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. We are providing an affordable and family friendly Concert Venue for performances which promote the art of jazz in our community. Merrimans' Playhouse is not a typical club, instead, the goal is to create the opportunity to experience the music as the primary focus; it is more of an "art space" than an "entertainment space". It IS a Listening Room... "A Sonic Art Gallery". The artist has the opportunity to really dig into their art in a space where they can present their work with an appreciative audience. We bring professional touring jazz artists to South Bend, from around the country and from around the world. We want to bridge the gap between cultures and celebrate our universal language of music. Each performance is a special evening for all people in the room. The artists interact with the energy of the attentive audience, creating a very unique experience. The artists perform mostly original music, or their arrangements of other jazz standards.
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.
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.