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It's a sad chapter for Dunes Summer Theatre. During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, the theatre building was struck by another pandemic: hate. Vandals broke windows and doors. They painted vulgarity on various doors, walls, windows, and buildings throughout the campus, and inside the theatre. They even painted the actor's washing machine. What they didn't realize, is that they didn't violate just a few buildings. They violated a regional gem that's touched 3 generations of families. People from around the nation have expressed outrage over this senseless act. We are committed to removing the ugliness and restoring the Theatre, Clay Cabin, Box Office, and Sleeping Cabins. We've been reluctant to ask as we know times are especially hard right now, but If you can, please make a donation below so we can continue our beautification efforts and put this chapter behind us. You can enter any amount you desire, or choose one of the pre-set amounts. You can also support us when, and if, you shop at by adding Dunes Arts Foundation as your nonprofit of choice. Every time you shop, Amazon will make a donation to Dunes Arts Foundation at no cost to you. 


No amount of hate can stop the love of art. 

Established in 1952, Dunes Summer Theatre is operated by Dunes Arts Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in the State of Indiana. But you see, we are more than just an arts organization. We are a valuable partner in the cultural enrichment and economic development of the community. We are an important part of many peoples' lives. We are part of the soul of the community. Managed by dedicated volunteers, and one currently furloughed Artistic Director, Dunes Summer Theatre typically hires over 100 actors, singers, dancers, musicians, directors, choreographers, interns, and technicians every summer. Patrons visit from all over the nation. They fly in to the local airport, stay in local hotels, rent local homes and cabins, dine at area restaurants, shop, bank, and play right here along the south shoreline. All in keeping with Michigan City’s motto: Create, Play, Repeat! 

Thank you for joining us in our efforts to make our community better.

All volunteers and donors receive recognition in our Summer Playbills. 

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Volunteer Opportunities


If you want to be more involved in your community, work with some really creative, dedicated people, need Promise Scholarship hours, or just want something to do, then look no further! Dunes Summer Theatre has volunteer opportunities for anyone of any age. Volunteers will work with our Board of Directors' Committee members to help make everyone's experience a positive one. Many of our opportunities provide invaluable training and experience for high school students seeking to pursue a career in the performing arts. 

All Volunteers gain free tickets to the show they are working on. To become a Volunteer, just click the button of interest to send us an email. 


MARKETING:  Help with mailings, distribution of flyers/posters, social media posts, and/or graphic design.

FUNDRAISING:  Help with our Annual FUNraiser, write grants, make introductions to potential donors, or secure ads for our patron programs. If you have a knack for fundraising, then we have opportunities for you to make a tremendous impact. 



CUSTODIAL:  Provide additional cleaning assistance in dressing rooms, green room, lobby, restrooms, and empty trash. Volunteers in this area can also help with set up and break down of productions.

ADOPT AN ACTOR CABIN: Pick any one or more of our 8 cabins to maintain. Cabins are roughly 10 x 10 in size and contain either one full bed or 2 twin beds, dresser, chairs, tables, rug, and various small items. They do not have restrooms. Cabins need to be cleaned before and after actor use, inventoried, and generally maintained. All cabins come with bedding/linens/towels which need to be washed after the actors leave. 

GROUNDS:  Help with landscaping, trimming, leaf removal, and cleaning grounds/fire pits of any trash and debris, downed trees and branches, chopping wood. Mowing is a plus, using our riding lawn mower. (Volunteers can pick and choose grounds duties.)



COSTUMES AND PROPS SHOP:  Help in our newly organized Costume/Prop Shop with finding costumes and/or props from our shop or a local vendor/donor. We also need occasional alterations, stitching, and construction. Assist with washing costumes/props and returning to our Costume/Prop Shop upon show completion. General Costume/Prop shop maintenance.

SET CONSTRUCTION:  If you can use a hammer and a drill, we may be able to use you during set construction and strike after the show. Volunteer assignments depend upon skills sets. Good working knowledge of power tools is a plus. 

SCENIC PAINTING:  Help us with the painting of sets. Usually occurs during evening hours. 

LIGHTING:  Help by running a spotlight or light board for a production, including evening rehearsals, and show dates. 

SOUND:  Help prepare wireless microphones and operate our sound board during a production and evening rehearsals. 

STAGE CREW:  Help us backstage during a production with house lights, queuing actors, arranging props for show, and other tasks as needed for a particular production. Must be agile and available for all technical rehearsals and performances.  Must be able to lift 50 pounds.  


FRONT OF HOUSE USHERS: Greet patrons, hand out Playbills. At end of show, collect any Playbills for reuse, remove any cups/bottles/trash from aisles, and raise all seat cushions. All Ushers must have a pleasant personality and be able to greet audience members and make everyone feel welcomed.  



MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 384, Michigan City, IN 46361

DUNES SUMMER THEATRE LOCATION: 288 Shady Oak Drive, Michigan City, IN 46360

(219) 879-7509

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