PCYC and the Capri

PCYC is a campus for learning, youth development, and the arts in North Minneapolis. Since its founding in 1954, more than 100,000 people have participated in its programs.

In 1987 PCYC purchased the adjacent Capri Theater, and in 2015 launched a $9.5 million capital campaign for renovations and expansion.

The new Capri Theater will be a beacon of art, civic, and learning activities in North Minneapolis.


  • Additional theater amenities and reception space to broaden capacity for productions and rentals.
  • A glass box community hall to visibly showcase the arts and activities within.
  • A Teen Tech Center for young people to access a broad range of technologies to inspire creativity and innovation.
  • Additional classrooms for PYC high school and after school programs and for the community.

Donate  Capri Theater Capital Campaign

“When you stand on the stage, you stand by yourself. You learn how to look people in the eye and say this is who I am. This is it. And I’m going to be the best me I can be.”

— Capri Theater Apprentice

Left to right: Dennis Spears, T. Mychael Rambo, Kevin D. West, Greta Oglesby

Greetings, friends.

Over the years we’ve watched the transformation of the Capri from a hollowed out theater with creaky old seats to a highly regarded venue for students, emerging artists, established performers and audiences.
This hasn’t been a mere transformation of the theater space. As teachers and performers at the Capri we see, every day, the life-changing, disparity-bursting, pride-building potential of this place.

That’s why completing the Capri Rennaisance is important to us. We know what this space was meant to be and what we can accomplish here.

Upgrading the Capri to a fully functioning theater with appropriate amenities and more classrooms will make an enormous difference to our students and teachers, our neighbors and fellow artists. And when we bring up the full contingent of lights on West Broadway many more people will come from far and wide to Be at the Capri in North Minneapolis.

Please join us now to support and complete the Renaissance of this extraordinary place. Thank you.


Dennis Spears
T. Mychael Rambo
Kevin West
Greta Oglesby
Capri Theater Teaching Artists

“The Capri Theater’s after school teaching artists have given me the chance to be myself and to open up. They encourage me to spend time at the Capri so I can keep away from things or people I don’t want to be around. They’ve given me a new group of friends, and it’s been really good.”

— Capri Theater Apprentice


Stuart Ackerberg
The Ackerberg Group

Julie Carver 
Daikin Applied

Luther Dale 
Incarnation Lutheran Church (rt.)

Barbara Johnson 
Minneapolis City Council

Herb Morganthaler
Target Corporation (rt.)

Greta Ogelsby 
Capri Theater

David Paulson
Friluft Educational Technology 

T. Mychael Rambo
Capri Theater

Sondra Samuels 
Northside Achievement Zone

Honorary Members:

Janet & Brad Anderson 
(Honorary Co-Chairs)
Dr. Reatha Clark King 
Sandy & John Hey 
Karen & David Nasby 
Stewart Widdess

“The Capri Theater is an essential partner in our efforts to serve more people in the Twin Cities. Their expanded space will allow us to work with them in new and innovative ways as we jointly seek to better serve the Northside community.”

— Jon Limbacher, Managing Director and President, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra