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NEWS: Ordway Announces Inaugural GreenRoom Fellowship Cohort

The logo for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ new GreenRoom fellowship features a stylized double “G” against a backdrop of digital graffitti.

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today its inaugural GreenRoom musical theater training fellowship recipients. These 10 artists, selected through a competitive application process, will participate in a six-week intensive training program at the Ordway from July 7 through Aug. 18. This new, first-of-its-kind fellowship in Minnesota is made possible by support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The 10 GreenRoom artistic fellows are:

“We are thrilled to welcome this tenacious, talented group of artists to the GreenRoom experience,” said Maia Maiden, the Ordway’s Director of Arts, Learning and Community Engagement. “Investing in Minnesota artists not only helps retain top talent in our state, but also strengthens our local arts ecosystem that relies on them.”

The GreenRoom Fellows program selects BIPOC actors, dancers, and singers who are 18 years or older and have fewer than three years of experience as a professional musical theater performer beyond high school or college. To enable them to participate fully in the program, the fellows receive $2,250 each, and receive instruction covering a wide range of topics that will serve artists throughout their careers, from acting and movement to public speaking and wellness.

The GreenRoom curriculum is led by seven core faculty members: Denzel Belin, Rush Benson, Aimee K. Bryant, Tiffany Cooper, Jared Miller, Nora Montañez Patterson, and Natalia Romero Arbeláez.

“Cultivating the next generation of great artists takes significant and intentional investment, and we are grateful for the Knight Foundation’s generous support,” said Ordway President and CEO Chris Harrington. “I can’t wait for our community to see how these artists take their talents to the next level.”


The Ordway’s GreenRoom is an intensive musical theater training fellowship created by and for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists. The fellowship is open to Minnesota actors, dancers and singers who are 18 years and older and interested in expanding their performing arts skills into musical theater. GreenRoom is the first-of-its-kind in the state, with core classes focusing on acting, singing/vocal technique, movement and auditioning.


The Ordway is the arts epicenter of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and one of the leading nonprofit performing arts centers in the country. Founded on the belief that performing arts should be wide-ranging and accessible to all, the Ordway is home to a variety of performances that encompass the finest in Broadway musicals, concerts, dance and vocal artists. The Ordway serves thousands of children each year through its education programs and presents the annual Flint Hills Family Festival. Known as the most comfortable place to catch a show in Minnesota, the Ordway includes a magnificent 1,900-seat Music Theater, a state-of-the-art 1,100-seat Concert Hall and spacious lobbies. The Ordway is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a collaboration comprising the Ordway, Minnesota Opera, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club. The Ordway aims to reflect the communities it serves and address barriers to ensure everyone can experience the power of the performing arts.

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