The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training

We are truly honored to anticipate our 76th year of creating memories and building traditions through live theatre, spanning generations in our Southwest Michigan community. To continue to bring top-notch entertainment to you and your families, we look forward to your continued support.

The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training promotes the concept that theatre artists, performers, designers, technicians, stage managers, directors, and art managers should have broadly based theatre exposure and experience. The school believes the exposure and experience gained as an Apprentice are the heart of an appreciative and creative relationship and comprise the core disciplines of any theatrical endeavor.

Main Stage Shows

The Barn School Theatre for Advanced Theatre Training presents some of the world’s best entertaining shows. Our mainstage season events are live on our events page, the Box Office is now open. Get your tickets today!

The Rehearsal Shed

Special intimate events like our Gala Events and Christmas Cabaret are hosted in the Rehearsal Shed. During our regular seasons, you can enjoy a cabaret-style show in the Rehearsal Shed Bar. 

The Backstage Xperience

The Barn School Theatre for Advanced Theatre Training is pleased to present a unique, highly-engaging theatre arts learning event for our area youth. Participation is free! View 2022 dates now.

Recent Reviews from Our Patrons

  • Intimate, professional, local, and always fun! We have attended shows at The Barn for almost 25 years and it just gets better. An institution in SW Michigan and a great opportunity to see live theater at an affordable price.

    thumb karl hardesty
    August 31, 2022

    Been coming here for years and it just keeps getting better with the extras they do like the Pizza oven and park like setting at the side of entrance that you can grab a beer/wine from the new bar and sit for the show to start. The seats have more leg room now and the AC is strong on those warm nights. Also go to the bar show after main show! A great night of live entertainment.

    thumb Battle Creek Rental
    September 5, 2022

    Great show! BUT... you REALLY need to do something about the MOSQUITOES.. NOW! Rock of Ages Excellent performance in spite of a power outage. Handled beyond expectations. Impromptu additions to the script were very well done Live theatre at its it's best. Very enjoyable evening. Thank you

    thumb j dragisic
    August 14, 2022
  • LOVE this place! We see Rocky Horror whenever it's playing here. Great time with friends and staff is incredible.

    thumb Keely Frye
    November 7, 2021

    First live theater I've been to and it was absolutely wonderful. I'll remember 9to5 for many years to come and they have truly captured my heart with their performance. They have also made certain that I will be going to live shows for the foreseeable future. The property boast a outdoor concession booth, a bar, and an after performance cabaret of sorts for dinning and the actors to play around at. I didn't reserve a table early enough but next time for sure. The actors were exquisite, the scenes were well built and orchestrated, and the owner is top notch. It's a family owned production and has been the start of a few well known stars but I'm sure more to come. One memorable moment was when I had an "Oh No" moment and they gave the audience a minute to appreciate my innocent remark. They made us feel apart of the play, too fun.

    thumb Zachary Marc Phillips
    July 19, 2021

    Love this unique venue! Small but mighty! The rehearsal shed and coke barn always have a line (that moves very quick) but the new Saloon was quick to grab a drink at intermission with no line! Fun to have the stars of the show be who serves you

    thumb Kim Ulrich
    July 31, 2021
  • A wonderful theater, 75 years of great entertainment. Just saw Rocky Horror Show, great interactive experience. If you enjoy live theater or have never been this is a must.

    thumb Jon Krause
    October 24, 2021

    First time going. Had a blast! Best date night ever! Rock of Ages cast was amazing! Can't wait to come back.

    thumb Jennifer Miller
    August 12, 2022

    What an amazing venue. Very cozy like home. Just hanging out with family and friends. Singing, laughing, dancing, relaxing, total enjoyment. Love!!! Genuine love.

    thumb Veronica F'scher
    August 31, 2022
  • Always love this place. Professional theater with lots of talent and new talent that is amazing. Food and drinks always please!!

    thumb Nick Steele
    October 23, 2021

    I have been going since 1991! Incredible time always! Can’t say enough good things! Penelope and Brendan are excellent caretakers of an Amazing Tradition and Heritage! Thank you!

    thumb Barbara Vanderweele
    September 5, 2021

    Seven brides for seven brothers with the whole family. Beautiful, talented voices and expressive action. It's difficult to imagine an improvement, even the parking was well choreographed and playful. The Barshow afterward displayed trained talent more intimately and diversely.

    thumb Alex Hage
    July 4, 2022
  • This is one of my favorite places to go and I live in the Detroit area. The play was great, the audience was fun and the rehearsal shed show was fun! I especially love the Rocky Horror productions. Great place to relax and have a great experience. Keep it up!!!

    thumb Elizabeth Makara
    November 5, 2019

    I love the barn theater but was even more excited to see they've added wheelchair seating to the online ticket seating chart! My cousin and I had trouble last year finding the proper seats online so I was over the moon to see the change. Thank you barn theater for keeping our wheelchair friends in mind! It means a lot.

    thumb Nikki Ellis
    July 12, 2022

    Everyone must go here (show AND rehearsal shed) at least once in their life! The shows are professionally produced in an intimate setting that makes viewers feel like honored guests. Every person who sells a ticket, parks a car, serves a pop, or seats guests are featured in show, too. This community pulls guests in makes them feel like they are part of the community, too. The best show they've ever done? Rocky Horror, hands down.

    thumb J. J.
    December 24, 2019

Barn News!

Why Choose The Barn

The highest quality professional theatre in the area!

A historic landmark conveniently located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

76 years under the same family management.

During our regular seasons, see two shows each night! Mainstage production and our nightly Rehearsal Shed Bar Show.

Eight different mainstage productions and bar shows each summer.

See Broadway and Television stars up close!

Many Barn Theatre Alumni have gone on to huge careers. See the stars of tomorrow, today!

COVID Policy
We want to make sure that everyone stays safe and healthy during their time spent at the Barn! This is why we’ve made sure that our theatre exceeds all HVAC standards for circulating air. Masks are not mandated at the Barn Theatre and will be optional for all guests. We encourage you to choose whatever option will keep you the most comfortable as you enjoy your time with us. Our team continues to monitor both local and CDC guidelines to ensure we’re always making the best decisions for our Barn family. We can’t wait to spend our 76th Season with you!

Help Continue A Tradition

Help us continue the tradition by donating to The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training.
Your donations will support the training of current and future apprentices!