The Dunes Arts Foundation, Inc., which operates the Dunes Summer Theatre and
Education Programs, was incorporated in the State of Indiana on January 17th, 1952.
Located in Michiana Shores, the theatre is nestled on a scenic 19 acre wooded site,
about a half mile from the Indiana Dunes and the Lake Michigan shore. It seats over
240 patrons. The theatre campus hosts 8 cabins for summer actors and interns, and one
clay cabin for summer classes. Under new, professional management since the Fall of
2016, the Dunes Summer Theatre has been revitalized with much needed structural and
grounds improvements in an effort to bring patrons a quality and comfortable experience.
Our Founder: Nora Tully MacAlvay
Nora MacAlvay, an art and literature teacher, trained at the Art Institute of Chicago and Goodman Theatre School. She was passionate about theatre and literature for young people. Nora authored several novels for teenagers and, along with her mentor, playwright Charlotte Chorpenning, wrote several thoughtful and charming plays based on classic children’s stories. Nora led Dunes Arts Foundation programs for over 30 years, while serving as Artistic Director of the Dunes Summer Theatre. Her ideas and dedication touched generations of aspiring young thespians. Nora's early work and vision for the Dunes Summer Theatre continues to inspire as we carry on her legacy of providing professional, quality theatre and youth programs for the entire Harbor Country region.
2019-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Amy Black, President
Jeffrey Baumgartner, Vice President/Artistic Director
Esteban Vargas, Treasurer
Elise Kermani, Secretary
Karen Church, Member-at-Large
Clarence Hulse, Member-at-Large
Kathleen Dolio-Thorson, Member-at-Large
Dale Maher, Member-at-Large
Andy Neal, Member-at-Large
Roberto "Tito" Sanchez, Member-at-Large
Zoe Olesker, Ex-Officio Member at Large
Dunes Arts Foundation Mission
The mission of Dunes Arts Foundation,
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is to build a renowned professional, non-equity, regional theatre that provides high-quality performing and fine arts productions that inspire audiences while stimulating local commerce and promoting community spirit.