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Meet Polly Grose

Polly Grose

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'.'.'.Polly Grose has been involved with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, MN since its inception in 1960. She was an early board member, fundraiser, board chair, and joined the staff in 1974 as Development Director. In the early 1980s she joined the Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of MN as Development Director. Romance entered the scene: a divorced mother of three grown sons, she fell in love with an Englishman, reorganized part of her job to a London base, and moved to London to remarry and launch a new life. Within a few years, she accepted an appointment as the American member of the Fulbright Commission. Interested in family history, she discovered her Quaker ancestry and researched, wrote and published three books, creative-non-fiction stories tracing the travels from England in the 17th century to America and Minnesota. After her husband's death in 2002 she returned to Minneapolis, MN to be close to her family. She rejoined the Guthrie board and wrote a memoir of her London years, entitled A London Scrapbook which won a national prize: “A London Scrapbook moves from Minneapolis theater and the public affairs world to a society and work life in London as her intimate and honest story of love unfolds.” Always captivated by the magic of the theater, it was completely natural for her to write a play, and now A London Concerto is ready for work-shopping. The play highlights the cultural challenges and differences of life in London for a Midwestern American native.'.'.'