Come home to Highland!



Residents who have a hankering to help the Town Theatre get up and running are encouraged to check out a bevy of new committees. Some groups will aid in restoration while others will target postconstruction operations.


FUND-RAISING: Spearheads events and projects that generate immediate and long-term dollars to rehab and run the theatre.


MEMBERSHIP: Develops and launches a “Friends of the Theatre” program to cultivate interest and raise funds.


PUBLICITY & MARKETING: Creates social media opportunities to increase awareness of events germane to the theatre.


VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT: Supports every committee by tapping into the talents of local individuals and groups.


PROGRAMMING: Develops theatre performances that cater to the region and its interests.


OPERATIONS: Provides the technical expertise necessary to operate projection equipment.


MAINTENANCE: Provides general upkeep both inside and outside the building.





With work continuing to refurbish

the town’s vintage movie house,

the Theatre Board is looking to the

community to support the project

by becoming a founding member.

Membership levels from $20 to $75 are available. Benefits include:


•    Your name in the commemorative

    Town Theatre Booklet    

    acknowledging your support.

•    A VIP pass to an exclusive      

    Preview Event, including a tour of

    the newly renovated theatre and

    members-only reception.

•    Your personal invitation to the first

    annual corporate meeting of the

    Theatre Board.

•    A complimentary decal to show

    your support of the Town Theatre.


Keith Bruxvoort

Former Vice President of Finance, Strack & Van Til


Dawn Diamantopoulos

Independent artist


Matt Domasica

Auditorium Coordinator, School Town of Highland


Dan Dunn

Communications Professor, Purdue Northwest


Michael Griffin

Town of Highland Clerk-Treasurer


Bruce Leep

Chairman Provision Theatre Company

Professor at Trinity College


Michael Maloney

Former Highland Redevelopment chairman


Mary Shelton

Assistant Vice President Business Development

Branch Manager, Centier Bank


Town Council Representatives

Dan Vassar and Bernie Zemen


Legal Team

Rhett Tauber and Carol Green-Fraley


President              Dawn Diamantopoulos

Vice President      Bruce Leep


Treasurer              Keith Bruxvoort


Nearly 200 turn out for Highland Town Theatre presentation

It was a near capacity crowd that gathered January 23 at the Lincoln Center Banquet Hall to debate the merits of a renovated Town Theatre.


Pro-theatre attendees talked about the cultural pluses, which they say would make Highland a destination for an estimated 200,000 individuals each year.


Nay-sayers were  concerned primarily with the cost of the project -- which Clerk-Treasurer Michael Griffin said would add an estimated $6 to the average household’s annual property tax bill -- $120 over the life of the construction bonds.


The Highland Town Council plans to vote on the Town Theatre at its next meeting –

7 p.m. January 30 at Town Hall, 3333 RIdge Road.


Morris Architects and the Redevelopment Commission presented plans for a

revamped Town Theatre while Steven Libman, a theatre consultant with The Libman Group, provided information on a three-year forecast for operations and information on how the arts benefit municipalities.


Following two years of discussing the nuances of the project both great and small, Redevelopment Director Cecile Petro said the commission is proud to show the council how a renovated theatre can transform the landscape.


“I am most excited about reaching this point after working with committed volunteers who

have given hours of hard work,” Petro said. “They believe the Town Theatre will make

Highland an even better place to live, work and visit,” she said. “Without them, there

wouldn’t be a Town Theatre project.”


Click here to download the Town Theatre renderings 


Click here to download the Town Theatre presentation 


Click here to download the proposed budget 




Presentation showcases cultural arts district,

state-of-the-art theatre with multiple functions