Parallel 45 Theatre produces cutting-edge interpretations of plays & musicals, giving familiar stories new life – and fresh relevance – for our northwest Michigan audience. By producing a summer theatre festival of reinvented classics, new works and imaginative adaptations, we seek to entertain, encourage critical thought, and inspire conversation in our community.


Home.  Northern Michigan boasts unparalleled natural beauty, an inspired food and drink scene, innovative business and tech, and globally-recognized arts & cultural organizations. The P45 Summer Theatre Festival is proud to be a foundational piece of Northern Michigan’s success story. 

Professionalism. Expert theatre artists from all across the country and around the world are invited to P45’s summer festival to join in the celebration of northern Michigan and contribute to its thriving arts culture. Experience cutting-edge theatre without leaving paradise.

Reinvention. Parallel 45 believes that you can look at the past, but you shouldn’t stare. P45 Theatre Festival takes an exacting look at our canon, breaking toxic values embedded within, and imagines a new path forward. Familiar stories for the adventurous mind.

Amplification. We honor our mission by deliberately including and championing writers, artists, technicians, and staff who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; as well as Trans people and people with disabilities. See our Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility Policy as well as our Commitment to BIPOC Artists for more information.


Parallel 45 Theatre wishes to acknowledge the original custodians of the land on which we are meeting/gathering/performing: the Anishinaabe people. We wish to honor and respect their continuing culture and traditions, and the contribution they make to the life of our community.

P45 Theatre recognizes and honors the Anishinaabe people on whose ancestral lands our performance space and offices reside, ceded in the Washington Treaty of 1836. The Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples’ histories and traditions must always be protected and celebrated. By taking a moment in recognition of their traditional lands each time we enter the park and amphitheater, we can all affirm Indigenous sovereignty, history, and experiences — and express gratitude and appreciation to the Anishinaabe people for the gifts of their culture to the world