about us

Indianapolis Shakespeare Company is entering its 11th year of producing high quality, fully professional Shakespeare productions in White River State Park. Indy Shakes is proud to offer these performances to the Indianapolis community for FREE! 

Indy Shakes is committed to serving the community in many ways!

  • We love providing an inviting, high quality arts experience for those who typically do not go to the theatre. Over the past years, 9%-12% of our audiences report that our production is the first live theatre they have seen!
  •  A growing constituency for Indy Shakes are out of state visitors staying in downtown hotels. We collaborate with VisitIndy, Downtown Indy to promoting our productions. Our vision is creating great theatre for a great city—and we love sharing our art with visitors.
  • A very important constituency we serve are local theatre artists. One of our motivating factors is to prevent “creative brain drain” in Central Indiana. We offer local theatre artists artistically satisfying, paid jobs during a time of year when many of the local arts organizations are not producing.  We value all of our artists, from our college interns to our young professionals to our seasoned pros.
  • We have a commitment to all theatre artists on both sides of the “footlights”. Our Company is now comprised of not only actors and directors, but also stage managers, designers, technicians, production managers, and event managers. We have worked as a team for many years now, and it is this team effort that makes creating the productions so satisfying for all team members—and ultimately for the audiences, too, who sense our joyful, collaborative esprit de corps, and appreciate our dedication to excellence.

our history

Our company was founded in this collaborative spirit 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 initially began by producing contemporary work and brand new plays. Over the years, the free Shakespeare productions became the galvanizing focus of the company.

During our Lilly Endowment-funded strategic planning process in 2016, we changed our name to reflect our focus on Shakespeare. Indianapolis Shakespeare Company has been rooted in the Indianapolis community for a decade and will continue to serve the great city of Indianapolis for years to come.