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Read recent articles and press releases highlighting the Indiana Performing Arts Initiative.

Photos from our “Dreaming a City” filmed stage production/documentary!

Filming for “Dreaming A City” – our hybrid filmed stage production/documentary for the Indianapolis Bicentennial Celebration has completed! See some of the images here (more to follow). We are now in the post-editing process, with final edits scheduled to be completed sometime in November. Our hope is that the production will be ready for broadcast […]

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“Pippin Undergoes a Provocative Makeover”!

See our latest review, what Tom Alvarez from On The Aisle calls “Outstanding!” “Powerful and Larger than Life.” “Some of the best performances I have seen on any stage thus far this season!” “Pippin was an unexpected treat I highly recommend for those who appreciate innovative, well-produced, live entertainment that you should see before it closes on […]

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IPAI introduces new stock summer theatre program

A new summer stock theatre program is coming to Herron High School, presenting a unique training and performance opportunity for the Indianapolis community. The Indiana Performing Arts Initiative, a partnership between Claude McNeal Productions and IUPUI, will feature the talents of local high school and college performing arts students looking to hone their performing arts […]

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2017 IPAI sets summer theatre series

The Indiana Performing Arts Initiative (IPAI) announces their second Summer Stock theatre series with the opening of The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee. Based off the fast-paced, wildly funny yet touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and featuring a fresh, vibrant musical score by William Finn, this spelling bee offers audiences one unforgettable experience. An […]

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Illusion vs. Reality: Six Characters in Search of an Author review

The Indiana Performing Arts Initiative’s performance of Six Characters in Search of an Author is an outlandish comedy of a play within a play. A group of actors are in the middle of rehearsing a play when six additional show up, competing for the spotlight and the chance to share their own stories. As the […]

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Graduate-level theatre training arrives in form of summer stock

Local theatre-goers undoubtedly remember Jeff Owen from his many years performing with the American Cabaret Theatre, which operated in The Athenaeum for nearly 20 years beginning in 1990. For most of that time, Owen crooned in many a production under the tutelage of Claude McNeal, the ACT’s founder and long-time artistic director. But since 2005 […]

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