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The IRT is committed not only to creating high quality theatre for our patrons throughout their lifetimes, but also to living out the organization’s commitment to strategic progress and sustainable success. Our strategic plan strives to make the Theatre a place of choice for top caliber staff and artists, to grow our artistic capacity, to deepen our relationships and develop new audiences, to explore and offer new works in the industry, and to serve young people. The IRT produces fully professional theatre at a high level—while exploring the opportunity to make each play into something a community can benefit from directly:  that is, in a way we can experience our humanity more deeply and in a shared arena.  In addition to the IRT’s outstanding programmatic work, we strive to ensure our theatre serves as a vibrant community gathering place. As conservators of a distinctive 1927 theatre landmark, we regularly open our doors to other arts organizations to use our stages and rehearsal rooms. Our partnerships with local museums, dance companies, corporations, religious and social service organizations, and universities allow us to enhance and broaden the conversation engendered by our plays, connecting our work into the community in vibrant ways that are key to our institutional identity.

Production Innovation Support


Innovation in scenic design, lights, sound, costumes and props are all elements that are required to bring to life the magic of theatre. The IRT strives to attract the top technical talent from around the country and provide the tools (from light boards to recording equipment) that will create the highest quality theatrical experiences for our audiences.

New Work

The IRT is committed to telling stories that directly reflect the lives of our community and, as a result has created the “Indiana Series” through 14-plays that explore Midwestern cultural and historical roots. The IRT also has a long standing strategic goal to commission and produce new works across a broad spectrum, including the work of James Still, our playwright-in-residence since 1998.

Education Support

The IRT serves over 40,000 students each season from 54 of Indiana’s 92 counties with our student matinee and education programming. The endowed Alan and Linda Cohen Education Fund subsidizes tickets and transportation to IRT student matinees, enabling students from underserved districts across the state, who may not otherwise have the opportunity, to experience the life changing impact of live theatre. The IRT facilitates Artist-in-the-Classroom visits to schools proceeding and following performances and hosts post-show discussions between cast members where students further explore a production. In addition, the IRT presents an annual Young Playwrights in Process competition, a four-week Summer Conservatory for Youth, youth acting classes, the Many Mentors Initiative, and the Theatre Arts Intern Program. Each of these elements contributes to an increased appreciation of the arts for participants of all ages, as well as exposure to new ideas and perspectives and a greater awareness of a larger community.

Legacy Giving Support

Memorial/Tribute Gifts

A Memorial or Tribute gift is the perfect way to honor, celebrate and remember a family member, friend or colleague. The IRT will recognize Memorial and Tribute Gifts in our program and will send a personalized letter to the honoree or the family notifying them of your kind gesture. You will receive a letter documenting your tax-deductible gift.  

Planned Giving

Share your passion for the theatre with future generations. Your planned gift will provide the IRT patrons of the future with experiences like this:

“’She walked like there was a celebration in her every step…’ It so reminds me of the confidence I’d like to possess each day of my life. Bravo IRT…” – Patron review, 2015 Production of What I Learned in Paris

If you are already one of the IRT’s generous donors, thank you! If not, please consider becoming part of the IRT family by making your donation today. There are many ways to support the IRT including stock gifts, matching gifts and installment gifts. For more information please contact Lindsey Horan, Individual Gifts Officer.

Pictured Above: Ryan Artzberger in IRT's A Christmas Carol (2014). Photo by Zach Rosing.