The Theatre of the Relatively Talentless started in 2002 with the modest goal of providing law students and faculty with a desperately needed creative outlet. Since the first showing of The Wizard of Fritz in the Book Loft Theatre, the Law School Musicals have been hits among students, faculty, and pretty much everyone else who has seen them. Though the show has relocated to the beautiful Pantages Theatre in downtown Minneapolis, the TORT is still providing that creative outlet, which serving up the best, and most musical, two-hour long lawyer joke you’ve ever heard.
TORT productions are all written, produced, and performed entirely by Law School students, with reckless disregard for talent. Tradition dictates cameo appearances by faculty and prominent members of the legal community, including recent appearances by Vice President Walter F. Mondale (’56) and Governor Mark Dayton.
While the March musicals are by far the most visible product of TORT's existence, members of the Theatre of the Relatively Talentless have been known to pop-up at various law-related functions to sing for alumni or welcome University President, Dr. Eric Kaler, to the law school.
The Theatre of the Relatively Talentless is governed year-round by an Executive Board, who welcome questions and comments regarding past and upcoming shows. Involvement in TORT has grown greatly over the years, and we now enjoy a current membership of cast, crew, and band that number over 100.
Membership in the Theatre of the Relatively Talentless is traditionally open to all law students without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, creed, marital status, public assistance status, sexual orientation, quartile, political preferences, bluebooking skill, or ability to use the term a fortiori in a sentence.
The Theatre of the Relatively Talentless is a duly registered, non-profit, campus life student organization through the University of Minnesota Student Activities Office and operates under the purview of the University of Minnesota Law School.