Actors Theatre of Indiana Set to Kick Off 20th Anniversary and New Season

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April 2024

For the past two decades, Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) has been enchanting audiences with its unparalleled stage brilliance. Over this time, we’ve witnessed the company’s remarkable growth, evolving into an integral resident company of the Center for the Performing Arts. As the campus itself has flourished since its inception over a decade ago, ATI has stood as a beacon of artistic excellence, contributing vibrancy and depth to the cultural landscape of our community.

Through its dedication to delivering outstanding performances and its unwavering commitment to the arts, ATI has truly become a cornerstone of the performing arts scene, captivating audiences and enriching lives with each production it brings to the stage.

ATI’s 2024-25 Season Unveiled

As they celebrate their 20th Anniversary, ATI has unveiled the captivating lineup for their 2024-2025 season. The curtain will rise on September 13, 2024, with “Ring of Fire,” a musical tribute to the legendary Johnny Cash. Following Cash’s journey from the cotton fields of Arkansas to the heights of fame, this toe-tapping production promises a soul-stirring experience with iconic hits like “I Walk the Line” and “Ring of Fire.”

Bringing holiday cheer, ATI presents “She Loves Me: A Holiday Love Story” starting November 1. This romantic comedy, set against the backdrop of a Hungarian perfumery, follows the enchanting tale of Amalia and Georg as they discover love through heartfelt letters exchanged with a mysterious pen pal.

The intrigue continues into 2025 with “Whodunit: the Musical,” debuting on January 31. Adapted from Mary Roberts Rinehart’s mystery novels, this farcical musical whisks audiences away to a Connecticut summer home in 1931, where a series of curious events unfold, culminating in a riotous romp of laughter and suspense.

Closing the season with a bang, “9 to 5” takes the stage on April 25, 2025. Based on the hit movie and featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, this uproarious musical follows three female coworkers as they take matters into their own hands to combat workplace sexism and injustice.

Two Decades of Performance and Progress

ATI artistic director and co-founder Judy Fitzgerald reflected on ATI’s remarkable 20-year journey, sharing several highs and lows the company has endured. From the early days of relocating to Indiana to the achievement of securing a permanent home on the Center for the Performing Arts’ esteemed campus, ATI has faced and overcome numerous obstacles. Through the challenges of the Great Recession and the unprecedented turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, ATI has consistently demonstrated resilience and determination, emerging from each trial even stronger than before.

Despite these adversities, the company has not only persevered but thrived. ATI continues to attract talent from across the nation and maintains steadfast outreach programs that leave a lasting impact on the children of central Indiana, fostering a love for performance and nurturing the next generation of artists and enthusiasts alike.

“It’s amazing when you think about all the obstacles and transitions,” Fitzgerald reflected. “We started out in 2004, and we were just waiting to get here [the Center for the Performing Arts campus]. Former Mayor Jim Brainard believed [the Center] was going to happen, and we believed in the vision too. When you look back on it, the last 20 years have really been incredible.”

Fitzgerald exuded optimism when discussing ATI’s future trajectory. With influential figures like Brian Frost, serving as the executive director, Darrin Murrell, contributing as the associate artistic director, and John Murphy, serving as president of the ATI Board of Directors, Fitzgerald expressed a deep sense of confidence in the company’s direction.

Looking ahead to the new season and beyond, Fitzgerald remains committed to furthering ATI’s impact by positioning the company as a destination for equity theater. Through strategic initiatives and a steadfast dedication to artistic excellence, Fitzgerald envisions ATI’s continued growth and influence within the theatrical community.

“I’m so excited because we have people working on funding and sponsorships,” Fitzgerald said. “I’m also excited for this coming season—we had over 1,000 people audition, which is amazing! Our focus is on producing shows that people want to do, and we’re bringing in younger people and engaging the [national] acting community more, so it’s going to be a fun season.”

Fitzgerald conveyed heartfelt gratitude for the unwavering support ATI has received over the past two decades, extending appreciation to both long-standing supporters and those who continue to champion the company’s endeavors today. Recognizing the invaluable contributions of these supporters, Fitzgerald emphasized their role in ATI’s journey and expressed profound gratitude for their belief in the company’s mission and vision. With their steadfast backing, ATI has been able to thrive and evolve.

“We’ve been very blessed,” Fitzgerald expressed. “Every time things just worked out, there was a reason for that. It didn’t just ‘work out.’ It worked because we’ve had people behind us. It was more than luck … it was the ‘plan,’ even if we didn’t know it was the plan at the time. We felt the need for it here [in Carmel] when we came in 2004, and Brainard recognized that need as well. My goal for ATI, going forward, is to continue to do good work. I want people to love to work with us. When we started ATI, we wanted to perform, to give jobs to equity/union members, and to put quality out there … that was and continues to be our goal.”

For more information on these sensational shows and other offerings from Actors Theatre of Indiana, including ticket details, visit atistage.org or call the Center for the Performing Arts box office at 317.843.3800.