Merrimans' Playhouse

1211 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46615


Merrimans' Playhouse is venue for Improvisational and Interactive Arts. 

We are a Jazz Performance Center, a Recital Hall, a host for Improvisational Theater and Spoken Word, a meeting place for creative collaboration.

Merrimans' Playhouse, founded by Stephen Merriman and Mary Merriman, is a Jazz and Interactive Arts Performance Center. It is important to distinguish that we are not a club. We are providing a concert venue for performances that will promote the art of jazz in our community. Our goal is to add to and enrich our community while creating an affordable and family friendly venue for experiencing live, interactive music. Improvisational art is the philosophy behind the performances, and this will include spoken word, as well as visual art.

Music and improvisation are the core of how we do things - express our ideas, manage our business, relate to people, make things happen. We want to establish a place where the art is safe from the pressures and expectations of being entertainment.

One of the goals is to bring different professional jazz artists to South Bend. Each concert is unique and will create the opportunity to experience live, interactive music in a setting where, unlike a club, the music is the primary focus and there are no barriers in terms of age, culture, or socioeconomic status.

Another goal of Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Center is to provide a performance space for students to play and experience the art of improvisation in a jazz setting.

Merrimans' Playhouse is a nurturing environment for students of the interactive arts. We are also a Recital Hall for local music/piano teachers and their students. Spoken word, independent films, movie night, theatre, and dance, are also part of the agenda.

Our space is availalbe for creative meetings and programs if you need a space for collaboration and brainstorming.

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