Pamela Espeland When Joseph Haj was named artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in 2015, succeeding Joe Dowling, who had held that position for 20 years, we knew change was gonna come. The son of Palestinian immigrants, Haj is one of the few Arab-American artistic directors in the U.S. He is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and to ramping up the Guthrie’s community engagement.In 2016, the Guthrie received a $1 million, three-year Mellon Foundation grant to support something called the Level Nine Initiative: treating the small Dowling Studio on the Guthrie’s ninth floor as a community space, growing the programing and lowering ticket prices to $9 for all performances there. In 2017, Haj and Michelle Hensley’s Ten...
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Guthrie reports budget surplus, more donors, greater diversity