Grand Marais Playhouse is a non-profit community theater dedicated to providing high quality theater and educational opportunities with and for Cook County residents and visitors. 


The theater community, education programs, and productions created by the Grand Marais Playhouse enrich the lives of our citizens; enhance the education of our children, youth and adults; strengthen the economic stability of our community; and make Cook County a better place to live and visit.  


We value artistic challenge and growth, diversity, equity, community, and collaboration. 

The Playhouse is a BRAVE SPACE where: 

  • It is safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, ability, age, gender identity, or sexual orientation. 

  • Diverse opinions, dissent, and argument are not only tolerated, but invited. 

  • Active listening and courageous exchange are fundamental values. 

Collective action, activism, and community engagement, both within and outside the walls of the theater, are cultivated, encouraged, and supported. 



Our typical season consists of

  • APRIL - Community Youth Play (Grade 3 to Adult with emphasis on Children's experience)

  • JULY/AUGUST - Grand Marais Summer Repertory Festival

  • DECEMBER- Community Youth Play (High School to adult with emphasis on high school Age participants experience)

Additional activities have included:

  • One Act Plays

  • Ten Minute Plays

  • Original Plays

  • Dramas

  • Children's Workshops

  • Workshops

  • Playwriting

  • Acting

  • Stage Combat

  • Costuming

  • Scenic Painting

  • Sound

  • Lighting

  • Improvisation

  • Directing

  • Summer Student Internships