Millions See Broadway. few Experience It First.
Discovering Broadway gives Hoosier audiences the exclusive first look at a Broadway bound musical in development.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
During an intensive two-week process, Broadway professionals workshop their Broadway bound musical in Central Indiana. Through the creative process, the musical's composer, lyricist, bookwriter, and director explore the artistic potential of the show and bring the story to exhilarating first life.
WHAT IS PRESENTED?
This creative process culminates with the show being presented with scripts in hand to its first audience, thus further preparing the show for its Broadway debut and providing the exclusive first look to Central Indiana audiences.
MANDELA is announced as inaugural show!
A musical aiming for Broadway will first make a stop in the Indianapolis area.
”Mandela,” about the anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, is currently in the developmental stages that usually happen behind closed doors in New York. But in February, part of that process will occur at different locations in Hamilton and Marion counties.
For two weeks, from Feb. 1 to 16, the musical’s composers, lyricists, book writer, actors, choreographer and Broadway director will be in Central Indiana as they put together the musical with the Mandela family’s input.
The event puts Central Indiana at the forefront of a process that will have intense worldwide interest. The first presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.
- Domenica Bongiovanni, IndyStar
CREATING CULTURE TOGETHER
WHAT IT GIVES
Improves Quality of Life
Access to Broadway's Creative Process
WHAT IT SOLVES
Promotes Economic Impact
Raises the Artistic National Profile of the State
Brings Broadway to Indiana First, not Last
WHAT IT GIVES
Quality Resources: Time, Space, Artists
Reduces Expenses for Developing Broadway
Building Commercial Theatre Privately
WHAT IT SOLVES
Hires Artists in NYC & Central Indiana
Raises the Artistic Potential of the Show
Brings Financial Resources to Development
HOW OUR PROGRAM WORKS
Artistic Director & Founder
Joel Kirk is a New York City theatre director and producer who specializes in the development of new plays and musicals. He has worked with New World Stages, Playwrights Horizons, NYMF, The Lark, New Dramatists, Sheen Center, Hudson Guild Theatre, Wide Eyed Productions, WorkShop Theatre, to name a few. Recently he worked with Tony Award Winner Reed Birney and Tony Award Nominee Sydney Lucas on the play Changeover. He has guest directed for NYU'S Grad Playwriting Program, Ball State University, Juilliard, and Fordham University's Playwriting Program. He is the Chairman/CEO of Joel Kirk Productions: a company that produces commercial theatre.
Before launching Discovering Broadway, Joel joined NewYorkRep as their first Associate Artistic Director. He proposed and launched the company's education fellowship. He worked alongside Artistic Director Markus Potter and Executive Director Gayle Waxenberg.
As a filmmaker, his documentary Race Across America: Gears to a Cure premiered at Flix Brewhouse in Indianapolis. His work for IWDC was featured at the Indianapolis Roof Ballroom. In 2012, his short film Rotating Clock won Heartland Film Festival. He directed, produced, and co-authored the film Of What Remains which won Best Screenplay and Best Editing from C.H.S Film Festival.
As a writer, he co-authored the new musical If You Don’t Outdie Me in association with the Virginia B. Ball Center Commission and the Brown County Playhouse. He wrote the play The Authority which was a semifinalist for the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation. Joel is a two-time finalist for the Drama League Directing Fellowships. He is a Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union Observership Class of 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Joel graduate Ball State University in three years with a degree in Theatrical Directing. You can learn more at joel-kirk.com or follow him on Instagram at joeltkirk.
Volunteer Launch Team
Mary Kate Temple
University of Notre Dame
Loyola University Chicago
University of Evansville
Ball State University
Ball State University
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sr. V.P. - Investments - Wells Fargo Advisors
Manages Jeff Zaniker Memorial Foundation for the Arts
Board Member At Large
Corporate Marketing Analyst - Salesforce
Senior Vice President - Gene B. Glick Company, Retired
Executive Director - Harrison Center
CEO/President - CICF
Indiana Supply Corporation, Retired
Chairman- Anker Consulting Group
Deputy Mayor - Fishers
Principal - Woodley Farra Manion Portfolio Management
President - OneZone Chamber of Commerce
Chairman - Monon Capital LLC
CRO - Prolific
Director of Operations - BrightStar Care
Kelly Butler Smith
Albert John "A.J." Allen MD, PhD
Senior Medical Fellow, Eli Lilly and Company
David A. Temple
Partner- Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP
Attorney - Wagner Reese
Partner - Wagner/Reese
Lezlie Morgan Heath
V.P. - Carmel City Council
President - LRG Restaurants LLC
Anthony's Chophouse and 3UP
Sr. Residential Broker - F.C. Tucker
V.P. - F.C. Tucker
Director - ALO Property Group
June McCarty Clair
Realtor - Platt Collective
Owner - IndyRustic LLC
Owner of Goeke Group/Chaos Catering
SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks
Chairman - Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation
Stan and Sandy Hurt
Indiana Supply Corporation
President & CEO - Arts Council of Indianapolis
Senior Vice President - PEDCOR
Estridge Family Foundation
The Crossroads of America
'Indy' is home to a multitude of cultural hubs, tourist attractions, and fun for the whole family.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the world's largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats and the home of the Indy 500.
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick is an 8-mile world class urban bike and pedestrian path in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana that seamlessly connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment amenities while serving as the downtown hub for central Indiana’s vast greenway system.
The Indianapolis Children's Museum is the largest children's museum in the world. Located just minutes from downtown, The Children’s Museum features five floors of fun and interactive learning across the arts, world cultures, sciences, and humanities.
The Indianapolis Zoo is a 64-acre accredited zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden with more than 1 million annual visitors.
Carmel, Indiana: Ranked #1 Best Place to Live in America by CNN Money Magazine in 2012
Carmel, Indiana is experimental. The progressive community values fostering new talent and new ideas. With a dedication to the arts, the city invested $180 million in a beautiful Center for the Performing Arts with a 1,600-seat Palladium concert hall; 500-seat proscenium Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre; 200-seat black box Studio Theatre; and the home of Grammy Award nominee Michael Feinstein and his Great American Songbook Initiative.
Carmel is Convenient for Guest Artists. The Center for the Performing Arts is housed next to the City Center: a complex with fine dining, retail outlets, luxury housing, and bars. Downtown Carmel is located directly west of the Palladium. The Arts & Design District spans several city blocks and includes art galleries, wineries, and local artisan shops, along with the Indiana Design Center.