Founded in 1998 by Peter Rothstein and Denise Prosek, Theater Latté Da is in its 20th year of combining music and story to illuminate the depth and breadth of the human experience.
Peter and Denise began their successful collaboration in 1994 by privately producing five original cabarets to showcase Twin Cities talent. They discovered that by placing equal emphasis on music and storytelling, they could weave tapestries of engaging, challenging and often surprising narratives that resonated with people on many levels. Theater Latté Da officially incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1998 and to this day remains committed to a rigorous experimentation with music and story that expands the art form and speaks to a contemporary audience, challenging us to think deeply about the world in which we live.
In 1998, Theater Latté Da began performing at the intimate 120 seat Loring Playhouse. By 2007, Theater Latté Da Productions were continually playing to sold-out houses. At this time, they began searching for spaces with different performance configurations to meet the unique needs of their productions. Since 2007, Theater Latté Da has produced shows at the Guthrie Theater, Ordway, Pantages Theatre, Southern Theater, History Theatre, Fitzgerald Theater, The University of Minnesota, The Lab Theater, and MacPhail Center for Music. In 2016 Theater Latté Da became proud owner of the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.
The company is becoming a national leader in the art of musical theater, having produced 66 mainstage productions—including 10 world premieres, 10 area premieres, and dozens of productions celebrated for their bold re-imagination.
Theater Latté Da seeks to create new connections between story, music, artist, and audience by exploring and expanding the art of musical theater.
We believe in work that is bold and collaborative; we act with integrity and gratitude.
BOLD We make bold choices in support of our mission and vision, both on and off stage. By illuminating the unseen, giving voice to the unheard, and empathizing with the unknown, we open eyes, ears and hearts.
COLLABORATIVE We believe musical theater to be the most collaborative of art forms, incorporating music, drama, poetry, dance and design. We are inspired and strengthened through inclusive partnerships with artists, organizations and our diverse community, and embody a collaborative spirit in all we do.
INTEGRITY We hold ourselves to the highest standards of artistic and fiscal integrity. We are committed to honesty, equality and transparency in all aspects of our administration and art.
GRATITUDE We are grateful for our artists, audiences, donors, board and staff. We recognize that each individual plays an important role in this organization’s success, and we actively seek out opportunities to acknowledge each person’s contribution.