September 25 – October 20, 2013
The Lab Theater

By Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard
Music Direction by Dan Chouinard
Directed by Peter Rothstein

Ellis Island was the gateway to America — a land of opportunity for some, a land of exclusion for others. 5,000 immigrants a day passed through this “Island of Hope, Island of Tears.” Packed into the steerage of steamships, they left their homelands with few possessions but a wealth of hope, promise and music. Steerage Song is a musical kaleidoscope of their journey to America. Steerage Song premiered in concert form at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2011; creators Peter Rothstein and Dan Chouinard have continued to develop the docu-musical, blending the songs of 20 countries of Old Europe and the rhythms of Tin Pan Alley into a moving, fully-staged, new musical.



— Star Tribune
This is a show we can all connect with.
— Broadway World
An eye-opening and ear-pleasing picture of the immigrant experience.
— The Pioneer Press

Photos by Michal Daniel


Steerage Song In-Process 1

Steerage Song In-Process Part 2



Sasha Andreev
Erin Capello
Dennis Curley
Megan Fischer
Alec Fisher
Bradley Greenwald
Jennifer Grimm
Jay Hornbacher
Megan Nowytski

Brian Barnes
Dan Chouinard
Laura MacKenzie
Dale Mendenhall
Jim Price

Director: Peter Rothstein
Music Director: Dan Chouinard
Scenic Designer: John Clark Donahue
Lighting Designer: Marcus Dilliard
Costume Designer: Jeffrey Stoltz
Sound Designer: Sean Healy
Audio Engineer: Nathaniel Courtean
Properties Master: Ursula K. Bowden
Master Electrician: Ray Steveson
Ethnic Dance Consultant: Donald LaCourse
Movement Consultant: Kelli Foster Warder
Dialect Coach: Foster Johns
Assistant Director: Geoffrey Conklin
Production Stage Manager: Tiffany K. Orr
Assistant Stage Manager: Joseph Bingham
Production Manager: Dylan Wright
Lighting Programmer: Allana Olson
Wardrobe Mistress: Carrie Monroe
Rehearsal Assistant: Grant Sorenson
Production Intern: Laura Tracy
Technical Director: Jason Allyn-Schwerin
Scenic Charge: Angelique Powers
Assistant Technical Directors: Christine Esterl & Tim Gross
Scenic Artists: Molly Kern & Sarah Holmberg
Carpenters: Matthew Kraft, Daniel Laird, John Lutz, Lance Merlin

Electricians: Jesse Cogswell, Kristi Haupt, Andy Kedl, Philip
Martin, Kiki Mead, Karin Olson, Merritt Rodriguez

A special complimentary performance of Steerage Song for immigrants and refugees is being made possible with funding provided by the Marbrook Foundation.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.