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Mr. Gary C. Gisselman

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Board Member

Bloomington Theatre and Art Center
Phone: (952) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  Minnesota , United States
Bloomington Art Center
ART CENTER 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd
Bloomington , Minnesota 55431
United States

Company Description: The Bloomington Art Center offers classes for children and adults, for beginners and those more advanced. Sessions are offered each fall, winter and spring. The...   more

Employment History


  • graduate degree
    University of Minnesota , Minneapolis
  • graduate degree
    University of Virginia
38 Total References
Web References
Our Directors, 16 July 2014 [cached]
Gary Gisselman
Gary Gisselman
Director - Carousel
Gary was raised in Bloomington where his grandparents settled in 1910. His first professional work in the theater was as artistic director for Bloomington Civic Theatre in 1964 until becoming the founding artistic director of Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in 1968, a position he held until 1980. Gary then took on the artistic directorship of the Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson and Phoenix from 1980 to 1991. He and his family then moved back to Minnesota and he was the associate artistic director of the Children's Theatre Company until 1995 when he accepted the directorship of the Opera Workshop at the University of Minnesota. Since 2000 he has been teaching full time at St. Olaf College and freelance directing. He directed eight years of Guthrie Theater's A Christmas Carol as well as A Delicate Balance and Lost in Yonkers. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife, Margo, the executive director of Jungle Theater. They have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren. Gary has worked for over 40 years with Anita Ruth.
St. Olaf College | Northfield, Minnesota, USA, 6 Feb 2009 [cached]
Gary GisselmanArtist-In-Residence and Artistic Director, Gary did his graduate work at the University of Virginia and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis , where he was a McKnight Fellow in
Back Row, L-R: Linda Johnke (03), Maren Bush (04), Gary Gisselman, Aimee Jillson
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres | Musical and dinner theater history MN, 19 Oct 2011 [cached]
It was performed on the Main Stage and was directed by Founding Artistic Director Gary Gisselman.
Also in 1971, Gary Gisselman cast a young actor from the East Coast named Michael Brindisi to play the accordion in the cast of The Matchmaker.
Founding Artistic Director Gary Gisselman directed CDT's first production in 1968 and nearly every play through 1980. Gisselman left Chanhassen at that time to accept the position of Artistic Director with the highly-regarded regional playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson.
When Gisselman left guest directors were hired on a show-by-show basis until 1987, when the Bloombergs asked Michael Brindisi (actor, director and protégé of Gisselman) to accept the position of Resident Artistic Director.
Said Brindisi, "It's important to remember the period that made the Chanhassen exceptional; and I'm speaking of the time when Gary Gisselman was here.
directed by Gary ... [cached]
directed by Gary Gisselman
Director Gary Gisselman makes his Jungle debut with this production of America's most beloved classic comedy.
Her regional credits include four seasons as a resident actor with The Arizona Theatre Company under the artistic leadership of Gary Gisselman.
Anita and Gary Gisselman ..., 29 Nov 2011 [cached]
Anita and Gary Gisselman were two among many who worked at BCT in the mid 60s, when BCT was at the forefront of the smaller theater revolution, and the only game in town.
When Gary, BCT's first artistic director, moved to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the BCT gang followed.
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