Breaking Ice

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Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice company teams up with the YWCA of Minneapolis for a special performance exploring the many ways racism and humor run hand-in-hand throughout the media and our culture.

Breaking Ice has created a show informed by the conversations surrounding the proposed Seward Friendship Co-op, specifically food access and jobs. Join us for a powerful, dramatic, and entertaining performance, followed by a short, facilitated discussion designed to foster better understanding and communication.

Last Monday night I rode my bike to El Collegio Charter School.

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I’ve been performing in the Breaking Ice company off and on since 2001. In that time we have, in part, addressed issues of diversity and justice as they effect us at work and home.


Presented by the Bancroft Neighborhood Association, this … Read more…

Pillsbury House + Theatre presents an Arts on Chicago project: Breaking Ice, Feb. 18, 25, and 26

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Breaking Ice will be performing at student orientation at Augsburg College and the University of St. Thomas on Labor Day this year.

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About 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.

Because every organization wrestles with communication – often based on misunderstanding or cultural differences. But you don’t have to let those differences block your organization’s ability to move forward and succeed.


Through research and training, our professional staff develop a customized, highly specific performance that incorporates the issues that confront your organization.

Imagine what happens when the same discussions and dialogues you hear whispered at your workplace are illuminated on stage in a safe theater setting? It’s a powerful, dramatic, and entertaining way to step back and get a fresh perspective while gaining a more intimate understanding of how individuals relate to each other.

Following the performance, Breaking Ice facilitators lead participants in discussions designed to foster better understanding and communication, exploring the tough stuff together. More than 200 organizations have since Breaking Ice began in 1996.


We welcome the chance to meet with you and discuss how we can develop a program for your organization. Call us at 612-825-0459.



“The honesty and dynamics of the presentation made people confront things they would rather not see, but also inspired them to be part of the solution. People are still talking about the experience a year later. The program is powerful and motivating. A great teaching tool that is a rare find.”
Jim Langemo, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Best Buy

“Breaking Ice does a tremendous job of providing people with the opportunity to discuss their cultural misunderstanding and discover potential solutions.”
Carmén Baker, Carlson Companies

“Breaking Ice as a training vehicle is one of the best mediums I’ve experienced… a safe way to learn and grow outside your comfort zone.”
Phillip Miner, Minnesota’s Private Colleges

“The performance will exceed all of your expectations… The most amazing part of the whole presentation was the research that was put into the project and the use of that research in tailoring the presentation to our group. As good as the performance was, it was totally enhanced by the facilitated discussion after the presentation. I was impressed with Breaking Ice at every step in the process and would recommend them to any group.”
Juan Martinez, Minnesota Family Support and Recovery Council



What is Breaking Ice? from Pillsbury House Theatre on Vimeo.

Pillsbury House Theatre is proud to partner with What Really Works.

Breaking Ice wins Nonprofit Mission Award for Anti-Racism Initiative from MCN and MAP from Pillsbury House Theatre on Vimeo.

Pillsbury House Theatre’s Breaking Ice program won the 2008 Nonprofit Mission Award for Anti-Racism Initiative from the MN Council of Nonprofits and MAP for Nonprofits. This video was made to highlight and honor the work of Breaking Ice.

Winner of the 2008 Nonprofit Mission Award for Anti-Racism Initiative

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