Treehouse Troupe

Treehouse Troupe 

The Treehouse Troupe of the BGSU Department of Theatre & Film is a major outreach project that encompasses the University goals of education, service, and research/creative activity.  Since 1979, Treehouse Troupe has performed nearly 1,200 shows and presented nearly 3,000 workshops for over 300,000 students, teachers, and public audiences.

Treehouse Troupe began in 1979 as a graduate student project to share the talents of the BGSU Theatre Department faculty, staff, and students with the local community.  Throughout the past four decades Treehouse Troupe has grown in popularity and as an important educational resource for schools throughout Northwest Ohio.

Treehouse Troupe is organized as an undergraduate theatre class and the cast meets Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the fall semester.  In the first half of the semester Troupe members learn the scripts, develop their characters, prepare teacher study guides, and rehearse a Treehouse Troupe play that serves all ages of school children.
Once the plays are rehearsed, costumes are made, and scenery is built, the Troupe begins to tour the Northwest Ohio region.  Students explore the challenges and joys of touring plays to area schools.  BGSU students run creativity workshops in the schools visited, encouraging students to get out of their seats and explore their own creativity through dramatic improvisation.  Study guides allow teachers to connect the program to classroom lessons in vocabulary, history, creative writing, and more.
Treehouse Troupe is often the first and sometimes the only live drama many children in Northwest Ohio encounter during elementary school.  The rural population we serve needs a memorable introduction to performance and Treehouse Troupe provides this outlet.  With the reduction of funds and increase in testing limiting cultural field trips for schools, Treehouse Troupe provides an essential service by bringing theatre to schools.

Each fall the award-winning Treehouse Troupe tours elementary schools throughout northwest Ohio.  Members of the troupe perform and conduct classroom workshops in participating schools.  Please use the Booking Request Form to book your performance today!  We look forward to performing for your school!

Performance Locations

  • Bowling Green   
  • Defiance
  • Fostoria
  • Fremont
  • Toledo
  • Wauseon
  • Alger, OH
  • Bloomdale, OH
  • Bowling Green, OH
  • Bryan, OH
  • Bucyrus, OH
  • Defiance, OH
  • Delphos, OH
  • Fostoria, OH
  • Fremont, OH
  • Grand Rapids, OH
  • Huber Heights, OH
  • Huron, OH
  • Kelley’s Island, OH
  • Liberty Center, OH
  • Lima, OH
  • Milan, OH
  • Monroeville, OH
  • New Riegel, OH
  • Norwalk, OH
  • Oregon, OH
  • Sandusky, OH
  • Temperence, MI
  • Toledo, OH
  • Upper Sandusky, OH
  • Wallbridge, OH
  • Wauseon, OH

Check out these images from past Treehouse Troupe productions!

Three actors in New Kid

New Kid by Dennis Foon, 2017
Left to right: Shannon Bingham, Talisa Lemke, 
and Harmon Andrews

Three actors in This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing
by Finegan Kruckemeyer, 2016
(left to right): Maddie Moore, Macey Bradam, Haven Bradam

Three actors in New Kid

New Kid by Dennis Foon, 2017
Left to right: Shannon Bingham, Autumn Chisholm,
and Harmon Andrews

Three actors in Tomato Plant Girl

Tomato Plant Girl by Wesley Middleton, 2016
(left to right): Haven Bradam, Maddie Moore, Macey Bradam

Updated: 05/25/2023 09:41AM