IRT Annual Impact Report: 2019-2021 Season

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2019-2020 & 2020–2021 SEASON


WELCOME OUR MISSION Live theatre connects us to meaningful issues in our lives and has the power to shape the human experience. The mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge, and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.

DEAR FRIENDS,

OUR VISION The Indiana Repertory Theatre will be a life-long destination of choice for an ever-expanding audience of all ages and backgrounds seeking enjoyable and meaningful experiences. Using theatre as a springboard for both personal reflection and community discussion, our productions and programs will inspire our neighbors to learn about themselves and others. As an arts leader in the state of Indiana, the IRT’s goal is to make Indiana a dynamic home of cultural expression, economic vitality, and a diverse, informed, and engaged citizenry.

Following a period of closure and assessment in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, the IRT forged ahead with its mission of providing top-quality professional theatre by reinventing its art and shifting to a virtually streamed 2020-2021 Season. This transition, and the ability to keep producing our art, was made possible through the loyalty and generous support of our IRT family—individual donors, season ticket holders, corporate and foundational partners, and government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels.

YOUR INVESTMENT Because of your support, the IRT has served approximately five million people since 1972. As we look back over 48 seasons of producing professional theatre and arts education programming, we are grateful to count you as partners in all that we do. Your generosity allows us to continue providing our community with world-class art that enlightens and entertains. II

It is our great pleasure to share with you the Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Annual Impact Report for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Seasons. It’s unusual for us to combine the publication of two seasons’, however, there is no denying that these have been unusual seasons! IRT’s 2019-2020 Season saw a remarkable amount of artistic and critical success, such as the launch of the INclusion Series, sharing diverse works by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists, and enormously popular runs of such productions as Morning after Grace, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, and Murder on the Orient Express. And then the world changed.

Your support has enabled the IRT to continue producing world-class theatre through the most turbulent times in our history. As we embrace a joyous and long-awaited return to live productions, we reflect on the challenges and successes of the last two seasons and thank you for your belief and investment in our work. We could not have reached this point without you, and we greatly look forward to seeing you at the Theatre! Sincerely,

Janet Allen Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director

Suzanne Sweeney Managing Director

Front Cover: Gavin Lawrence in the IRT’s 2020 production of Murder on the Orient Express. Emma Rosenthal in the IRT’s 2019 production of A Christmas Carol. DeLanna Studi in the IRT’s 2019 production of And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears. Henry Woronicz in the IRT’s 2021 production of Tuesdays with Morrie. Celeste M. Cooper in the IRT’s 2021 production of Mrs. Harrison. Right: Brian Wilson, Milicent Wright and Xavier Adams in the IRT’s 2020 production of The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963. Photos by Zach Rosing.


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2019–2020 SEASON Season closed early due to Covid-19

Little Choo-Choo

The

Twelve Angry Men

That Thinks She Can by James Still

by Reginald Rose

OCT 9 – 27, 2019 & FEB 18 – MARCH 1, 2020

SEPT 4 – SEPT 29, 2019

And So We Walked

Morning After Grace

An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears created & performed by

by Carey Crim

DeLanna Studi

OCT 15 – NOV 10, 2019

NOV 16 – DEC 26, 2019

JAN 14 – FEB 9, 2020

The

Watsons Go to Birmingham based on the book by

—1963

Christopher Paul Curtis adapted by Cheryl L. West

FEB 1 – MARCH 7, 2020

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Agatha Christie’s

Murder on the Orient Express adapted by

Ken Ludwig

MARCH 3 – MARCH 29, 2020

Part of IRT’s INclusion Series: Celebrating Diverse Storytelling


2020–2021 SEASON Virtual Season

THIS WONDERFUL LIFE by Steve Murray

DEC 1, 2020 – JAN 3, 2021

NO. 6

by T.J. Young

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE by based on the book by

Mitch Albom

FEB 8 – FEB 28, 2021

CYRANO based on the book by

Edmond Rostand adapted for the stage by

Jo Roets

MARCH 11 – APRIL 4, 2021

APRIL 15 – MAY 9, 2021

MRS. HARRISON

THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT

MAY 6 – MAY 30, 2021

MAY 27 – JUNE 20, 2021

a play by R. Eric Thomas

Original artwork yb yleK Ragsdale and aT sha Becwik th

by James Still

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SEASONS AT A GLANCE

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Laura . T Fisher, Henry oW ronicz and Joseph Primes in the IRT’s 2020 prodtuc ion of

Morning After Grace.

The cast of the IRT’s 2021 prodtuc ion of

The House That Jack Built.

Photos yb Zach Rosing.


# of Indiana counties served in the 2019-2020 & 2020-2021 Seasons + streaming in other states

51 LAKE

PORTER

LAPORTE

ST. JOSEPH

ELKHART

MARSHALL

STARKE

LAGRANGE

STEUBEN

NOBLE

DEKALB

WHITLEY PULASKI

WHITE

2020-2021 Season:

WABASH

HUNTINGTON WELLS

CASS

CARROLL

ADAMS

GRANT BLACKFORD JAY

HOWARD

TIPPECANOE WARREN

CLINTON

TIPTON

85,823

ALLEN

FULTON MIAMI

BENTON

2019-2020 Season (COVID shortened season):

KOSCIUSKO

JASPER NEWTON

THEATRE ATTENDANCE

MADISON

29,883 11,953 viewers streams

DELAWARE RANDOLPH

FOUNTAIN

MONTGOMERY

HAMILTON

BOONE

HENRY WAYNE PARKE

HENDRICKS

HANCOCK

MARION

PUTNAM RUSH FAYETTE

SHELBY VIGO

MORGAN

CLAY

UNION

JOHNSON FRANKLIN

OWEN

DECATUR MONROE

BROWN

BARTHOLOMEW

RIPLEY DEARBORN

SULLIVAN GREENE

JENNINGS JACKSON

OHIO

LAWRENCE KNOX

JEFFERSON

MARTIN

SWITZERLAND

DAVIESS SCOTT

WASHINGTON

Students from across the state virtually engaged in an awarded playwriting competition that offered guidance and instruction from IRT artists, including Playwright-in-Residence James Still; a series of videos featuring James was created for the program.

ORANGE CLARK PIKE

DUBOIS

GIBSON

CRAWFORD

WARRICK POSEY

HARRISON

FLOYD

2019-2020 Season

PERRY SPENCER

2020-2021 Season Both Seasons

Videos received more than viewings from over students in 7 counties

1,700 150

GRATEFUL FOR THE LOYALTY OF DONORS & SEASON TICKET HOLDERS % 84 season ticket

renewal rate over the past 2 seasons

% 85 of Repertory Society

Households (giving $1,500+ annually) renewed their gifts

The 10-year average for donor retention for all donors is 57%. 5


ARTISTIC IMPACT – INCLUSION SERIES The Indiana Repertory Theatre seeks to be exactly what its name suggests—a provider of theatrical experiences that will engage, challenge and entertain ALL of Indiana. Our state is comprised of Hoosiers of numerous ethnicities, backgrounds, and cultures with rich histories and dynamic points of view. The IRT has a long history of producing work by writers of color, but the strong audience response of productions such as 2018’s A Raisin in the Sun and Pipeline, which included increasing the diversity of audience served, gave the inspiration for creating a series that would elevate and highlight this work. Intentionally highlighting Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) stories provided an opportunity to create dialogue between productions and between different communities. This idea became our INclusion Series, a series of plays meant to welcome new audiences to the Theatre through partnerships with social service and social justice organizations to link the issues of the plays to topics at the heart of national debates. This expanded our post-show discussion program, which had often featured community panels into a Community Conversations model that helped curate discussions around various themes connected to the plays and our community. Launched in the 2019-2020 Season, the INclusion Series brought to Indianapolis audiences some of the rich and moving work being created by a wide range of underrepresented theatre artists. This inaugural season featured And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, by Cherokee artist and actor DeLanna Studi, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, adapted by Cheryl L. West from the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, a wildly popular Civil Rights era tale which saw its sold-out run extended. The third play was scheduled to be Jessica Huang’s The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin, the searing immigration story of one man during the Chinese Exclusion Act era, which was delayed until the 2021-2022 Season due to the onset of the pandemic. In addition to their artistic merits, these productions provided the IRT the opportunity to build relationships and conduct spirited Community Conversations with such organizations as the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission, the Center for Black Literature and Culture, and Eli Lilly & Company’s Chinese Culture Network.

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As the IRT moved into the virtually streamed 2020-2021 Season, its commitment to the INclusion Series as a vital component of our programming was affirmed. One third of the season was dedicated to the INclusion Series, as T.J. Young’s NO. 6 examined the impact of racial tensions that lead to citywide protests and rioting, and R. Eric Thomas’ Mrs. Harrison asked difficult questions about representation and who possesses the right to share stories and cultural experiences. Each of these productions was accompanied by its own series of Community Conversations, with representatives from the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, Indianapolis Public Schools, Flanner House, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, and more. The impact of these stories and their accompanying discussions on IRT’s audiences has only served to reinforce the need for the INclusion Series in our programming. Both student and public audiences alike have shared how INclusion Series productions have touched them: “A lot of students connected with DeLanna’s (Studi) story. I think they connected (with the story she shared) to the intersectionality of being only part Cherokee which made her too much Indian for her career but not enough Indian for the Cherokee tribe.” —Teacher, IPS School 60 “Loved The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 play at Indiana Repertory Theatre this afternoon. This powerful play had me laughing and crying. It was a reminder that our stories need to be told and our young people deserve to learn about our history good or bad.” —Kimberly E., IRT Patron The IRT is proud to share these diverse and powerful productions with its Indiana audiences, and to curate the crucial conversations that accompany them. As the INclusion Series moves into its third season, we look forward to continuing this important work and expanding its scope for the most inclusive audience possible.


DeLanna Studi in the IRT’s 2019 prodtuc ion of of The aW tsons Go to Birmingham1– 963.

And So eW aW elk d: An Artist’s Journey Along the rT ail of eT ars. Photos yb Zach Rosing.

Tiaf ny Giliam, Dalila oY der, Bryant Bentley and Brian Wilson in the IRT’s 2020 prodtuc ion

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COMMUNITY IMPACT – IDEA WORK

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LaeK sha oL rene, Miliec nt rW ight and Jamaal McCray in the IRT’s 2021 prodtuc ion of

.NO 6.

Celeste M. Cooper and Mary Wiliamson in the IRT’s 2021 prodtuc ion of

Mrs. Harrison.

Photos yb Zach Rosing.


INCLUSION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND ACCESS The IRT continues its commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) both on our stages and through extensive IDEA training for the entire staff and Board, incorporating this work into all aspects of institutional culture, from hiring practices to programming to the ways in which we interact with the community. In the 2020-2021 Season, IRT’s IDEA Board committee and a staff IDEA committee began crafting IDEA beliefs and values statements to be incorporated into the IRT’s Strategic Plan. Plans for these statements, along with IRT’s Land and Building Acknowledgment, were made to be shared on the IRT’s website as well as in other public facing spaces. The 2020-2021 Season saw IRT undertake steps to develop and serve its diverse Indiana audience by engaging community ambassadors. Representing the primary community featured in a play, and chosen from such organizations as Eskenazi Health, the Indianapolis Mayor’s Office, and the Urban League. Ambassadors were asked to read the play in advance, provide feedback on how it spoke to them, and propose thoughts on meaningful outreach. This program continues to evolve. Community Conversations have been part of IRT season programming, however, this season’s conversations took place through feedback and guidance from our ambassadors, which created unique synergies to tie Community Conversations panels to the content of the play as well as topics of specific interest within the community. IRT’s production of No. 6 saw panels discussing how to have difficult conversations regarding race and social justice. Panelists included: FACILITATOR: Julian Harrell

| IRT Board Member

PANELISTS

Ahmed Young Chief of Staff/General Counsel, Indianapolis Public Schools Ash Lee Talley Legal Counsel, Anthem

Ryan Danley Compliance & Ethics Coordinator–North American Region for American Honda Motor Co

FACILITATOR:

Detra Mills | IRT Board Member

PANELISTS

Dawn Higgins

Retired IMPD Sergeant David Sklar Assistant Director & Director of Government Affairs, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council

Dr. Lasana Kazembe Assistant Professor, IUPUI’s School of Education and in the Africana Studies Program Sebeko Jywanza Director of Food Justice, Flanner House and Operating Manager of Cleo’s Bodega & Café

The Community Conversations continued with Mrs. Harrison, focusing on such topics as who has the right to tell whose story and the intersection of race in friendships. Panelists included: FACILITATOR: Rebecca Hutton

| IRT Board Member

PANELISTS

Jennifer Blackmer Professor, Department of Theatre & Dance & Director of Virginia B. Ball Center for Creative Inquiry, Ball State University

Christina Cheeks Service Line Administrator Eskenazi Health

FACILITATOR: Tammara Avant

| IRT Board Member

PANELISTS

Dr. Terri Jett Professor—Political Science and Conflict Studies Department & Faculty Director of the Hub for Black Affairs and Community Engagement and Senior Advisor to the President, Affiliate Faculty—Race, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Butler University

Leslie Bowles Senior Director of Community Engagement & Philanthropy, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, a CICF Fund Ebony Chappel Program & Communications Director Leadership Indianapolis Allison Barkel Customer Success Manager, LifeOmic IRT Offscript Chair

In 2021, hired minority and woman-owned public relations and marketing firm Herd Strategies to deepen community engagement efforts with BIPOC audiences, reestablish relationships with BIPOC media businesses, and ensure that representation and voice in external marketing is authentic and respectful to audiences.

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2019–2020 FINANCIAL REPORTING INCOME

EXPENSES

DONATED TICKETS (DUE TO EARLY SHUT DOWN): $232,801 (4%) OTHER INCOME: $327,421 (5%) ENDOWMENT TRANSFERS: $837,288 (13%)

BUILDING SERVICES: $387,639 (6%) DEVELOPMENT: $491,534 (7%) ADMINISTRATION: $1,114,170 (17%) MARKETING/FRONT OF HOUSE: $1,276,355 (19%)

TICKET SALES: $2,270,716 (36%)

ARTISTIC: $1,471,604 (23%) ANNUAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: $2,666,210 (42%)

PRODUCTION: $1,847,990 (28%)

TOTAL CONTRIBUTED INCOME BY CATEGORY INDIVIDUAL: $1,107,168 (42%)

FOUNDATION: $679,250 (25%)

CORPORATE: $307,000 (11%)

FRONT AND CENTER SUPPORT: $200,000 (8%) SPECIAL EVENTS: $203,888 (8%) IN-KIND: $43,804 (2%) 10

PUBLIC: $125,100 (4%)


2020–2021 FINANCIAL REPORTING INCOME

EXPENSES

OTHER INCOME: $103,099 (2%) PANDEMIC SPECIAL FUNDING: $632,107 (13%)

DEVELOPMENT: $274,116 (7%) BUILDING SERVICES: $347,026 (9%)

ENDOWMENT TRANSFERS: $893,021 (18%)

ADMINISTRATION: $632,064 (17%)

TICKET SALES: $885,944 (18%)

MARKETING/FRONT OF HOUSE: $684,014 (19%) ARTISTIC: $797,136 (22%)

ANNUAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: $2,372,665 (49%) PRODUCTION: $943,284 (26%)

TOTAL CONTRIBUTED INCOME BY CATEGORY INDIVIDUAL: $981,393 (40%)

FOUNDATION: $594,600 (24%)

FRONT AND CENTER SUPPORT: $250,000 (10%)

CORPORATE: $251,825 (10%)

SPECIAL EVENTS: $179,363 (7%)

IN-KIND: $3,788 (.1%)

PUBLIC: $111,696 (4.5%) PANDEMIC SPECIAL FUNDING (DOES NOT INCLUDE PPP): $87,327 (4.4%) 11


BOARD OF DIRECTORS The Indiana Repertory Theatre is governed by a board of directors comprised of community and business leaders. We are incredibly grateful for this group’s dedicated service and visionary leadership during the past two seasons. OFFICERS CHAIR – 20, 21

SECRETARY – 20, 21

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR – 20, 21

Nadine Givens PNC Wealth Management

Tammara D. Avant American Electric Power

Tom Froehle Faegre Drinker

VICE CHAIR & CHAIR ELECT – 20, 21

TREASURER – 20, 21

Mark Shaffer KPMG LLP

Andrew Michie OneAmerica Financial Partners

DIRECTORS Allison Barkel – 21 LifeOmic IRT Offscript Advisory Council Liaison Gerald Berg - 20 Wells Fargo Advisors Keith A. Bice – 20, 21 Dentons Bingham Greenbaum Heather Brogden – 20 Porch Marketing IRT Offscript Advisory Council Liaison Amy Burke – 20, 21 Butler University Ann Colussi Dee – 20 Duke Realty Gary Denney – 20 Eli Lilly and Company, retired Michael P. Dinius – 20, 21 Noble Consulting Services, Inc. Laurie Dippold – 20, 21 KAR Global, Inc. Daniel C. Emerson* – 20, 21 Indianapolis Colts Troy D. Farmer – 20, 21 BKD CPAs & Advisors

Richard D. Feldman – 20 Franciscan Health Indianapolis

Rebecca Hutton – 20, 21 Leadership Indianapolis

Peter Racher – 20, 21 Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

James W. Freeman – 20, 21 OneAmerica Financial Partners, retired

Elisha Modisett Kemp – 20, 21 Corteva Agriscience

Peter N. Reist – 20, 21 Oxford Financial Group

Ron Gifford – 21 RDG Strategies LLC

Joy Kleinmaier – 20, 21 American Specialty Health

Susan O. Ringo – 20, 21 Community Volunteer

Bruce Glor – 20, 21 J.P. Morgan

Jill Lacy – 21 The Lacy Foundation

Myra C. Selby – 20, 21 Ice Miller LLP

Christopher Gramling – 20, 21 Eli Lilly and Company

Sarah Lechleiter – 20, 21 Community Volunteer

Mike Simmons – 20, 21 Jupiter Peak, LLC

Ricardo L. Guimarães – 20, 21 Corteva Agriscience, retired

Alan Mills – 20, 21 Barnes & Thornburg

Shelly Smith - 20, 21 Ernst & Young

Julian Harrell – 20, 21 Faegre Drinker

Detra Mills – 20, 21 The Basement

Susan L. Smith – 20, 21 Community Volunteer

Mike Harrington – 21 Eli Lilly and Company, retired

Lawren K. Mills - 20 Ice Miller Strategies LLC, Ice Miller LLP

Amy Waggoner – 20, 21 Salesforce

Michael N. Heaton – 20, 21 Katz Sapper & Miller

Michael Moriarty – 20, 21 Frost Brown Todd

L. Alan Whaley – 20, 21 Ice Miller, LLP, retired

Holt Hedrick – 20, 21 Calumet Specialty Products Partners L.P.

Timothy W. Oliver – 20 STAR Bank

David Whitman* - 20 Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP, retired

Brenda Horn – 21 Ice Miller, retired

Brian Payne – 21 Central Indiana Community Foundation

Heather Wilson -20, 21 Frost Brown Todd LLC

Lauren Petersen – 20, 21 TechPoint

EMERITUS Robert Anker* Rollin Dick Berkley Duck* Dale Duncan*

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Margie Herald David Klapper Jane Schlegel* Wayne Schmidt

Jerry Semler* Jack Shaw* William E. Smith III* Eugene R. Tempel*

*Denotes a Past Board Chair

Melisa Pereyra and Ryan Artzberger in the IRT’s 2021 prodtuc ion of

Cyrano . Photo yb Zach Rosing.


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