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Our Story

Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church. In August of 1998, a devastating fire consumed the old church and the organization was left homeless. After spending the better part of a year on clean up, debt settlement and reorganization, NCCA was gifted with the use of a small building at 125 N. Fourth St. in downtown Chesterton. This empty building has now been converted into the intimate, 50-seat theater, which has been a performance venue for many artists in the Northwest Indiana region.

Our second location, now the Fourth Street Theater, opened its doors in the fall of 1999. Our first performance was a revival of Footlight Players production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged” in 2000. We then produced our first show in the spring of 2001: "The Good War."

In the summer of 2002, we joined the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, or NIETF, from whom we have since received over 204 nominations and 70 awards for excellence in all aspects of theatrical production.

We are pleased to announce that we are now the proud owners of our theater space, which up until recently we had been renting.


We are an all-volunteer community theater.  We are always looking for new volunteers.  (Sorry, we do not offer any paid positions)


3 Interesting Things

Check out this video that Indiana Dunes Tourism made about our theater!

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Past Shows

A List of Past Shows


A List of Awards


Photos from past show


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