The Barn Theatre School for Advanced Theatre Training

We are truly honored to celebrate 75 years of creating memories and building traditions, 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 for 2021 was amazing. Thank you for your support! Be sure to check out our Christmas Cabaret!

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!

Recent Reviews from Our Patrons

  • 5 star review  Fantastic show great experience. Can't wait to go back next year and see the show in the barn.

    thumb Rodney Snore

    5 star review  First time I have been here in 20 years. Absolutely amazing night! The entire cast is incredibly talented! Their energy, exuberance and showmanship are excellent! Magical Night!

    thumb Codi Ebey

    5 star review  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
  • 5 star review  My wife and I have been to the Barn Theatre multiple times over the years for Rocky Horror and Sweeney Todd and have been thoroughly impressed and entertained every single time. The rehearsal shed is the perfect place to get drinks before the show and during intermission. The box office staff does an incredible job of answering any questions you may have in a timely fashion. If you're looking to see a show in SW Michigan, this is the best place to do it!

    thumb mitch miller

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  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
  • 5 star review  Absolutely the best place for date nights, girls groups and a fun night. Been to 3+ shows so far this summer and every one is an awesome experience. The charm, the exceptional talent and shows are an absolute must!

    thumb Rebecca Dutcher

    5 star review  Absolutely love 💘 this place.....No words to describe a live performance..Must go and experience 🙌 for yourself..

    thumb Michelle Fitzpatrick

    4 star review  This venue is adorable. There probably isn't a bad seat in the house because it is small enough that I think even the very back gets a good view. The idea of having a theatre in an old barn is awesome and it turns out barns are remarkably well-suited for the task. We saw Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street a couple weeks ago. The sound was great, the lighting was great, the cast members were great. It was an all-around good experience and well worth the cost of tickets. Though we both had work the next morning and couldn't stay -- they do have a burlesque show next door in a bar after shows that they mentioned before the show began. My only complaints are that the seats weren't particularly comfortable for any length of time and there was a bit of a musty smell. Our play was over 2 hours and, even with an intermission, I was sore. I noticed many of the more seasoned theatre goers had brought cushions and the like with them to sit on. It might just be time to update those seats instead of having the crowd split between sore and lugging their own cushions in.

    thumb Sara Weyenberg
  • 5 star review  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

    5 star review  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

    5 star review  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.
  • 5 star review  Such a cool spot. Combination of professionals and students, show has high production values and they pick fun plays. I'm just visiting but their season sounds awesome.

    thumb Samson Lahti-Parsell

    5 star review  What’s not to love about The Barn? I didn’t attend a show until a few years after I moved to Kalamazoo. I attended my first show a few years ago with some friends and have been to several more since. They always have a number of interesting shows as part of each season (even if not everything catches your interest). Have been to three shows this summer. Historic venue, great history of famous actors training at The Barn and excellent atmosphere. Would highly recommend!

    thumb Eric Archer

    5 star review  The Rocky Horror picture show was fantastic tonight! Thank you for a great 75th season. We bought season passes for the first time this year and really enjoyed all the shows.

    thumb Lynn Schiller

Barn News!

Why Choose The Barn

The highest quality professional theatre in the area!

A historic landmark conveniently located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

75 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!

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!