Ellen Burkhardt of Minnesota Monthly magazine
Ellen: Hey all! Nice of you to join us :)
So to start @burkcity, where did you grow up, attend school and what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ellen: I grew up in Burnsville. Then I decided it would be a great idea to go to UND in Grand Forks. I lasted a year.
After that, I transferred to the U where I majored in journalism (shocker) and minored in Spanish.
Growing up, I wanted to be a few things: speed skater, vet, hair stylist… luckily, my mom pointed me toward writing.
And for the record, I have no idea how the heck to speed skate. It just looked sweet in the Olympics.
It does looks cool. :) How did you get your first job using your journalism skills?
Ellen: Well, I guess it’s time to come clean: this is my first “real” journalism job. I’m the baby of the office.
I interned at @metromag my senior year, developing my writing/editing chops, getting clips, making connections.
That experience and my witty cover letter convinced @mnmoeditor I could do this job. I’ve been here since Nov. 2010.
Nothing wrong with that! Have to get your start somewhere. :) So what kind of topics or subjects do you write about?
Ellen: I cover all sorts of topics (loons, yoga, bike trails), but my main beats are theater reviews for #TCCulture & travel
What are some awesome theaters that people should be aware of that are “Gems in Hiding”?
Ellen: Oh man, there’s so much great theater in the Twin Cities. In St. Paul, @PenumbraTheatre and @ParkSquare are amazing.
I’m going to @YellowTT for the first time Fri. to see “Glass Menagerie.” You could see a new show every night.
Oh and @theaterlatteda and Ten Thousand Things theater. I could keep going and going. It’s amazing.
Any BIG shows that are coming to the Twin Cities that people should look to get tickets for in the next 1-6 months?
Ellen: “BIG” makes me nervous! I’ll tell you what I’m really excited about: @PenumbraTheatre’s ‘The Amen Corner’ in May…
@GuthrieTheater ‘Sunshine Boys’ with Raye Birk and Peter Michael Goetz in July…
Summer is kinda slow. But looking way ahead, I’m pumped for ‘Book of Mormon’ & ‘War Horse’ in 2013 at @hennepintheatre
With your diverse writing assignments, any Spring or Summer activities people should be excited about?
Ellen: The new Harriet Island music festival should be awesome. I’m a huge @MinnStateFair fan and can’t wait for August.
Joel: Great suggestions Ellen. Thanks for your time and comments today on #MNMOtv. Have a great week and enjoy your work!
Ellen: My pleasure. Happy Wednesday all!