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

  • Even though this place is over an hour from our home, my husband and I are sure to go here once or twice per season. We have never been disappointed. The acting is great and the staff is so down to earth and friendly! Check it out! You won't be disappointed.

    thumb Gaelen McNamara
    August 14, 2022

    This is a little late in coming, but my husband took me as a belated birthday present. The experience was wonderful. The play and music were so enthralling that my husband broke down and bought the soundtrack to what we had seen, essentially driving me insane for months. 💗😂

    thumb Sarah Erdos
    December 2, 2019

    Came here for a play Cinderella it was amazing. Glad they had a cart to drive elderly people to the back of the theater everyone was kind and helpful. The only bad thing is the theater is small and hard for handicapped people to walk into the theater

    thumb Tanya Prather
    August 5, 2022
  • 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
    August 9, 2019

    Had an amazing time! Great actors and atmosphere. I thoroughly ènjoyed my night! Also check out the rehearsal bar next to barn, the pizza is so dang good

    thumb Gregory Schmerber
    September 26, 2022

    Excellent venue. Historic building. Great performers. Comfortable seating.

    thumb Sherri Keizer
    August 13, 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

    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

    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
    July 22, 2019
  • 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
    September 4, 2021

    We went to Rock of Ages on the night the power went out. They didn't miss a beat and the performance was even better because of how wonderfully they responded. Bravo!!!

    thumb John Larson
    August 14, 2022

    Great place. If you haven't ever been I highly recommend you go.

    thumb Randolph Beister
    August 23, 2021
  • The venue was unique. There were no bad seats. The actors' voices were all well trained. Their timing was just right. Loved the entire experience.

    thumb Sara Nichols
    August 15, 2022

    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
    October 31, 2021

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

    thumb Rodney Snore
    December 28, 2021

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!