Remembering the Past. Re-Imagining the Future.

Our History

Since 1949, the Brown County Playhouse has served as a hub of entertainment for its patrons, offering a variety of shows, musicals, movies, and more. In fact, the Playhouse was the first summer stock theater to open in Indiana after World War II.
Built on a partnership between a resident and nearby Indiana University’s theater director, the Brown County Playhouse’s past is rooted in developing young performers, tapping into the local talent, and fostering an appreciation for the arts in the surrounding communities.
The Playhouse’s partnership with IU has continued for many years as the theater has grown into a well-known, well-respected venue enjoyed by individuals of all ages. Today, the theater is owned and operated by Brown County Playhouse Management, Inc.

Entertaining Brown County since 1949

The Historic Brown County Playhouse strives to offer diverse, authentic, and innovative entertainment year-round to residents and tourists alike. The 425-seat theater also serves as a partner and contributor to the local economy.
With its unique history and beloved character, the Brown County Playhouse is more than just an entertainment venue, it’s a cultural and community icon.

Meet our people

Our Staff

Warren Sargent

Production Manager / Technical Director

Dania Hunter

Lighting Designer

Amy Imming

Hospitality Manager

Kathy Mcdonald

Office Manager

Our Board of Directors

Patty Frensemeier


Larry Hanson

Vice President

Mary Ann Soll


Kenan Rainwater

Chuck Wills


Mark Stolle

Susan Rardin

Andy Szakaly

Andi Bartels

Bob Kirlin

Emeritus Board Member

Kathy Anderson

Emeritus Board Member

Linda McQueary

Emeritus Board Member

Pam Gould

Emeritus Board Member

Brown County Playhouse