About the theatre
The Shawnee Theatre is Indiana’s longest, continuously-running summer stock theatre. Since its doors opened in 1960, it’s entertained thousands of guests, put on hundreds of shows, and has become an Indiana summer tradition. Professional actors, actresses, lighting technicians, sound engineers, stage managers, and more have come from across the country to perform on the Shawnee stage.
University of Chicago theatre professor H. Adrian Rehner and his brother first had the idea for a Greene County theatre when they bought a summer home in Bloomfield. According to Indiana Public Radio, the community quickly got behind the idea—donating a barn, labor, and time to get the theatre going and opened with a production of “My Three Angels.”
The theatre quickly became too popular for the original barn, leading to the construction of the existing theatre on Furnace Road.
Over the years, the theatre has hosted many actors on the road to fame—including SNL cast member John Belushi and Dallas star Ken Kercheval, among many others.
Throughout the past five decades, the Greene County community has been integral to the success of the theatre. From the thousands of patrons that attend one, two, or all the shows every season to the local businesses that partner with us to keep producing high quality live theatre, the Shawnee Theatre is truly Greene County’s community professional theatre.
The Shawnee Summer Theatre is dedicated to making the best of American theatre available and accessible to the Greene County Community. By making live art available and accessible to the region, we maintain an enriched educational environment for patrons, company members and our community.
At its core, the Shawnee is defined by our connection to our community, therefore we are committed to keeping our ticket prices low to maintain accessibility to the arts for all in the Greene County community.