Selected Plays for the 2015 New Works Festival were absolutely floored by the quantity and quality of the submissions we received from all over the state for our 2015 New Works Festival.

35 submissions from 35 very talented writers.

The selection committee had a difficult task, but they did their duty exceptionally well.

So first, a thank you to every writer who shared your work with us. We so appreciate your time, efforts and talents.

Next, a big thank you to our selection committee, headed by our Board President, Anika Thompson. You all gave each selection a careful read and consideration, and the amount of free time you dedicated to this task is so very much appreciated.

Now…without further ado:


Wednesday, July 8th @ 7pm                                                                                  

WRITE FIGHT – A Festival Opening Battle Royale                                                     Presented by Renegade Theater Company and Revolver Literary Magazine  

8 writers enter – only one can win. Watch area authors, bloggers, journalists and playwrights compete in a single elimination tournament live on stage. We give dueling writers typewriters, a prompt, 10 minutes to write, and plenty of hilarious distraction (provided by members of the Renegade Improv team). After the 10 minutes are up, the writers read what they’ve written, and the audience favorite moves on.


Modern Prophet by Sam Graber of Minneapolis


A NIGHT OF SHORTS (featuring)

A Paper Forest by Claudia Haas of White Bear Lake

The Vibe by Robert Lee of Duluth

A Guide to Textual Encounters by Megan Rekowski of Duluth


Finnegan’s Wake by Donald Arneson of Prior Lake





  • Write Fight
  • Presented by Renegade Theater Company and Revolver Literary Magazine


Call for Directors and Actors – New Works Festival

Renegade Theater Company is issuing a CALL FOR DIRECTORS AND ACTORS who wish to participate in our 2015 New Works Festival, running Wednesday, July 8th to Saturday, July 11th, 2015. Selected participants will collaborate to present readings and semi-staged readings of new works.

We are looking for creative, talented and experienced directors who are interested in bringing these new works to life alongside their peers. As this is a new works festival, emphasis will be placed on the script and the writing, but all good writing needs direction to bring it to life. That’s where you come in!

The New Works will be rehearsed in the weeks prior to the festival and performed as readings or semi-staged readings at the Festival. All participants assigned to a given project will have the final script in hand prior to the start of rehearsals. Actors may be asked to participate in more than one project, but will not be assigned to more than 2, due to the limited rehearsal time.

All artists who are selected must follow the submission guidelines detailed below and be available for the rehearsal period (June 22nd -July 2nd) and festival period (July 8th-11th). There is no funding from the Renegade Theater Company for travel or lodging costs. All artists are strongly encouraged to attend the rehearsal Kick-off session tentatively scheduled for Monday, June 15th @ 5pm.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Interested individuals may submit in more than one category.):

DIRECTORS Please Submit:

  • 1 email/letter of introduction describing your experience and approach to directing and developing new work. Please also describe the types of work you are drawn to as a director.
    • Please indicate if you are willing to work on multiple readings
    • Be sure to include conflicts and contact information.

ACTORS Please Submit:

  • 1 email/letter of introduction, briefly describing the types of roles you usually play and if you have any experience working with new plays or being involved in staged readings of plays.
    • Please indicate if you are willing to work on multiple readings.
    • Be sure to include conflicts and contact information

Director and Actor Submissions must be received by 5/15 – earlier submissions are appreciated and encouraged!!!

Submit by email only (MS Word File in “.doc” or “.docx” please, or as a PDF) to:


2015 New Works Festival – SUBMISSIONS CLOSED!

We knew there were a lot of writers out there hungering for a chance to workshop pieces. It was the whole reason behind doing a New Works Festival in the first place – giving writers the same type of opportunities offered to actors, directors, designers and crew in our community.

When we opened the festival up for submission, we were optimistic. But not THIS optimistic.

As of April 10th, when submissions for the festival closed, we’ve received 35 submissions from area writers. That’s amazing. And inspiring. And a little overwhelming.

Thank you writers. Thank you for sharing your work with us, and for wanting us to lend some small hand in its further creation and development. While we, of course, won’t be able to offer all of you slots in our festival, we are beyond grateful for your submissions and wish all of you the best.

More soon.

Time to get reading.

Our Daisy Gets a Haircut!

Ahhh … the lengths to which an actor will go. The things they are willing to do in service of a role and a show. Take Mary Fox for instance:


This is Mary. And her long hair. Mary’s playing the role of Daisy in THE GREAT GATSBY, and, well, that long hair just won’t do. She needs that classic bob. That 1920’s hairstyle that’s so iconic to the time and the role.

We offered her a wig. We really did. But Mary’s committed. Dedicated. And a little bit nuts.

So, this past Sunday, Mary sat down in the kitchen of our Assistant Stage Manager Dereck Williams. When Dereck’s not helping run a show, he’s one hell of a talented hair stylist. And he puts his considerable skill and talent to work on Mary’s hair.

The CutAfter much cutting, some coloring, and some stifled screams from Mary …

In Process

… the job was done. Dereck had done an incredible job and given Mary a wonderful bob hairstyle.


Goodbye Mary Fox. Hello Daisy Buchanan.


THE GREAT GATSBY opens Thursday, April 2nd at 8pm and runs Thursday through Saturday evenings until April 18th. All shows at 8pm.



2015 New Works Festival – Call For Submissions!
The Northland’s theater scene is booming. Opportunities for local actors, directors and designers abound. But not so for the playwright. Each year, dozens of productions are mounted in the region, but rarely are any of these new works by local authors.

Renegade Theater Company hopes to change that.

Announcing OPEN SUBMISSIONS for the 2015 New Works Festival at Renegade Theater Company. Seeking full-length, one-act and ten-minute submissions at any stage of completion. Selected works will be paired with a director and cast and workshopped in June of 2015 with Renegade Theater Company at the Teatro Zuccone in Duluth, MN. Selected writers will receive a stipend for their work.

There is no fee to submit. Submissions must be received by April 10th, 2015.


Renegade Theater Company is one of Northern Minnesota’s premiere theatrical companies.  Since the theater’s founding in 1991, Renegade has produced over 150 productions throughout the area. Now in their permanent home at the Teatro Zuccone, Renegade annually produces a full mainstage season and weekly sold-out Improv performances every Friday and Saturday night all year long.

It is the mission of Renegade Theater Company to entertain, enlighten and inspire our community with bold, imaginative storytelling, brave new works, and unfailing support for the area’s talented artists.

Renegade Theater Company is committed to introducing the area to the boldest, newest and most imaginative works in theater today. Additionally, Renegade aims to create unprecedented opportunities for developing community talent in all aspects of the art form, because we believe that a theater is only as strong as the company it keeps – both onstage and off.


To be eligible, submissions must come from playwrights who are not recognized as established playwrights or authors by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators. For the purposes of this festival, “established” is defined as someone who makes their sole or primary living as a playwright or author. Additionally, playwrights must have a current home street address within Minnesota. Eligible manuscripts must meet the following criteria:

  • Never been produced (or)
  • Productions of the manuscript have been limited to workshops in front of a limited audience (or)
  • The manuscript or production of the manuscript is significantly different or enhanced from previously produced or published versions.


Please submit your file as a .pdf file. Include a cover page with your name, current home address and contact information. You may include a brief bio/resume, however it is not required.

To submit, email your script to with NEW WORKS FESTIVAL, your name, and title of your submission in the subject line.




Over 100 people turned out this past Friday, January 30th, for THE RENEGADE BLIND TIGER: A SEASON OPENING SPEAKEASY. We partied hard, we stayed up late, and we hope those of you who came had as much fun as we had.

This party was months in the making, and could not have happened without the help, passion, ideas and support of a lot of wonderful people. And, because we were raised right, we are taking up some space on our blog to be sure and thank each and every one of you.

There aren’t enough words to describe just how important, wonderful, special and awesome you all are, but please know, from the bottom of our hearts, how grateful we are to have all of you as a part of the Renegade family.


  • Amber Burns
  • Kendra Carlson
  • Lacy Habdas
  • Angela Shields
  • Colleen Smith
  • Anika Thompson


  • Cory Anderson
  • Drew Autio
  • Tessa Bakken
  • Jon Brophy
  • Liza Demyanov
  • Chase Dewurtz
  • Nick Gosen
  • Anna Gwaltney
  • Matt Helbacka
  • Lauren Hugh
  • Adem Hunter
  • Tad Johnson
  • Mackenzie McCullum
  • Andy Miller
  • Jennie Ross
  • Sarah Rovano
  • Tyler Schwerdt


  • Andy Bennett
  • Abe Curran
  • Maria DePesa
  • Andy Frye
  • Aliese Hoesel
  • Pascal Pastrana
  • Tyler Pimm
  • Blake Thomas
  • Sara Wabrowetz
  • Matt Wagner 


  • Aloft Minneapolis
  • Arrowhead Tennis and Athletic Club
  • Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
  • Cash Wise Liquors
  • Crystal Pelkey
  • DSSO
  • Dubh Linn Irish Pub
  • Duluth 10
  • Duluth Children’s Museum
  • Duluth Pack
  • Duluth Playhouse
  • Duluth YMCA Camp Miller
  • Eagle’s Nest Massage Therapy
  • Epicurean
  • Glensheen Historic Estate
  • Grand Casino Hinckley
  • Grand View Lodge
  • Grandma’s Restaurants
  • Guthrie Theater
  • Hands and Knees Clean
  • Harbor City Roller Dames
  • John Bray (donor of the iPad Air!)
  • Lake Superior Glass Company
  • Lake Superior Zoo
  • Locally Laid
  • Minnesota Ballet
  • Norwex
  • Pioneer Place
  • Pure Salon
  • Northland’s News Center
  • UMD School of Fine Arts
  • The Underground
  • Vista Fleet
  • Wise Fool Shakespeare
  • Zeitgeist Arts
  • Zinema 2
  • Z Studio

…holy cow. That’s a lot of people. A lot of support. We feel very loved.

Finally,  to everyone who attended, donated, or otherwise  showed your support: THANK YOU! 

The Renegade Blind Tiger – Prize Packages Revealed!


We are one, count it, ONE day away from THE RENEGADE BLIND TIGER: A SEASON OPENING SPEAKEASY. We spent last night putting the finishing touches on our prize packages, and … well, holy crap. They are pretty amazing.

We’re just going to say it: You won’t find a better batch of prizes anywhere, especially when you see how little it costs you to enter to win. That’s right, there’s no silent auction. There’s just five prize packages (plus a brand-new iPad Air as a door prize) and a very, very, VERY low cost to enter to win. And if you do win? Oh my …

But enough with the build-up. Here are our prize packages. Read on, drool over them, and then GET YOUR TICKETS HERE. (or by calling 218-336-1414) You don’t want to miss this party, and you will kick yourself if you don’t enter to win at least one of these incredible prize packages.

…Don’t forget, you get $5 Blind Tiger Bucks just for buying a ticket. You get $5 more if you come in costume. You get $10 if you buy a season pass at the party. Think about that when you read about the prize packages below, and see how little it costs to enter.





And there are SO MANY ways for you to earn Blind Tiger Bucks to enter an win these incredible prize packages. How many ways, you ask? Here:

Calling All Couples! – Save BIG on the Blind Tiger and Win a Great Getaway!



Looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind romantic evening for you and your special someone? Want to get a little crazy, cut loose and have a ball? Only got $40 to spend?


We’ve got you covered:


TODAY AND TOMORROW ONLY, call Colleen in our box office at 218-336-1414 and get a pair of tickets to The Renegade Blind Tiger for only $40! Save $10 off the ticket price and get access to the same food, gambling, drinks, live music and dance party as the full price ticket holders (NOTE: Couples tickets do not include entries to win the iPad. Full price tickets only are entered to win the iPad door prize).


That’s 5 hours of fun for less than you’d pay for dinner! And you’ll get that nice warm feeling that comes with supporting a local non-profit dedicated to providing local artists and audiences access to the boldest, newest and most original works in theater.


PLUS while you’re partying the night away, you can spend some Blind Tiger Bucks (available for sale or to win at our Games of Chance tables in King’s Club if you’re feeling lucky) and enter to win one of our FIVE INCREDIBLE PRIZE PACKAGES. Each one is packed with amazing donations from local businesses, and there’s a few things in those packages that are perfect for couples:


How do tickets to the Guthrie Theater and a stay next door at the beautiful Aloft Minneapolis sound? Spend an evening seeing some of the best live performance in the state, and then enjoy an incredible night at a modern, fresh and fun destination. With their loft-inspired design and free-flowing energy, you can celebrate your style in the unique openness of a no-walls, no-limits space. See why everyone’s all abuzz about Aloft Hotels, and discover a whole new travel experience!


Aloft 3074 Logo Dark Pink and Dark Grey



If a night in the city isn’t your idea of a perfect couple’s getaway, than you could also pack up your brand new Duluth Pack and head off for a true winter weekend escape at the incredible Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN! The state’s most awarded resort offers deluxe accommodations, exceptional dining, the world-class Glacial Waters Spa and activities galore! Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing – even dog sledding – all await you as options during this gorgeous and relaxing getaway.






2015 Season Tickets + Murder Ballad Single Tickets – ALL ON SALE NOW!



Shakespeare said it best when he said: “Friends, People, Everybody; gather around for we have news!”


Today we’re very happy to announce that our 2015 box office is open for business! We’ve got two main ticket buying options to share with you, so let’s get started:


First up?


RTC-MurderBallad-FB-ProfilePicListen and I’ll tell a tale. A tale where good will not prevail. A King, a Queen, a Club, a Knave. One is destined for the grave …



Feb 5-7, 12-14 and 19-21

All shows at 8pm


Single tickets are now on sale for this fun, sexy, dark and dangerous new rock musical, opening Feb 5th. This hot-blooded and steamy story of a love triangle gone horribly, deadly wrong tore up the New York theater scene in 2013, and now it arrives in Minnesota for the very first time.


Tickets are $18 for adults / $15 for students and seniors


But you don’t have to stop at just buying tickets to MURDER BALLAD. Oh hell no. Why not go for broke and buy yourself a 2015 RENEGADE FLEX PASS!


The Flex Pass costs $75. And here’s what you get:

  • A savings of over 15% off the normal ticket price!
  • Discounted passes are just $60 for students, seniors and artists.
  • Includes a ticket to each of the 5 shows in our 2015 mainstage season
  • Includes an all-access pass to every show in our 2015 New Works Festival
  • Includes our new assigned seating! This year, pick your favorite spots in the Teatro Zuccone and have them guaranteed for you all year long. Plus, with assigned seating, there’s no need to worry if you show up with only five minutes to spare, you’ll still get your favorite seats in the house!
  • Subscribers can select their seats for any show as well as change their performance date or seating choice at no charge at any time (subject to seat and show availability) by calling our box office at 218-336-1414.
  • Single tickets go on sale three weeks prior to opening night. But subscribers can pick their seats any time! If you want to make sure you get the best seats in the house, call us before single tickets go on sale and stake your claim.



(NOTE: Flex passes will be available online very soon)




What Your Blind Tiger Ticket Buys You

Today is the last day to get advance discounted tickets to The Renegade Blind Tiger: A Season Opening Speakeasy. Today till 11:59pm you can get your ticket for $25 instead of $30. And get your ticket before midnight and get TWO entries to win our door prize of a brand new iPad Air!


We’ve told you why your ticket matters so much to you. And now we’ll tell you just what your ticket buys you. The short answer? A ton of entertainment on January 30th. The long answer? Well, check it out:


  • A chance to win a brand new iPad Air.
  • Live Jazz Music from Tyler Pimm (music director for Murder Ballad, Eastland and [title of show]).
  • $5 Blind Tiger Bucks: Can be used to buy a drink at King’s Club or enter one of our incredible prize packages!
  • Previews of Renegade’s 2015 Season, featuring performances from the casts of Murder Ballad, The Great Gatsby, [title of show] and Eastland – plus a special sneak peek into our production of The Birds.
  • Games of Luck, Skill and Chance – bet your Blind Tiger bucks in the hopes of winning big and entering in all the prize packages – don’t worry if you go bust, you can always buy more bucks from the banker!
  • Free mugshot in the Flapper Photo Booth with photos by Andy Miller.
  • Free glass of champagne to toast the 2015 season with us at 9pm.
  • Dance Party in King’s Club from 9pm till Midnight.


Those incredible prize packages we mentioned above? Well $5 in Blind Tiger Bucks buys you a single entry. Gamble and win more bucks or buy them outright from the dealer, because these prizes are too good to miss out on. Here’s a taste of what will be waiting for you in our 5 show-themed prize packages:


  • A full year’s worth of local entertainment from the best companies, artists and performers in town
  • A winter weekend escape at beautiful GrandView Lodge in Nisswa, MN.
  • A brand-new Duluth Pack
  • Tickets to see The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in New York City
  • A one-year membership to Arrowhead Tennis and Athletic Club
  • A Discovery Passport one-year membership to the Duluth Children’s Museum


And so much more! We’re saving the bulk of the goodies till the night of, when we’ll reveal all!