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 TBA.

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.

2015-2016 Season

She Kills Monsters

by Qui Nguyen
Produced by Connor Scott
Directed by Daniel Stompor
October 29rd- 31st in McCormick Auditorium

Brooklyn Bridge

by Melissa James Gibson
Produced by Gustavo Berrizbeitia
Directed by Tristan Chiruvolu
January 28th-30th in Shanley Pavilion (and Spring Tour!)

Special events (and TBA) to be announced shortly!

2014-2015 Season

The Boy at the Edge of Everything

by Finegan Kruckemeyer
Produced by Brandon Nadig
Directed by Elsa Gay
October 23rd- 25th in McCormick Auditorium

How High is Up?

by Brendan Murray
Produced by Abby Albrecht
Directed by Pam Kranyak
February 26th- 28th in Shanley Pavilion (and Spring Tour!)

Who Are We?

2015-2016 Executive Board

  • Executive Director: Nick Raef
  • Artistic Director: Nikki Rosengren
  • Production Manager: Abby Weissman
  • Business Manager: Drew Guerra
  • Outreach Coordinator: Maddie Rostami
  • Marketing Director: Maddie Napel
  • Technical Directors: Dominick Mugavero, Alex Dayton
  • Literary Manager: Delaney Burlingame
  • Stage Management Chair: Bailey Sutton
  • Special Events Chairs: Daniel Shuffield, Maddy Kelly
  • Tour Managers: Adam Brody, Courtney Doyle
  • Team Education: Julianne Lang, Rebecca Elowe, Emily Baldwin
  • Freshman Board Representatives: ???



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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