Polly Grose has written and published five books. Thomas Janney, Hannah, and Phineas and His Cousins, are about
her Quaker ancestors and their journey over the course of two hundred years from
Cheshire,England to Philadelphia, Loudoun County, Virginia and finally Minneapolis,
Minnesota. In 2008 Polly published a memoir,
A London Scrapbook.
Polly has three sons and five grandchildren. She attended Smith College, Northampton
Massachusetts and graduated from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis where
she lived and brought up her family.
She became the first woman chairman of the Guthrie Theater Foundation Board from
1972-75. Joining the staff, she was Director of Development from 1975-1982. During
those years she was also a Director of the St. Paul Companies, Inc. and the Tonka
In 1984, Polly remarried and moved to London to live with her English husband, David
Grose. While there she was the administrator of the U.K. program of the Hubert H.
Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs of the University of Minnesota and a member
of the Fulbright Commission.
Following her husband's death in 2002, Polly came back to her native land and a
condominium overlooking Lake Minnetonka in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. She
enjoys vigorous tennis and bridge, and visits to her children and grandchildren
on the West Coast.
To celebrate the Guthrie Theater’s 50th Anniversary in 2103, Polly has selected and compiled essays from major players in all the major disciplines whose talents and work are the true fabric of the theater and from community leaders who provide support. The book, Guthrie Theater: The First Fifty Years, is available from the Guthrie Gift shop.
Polly has written four plays, A London Concerto, delving into experiences of her life in London, Butterfly Tattoos, focusing on sex exploitation of young girls, and a ten-minute play, On The Bus With Willie and Blanche, an imagined meeting between two iconic theater characters, Willie Loman and Blanche Dubois at the Newark, New Jersey Bus Terminal. Her latest play, Whistle Cabaret, continues to focus on vulnerable young girls compelled to the sexual rigors of life at a dance club. On May 4, 2016, the Normandale Community College Drama Department held a public reading of WHISTLE CABARET. The play is being further developed for an early 2017 reading at the Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis.
Please contact Polly at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit Polly's Facebook page.