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Theatre Coup d'Etat

Theatre Coup d’Etat is an award-winning Twin Cities theatre company whose mission is to provoke an emotional and analytical response in audiences by showing the depth of the human condition through gritty, intimate productions of both classical and contemporary works.

Theatre Coup d'Etat

Company Mission and History 

Theatre Coup d’Etat is an award-winning Twin Cities theatre company whose mission is to provoke an emotional and analytical response in audiences by showing the depth of the human condition through gritty, intimate productions of both classical and contemporary works. Since our founding in 2011, CdE’s work has stood out for its ability to tackle challenging, provocative texts with exceptional performances by our actors, while providing intimate theatre experiences for our audiences. Accolades include: 


  • 2019 “Best Theatre Troupe”, Theatre Coup d’Etat, City Pages
  • 2018 Top Ten "Best Productions", The Tempest, Lavender Magazine, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2018 "Best Actress", Meri Golden, Lavender Magazine, The Tempest
  • 2018 "Outstanding Supporting Actress", Kelly Nelson, Lavender Magazine, Marisol
  • 2018 "Superior Supporting Actor", Craig James Hostetler, Lavender Magazine, Marisol
  • 2018 “Exceptional New Work”, written and directed by James Napoleon Stone, Minnesota Theatre Awards, Moby Dick
  • 2017 “Best Production” directed by James Napoleon Stone, “Outstanding Playwriting” James Napoleon Stone, “Best Costume Design” Lauren Diesch, “Best Cross-Gender Performance” MJ Kedrowski, “Best Supporting Actor” Adam Scarpello, Lavender Magazine, Moby Dick, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2017 “Best Supporting Actor” Kip Dooley, Lavender Magazine, The Baltimore Waltz
  • 2017 Arts Activity Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Moby Dick
  • 2016 “Best Production”, Lavender Magazine, Antigone
  • 2016 "Best Director" James Napoleon Stone, "Best Emerging Artist" Kevin Fanshaw, and “Best of the Year”, City Pages, Equus
  • 2016 IVEY Award for Best Acting, Equus, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2016 “Best Supporting Dramatic Actress” Kaylyn Forkey, Lavender Magazine, The Glass Menagerie
  • 2016 “Best Sound Design” Steve and Sarah Modena, City Pages, Antigone
  • 2015 "Best of the Year", City Pages, Equus, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2015 "Best Play" Nomination, Twin Cities Theater Bloggers, Equus, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2015 “Best Productions”, Lavender Magazine, Equus, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2015 Arts Activity Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Equus 
  • 2014 “Years Best”, City Pages, One Flea Spare, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2014 “Best Show”, Lavender Magazine, One Flea Spare, directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2014 “Favorite Show”, Cherry & Spoon, One Flea Spare , directed by James Napoleon Stone
  • 2013 IVEY Award for Best Director, James Napoleon Stone and Peter Beard, Hamlet 
  • 2012 “Best Supporting Actor” James Napoleon Stone, Lavender Magazine, Killer Joe - Minneapolis, MN
  • 2012 “Classical Performance of the Year” Meri Golden, Star Tribune, Romeo & Juliet 


CdE’s work is visceral and brutally honest with powerful, grounded performances that resonate long after our show is over. CdE's purpose is telling this story to inspire conversations about the themes of morality versus law through a powerful, relevant theatrical experience.



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