The Penguin Project ® was conceived by Dr. Andrew Morgan to bring young artists with special needs and peer mentors together to create a theatre production.

The origin of the name “Penguin Project” comes from the unique characteristics of penguins. They are extremely playful and curious, and work well together. More importantly, they have a “disability” that distinguishes them from other birds – they can’t fly!! Instead, penguins waddle and toboggan on their bellies over the snow, and are excellent swimmers in the water. Like our young artists, penguins have adapted to the challenges of their environment, and have not allowed their unique difference to interfere with their lives.

Lincoln Community Playhouse was the first community theatre outside of Illinois to partner with The Penguin Project to produce a production. We're excited to provide this opportunity each spring.


2017 Disney's High School Musical Jr.

Parent information meetings will be held January 31 and February 2 from 6:30-7:45pm at the Playhouse. Meet the directors, learn about the process, and even sing and dance! Parents should attend with their children.


The Penguin Project Sponsors 2017
Alexis Verzal Children's Rehabilitation Hospital

The Penguin Project Donors 2017
Art & Christine Ziegelbaum

Woods Bros. Foundation for Giving

Mike & Linda Verzal

Michelle Derr

Kevin Duling

David & Linda Hirschfeld

Rachel Danay

Bryan & Marleen Rickertsen

The Penguin Project Grants
Lincoln Arts Council

Look for our next Penguin Project production to start in February, 2017 with High School Musical.