Directory (Tenants)

The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts is home to 20 leading dance and performing arts organizations.  Below is a listing of the tenants with office space in The Cowles Center.

Allied Chemical

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 511, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Allied Chemical is the physical headquarters for composer, artist, and writer Chris Strouth and his group Paris1919. Strouth's work is about exploration of the new while rooted in tradition. In the six degrees of seperation between John Cage and Judas Priest, Chris Strouth is number three.

Arquette & Associates

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 503, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Arquette Agency represents print, on-camera, stage, film, dance and more. Ages 6 months and above. Local and National representation.

ARTS ink

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 505, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Arts ink is an arts and non-profit creative agency and think tank. With services ranging from project management, graphic design and strategic planning, we strive to keep our services affordable and accessible for organizations with varied budgets.

Dovetail Partners

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 703, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dovetail Partners is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing authoritative information about the impacts and trade-offs of environmental decisions, including consumption choices, land use and policy alternatives.

DRD Designs

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 510, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Jewelry Designs

Illusion Theater

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 704, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Illusion Theater was founded in 1974 and presents its season on the 8th floor The Cowles Center in downtown Minneapolis. Since the beginning, Producing Directors Michael Robins and Bonnie Morris have led Illusion Theater in illuminating the illusions, myths, and realities of our times and in using the power of theater to catalyze personal and social change. In thirty-five years, Illusion has generated over 500 plays, developed thousands of artists, and created ground-breaking educational works.

Italian Cultural Center

528 Hennepin Ave Suite 502, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Italian Cultural Center (ICC), founded in Minneapolis in 2006, is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization open to anyone interested in the unique phenomena of Italian culture. ICC's vision is to establish a multifaceted center in Minnesota for all things Italian; to serve as a beacon for classic and contemporary Italian culture through language, art, music, design, cinema, architecture, and technology. Their mission is to promote the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of Italian culture through educational services and cultural events.

James Sewell Ballet

James Sewell Ballet was founded in New York City by James Sewell and Sally Rousse and brought to Minnesota in 1993. Combining their expertise, vision and chutzpah they envisioned a close-knit company of dance artists willing to both challenge their physical limits and expand their notions about ballet. Nearly two decades later, critically acclaimed JSB performances move and delight audiences across the country. The embodiment of the original vision is a professional company of nine dancers performing innovative work that explores the technical boundaries of ballet.

Based in the Twin Cities, James Sewell Ballet studios are located at The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts in Downtown Minneapolis. Annual spring and fall JSB performances are currently presented at The Goodale Theater in The Cowles Center. JSB's annual cutting edge "Ballet Works Project," featuring new works by emerging and established choreographers, is presented at the JSB TEK BOX on the second floor of The Cowles Center.

Mason's Restaurant & Barre

Suite 116

Our menu features a variety of fare with a focus on affordable American cuisine. From house-made soups and pastas to sandwiches, salads and entrees, there is sure to be something to fit every customer’s palate. We're open each weekday at 11 am and weekends at 9:00 am, serving breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner and a late-night menu. In fact, our full kitchen is open daily until close!

Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA DANCES

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 508 Minneapolis, MN 55403

Founded in 1995, ARENA is one of the Twin Cities premiere modern dance companies, lead by founder and artistic director, Mathew Janczewski. ARENA is committed to expanding the exposure and appreciation of modern dance through performances of Mathew's original work and educational outreach.

McKnight Artist Fellowship

528 Hennipen Ave, Suite 
Minneapols, MN 55403

The McKnight Foundation has named The Cowles Center For Dance & The Performing Arts as the new administrative partner for the McKnight Fellowships in Choreography and Dancers. These programs award fellowships to individual mid-career dancers and choreographers who reside in Minnesota.

Minnesota Chorale

528 Hennepin Ave., Suite 407, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Chorale is Principal Chorus of the Minnesota Orchestra and ranks among the foremost professional choruses in the United States. Led by Kathy Saltzman Romey since 1995, the Chorale is best known for its work with the Twin Cities' two major orchestras, but is equally dedicated to fostering and deepening relationships through its award-winning Bridges community engagement initiatives, educational activities including the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, and independent presentations of choral works. A seasoned artistic partner, the Chorale continues to explore new artistic directions and collaborative opportunities, while earning the highest critical acclaim for its work on the concert stage.

Minnesota Concert Opera

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 701 Minneapolis, MN 55403

Minnesota Concert Opera (MCO) performs full-length operas in concert format using local and guest artists, piano or orchestra and an opera chorus, and is sung in the original language with English surtitles. Produced with minimal  sets, costumes or staging, this unique and portable performance style allows MCO to bring world-class opera to Minnesota’s communities, introducing a large variety of opera (and occasionally musical theater) repertoire to all age groups and demographics. Using some of our state’s finest up-and-coming singers, side-by-side with seasoned guest artists, MCO connects with every community in which it performs, interacting with local choirs contracted by the company to sing the chorus.

Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation conducts research, educational conferences and initiatives in dance medicine for the dance community.

Minnesota Dance Theatre

528 Hennepin Ave, Suite 606 Minneapolis, MN 55403

For the past fifty years the mission of Minnesota Dance Theatre has been to create masterful and provocative dance performances which entertain and inspire audiences. Minnesota Dance Theatre (MDT) was founded in 1962 by Loyce Houlton, one of the first American women to gain international recognition as a choreographer, teacher and producer. In 1995, Lise Houlton was appointed artistic director, having recently retired from an acclaimed international performing career that included Stuttgart Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.