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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. 

2015-16 Production Schedule

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

King Lear

By William Shakespeare

Synopsis: Long ago, in ancient Britain, King Lear (played by our very own Jim Ream) contemplates retirement – of course he's just not as young as he once was. Lear will divide his empire between his three daughters as there are no male heirs to inherit the throne. Lear plans to give the largest portions of his kingdom to the daughter who professes to love him the most. He is certain he knows which daughter will declare her love for him the most, but are his instincts correct?

Dates & times
Preview: Oct. 22, 8 p.m.
Performances: Oct. 23-24 and 29-31, 8 p.m.; Oct. 25, 2 p.m.
Half-Price Second Thursday: Oct. 29, 8 p.m.

*University Series Talkback to be scheduled.

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

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 or content that some may find inappropriate.

Dates & times
Preview: Dec. 3, 8 p.m.
Performances: Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 10-12, 8 p.m.
Half-Price Second Thursday: Dec. 10, 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

Out of Order

By Ray Cooney

A Dinner Theatre production, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Synopsis: When Richard Wiley, a government junior minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition's typists, things go disastrously wrong. A 1991 Olivier Award Winner for Best Comedy. Warning: These productions may contain adult humor, language or content that some may find inappropriate.

Dates & times
Preview: Feb. 18, 8 p.m. (performance only; no dinner)
Dinner & performance: Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-27 (dinner at 6:45 p.m., performance at 8 p.m.)
Half-Price Second Thursday: Feb. 25, 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:

  • General admission: $26/person
  • Alumni, senior citizens, groups of 8 or more, non-UIndy students with ID: $24/person
  • UIndy students, faculty and staff: $14/person
  • Half-Price Second Thursday: $6/person 

The Laramie Project

By Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services Inc., New York.

Synopsis: In October 1998 a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, and others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of their reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. Warning: This production contains adult language and content that some may find inappropriate.

Dates & times
Preview: April 21, 8 p.m.
Performances: April 22-24 and April 28-30, 8 p.m.
Half-Price Second Thursday: April 28, 8 p.m.

*Talkbacks to be scheduled.

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.