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Board of Directors

Dan McHugh

Ann Field

Emily Douville
Joe Bateman

Members at Large
Ray Harris
Sharon Schmidt
Lori Rowe
Fran Taglia
Jennifer McHugh
Artistic Team

Artistic Director

Jennifer McHugh

Technical Director

Ray Harris

Properties Design

Karen Robinson

Scenic Design

Emily Douville

Performance Graphic Design

Kristine Keegan
Blue Frog Design

Kyle Flubacker

Creative Design & Branding Partner
Liz Benedetto,
Ashby Creative Lab


Parker Players Theater Company crafts productions showcasing the talents of our artistic community and delivers high quality theater to Barrington and the surrounding areas. Dedicated to staging performances that bridge the distance between audience and artist,
PPTC invites you to experience the connection.


We are Parker Players Theater Company, a small, visionary, and fearless team dedicated to delivering high quality theatrical productions to YOU.

Parker Players Theater Company formed in 2019 in response to the loss of its permanent theater home. Originally the idea of Mark Parker and a few other Barrington dreamers, the community theater found its footing by offering a variety of productions featuring local talent and performing in a small black box theater space. When the state of Illinois purchased and leveled the theater to make way for construction of a railroad underpass, we chose to reinvent ourselves. We became a theater company with two goals; to craft productions of the highest quality and to secure a permanent theater home.
Since 2019, we have maintained our dedication to this vision. We’ve produced The Gift of the Magi, started production for The Fantasticks (shut down by the covid pandemic in 2020), sta
ged three dinner theater cabarets as the pandemic receded, then returned vigorously with fully staged productions of Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss & What I Wore, Reginald Rose’s 12 Angry Men, the farcical comedy, Suite Surrender, the contemporary comedies Ripcord by David Lindsey-Abaire,  and Love/Sick by John Cariani. We are currently in rehearsals for the July production of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman based on Ken Kesey's novel.

We’ve achieved all of this without a permanent theater home. We’ve utilized basements, garages, stables, and empty offices to build sets and rehearse. We’ve rented storage containers to house our technical equipment, props, and costumes. We’ve scouted and rented Barrington area restaurants and event spaces to present our productions, adapting each venue to provide the best theater experience possible.
In addition, we steadily increased awareness among the Chicagoland theater community of our commitment to providing a demanding yet supportive home for the artistic process.
We are thrilled to announce we have secured a permanent home at 'The Barrington'  540 W Northwes
t Highway. We are campaigning to 'Stage The Build' of a state-of-the-art black box theater in the heart of our community.

Please view our Stage The Build campaign page to learn more about the theater and how you can help ensure its success. 

Productions to Date


Darn Cubbies

Naked Lunch



Smalls Talk   

Alice in Wonderland

Snow White and the 7 Emojis


Bye Bye Birdie

The Odd Couple​​


Love, Loss and What I Wore

Barrington in Broadway

The Wizard of Oz 

The Gift of the Magi


The Fantasticks


Dine & Delight Cabaret Series

Spider's Web


Love Loss & What I Wore

12 Angry Men

Suite Surrender




One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Lend Me A Tenor

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