Purple Crayon Players

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About Purple Crayon Players

Purple Crayon Players is a nationally recognized, award-winning theatre company comprised of Northwestern University students committed to producing professionally written plays for young audiences. Established in 2005, Purple Crayon received the 2006 “Best New Student Group” award. In the summer of 2010, Purple Crayon Players won the Winnifred Ward Outstanding New Children's Theatre Company Award from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education at their national conference in San Fransisco.

In addition to our mainstage season, Purple Crayon Players showcases Northwestern undergraduates' work with a diverse array of special projects that address different perspectives on or elements of TYA, drama, and education. Past special projects have included student-created adaptations such as Calvin and Hobbes and Shelebration, an adaptation of Shel Silverstein poems; educational workshops such as "HONK! If You Love Drama" and a series of devising workshops with El Cuarto Año school in Humbolt Park; as well as various storytelling events on campus.

Purple Crayon also offers opportunities for new work development with PLAYground, our annual festival of new plays for young audiences, written by professional and emerging playwrights and directed by student directors.

Every year, Purple Crayon's Winter Mainstage goes on tour to Chicagoland schools in the Spring. We bring the show and its accompanying workshop to elementary, middle and high schools, receiving valuable feedback and responses from students and teachers alike. Past tours have included The Phantom Tollbooth, Pinballs and Salt and Pepper. This spring, Purple Crayon Players is touring Brooklyn Bridge.

Purple Crayon Players seeks to create thought-provoking, smart and entertaining theatre for young audiences as well as to provide opportunities for young people to further engage with theatre and understand themselves through workshops and other events. We believe theatre for young audiences is theatre for all audiences, and invite you to join us for our season of classic plays and risk-taking new projects.

Mission Statement

Purple Crayon Players is a student-run theatre company on the Northwestern University campus committed to creating high quality productions, events, and educational materials regarding all aspects of theatre for young audiences. Purple Crayon Players believes that audiences of all ages can appreciate, be inspired by, and grow through exposure to this unique art form.

We produce a mainstage season of professionally written works for young audiences, while also sponsoring high quality outreach events, educational events, and special projects for audiences of all ages both on campus and in the outlying community. These events support the mainstage season, as well as explore other aspects of theatre, community service, and learning.

Purple Crayon Players feels that making theatre more accessible, in large part through our touring show as well as through events during our season, is a necessary aspect of producing theatre for young audiences. We strive to include diverse opinions, cultures, events, and voices in our season in order to adequately reflect the diverse world that our audiences and artists come from.

Furthermore, we understand the importance of training the future leaders of the TYA field, and strive to provide Northwestern University students with opportunities to direct, produce, design, perform, teach, and explore new ways of expanding the field both on campus and at large.

2016-2017 Season

The Grumpiest Boy in the World

by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Produced by Josh Krivan
Directed by Julianne Lang
November 17th-19th in Shanley Pavilion

Robin's Hood

by Anne Negri
Produced by Jenna Levine
Directed by Meredith Shadle
February 23rd-25th in Shanley Pavilion (and Spring Tour!)

The 9th Annual PLAYground Festival of Fresh Works

Spring 2017

With more special events to be announced!

Who Are We?

2016-2017 Executive Board

  • Executive Director: Dominick Mugavero
  • Artistic Director: Rebecca Elowe
  • Production Manager: Abby Weissman
  • Business Manager: Michael Kelleher
  • Outreach Coordinator: Meredith Shadle
  • Marketing Director: Maddy Kelly
  • Technical Directors: Prateek Singh, Alex Dayton
  • Literary Manager: Daniel Shuffield
  • Stage Management Chair: Zachary Schroeder
  • Special Events Chair: Taylor Stark
  • Tour Managers: Grady Jensen, Jamie Kuhn
  • Team Education: Julianne Lang, Adam Brody, Maddie Rostami
  • The Crayon: Bailey Sutton
  • Freshman Board Apprentices: Farrah Sklar, Kyle Plourde



Purple Crayon accepts submissions from professional playwrights for our annual new works festival, PLAYground, during the Winter. For more information on submitting your play, or to get involved, please contact us at purplecrayonplayers@gmail.com ATTN: PLAYground

Call for Teaching Artists

Purple Crayon provides creative drama workshops and/or other educational programming in conjunction with each of our main stage productions, as well as a monthly storytime at Evanston Public Library and numerous other short-term education projects. Fall 2010 saw the launch of our first ever high school internship program.

If you're interested in becoming a teaching artist with Purple Crayon, or being involved with our education projects, contact us at purplecrayonplayers@gmail.com ATTN: Education.

Contact Us

Wanna get involved? Have a couple questions? Want to bring our Spring Tour to your elementary or middle school? Please contact us at purplecrayonplayers@gmail.com any time! You can also call us at 847-859-9-TYA (847-859-9892) or reach us via snail mail at 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208.


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