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
    07/10/2020
    2530 Portage Mall, Portage, Indiana 46368

    Join RPAC for our final performance of the 2019-2020 season with this beloved family classic! The story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are brought to life with this play.

    **due to the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, please follow our event for any alterations or postponements of our performances**

  • 7:30 pm
    07/10/2020

    2020:a personal space odyssey is a brand new sketch show written and performed by an all-original cast! The show explores what life has to offer – be it love affairs, war in the new age, or even how the arts are affected – through the lens of the “new normal”.

    Fridays and Saturday, July 10-25 @ 7:30 PM CT
    Online

    Written and performed by:
    Giovanni Alberto
    Lori Cunningham Ryser
    Lisa Szanyi
    Francis Veltri
    Kate Anderson Wiersema

    Directed by Nelson Velazquez
    Stage Managed by Angela Heid
    Produced by Improductions, LLC

    Ticket information coming soon!

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  • 4:00 pm
    07/11/2020
    2530 Portage Mall, Portage, Indiana 46368

    Join RPAC for our final performance of the 2019-2020 season with this beloved family classic! The story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are brought to life with this play.

    **due to the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, please follow our event for any alterations or postponements of our performances**

  • 7:00 pm
    07/11/2020
    2530 Portage Mall, Portage, Indiana 46368

    Join RPAC for our final performance of the 2019-2020 season with this beloved family classic! The story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are brought to life with this play.

    **due to the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, please follow our event for any alterations or postponements of our performances**

  • 7:30 pm
    07/11/2020

    2020:a personal space odyssey is a brand new sketch show written and performed by an all-original cast! The show explores what life has to offer – be it love affairs, war in the new age, or even how the arts are affected – through the lens of the “new normal”.

    Fridays and Saturday, July 10-25 @ 7:30 PM CT
    Online

    Written and performed by:
    Giovanni Alberto
    Lori Cunningham Ryser
    Lisa Szanyi
    Francis Veltri
    Kate Anderson Wiersema

    Directed by Nelson Velazquez
    Stage Managed by Angela Heid
    Produced by Improductions, LLC

    Ticket information coming soon!

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  • 2:00 pm
    07/12/2020
    2530 Portage Mall, Portage, Indiana 46368

    Join RPAC for our final performance of the 2019-2020 season with this beloved family classic! The story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are brought to life with this play.

    **due to the ever-changing situation with COVID-19, please follow our event for any alterations or postponements of our performances**

  • 7:00 pm
    07/12/2020

    The year is 2020. A mysterious virus has laid waste to all social interactions and has forced people to stay inside. To stave off boredom and dark thoughts, people turn to the internet to find entertainment and joy.

    Thus…

    THE GRID was born – featuring improv actors from across the internet all in one location to entertain the masses.

    Boot up your devices and log into our Facebook page on Saturdays at 7 PM CT to get on THE GRID! The show is free but if you’re inclined to make a donation, please consider buying a $5 virtual ticket.

    Streaming at http://facebook.com/improductionsllc!

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  • 7:30 pm
    07/17/2020

    2020:a personal space odyssey is a brand new sketch show written and performed by an all-original cast! The show explores what life has to offer – be it love affairs, war in the new age, or even how the arts are affected – through the lens of the “new normal”.

    Fridays and Saturday, July 10-25 @ 7:30 PM CT
    Online

    Written and performed by:
    Giovanni Alberto
    Lori Cunningham Ryser
    Lisa Szanyi
    Francis Veltri
    Kate Anderson Wiersema

    Directed by Nelson Velazquez
    Stage Managed by Angela Heid
    Produced by Improductions, LLC

    Ticket information coming soon!

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  • 7:30 pm
    07/18/2020

    2020:a personal space odyssey is a brand new sketch show written and performed by an all-original cast! The show explores what life has to offer – be it love affairs, war in the new age, or even how the arts are affected – through the lens of the “new normal”.

    Fridays and Saturday, July 10-25 @ 7:30 PM CT
    Online

    Written and performed by:
    Giovanni Alberto
    Lori Cunningham Ryser
    Lisa Szanyi
    Francis Veltri
    Kate Anderson Wiersema

    Directed by Nelson Velazquez
    Stage Managed by Angela Heid
    Produced by Improductions, LLC

    Ticket information coming soon!

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  • 5:30 pm
    07/19/2020

    Our IF1 Online students are showcasing their improv skills through a fun, fast student showcase! Join us online from the comfort of your device and play along with us!

    Featuring:
    Jennifer Shumaker Coffey
    Mary Ann Wethington Cunningham
    John Lattuada
    Kristin Leigh
    Lori Cunningham Ryser

  • 7:00 pm
    07/19/2020

    The year is 2020. A mysterious virus has laid waste to all social interactions and has forced people to stay inside. To stave off boredom and dark thoughts, people turn to the internet to find entertainment and joy.

    Thus…

    THE GRID was born – featuring improv actors from across the internet all in one location to entertain the masses.

    Boot up your devices and log into our Facebook page on at 7 PM CT to get on THE GRID! The show is free but if you’re inclined to make a donation, please consider buying a $5 virtual ticket.

    Streaming at http://facebook.com/improductionsllc!

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  • 6:30 pm
    07/23/2020
    1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304, USA

    PARK PLAYS RETURNS TO INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK FOR SUMMER 2020

    The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation announces the return of the popular Park Plays series. Park Plays features free family entertainment on the shores of Lake Michigan on summer Thursday evenings.

    The 2020 season features:
    July 23, 2020 – “Sandy Showtunes” presented by Supercharged Trio with the Reasoner Family Singers. Supercharged Trio is made up of three boys aged 8-14 from Dyer, IN who each play the violin, ukulele, and other stringed instruments along with signing. The Reasoner Family Singers from Schererville join to round out this multi-generational night of Broadway on the Beach.

    July 30, 2020 – “Wildwood Flower” a night of traditional and original folk music presented by Cory Goodrich with special guest Supercharged Trio. Cory Goodrich is a Jeff award-winning actress, singer, songwriter from Chicago. She has performed in Ragtime, Ring of Fire, The Addams Family, The Christmas Schooner, An American in Paris, and more.

    August 6 & 13, 2020 – “Disney’s Moana Jr” presented by Seedlings Theatre Company of Hobart, IN. Performed by actors all under the age of 18, this live musical follows the beloved movie tale of a young girl’s quest to save her village and learn important life lessons along the way. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

    Park Plays takes place at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings at Indiana Dunes State Park. There is no fee for the performance, however, the State Park per car entry fee still applies. Patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic, grab a blanket or beach chairs, and join in the free family entertainment. Performances last 45 minutes to one hour and in case of inclement weather are held at one of the park’s shelters. Follow the signs in the park.

    In light of COVID-19 and Governor Holcomb’s social distancing recommendations, guests are asked to please maintain six feet of distance between their party and neighboring guests, wear masks, wash hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer.

    Park Plays is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency; National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; South Shore Arts; Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Indiana Dunes Tourism; and GreatNews.Life. Without these partners, we would not be able to offer this extraordinary access to live theatre and entertainment.

    For more information on Park Plays or the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, visit www.parkplays.org or www.nietf.org.

  • 6:30 pm
    07/23/2020

    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 content will be provided.

    Date/Time: Thursday July 23 6:30 – 8:30 CT (UTC-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.

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  • 7:30 pm
    07/24/2020

    2020:a personal space odyssey is a brand new sketch show written and performed by an all-original cast! The show explores what life has to offer – be it love affairs, war in the new age, or even how the arts are affected – through the lens of the “new normal”.

    Fridays and Saturday, July 10-25 @ 7:30 PM CT
    Online

    Written and performed by:
    Giovanni Alberto
    Lori Cunningham Ryser
    Lisa Szanyi
    Francis Veltri
    Kate Anderson Wiersema

    Directed by Nelson Velazquez
    Stage Managed by Angela Heid
    Produced by Improductions, LLC

    Ticket information coming soon!

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  • 7:30 pm
    07/25/2020

    2020:a personal space odyssey is a brand new sketch show written and performed by an all-original cast! The show explores what life has to offer – be it love affairs, war in the new age, or even how the arts are affected – through the lens of the “new normal”.

    Fridays and Saturday, July 10-25 @ 7:30 PM CT
    Online

    Written and performed by:
    Giovanni Alberto
    Lori Cunningham Ryser
    Lisa Szanyi
    Francis Veltri
    Kate Anderson Wiersema

    Directed by Nelson Velazquez
    Stage Managed by Angela Heid
    Produced by Improductions, LLC

    Ticket information coming soon!

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  • 7:00 pm
    07/26/2020

    The year is 2020. A mysterious virus has laid waste to all social interactions and has forced people to stay inside. To stave off boredom and dark thoughts, people turn to the internet to find entertainment and joy.

    Thus…

    THE GRID was born – featuring improv actors from across the internet all in one location to entertain the masses.

    Boot up your devices and log into our Facebook page on at 7 PM CT to get on THE GRID! The show is free but if you’re inclined to make a donation, please consider buying a $5 virtual ticket.

    Streaming at http://facebook.com/improductionsllc!

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  • 6:30 pm
    07/30/2020
    1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304, USA

    PARK PLAYS RETURNS TO INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK FOR SUMMER 2020

    The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation announces the return of the popular Park Plays series. Park Plays features free family entertainment on the shores of Lake Michigan on summer Thursday evenings.

    The 2020 season features:
    July 23, 2020 – “Sandy Showtunes” presented by Supercharged Trio with the Reasoner Family Singers. Supercharged Trio is made up of three boys aged 8-14 from Dyer, IN who each play the violin, ukulele, and other stringed instruments along with signing. The Reasoner Family Singers from Schererville join to round out this multi-generational night of Broadway on the Beach.

    July 30, 2020 – “Wildwood Flower” a night of traditional and original folk music presented by Cory Goodrich with special guest Supercharged Trio. Cory Goodrich is a Jeff award-winning actress, singer, songwriter from Chicago. She has performed in Ragtime, Ring of Fire, The Addams Family, The Christmas Schooner, An American in Paris, and more.

    August 6 & 13, 2020 – “Disney’s Moana Jr” presented by Seedlings Theatre Company of Hobart, IN. Performed by actors all under the age of 18, this live musical follows the beloved movie tale of a young girl’s quest to save her village and learn important life lessons along the way. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

    Park Plays takes place at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings at Indiana Dunes State Park. There is no fee for the performance, however, the State Park per car entry fee still applies. Patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic, grab a blanket or beach chairs, and join in the free family entertainment. Performances last 45 minutes to one hour and in case of inclement weather are held at one of the park’s shelters. Follow the signs in the park.

    In light of COVID-19 and Governor Holcomb’s social distancing recommendations, guests are asked to please maintain six feet of distance between their party and neighboring guests, wear masks, wash hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer.

    Park Plays is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency; National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; South Shore Arts; Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Indiana Dunes Tourism; and GreatNews.Life. Without these partners, we would not be able to offer this extraordinary access to live theatre and entertainment.

    For more information on Park Plays or the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, visit www.parkplays.org or www.nietf.org.

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    Park Plays - Wildwood Flower

    6:30 pm
    07/30/2020
    1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304, USA

    PARK PLAYS RETURNS TO INDIANA DUNES STATE PARK FOR SUMMER 2020

    The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation announces the return of the popular Park Plays series. Park Plays features free family entertainment on the shores of Lake Michigan on summer Thursday evenings.

    The 2020 season features:
    July 23, 2020 – “Sandy Showtunes” presented by Supercharged Trio with the Reasoner Family Singers. Supercharged Trio is made up of three boys aged 8-14 from Dyer, IN who each play the violin, ukulele, and other stringed instruments along with signing. The Reasoner Family Singers from Schererville join to round out this multi-generational night of Broadway on the Beach.

    July 30, 2020 – “Wildwood Flower” a night of traditional and original folk music presented by Cory Goodrich with special guest Supercharged Trio. Cory Goodrich is a Jeff award-winning actress, singer, songwriter from Chicago. She has performed in Ragtime, Ring of Fire, The Addams Family, The Christmas Schooner, An American in Paris, and more.

    August 6 & 13, 2020 – “Disney’s Moana Jr” presented by Seedlings Theatre Company of Hobart, IN. Performed by actors all under the age of 18, this live musical follows the beloved movie tale of a young girl’s quest to save her village and learn important life lessons along the way. Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

    Park Plays takes place at 6:30 pm on Thursday evenings at Indiana Dunes State Park. There is no fee for the performance, however, the State Park per car entry fee still applies. Patrons are encouraged to pack a picnic, grab a blanket or beach chairs, and join in the free family entertainment. Performances last 45 minutes to one hour and in case of inclement weather are held at one of the park’s shelters. Follow the signs in the park.

    In light of COVID-19 and Governor Holcomb’s social distancing recommendations, guests are asked to please maintain six feet of distance between their party and neighboring guests, wear masks, wash hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer.

    Park Plays is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency; National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; South Shore Arts; Indiana Department of Natural Resources; Indiana Dunes Tourism; and GreatNews.Life. Without these partners, we would not be able to offer this extraordinary access to live theatre and entertainment.

    For more information on Park Plays or the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, visit www.parkplays.org or www.nietf.org.

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    The Grid

    7:00 pm
    08/01/2020

    The year is 2020. A mysterious virus has laid waste to all social interactions and has forced people to stay inside. To stave off boredom and dark thoughts, people turn to the internet to find entertainment and joy.

    Thus…

    THE GRID was born – featuring improv actors from across the internet all in one location to entertain the masses.

    Boot up your devices and log into our Facebook page on at 7 PM CT to get on THE GRID! The show is free but if you’re inclined to make a donation, please consider buying a $5 virtual ticket.

    Streaming at http://facebook.com/improductionsllc!

    A Midsummer Night's Dream: virtual serial

    7:00 pm
    08/01/2020

    Virtual episodic performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

    Saturdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 7PM

    via Facebook, Youtube, www.garyshakesco.org

    SYNOPSIS: A Midsummer Night’s Dream portrays the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus, (the Duke of Athens) and Hippolyta, (the former queen of the Amazons). The story follows the evening adventure of four young Athenian lovers, a group of six mechanics / amateur actors preparing a play for the royal wedding, and a kingdom of fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage, filled with love, laughter, and magic.

    Directed by Stephanie Naumoff

    THE CAST
    The Royals:
    Theseus— Mark Baer
    Hippolyta— Kali Rasala
    Egeus — Steve Rohe

    The Lovers:
    Hermia- Asosomwe Godfrey
    Lysander—Giancarlo Mazzocco
    Demetrius— C.E. Lewis
    Helena – Christina Biancardi

    The Mechanicals:
    Peter Quince— Matt Seiluns
    Nick Bottom— David Pera
    Francis Flute— Jimmy Burch
    Tom Snout— Brandon Hearne
    Snug— Bill Danko
    Robin Starveling— Dexter Pritchard
    Otis the dog – Odie Etzler-Pritchard

    The Fairies:
    Oberon— Dannon Gotham
    Titania— Amy Crane
    Robin “Puck” Goodfellow— Connor Khoury
    Peaseblossom – Nora Wragg
    Mustardseed –Mae Glass
    Cobweb – Kelly Denise Horton

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