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By taking an active role in four productions per year, you'll be exposed to a variety of genres.

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Each year, we put on four productions—ranging from classics to contemporary, comedies and dramas, to student-written and directed. We also produce major musicals every other year in collaboration with the Music Department. Tickets for all performances are purchased through the Event Ticketing Center. For information about receiving complimentary tickets for a performance, contact Brad Wright, director of theatre, at 317-788-3226 or by email

Student engagement

You will be intimately involved in every production while you're at UIndy–whether you're onstage, backstage or working on a crew. The faculty and staff will be right there with you providing guidance. It's this one-on-one mentoring that will be so important to your growth as a theatre artist. You'll have the opportunity to apply for design or crew positions that interest you, and we'll do our best to make sure you have the experience you're looking for. Competition for roles is rigorous but not overwhelming, and it's not unusual to see freshmen in major roles in main season productions. As your skills and knowledge increase, you will be given more and more responsibilities of supervising your peers as crew chiefs, stage managers and assistant directors.

Student-Directed Productions

Each year, the Theatre Department presents Student-Directed Productions. These productions are entirely directed and produced by students and are typically fully staffed and designed by students as well. Working closely with members of the faculty and staff, the student directors select, cast and direct the plays, working with fellow student lighting, costume, set and sound designers. These productions can be 10-minute plays, cuttings from longer plays, or short one-acts, giving students a chance at directing material that they're passionate about. As a part of our regular production season, the student-directed productions have become a popular campus event. 

2016-17 Production Schedule

Students can find production audition information for the current academic year on My UIndy

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional material by Jay Reiss

Synopsis: Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. A riotous ride complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

Warning: This production may contain adult language and content that some may find inappropriate.

Dates & times
Preview: Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Performances: Oct. 21-23 and 27-29, 8 p.m.; Oct. 23, 2 p.m.
Half-Price Second Thursday: Oct. 27, 8 p.m.

*Curtain time subject to change.

Location: Ransburg Auditorium, Esch Hall

Ticket prices
Preview: Free; no ticket required

Performances:

  • General admission: $12/person
  • Alumni, senior citizens, groups of 8 or more, non-UIndy students with ID: $10/person
  • UIndy students, faculty and staff: Free with ID
  • Half-Price Second Thursday: $6/person

The Totalitarians

By Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Synopsis: We might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively watchable candidate for state office enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine’s husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients—one of whom opens his eyes to Penny’s nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships, and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.

Warning: This production may contain adult language and content that some may find inappropriate.

Dates & times
Preview: Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
Performances: Dec. 2-4 and 8-10, 8 p.m
Half-Price Second Thursday: Dec. 8, 8 p.m.

*Curtain time subject to change

Location: Studio Theatre, Esch Hall

Ticket prices
Preview: Free; no ticket required

Performances:

  • General admission: $12/person
  • Alumni, senior citizens, groups of 8 or more, non-UIndy students with ID: $10/person
  • UIndy students, faculty and staff: Free with ID
  • Half-Price Second Thursday: $6/person

Move Over, Mrs. Markham

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman

"A Dinner Theatre production"

Synopsis: To Sylvie it's the "goose" that she learned from Alistair, but to Philip, Joanna Markham's husband, it's "a variety of geese," and 15 years of marriage is just about undone along with everything else in this wild, zany free-for-all. Everything from Philip's business deals with Bow Wow Books and Alistair's near escape from Joanna's chiding seduction to the naked G.P.O. girl and the specter of scandal is hilarious. A lot of bedhopping occurs as Sylvie winds up taking Alistair on "walkies" and the amazing Mrs. Markham gets her man her husband! It all takes place in an elegant top floor London flat.

Warning: These productions may contain adult humor, language or content that some may find inappropriate.

Dates & times
Preview: Feb. 23, 8 p.m. (performance only; no dinner)
Dinner & performance: Feb. 24-26 and March 2-4 (dinner at 6:45 p.m., performance at 8 p.m.)
Half-Price Second Thursday: March 2, 8 p.m. (performance only; no dinner)

*Curtain time subject to change.

Location: Dining Hall, Schwitzer Student Center

Ticket prices
Preview: Free; no ticket required

Performances:
Ticket prices for the following audiences are to be determined.

  • General admission
  • Alumni, senior citizens, groups of 8 or more, non-UIndy students with ID
  • UIndy students, faculty and staff
  • Half-Price Second Thursday

Student-Directed Productions (SDP)

Synopsis: Productions are typically fully staffed and designed by students, who use them as a laboratory experience, putting into practice the principles they have learned in the classroom. Working closely with faculty and staff, the students select, cast and direct the plays and supervise the lighting, design and construction for the productions. Specific shows to be announced. 

Warning: These productions may contain adult humor, language and/or content that some may find inappropriate.

Dates & times
Preview: April 20, 8 p.m.
Performances: April 21-23 and 27-29, 8 p.m.
Half-Price Second Thursday: April 27, 8 p.m.

*Curtain time subject to change.

Location: Studio Theatre, Esch Hall

Ticket prices
Preview: Free; no ticket required

Performances:

  • General admission: $12/person
  • Alumni, senior citizens, groups of 8 or more, non-UIndy students with ID: $10/person
  • UIndy students, faculty and staff: Free with ID
  • Half-Price Second Thursday: $6/person

Ticket reservations

Tickets may be reserved through the Event Ticketing Center (ETC) or by calling 317-788-3251. Tickets are available approximately one month prior to each production's opening. Tickets are non-refundable. The ETC is located in the lobby of Ransburg Auditorium. Please check the ETC website for hours of operation. 

Past productions

Our department has presented more than 125 productions since our program's inception in 1967, and we take pride in documenting and preserving that work. Check out a sample of photos from past productions, or view the entire collection of photos and production information in the UIndy Theatre Archives.