Twin Rivers Playwright in Residence Program is designed to inspire emerging artists and stimulate established artists from a variety of creative pursuits.

The Playwright in Residence Program supports a local artist as they develop, present, and evaluate new work and in return, the Playwright in Residence teaches and inspires other artists through workshops, guest speakers, and hands on learning.

2017 Playwright in Residence: PAt ryan

Pat Ryan is a native Minnesotan and has traveled extensively to study the arts of education, theater and writing. He was granted a Fellowship at NYU, received a Fulbright Scholarship to explore Indonesian culture, and was a recipient of a scholarship from the Korea Society where he studied drama. Pat is a retired high school and university English and Speech Communications teacher and has directed many plays. His published works include The Baseball Diet Book, Renaissance Festivals of North America,over 20 literary magazine articles, and over 30 non-fiction children’s books. His plays The Auction, Dark, and Three Men On a Roof Swearing A Lot have been produced. Passionate about writing, Pat networks and promotes his students and colleagues as often as he can. His mentors in his creative life have been Ron Olauson and Gary Parker.


2017 programming

All Things Theatre Discussion with MN Fringe Festival + MN Theatre Alliance
Monday, October 23, 6:00 - 7:30PM, Emy Frentz Arts Guild - Free and open to the public

In partnership with the Twin Rivers Playwright in Residence Program, please join the Minnesota Theater Alliance and Minnesota Fringe Festival on Monday, October 23 at the Emy Frentz Arts Guild from 6pm-7:30pm to connect with local theater makers! At this event, the Theater Alliance team will share what is new for the Alliance, and how you can get involved and utilize its programs that support all theaters and theater makers. Dawn Bentley from the Minnesota Fringe Festival will discuss the Fringe Festival and how members of your local theater community can get involved. You will also have a chance to talk about your upcoming shows, programs, and events, bring up your burning questions or topics for group conversation, and connect with other local theater makers!

Staged reading of good thunder, blue earth. 
Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:00PM, Emy Frentz Arts Guild - Free and open to the public

In poetic lyricism, "good thunder, blue earth" follows the seasonal life on a family farm, where joy and tragedy can be found in equal measure.

Staged reading of Pat Ryan's new work, The Humor of Pat Ryan and Parkinson's
Thursday, December 14, 7:00-8:00PM, Emy Frentz Arts Guild - Free and open to the public

2017 Playwright in Residence, Patrick Ryan, will workshop is new one-man show, "The Humor of Pat Ryan and Parkinson's". Join us for a staged reading and talk back discussion.

Past Resident Playwrights


This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.