Pangea World Theater is a progressive space for transformation in which conversations about race, gender, ethnicity, human rights, politics and social justice form an important backbone for their work. They collaborate with award-winning international artists and companies to create plays and performances that speak across geography and culture.
Lake Street boasts an amazing diversity of culture, language, artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses. And Pangea Theater—located on the corner of Lake and Lyndale—is a microcosm of the communities on Lake Street.
Owners Dipankar Mukherjee and Meena Natarajan—both from India—have been creating plays and local arts programs for nearly 20 years in their current location. This work has built partnerships with artists, organizations, businesses, and the city of Minneapolis to help foster collaborative spaces between our multiple communities contributing to the economic vitalization of Lake Street.
“We love the diverse rich polycultural street that we are part of. As we drive down Lake Street, we feel like we are part of creating a home here,” Meena said.
The biggest challenge the theater faces is keeping pace with the growing demand for culturally-diverse art.
“Our programs are so vibrant and well attended that we are bursting out of our current space on Lake Street and have been for the last five years,” Dipankar explained. “We are interested in pursuing our own space for performance and rehearsals.”
No matter what their future brings, Dipankar and Meena are committed to highlighting those voices who are not generally heard and creating a vision of togetherness when various forces in our surroundings divide us.
“Our ultimate goal is to counter patterns of displacement and strengthen immigrant and indigenous communities,” Meena said.
711 W Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55408