About Civic Theatre

News & Events
July 5
Curtains Up Camp: Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. More details
July 28 – 30
Civic Youth Theatre presents Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. Show details
August 6 – 7
Auditions for the Youth Theatre production of In Our Own Back Yard Audition details
August 7 – 8
Auditions for the Staged Readings production of The Griots Audition details
August 27 – 28
Auditions for the Main Stage production of It Runs in the Family Audition details

Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is one of the oldest continuously active theatre organizations in Indiana, founded in 1931 as the Lafayette Little Theatre (LLT), then reorganized and incorporated as Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in 1966. The original Board of Directors included nine people, and the LLT was formally founded on Sunday, September 13, 1931. The 1950’s were the golden age of LLT. By the end of the 1950’s, LLT had experienced a significant decline in memberships. A meeting of all LLT members was called for May 15, 1965. A new Board of Directors was elected, including Patty Barrett, Jane Chandler, Al Chiscon, Dick Forsythe, Jack Irvine, Homer Jordan, and Sheldon Pershing. Stuart Main was the first president. The decision was made to let the unincorporated association wither away and to form a not-for-profit organization to take it’s place, emphasizing the civic nature of the new enterprise, Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

For several years Civic Theatre was a company without a home. Civic found a permanent performance space in 1978 – the old Monon Depot at 5th and North Streets. Civic Theatre is Greater Lafayette’s community theatre in the purest sense of the word. A theatre that entertains the community, serves the community, reflects the community and involves the community. In 1993 Civic Theatre’s Board of Directors made the decision to hire its first full time arts administrator. Larry Sommers was hired as the first Managing Director. Under Mr. Sommer’s leadership, Civic Theatre embarked on a large summer arts program, Civic Under the Stars. Civic Under the Stars is a series of performances at the Tippecanoe County Amphitheatre, adding thousands of new patrons every year.

Steven Koehler took over as the Managing Director in 2006. Mr. Koehler implemented additional outreach programs, including the Pay What You Can preview performances and several programs with the Lafayette School Corporation. Mr. Koehler also led several fundraising efforts, projects include a new roof and new HVAC system for the Monon Depot Theatre and a mortgage burning campaign that helped eliminate all of Civic Theatre’s long term debt.