Women of Substance

The Women of Substance series was founded in 1996 to encourage all women to find their voice and place on life's stage. The series, which hosts local, national and international artists, continually reminds audience members of both genders the importance of living lives of substance. With over 22,000 patrons annually, the series continues to grow with enthusiastic audiences and broad media appeal.

Friday, September 12, 2014 - 7:30pm, Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:30pm

A world premiere dance opera!

A Women of Substance event


Choreography by Penelope Freeh
Music composed by Jocelyn Hagen

Test Pilot, an intimate chamber dance opera by choreographer Penelope Freeh and composer...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 7:30pm

40th Anniversary

A Women of Substance Event

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK - 40TH ANNIVERSARY takes audiences on a musical and visual journey back through the group's inception and humble beginnings in 1973. They will perform a series of newly arranged...

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 7:30pm

with the Minnesota Boychoir, the Orange Mighty Trio, and the Corda Mor Irish Dancers

A Women of Substance Event

Dubbed Minnesota’s own “Celtic Woman,” Katie McMahon is best known as the original voice of Riverdance. Katie has graced the stage of The O’Shaughnessy for...

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:30pm

A Women of Substance event

"Every aspect of the dance-making here is thoroughly accomplished." - The New York Times

Camille A. Brown has sought to defy the boundaries between dance and theatre. Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves and virtuosic...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

featuring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio

A Women of Substance Event

"… a sweet salute to Harlem’s Glory Days.”  — The Arizona Daily Star

Inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel "Cane" and works by the musicians, composers, poets,...