Pillsbury House + Theatre

children dancing in the Pillsbury House Theatre lobby

Pillsbury House + Theatre

Pillsbury House + Theatre, a center for creativity and community, is leading the New Settlement Way forward into the 21st century by confronting the complex causes and effects of social and economic injustice through innovation.

One of the first Settlement Houses in Minneapolis, PH+T has occupied its current home in South Minneapolis since 1980. The Powederhorn, Central, Bancroft, and Bryant neighborhoods that surround it are some of the most diverse in Minnesota. Each year more than 27,000 people come through our doors.

We provide affordable accessible programs and services for toddlers to seniors, homeless youth to young artists, via our Early Education programs; Afterschool, Summer Arts Camp and teen social justice and arts programs for youth; health and wellness outreach and clinic; acclaimed professional theatre; and other community services like free tax preparation, free wifi, voter registration, neighborhood celebrations, and more.

Pillsbury House + Theatre is also the home to one of the Twin Cities' best professional theatres because the highest quality artistic experience helps all neighborhoods thrive.

We are committed to unleashing creativity in service to our South Minneapolis neighborhoods because the best way to effect positive change in our communities is to help people connect, build meaningful relationships with each other, and learn how to fulfill their dreams, their way.

We are currently accepting donations of winter boots, hats, and gloves for children as wells as basic hygiene products and cleaning supplies at this location.

Our Programs

  • Pillsbury Early Education Center

    Pillsbury Early Education Center is an accredited learning center with a history of ensuring children are prepared for kindergarten. The arts-integrated learning program offers a wide range of activities designed to spark curiosity and creativity, and build learning confidence. Our approach is culturally diverse and attentive to the individual and distinct needs of each child. Our caring, licensed staff has advanced training in early education, and decades of experience in the field.

    The center is located within Pillsbury House + Theatre, which provides families with a unique opportunity to access a variety of services, activities and events in the same location as their childcare center. Once PEEC students reach school age, families have the option of enrolling children in Pillsbury House + Theatre’s summer and after school programs.
    Our program

    Extended Hours: 6:30am-6:00pm, Monday-Friday


    Starting September 1, 2019, our rates will increase to $300.00 per week for preschoolers aged 3-5 yrs and to $310.00 per week for toddlers aged 16 months-3 years.

    We accept Child Care Assistance through Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. We do not offer a sliding fee scale at this time.

    After September 1, 2019, we will have openings in both the preschool and toddler rooms. Please contact Tammy Lyon at 612-787-3648 or tammyl@pillsburyunited.org for more information.

    Low staff-to-child ratios

    16 months-36 months, 7:1

    36 months-age 5, 10:1

    Pillsbury Early Education Center is NAEYC accredited, and has received MN Parent Aware's highest, 4 Star rating.
    Our approach

    Culturally responsive instruction that acknowledges, responds to, and celebrates diversity and difference

    Art-integrated learning that combines visual arts, dance, drama and movement into everyday learning activities

    Developmentally-appropriate curriculum and activities to expand language development and build strong beginning literacy and math skills

    Lessons that expose learners to Spanish and American Sign Language

    Our teachers

    Our highly qualified team is led by Ms. Charlene who has welcomed families to the Pillsbury Early Education Center for over 25 years. Meet the lead teachers »

    Pillsbury House + Theatre's local artists work alongside teachers to foster growth and development through dance and drama classes that compliment children’s learning experiences.

  • be@school

    A partnership with Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and the Minneapolis Public Schools, be @school advocates work with families to prevent truancy. Referrals can only be made through Hennepin County: https://www.hennepinattorney.org/prevention/students-youth/be-at-school

  • Kids College

    Kids College is a literacy program that focuses on vocabulary expansion, fluency, comprehension and developing love of reading. This focused program offers one-on-one reading time with an adult for at least 30 minutes each day. In addition, youth receive homework help and a healthy snack. Tutoring is offered through a partnership with America Reads.

  • Power of our Voices

    Power of our Voices (POV) is a literacy and leadership development program that creates space and freedom for young people to find, develop and bring voice to issues of importance in their lives. The POV program believes in the power of art – especially spoken word to be a catalyst in developing leadership skills, improving confidence, acquiring vocational strategies and improving academic performance. POV performance ensemble places youth voice at the center, fully integrating intellectual, social, emotional and cultural elements into its approach.

    For more information about Power of Our Voices, visit pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org or contact Rumyanah@pillsburyunited.org.

  • Chicago Avenue Project

    Since 1996, the Chicago Avenue Project has been bringing together the Twin Cities best adult playwrights, actors, and directors to work one-on-one with neighborhood youth on the creation and production of an original play. Children develop close mentoring relationships with at least four adults who are successful in their creative fields, while adult professional artists share the chance to perform in wildly imaginative plays. The project is not about teaching youth to perform, though they do learn acting—nor is it about teaching them how to write plays, though they learn that as well. This program is about building confidence, developing literacy skills and most importantly - The Chicago Avenue Project gives every child—no matter their circumstances—the opportunity to discover that they are valuable and can contribute.

    The Chicago Avenue Project is led by Emily Zimmer, CAP Director and professional actor.

    For more information about the Chicago Avenue Project, visit pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org or contact Emily Zimmer at 612-787-3624.

  • Afterschool Programs

    PHT offers daily afterschool programs for youth from kindergarten to 8th grade where kids gain competence in the Six C's curriculum. The Six C's nurture competence, confidence, character, connections, community, and contribution in all young people who pass through Pillsbury United Communities programming.

  • Summer Programs

    With summer programs at four neighborhood centers, our work with youth from kindergarten to 8th grade continues throughout the entire year.

    Whether learning from professional artists-in-residence at Pillsbury House + Theatre or stretching their athletic ability at Brian Coyle Center, PUC kids continue to gain competence in the Six C curriculum, while having great summer fun. Field trips to museums and water parks, nature walks, and special projects make summer programs a special time for kids at our agency.

  • Crew

    Pillsbury United Communities’ Youth Action Crew bridges the gap in afterschool programming between 6th graders and teens with a service-learning program specially designed for youth in 6th to 8th grades.

    In CREW, which stands for Creativity, Respect, Employment, and Wisdom, students gain leadership skills through working inter-generationally, as they did on a story-telling project in collaboration with the Minnesota History Center. They discuss career and college preparation and, when successful, are given priority enrollment in FANS.

    In addition, CREW kids have worked on community beautification, hunger and nutrition, as well as fine arts like puppet making, and more.

  • Parent Support Outreach Project (PSOP)

    The Parent Support Outreach Project (PSOP) offers voluntary, supportive, strengths-based, family-driven services to families who are at risk for child protection services due to high levels of stress or crisis. In addition, PSOP:

    • Assists families in building connections with relatives, friends and community members.

    • Supports families in their efforts to provide healthy, nurturing homes for their children.

    • Access to a flexible fund to help families meet their needs, such as rental assistance, car repairs, clothing and grocery vouchers, school supplies, youth activities, and utility bills.

    • Provides funds for therapeutic services such as in-home family counseling, in-home parent education, or assistance with outpatient counseling or chemical dependency treatment costs.

    For more information or to sign up, go to this website: https://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/child-protection-servic... or call Jessica Marie Little, program coordinator: 612.348.0211.

  • Crisis Nursery

    The Crisis Nursery Program is available to parents experiencing and overwhelming level of stress from daily life challenges. Our goal is to reduce the stress level by providing emergency childcare and respite services, while offering a resources to ensure both parent and children are healthy and well. Our Crisis Nursery is a community-based, family supported program that provides services to parents and children, aged 6 weeks to 12 years old, in times of crisis or stress. Services include short-term daycare placements, and information and referral. For assistance call: (612) 302-3500

    If you are in an abusive situation or you fear becoming abusive to yourself or your children, call 911 immediately.

  • Tax Assistance (seasonal)

    Pillsbury United Communities partners annually with AARP to provide free tax assistance to low to moderate-income individuals from late January thru April 15th. All taxes are prepared for free by volunteers who go through extensive training and are certified by the IRS. For each person listed on the return they need to bring their Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) card or letter, a picture I.D., and income statements.

    For more information about Pillsbury House & Theatre's tax assistance program, call: 612.824.0708
    For more information about Oak Park's tax assistance program, call: 612.377.7000

  • Breaking Ice

    Breaking Ice is a customized professional theatre experience created for organizations and businesses that need help with difficult issues both interpersonal and institutional.

  • Full Cycle

    Full Cycle is a nonprofit bicycle shop in south Minneapolis that offers a six-month, paid internship program for homeless youth.

  • Pillsbury House Theatre

    Pillsbury House Theatre is a mainstage professional theatre located in the heart of the Powderhorn community.

  • EPIC (Employing Partners in Community )

    Employing Partners in Community (EPIC) has provided services to adults with disabilities for over 30 years. We offer vocational and non-vocational services, with an emphasis on community integration, community enrichment and community employment. We provide Day Training and Habilitation Services and Supported Employment Services.

    Our participants enjoy EPIC because of all these things:
    -On the job training or job coaches to help with workplace success
    -Volunteerism in the community
    -Skill Building groups
    -Recreational activities
    -Socializing with peers

    Community Partners value EPIC because of these things:
    -Motivated individuals who value joining the workforce.
    -Individuals who look forward to going to work.
    -Respect in the community as an employer who supports and believes in the
    right of all individuals to work.

  • Legal Clinic

    Volunteer Lawyers Network attorneys provide free legal advice and/or brief services regarding a variety of civil issues, such as debtor/creditor, consumer, housing, immigration, and general civil issues. Occurs the first and third Wednesday of the month. Walk-ins only. Call for more information: 612.824.0708

  • Intergenerational Program

    Pillsbury House Theatre is excited to introduce our new Intergenerational Program, connecting local seniors with resources and community. For more information, contact Linda Taylor, Intergenerational Specialist: 612.787.3651, seniors@pillsburyunited.org

  • Peer Outreach for Sexual Health (POSH)

    Peer Outreach for Sexual Health (POSH) is a program funded through the Minneapolis Health Department that aims to connect the community to safer sex resources, education, and consistent STI testing. The main population we work with is Men of Color ages 15-24, but work with everyone in Minneapolis so long as they would like to access our program! Our overarching goal is to eradicate the spread of Gonorrhea and Chlamydia; which is especially high in Minneapolis currently. We offer free condoms and lubricant, rides to STI testing clinics, work as a bridge to connect folks to other safer sex resources, and also offer education to other organizations, events, and during community outreach.

    We can be reached at (612) 787-3641 or andrewr@pillsburyunited.org or jeweld@pillsburyunited.org. Our office hours are typically 3-6 pm, Tuesday through Friday.