The O’Shaughnessy has been an important gathering place in the community for more than 40 years. Your support makes it possible for us to bring innovative women artists and leaders, and cutting edge performances to the Twin Cities. In recent years, generous support from people like you have enabled us to present Ann Bancroft and her Access Water Team, Patti Griffin, Ananya Dance Theater, Maureen Fleming, Rosanne Cash and so much more. Please consider making a sustaining monthly donation to help make our programs vibrant and accessible to all!
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About The O'Shaughnessy

For a list of staff, please visit our O'Shaughnessy Staff page.

Located on the scenic main campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, The O'Shaughnessy opened in 1970 and began its first dazzling season with such tenants as the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club. Some of the first world-class artists to perform in the hall were Metropolitan Opera Tenor Robert Tucker and Soprano Leontyne Price, as well as film stars Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

The O'Shaughnessy is one of the Twin Cities' premiere venues for showcasing the arts. During the first 15 years of operation the hall was filled with classical, orchestral, and modern music. After the construction of the Ordway Center in St. Paul, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, The O'Shaughnessy established itself as a venue for regional and local dance community organizations such as CAAM Chinese Dance, TU Dance, Katha Dance, Ballet Minnesota, and countless others. In addition, the venue features performances by a number of local arts companies, hosts public events, student performances and multicultural programming with an emphasis on dance, music and theater. The O'Shaughnessy is the home of Women of Substance, which showcases the artistry and innovative work of women, both prominent and emerging in their field, whose voices need to be heard.

In addition, The O'Shaughnessy hosts concerts and lectures featuring prominent artists and dignitaries, including Brandi Carlile, kd lang, Peter Yarrow, Jewel, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Crystal Gayle, Emmy Lou Harris, Dr. Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Madeleine Albright. Comedians Jay Leno and a young Steve Martin have performed, as well as Broadway stars Lily Tomlin, Joel Grey and Ben Vereen.

The O'Shaughnessy holds a unique place in the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities as both an arts presenter and rental hall. The venue also has a strong focus on education, and hosts thousands of students and teachers each year from schools and institutions throughout Minnesota. The O'Shaughnessy is conveniently located between the downtowns of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The O'Shaughnessy is also the home of Women of Substance. You can read more about Women of  Substance here.