about us

Indianapolis Shakespeare Company is in its 12th year of producing high quality, fully professional Shakespeare in the Park productions. Indy Shakes is proud to offer our mainstage performances to the Indianapolis community for FREE! 

We serve local theatre artists. One of our motivating factors is to prevent “creative brain drain”. We offer local theatre artists of all levels artistically satisfying, paid jobs during a time of year when many of the local arts organizations are not producing.

Our Company is comprised of actors, and technical and production professionals. Our team effort that makes creating the productions so satisfying for team members—and ultimately for the audiences.


Indy Shakes mainstage production is preparing to move to Riverside Park in 2019, beginning with the production of Hamlet.

Together with Indy Parks and Recreation, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, and Indiana Landmarks, we are building a permanent home at an outdoor amphitheatre with the Taggart Memorial as a backdrop. This is thanks to a $9.2 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.

our history

Our company was founded in 2006 by a group of Indianapolis actors—Michael Shelton, Ben Tebbe, Lauren Morris, Michael Downey, and Nick Carpenter—who created the Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre, a company which began by producing contemporary work and new plays. Over the years, free Shakespeare productions became the galvanizing focus.

During our Lilly Endowment-funded strategic planning process in 2016, we changed our name to reflect our focus to Indianapolis Shakespeare Company.

We have been rooted in the Indianapolis community for over a decade and will continue to serve the great city of Indianapolis for years to come.