Umbrella Collective

About Umbrella Collective

Umbrella Collective (formerly Savage Umbrella) collaborates to create new works of theater that foster vital conversations.

Umbrella Collective’s not-so-secret power is creating transformative performance experiences powered by people. Shared, live arts experiences have the unique ability to transcend the boundaries of the everyday to foster deeper conversations about who we are, how we are, and what we want to be. We believe the practice of collaboration—with artists and audiences—leads to transformational change. To create change, we first need to model compassion, empathy, respect, listening, and curiosity in all aspects of our work and play. We embrace theater that inspires genuine conversations centered around womxn and queer voices. We encourage artists to take risks and push their own boundaries to create compelling and bold stories that represent their identities and experiences. From the nascent seeds of ideas, we devise artistically excellent and thought-provoking new works of theater. In this way, we are shaping a world where creativity, collaboration, and curiosity are essential tools for connection.

For over a decade, Umbrella Collective has been building bold new works of theater that inspire and engage artists and audiences alike. We’ve created over 20 original productions and numerous works-in-progress in the Twin Cities, as well as across the country and world — including Duluth, Minnesota; Calgary, Canada; Kansas City, Missouri; and Seoul, South Korea.

Founded in 2007, the Collective has grown from its four founding members to an ensemble of diverse artists, including performers, directors, writers, designers, choreographers, composers, musicians, and visual artists. The Collective also relies on the year-round support and work of countless collaborating artists, volunteers, and dedicated audience members.


  • Collaboration with artists and audiences.
  • Experimentation with structure, form, content, and aesthetics.
  • Compassion, Empathy, and Respect in all aspects of our work and play.
  • Representation of queer and womxn-centric narratives.
  • Artistic Excellence through movement, music, story, and design.


Our aesthetic is bold and unexpected. Our artists bring a variety of creative backgrounds and methodologies under the umbrella allowing our process to evolve and adapt for each unique project. This flexibility helps our storytelling remain nimble and visceral. We balance collaborative creation with original script development to tease out the most vital themes to share in our work. While all our productions may not look and feel the same (which we love!), audiences can always expect inventive staging and deeply moving performances as we tackle complex topics through stunning visuals, relatable humor, and a sense of play.

We believe that when we work together we can do so much more than we ever could alone. Together is better. Get under the umbrella.

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Minneapolis, MN 55407

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