15 stages, 75 productions, 600 performances each year

right here in Northwest Indiana

About NIETF

The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation is building strong community, promoting excellence, and providing entertainment in theatre arts across Northwest Indiana. NIETF is a collection of theatre organizations across the region. We are celebrating 25 years in 2017!

Upcoming Shows

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  • 7:00 pm
    01/08/2021

    Both love and improv are all about relationships. Two improvisers delve into what makes real relationships work through the lens of improv

    How can “Yes And” make your relationship better (or worse)? Can object work be a way to communicate with your partner? Can volunteering your theatre-adverse mate to participate in an improv show be a good move? Find out!
    If you’ve got a relationship question you’d like to hear us talk about, please DM Nelson Velazquez, the Improductions, LLC page, or email me at nelson@improductionsllc.com. All submitter information will be kept confidential.
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  • 10:00 am
    01/09/2021
    Having a hard time engaging students in E-Learning? Learn how to utilize the principles of ‘Yes And” to bring energy to your online class meetings and lessons! Teachers will learn games and strategies that they can easily add to current academic and social emotional lessons. This workshop is appropriate for teachers in grades 3-8. Ways to differentiate for grade level, ability level, and the content will be provided.
    Date/Time: Saturday, January 9th, 10 AM -12 PM CT (GMT-6)
    Instructor: Kate Wiersema
    Tuition: $20
    Location: Online via Zoom
    About the presenter: Kate Wiersema has been a Special Education teacher for the past ten years and has experience in second through eighth grade. She has a Master’s Degree from Concordia University in Differentiated Instruction. Kate has studied at Comedy Sportz Chicago and is a graduate of the Second City Music Program. She has performed, taught, and coached improv for children and adults in the Chicagoland area for the last ten years.
  • 7:00 pm
    01/09/2021
    THE GRID is BACK for 2021! Short-form improv performed at it’s finest based off YOUR SUGGESTIONS!
    Featuring:
    – Millie Arocho
    – Bobbi Borush
    – Angela Heid
    – Megan Powell
    – Susan Swarner
    – Lisa Szanyi
    – Ron Szanyi
    – Nelson Velazquez
    Please consider donating $5 or more at http://improductionsllc.com/donate!
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  • 7:00 pm
    01/14/2021
    JKLMprov performs a series of unscripted scenes based off interviews with authors, writers, and artists. The theme of interviews in January are authors. Every show features a new interview and a completely set of improv.
    Authors being interviewed include:
    – John Chen
    – Karen Cimms
    – Lisa Clark O’Neill
    – Theresa Carle-Sanders
    All shows are streaming live at http://facebook.com/improductionsllc/live and other locations.
    JKLMprov are:
    – John Lattuada
    – Kate Wiersema
    – Lori Ryser
    – Marc Ryser
    Virtual tickets can be purchased at http://improductionsllc.com/calendar. Suggested donation is $5.

    You can find out more about JKLMprov on their Facebook group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/374030280351939
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  • 7:00 pm
    01/15/2021

    When you’ve been married as long as Ron and Lisa Szanyi have, things tend to get interesting. Watch them improvise scenes based on your suggestions the only way a married couple can by exploring what issues a relationship has to weather so that love can continue and blossom. By improvising it online, it saves them a lot of money cuz, hey, it’s Cheaper than Marriage counseling!

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  • 7:00 pm
    01/21/2021
    JKLMprov performs a series of unscripted scenes based off interviews with authors, writers, and artists. The theme of interviews in January are authors. Every show features a new interview and a completely set of improv.
    Authors being interviewed include:
    – John Chen
    – Karen Cimms
    – Lisa Clark O’Neill
    – Theresa Carle-Sanders
    All shows are streaming live at http://facebook.com/improductionsllc/live and other locations.
    JKLMprov are:
    – John Lattuada
    – Kate Wiersema
    – Lori Ryser
    – Marc Ryser
    Virtual tickets can be purchased at http://improductionsllc.com/calendar. Suggested donation is $5.

    You can find out more about JKLMprov on their Facebook group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/374030280351939
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  • 6:00 pm
    01/22/2021

    Complete your own collection or make a special gift for that special someone, all while staying in! RPAC will deliver all the materials for one finished canvas painting project to your doorstep. You provide the cookies, candy hearts, or beverages of choice and the painters. We will provide the step-by-step paint along via a private Zoom event. This is a great chance to get out without going out!

    (Our design is TBD. Once it is set, we will update this event with the correct photo. It will make for a great Valentine’s day gift, especially for those who are hard to shop for!)

    $20 covers the cost of canvas, paint, and serves as admission to the event. If you would like to keep your easel and paintbrushes you may do so for an extra $5. (Our easels make a great display stand in a pinch!)

    Materials for this event will be delivered on January 21st to your patio via contactless delivery.

    Unpurchased easels and brushes will be picked up via our state-of-the-art patio delivery system after the event.

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  • 11:00 am
    01/23/2021
    Have fun making comedy right on the spot in our improv jam geared towards kids and teens! Participants will be guided through group exercises and games to unlock their imaginations and let their comedy run wild!
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    Instructor: Kate Wiersema
    Tuition: FREE ($10 Suggested donation)
    Location: Online via Zoom
    About the presenter: Kate Wiersema has been a Special Education teacher for the past ten years and has experience in second through eighth grade. She has a Master’s Degree from Concordia University in Differentiated Instruction. Kate has studied at Comedy Sportz Chicago and is a graduate of the Second City Music Program. She has performed, taught, and coached improv for children and adults in the Chicagoland area for the last ten years.
  • 7:00 pm
    01/23/2021
    THE GRID is BACK for 2021! Short-form improv performed at it’s finest based off YOUR SUGGESTIONS!
    Featuring:
    – Millie Arocho
    – Bobbi Borush
    – Angela Heid
    – Megan Powell
    – Susan Swarner
    – Lisa Szanyi
    – Ron Szanyi
    – Nelson Velazquez
    Please consider donating $5 or more at http://improductionsllc.com/donate!
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  • 1:00 pm
    01/24/2021
    This workshop is for improvisers and writers of all experience levels who want to write original songs. In this workshop we will use techniques from musical improv and apply them toward writing scripted songs. The workshop will include a combination of musical improv games and writing exercises. We’ll also review song structure and basic chord progressions as well as discuss how to pitch a completed song to a producer/ musical director.
    Date/Time: Sunday January 24 , 2021 @ 1-3 PM CT (GMT-5)
    Instructor: Gail Gallagher
    Tuition: $30 USD
    Location: Online via Zoom
    About the presenter:
    Gail Gallagher is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter, composer, and teacher. She’s worked as a music director in the Chicago musical improv scene for nearly a decade and has played for MINt, Baby Wants Candy, Spectacle Specular, Storytown Improv, Comedy Sportz, the Therapy Players, and many more. She has also written music for five original musicals including Feathers: A Super Hero musical which won “Best Underscore Throughout” at the 2017 Premiere Premiere’s festival at MCL.
    Gail’s genre as a singer-songwriter is “musical theatre folk rock” and she just released her debut album Power of the Unnamed Passion which is now available on all streaming platforms. You can find out more about her work at www.gailgallaghermusic.com
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  • 7:00 pm
    01/28/2021
    JKLMprov performs a series of unscripted scenes based off interviews with authors, writers, and artists. The theme of interviews in January are authors. Every show features a new interview and a completely set of improv.
    Authors being interviewed include:
    – John Chen
    – Karen Cimms
    – Lisa Clark O’Neill
    – Theresa Carle-Sanders
    All shows are streaming live at http://facebook.com/improductionsllc/live and other locations.
    JKLMprov are:
    – John Lattuada
    – Kate Wiersema
    – Lori Ryser
    – Marc Ryser
    Virtual tickets can be purchased at http://improductionsllc.com/calendar. Suggested donation is $5.

    You can find out more about JKLMprov on their Facebook group:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/374030280351939
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