Brown County Playhouse

Brown County PlayhouseFront of playhouse

Brown County Playhouse | Brown County’s Original Entertainment Venue


The Playhouse has entertained audiences for more than 60 years. In the summer of 1949, Nashville businessman A. Jack Rogers and Indiana University professor Lee Norvelle formed the not-for-profit Brown County Playhouse, Inc. and began an exciting theatre tradition in the hills of southern Indiana. At the time, the Playhouse was merely a barn with a tent attached to it out front. In 1977, the structure was replaced with the present day 400+-seat air-conditioned theater.


The Brown County Playhouse was donated to the Indiana University Foundation by Andy Rogers for the purpose of supporting Summer Theater in Nashville, which was the oldest professional summer theatre in state. The IU Department of Theatre and Drama produced shows in the Playhouse, allowing students to train and perform alongside professionals. Their last season was 2010.


Today, the Brown County Playhouse Performing Arts Center continues to entertain audiences of all ages, presenting theatre, music, dance and events. If you have never been inside the theatre, don’t let the small entrance fool you. Once you walk through the double doors, the 400+ seats expand across three sections, and the unobstructed view of the stage from any seat allows for general seating.


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View of stage and audience

Full house inside

 Carrie Newcomer concert