Our Story

Founded in 1995 and originally named the Peppermint Creek Players, PCTC performed one play a summer.

The company is named after the creek that runs near founder Chad Swan-Badgero's childhood home in Mason, MI.

As a fifth-grader, Swan-Badgero was looking through old maps of Mason and found where his house would have been, and the creek was named Peppermint Creek. This stuck with Swan-Badgero, and when it came time to name the group, it seemed appropriate and personal. The first two productions were presented at Mount Hope Presbyterian Church, and then moved to the MSU Gardens Conservatory.

From 1995-2000, Peppermint Creek established itself as a new, fresh, and vital performing arts group that took chances and believed in the power of theatre.

When Mr. Swan-Badgero returned from New York City, he brought with him the desire to completely establish PCTC as a non-profit organization with a full season of shows. Now in their twenty-first season of shows as a non-profit, Peppermint Creek has made huge strides in creating a new voice in Lansing. Peppermint Creek performances have consistently been recognized by critics, and PCTC has boasted some of the finest actors that Lansing, Chicago, New York, and beyond have to offer.

Meet our board to learn more about our leadership and view our past seasons for a taste of our work. 

past seasons


Peppermint Creek Theatre Company continues to strive to produce classic and contemporary theatre that addresses vital issues in our society, raises awareness, and encourages dialogue while entertaining.

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Peppermint Creek is your community theatre. We exist to serve you – to provide the highest quality theatre in our region, and beyond. Your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed to current needs and opportunities for the future of the theatre.