Merrimans' Playhouse is venue for Improvisational and Interactive Arts. We are a
Jazz Performance Center, a Recital Hall, a host for Improvisational Theater, a meeting place for creative collaboration...
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1211 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615
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About Merrimans' Playhouse
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/Listening Room for performances that will promote the art of jazz in our community. A place to experience Sonic Art. 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, which includes 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.
We bring professional touring jazz artists to South Bend. Each concert is unique and creates 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.
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. Creative events, including Spoken Word, Independent Films, Movie Night, and Theatre, may also be hosted by Merrimans’ Playhouse - share your ideas.
Additionally, our space is availalbe for creative meetings and programs if you need a space for collaboration and brainstorming. It is also a great space for private parties.
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What's Already Happening
Mondays at 7:30 pm -10:30 pm: We have our MONDAY evening Jazz Open Session with The Merrimans. It's based on jazz standards. It's open and free to the public. If you'd like to play some jazz, discuss the music, or work on some woodshedding with standards, bring your instrument. You are welcome to just listen and bring guests.
We have touring jazz artists coming in as part of our Jazz Performance Series. Please visit our "Workshop/Events" link for more information.
Scheduling events is an ongoing process. Touring artists contact us weekly. Please check out our "Schedule" link for updates.