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.


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.

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288 Shady Oak Dr Michigan City, IN 46360
PO Box 384, Michigan City, IN 46361

(219) 879-7509

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