Minneapolis Star Tribune
2015 Top Ten Twin Cities Productions of 2015, Dancing at Lughnasa, Minneapolis Star Tribune
2016 National Theater Company Grant, American Theater Wing
2017 “Outstanding Lead Actor,” Jason Ballweber, One Man, Two Guvnors, Lavender Magazine
2017 Twin Cities Arts Reader, Top Ten Production of 2017, Grace
2017 “Best comedic performance by an ensemble”One Man Two Guvnors, TC Theater Blogger Awards
2018 Awarded a week-long residency at Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana
"There’s a unique pleasure in discovering a new small theater,
and Yellow Tree has hooked me." — MN Monthly
“If you haven’t been to Yellow Tree, it’s worth the trip.”— Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Yellow Tree is a marvelous theater”—TC Daily Planet
Yellow Tree Theatre brings stories to life that ignite passion, inspire laughter and awaken possibility while exploring and celebrating the great complexities of the human spirit. We strive to be a welcoming artistic venue where people of all ages and walks of life can gather to experience authentic community, and to produce high-quality professional productions in the heart of the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis, making live theatre more accessible to the community.