IRT Names New Artistic Director

The Indiana Repertory Theatre shares the appointment of Benjamin Hanna as the new Associate Artistic Director. Hanna comes to the IRT most recently from Minneapolis, MN where he is an Artistic Associate with Children’s Theatre Company.

Extensive work in theatre

Hanna’s extensive work within the theatre industry has significantly focused on creating new plays and programming for multigenerational audiences. Previously he has served as the Interim Artistic Director at Bay Area Children’s Theatre, Community Programs Manager at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and Education Coordinator at Penumbra Theatre Company.

Excited to be at IRT

“I am thrilled to join the vibrant artistic community in Indianapolis. IRT creates thought-provoking new work and brings exceptional local and national artists together to create superior theatre in the heart of Indiana,” said Hanna.  “With an astounding 40 percent of the IRT audience under the age of 18, I look forward to strengthening relationships with Indiana educators and families.”

Hanna will work closely with IRT’s Executive Artistic Director, Janet Allen, on season selection, casting, strategic planning, and community outreach. Additionally, he will direct each season, beginning in FY17-18 with IRT’s Exploring Stages production and oversee the content and execution of classes, Conservatory, and youth and adult education outreach initiatives.

IRT excited to welcome Hanna

“We are very excited to welcome Ben to the IRT. His expertise and leadership in the arts community, specifically with Theatre for Young Audiences, is well known by our theatre peers,” said Allen. “I’m confident that his experience and passion will help move us forward as we expand our opportunities for adults and children and continue to serve as Indiana’s largest regional theatre.”

Begins mid-September

Hanna will begin his new role in mid-September, just in time for the season opener The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

“I believe that theatre is a place for communities to share stories and connect neighbors through dialogue,” said Hanna.  “In a political climate that often separates us, attending the theatre offers space for reflection and shared empathy. I hope to continue the legacy of making IRT a welcoming home for every community member.”

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