For Immediate Release
January 21, 2015
IRT RECEIVES $80,000 TWO-YEAR GRANT FROM THE NINA MASON PULLIAM CHARITABLE TRUST
Indianapolis—Thanks to an $80,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) can continue to expand its Many Mentors Initiative (MMI) over the next two years.
The MMI, created in 2013, is an effort to provide community mentoring organizations with an opportunity to experience the life-changing impact of theatre. The MMI welcomes all educative relationships and ages; both formal mentoring programs and relationships through community, church or school participation. On scheduled Mentor Days, the MMI offers one complimentary ticket to mentees when their mentor purchases a reduced ticket at $20, as well as behind-the-scenes access and material.
“We believe that mentoring organizations and individual mentors can struggle to identify activities that catalyze conversation, as well as enlighten children who can easily feel distant from many cultural experiences,” said Janet Allen, IRT’s Artistic Director. “With this grant, we are able to make strategic steps in growing our already very comprehensive programs for our mentoring community.”
In the last year, the IRT welcomed 136 MMI participants, who represented six organizations throughout Indianapolis. Participants could use this ticket deal for 47 performances of six of the 2013-2014 seasons’ eight productions. The overwhelming and positive community response has catapulted the IRT into expanding the initiative.
Over the next two years, the IRT’s goal of growing participation by 86 percent, increasing to 1000 participants by 2016, will be achieved by focusing on program growth, participant feedback and gauging outcomes regarding literacy, college preparedness, critical thinking and a greater understanding of empathy and tolerance.
The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grant guarantees the IRT sustained funding for data collection, mentor leadership outreach and creating an online education resource menu. This comprehensive online portal will give mentors and mentees, as well as, educators and all IRT patrons a picture of the complete IRT experience.
“The IRT has consistently been a leader in attracting, nurturing and serving student audiences,” said Steve Albert of Albert Hall & Associates. The MMI is a natural expansion of the Theatre’s dedication to capitalize on the education opportunities surrounding its mission.
Patrons interested in learning more about the MMI or purchasing tickets can call the Ticket Office at (317) 635-5252.
Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of IRT is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.