140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3465
The IRT is Indiana’s leading professional resident not-for-profit theatre, providing 124,700 live professional theatre experiences for its audience last season. These experiences included 42,000 students and teachers from more than two thirds of Indiana’s 92 counties, making the IRT one of the most youth-serving professional theatres in the country.. A staff of more than 100 seasonal and year-round employees creates ten productions exclusively for Indiana audiences. Actors, directors and designers are members of professional stage unions.
The IRT’s history has been enacted in two historic downtown theatres. The Athenaeum Turners Building housed the company’s first eight seasons. Since 1980 the IRT has occupied the 1927 Indiana Theatre, which was renovated to contain three performance spaces (Mainstage, Upperstage and Cabaret) and work spaces, reviving this historic downtown entertainment site. The company has recently renovated the Upperstage, the Cabaret, the Grand Lobby, and the OneAmerica Stage, completing a five-year project to upgrade the IRT’s audience support services as well as its theatrical production equipment. In 2009, the IRT completed renovations of its lobby and lower floor through its StreetFront Project, supported by Lilly Endowment.
To keep ticket prices and services affordable for the entire community, the IRT operates as a not-for-profit organization, deriving more than one third of its operating income from contributions. The theatre is generously supported by foundations, corporations, and individuals, an investment which recognizes the IRT’s mission-based commitment to serving Central Indiana with top-quality theatrical fare.