Yellow Tree Theatre

Yellow Tree Theatre brings stories to life that ignite passion, inspire laughter, and awaken possibility while exploring and celebrating the great complexities of the human spirit. We strive to be a welcoming artistic venue where people of all ages and walks of life can gather to experience authentic community, and to produce high-quality professional productions in the heart of the Northwest suburbs of Minneapolis, making live theater more accessible to the community. 

Yellow Tree Theatre was founded in 2008 by theater artists and husband/wife team Jason Peterson and Jessica Lind Peterson in response to a need for the arts in the Northwest Suburbs of Minneapolis.  Yellow Tree was born with the goal of creating a welcoming artistic venue, with live theater as its backbone, which would also serve as a vibrant artistic hub for the community.  Also, our artists are hugely important to us, and we seek to cultivate a theater company where artists are creatively challenged, artistically inspired and financially supported.  

Over the past eleven years, Yellow Tree Theatre has produced forty-five productions, ten world premieres, and served thousands of loyal patrons. Yellow Tree Theatre was awarded a 2016 National Theater Company Grant from the American Theater Wing and is generously supported by the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board.  


  • 2014 Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Achievement Award 
  • 2014 Ivey Awards for Outstanding Direction & Acting, The 39 Steps 
  • 2014 Best of MN “Best Unexpected Place to Find Great Theater,” Minneapolis Star Tribune 
  • 2015 Top Ten Twin Cities Productions of 2015, Dancing at Lughnasa, Minneapolis Star Tribune  
  • 2016 National Theater Company Grant, American Theater Wing 
  • 2017 “Outstanding Lead Actor,” Jason Ballweber, One Man, Two Guvnors, Lavender Magazine 
  • 2017 Twin Cities Arts Reader, Top Ten Production of 2017, Grace 
  • 2017 “Best comedic performance by an ensemble” One Man Two Guvnors, TC Theater Blogger Awards 
  • 2018 Awarded a residency at Warren Miller Performing Arts Center in Big Sky, Montana 
  • 2018 The Royale named by Mpls. Star Tribune as a Top Ten Theater Production of the Year 
  • 2018 The Miracle Worker actor Kiara Jackson named “Theater Artist of the Year,” Lavender Magazine 
  • 2018 The Miracle Worker actor Catie Bair named “Best Supporting Actress,” Lavender Magazine 
  • 2019 Best of Osseo Awards in the category of Performing Arts Group 
  • 2019 Cry it Out named a Top 10 Production of 2019, Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Chris Hewitt 
  • 2019 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 10 Best Twin Cities Theater Productions in 2019, Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Rohan Preston 

“There’s a unique pleasure in discovering a new small theater, and Yellow Tree has hooked me.” — Minnesota Monthly 
“If you haven’t been to Yellow Tree, it’s worth the trip.”— Minneapolis Star Tribune 
“Yellow Tree is a marvelous theater.”—TC Daily Planet 

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