In 2016, Suzanne was honored to serve as a panelist for Shakespeare in American Communities in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Suzanne is active in the community, having been the treasurer of Irish Fest for nine years, a member of the board of directors and treasurer of the Day Nursery Association for seven years, and a past treasurer of Indy Fringe.
LEADERSHIP: SUZANNE SWEENEY
Suzanne is a graduate of the College of William & Mary (undergraduate) and Indiana University (M.B.A.). She started her career as a CPA; prior to coming to Indianapolis, Suzanne worked in finance for more than 10 years, living in such varied locales as Washington, DC; Dallas, Texas; Frankfurt, Germany; Honolulu, Hawaii; and even working for three months in Auckland, New Zealand (where, yes, she went bungee jumping). Suzanne is an alum of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program (Class XXXI). Suzanne lives in the Old Northside, with her 13-year-old son, Jackson, and their foxhound rescue dog, Gertie.
MANAGING DIRECTOR Suzanne is an 18-year veteran of the IRT, managing every administrative area within the theatre at one time or another during that period. Serving as the managing director is the capstone to her career here. Her main responsibility had been to serve as the chief financial officer of the theatre, running the business office, human resources, and information technology functions. As the CFO, she helped to steer the organization thorough 15 years of balanced budgets (and 15 audits!). She also served as the interim managing director for 18 months in 2004-2005. Suzanne is continuing the work of helping to implement a structured and inclusive fundraising effort, including moving the theatre more proactively into planned giving, as well as expanding its marketing efforts and creativity. She is excited to be moving into year four of this leadership role of the organization she loves.
Left: Paula Hopkins and Ryan Artzberger in the IRT's 2016 production of To Kill a Mockingbird. Photo by Zach Rosing. Right: Rob Johansen and Marcus Truschinski in the IRT's 2016 production of The Mystery of Irma Vep. Photo by Zach Rosing.
September 20 - October 15, 2016