The Mississippi Bend Players have taken up summer residency at the Brunner Theatre Center on the Augustana College campus since 2017.

Each year MBP produces a three-show season and a weeklong day camp for young people. The ensemble is led by Augustana theatre faculty members Jeff Coussens ’80 and Jennifer Popple, and Jackie McCall '98.

The Mississippi Bend Players invite both Augustana and other college students to participate in internships. The ensemble includes actors and technical staff, from professionals to regional community members, to support the three full-scale theatrical productions.

Broadway director Philip Wm. McKinley ’73 was the company's founding artistic director and was with the company through 2019. He is especially known for helming the Broadway productions of The Boy From Oz and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.

Mission statement

The Mississippi Bend Players is a regional company whose mission is to provide excellence in entertainment for the Quad Cities and surrounding areas as well as educational opportunities for emerging theatre professionals.