Growing the Arts in Central Indiana since 1968


Welcome to the Red Barn Summer Theatre as we celebrate our 52nd season as one of the most treasured professional summer theatres in Central Indiana.  The history of this hidden gem in the cornfields of Indiana dates all the way back to 1908 when it was originally built to be a cow barn.  In 1968, and the four summers following, a company of actors began performing summer theatre on the stage at Frankfort High School.  At this location, the theatre was known as On-Stage Summer Theatre.  In the summer of 1973, On-Stage moved to its current location in a barn on the former Maish farm and became the Red Barn Summer Theatre.  The theatre changed from a community theatre to a professional, non-equity house where actors were paid.  Company members came from all over the country and many went on to successful careers in theatre, including Broadway.  Many additions and remodels have taken place since 1973 while still maintaining the integrity of the original structure.