Faye M. Price ’77

2006 Catharine Lealtad ’15
Service to Society Award

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Faye M. Price is co-artistic producing director of the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis, a position that embodies many of her passions — acting, dramaturgy, producing and community service. She earned her master’s degree in dramaturgy and literary criticism at the University of Minnesota as the first-ever August Wilson Fellow. As an actor, she drew considerable notice on stages including Mixed Blood, Illusion and Penumbra as well as various New York theaters. She was a member of the Guthrie Theater’s acting company before going on to become the Guthrie’s dramaturge, providing social, historical and literary context for its productions.

In 2000 in the culmination of a national search, Price was selected as co-artistic director of the Pillsbury House Theatre, a professional, multicultural company housed in an inner-city neighborhood center. Upon her appointment, Penumbra’s Lou Bellamy said of Price, "She’s a world citizen who has enough experience and knowledge to contextualize a drama, enough discernment to know what a good play is and enough intelligence to see her way around a script … a very smart choice."

Price has co-produced mainstage shows including Angels in America and Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train. In Pillsbury’s Chicago Avenue Project, theater professionals work one-on-one with inner-city youth to create an original play. The Breaking Ice outreach group uses poetry, movement, music and structured improvisation to explore difficult issues in the workplace, promoting cultural understanding and an enhanced work environment.

Price has served the theater community as a panelist for the McKnight Fellowships, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the NEA, and she currently serves on the board of the Playwrights Center.