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Nautilus produces new operas and music-theater works that are emotionally expansive, dramatically engaging, and spiritually stimulating.

Dear Friend:

As we wrap up 2013, we once again turn to our loyal supporters. We are close to finishing the year without a deficit, but we need your help now to insure that we are in a secure position for next year's work.

Good citizens appreciate the arts, but great ones are visionary enough to know that the kind of behind-the-scenes arts understructure in which Nautilus works is absolutely crucial to a healthy and creative social environment. Securing a solid financial base demonstrates fiscal responsibility on our part, and allows us the time and resources to take artistic risks by developing unusual and innovative projects.

These are difficult times for all of us, and we realize that many of you may not have much to allocate for charitable giving. But investing in our work now will ensure that future artists will continue to develop their performance potential, and future audiences will be able to enjoy the kind of performances that have thrilled so many of you.

So please, please, please - dig down deep and find out just how much you are able to give so that this work can continue. And of course, Nautilus is a tax-exempt 501c3 non-profit organization, so your gift is fully tax-deductible.

We accept credit card donations online - just hit the “Make a Donation” button.

Some of our supporters have even arranged for stock transfers. Call us at 651-298-9913 (or e-mail us at with any questions. If you prefer, you can just send us a check to Nautilus, 308 Prince St #190, St Paul MN 55101.

Truly, every little bit helps! With your help, we'll be able to work with more artists, reach more audiences, and generally make the world a little bit safer for new opera and music-theater.

Could we possibly be any more direct?

Thank you for your interest in our work, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!


The Board of Directors:
Ben Krywosz (Artistic Director),
Sarah Johnson, Josh Miles, Tina Meckel, and James Payne

PS: If you're a little short of cash right now, simply drop us a line and pledge to send us a gift - we’ll work out the details later, and it will still count for this tax year!


Nautilus is the only arts organization in Minnesota, and one of the few in the country, dedicated to creating new opera and music-theater pieces and to developing creative and performing artists. We use music-theater as a tool to create enriching experiences for artists and audiences, supporting the individual and collective growth of the human spirit. We engage almost a hundred artists each year, and over half of our annual budget is paid as artists fees.

• Our ARTIST DEVELOPMENT Program provides growth opportunities for composers, writers, performers, directors, and musical coaches. We offer classes in Performing Power, Composer-Librettist Studios, and the annual Wesley Balk Opera/Music-Theater Institute.

• ROUGH CUTS is a series of informal monthly readings of works-in-progress, dialogues between artists and audiences, and explorations of the creative process. ROUGH CUTS presentations feature uncompromising vocal and theatrical talent in an intimate and informal setting. The program provides an unusual opportunity to sample professional quality music-theater for only $5 -- plus, we serve free cookies and milk!

• We present fully-staged PRODUCTIONS of full-length music-theater works, including premieres of new work we have developed and supported, or innovative productions of existing operas and musicals. Recent presentations have included critically-acclaimed productions of ORDINARY DAYS, ANSWERED PRAYERS, THE VIEW FROM HERE, JOAN OF ARC, TWISTED APPLES, UNTOLD LIES, SISTER STORIES, ALICE UNWRAPPED, ORPHEUS AND EURIDICE, A WATER BIRD TALK, CAROUSEL, I AM ANNE FRANK, MAN OF LA MANCHA, and many others.

• COMMUNITY COMMISSIONS are projects initiated by or commissioned for specific communities, such as other arts organizations, academic institutions, or human service organizations. Recent projects have included collaborations with the West Side Theater Project, Zeitgeist, Springboard for the Arts, Lawrence University, McNally Smith College of Music, and many others.

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