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. 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. We collaborate with VisitIndy, Downtown Indy, and others to promote our productions to our visitors.
  • 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 now comprised of not only actors, but also technical and production professionals. Our team effort that makes creating the productions so satisfying for all team members—and ultimately for the audiences.

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.