Millions See Broadway. few Experience It First

 

MISSION

Discovering Broadway gives Hoosier audiences the exclusive first look at a Broadway bound musical in development.

EDUCATE

INCUBATE

ELEVATE

OUR PROGRAM

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.

NEWS

 

CREATING CULTURE TOGETHER

WHAT IT GIVES

Improves Quality of Life 

Access to Broadway's Creative Process

Educational Opportunities

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

 

Our Team

Joel Kirk

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

Victoria Glascock

Nick Wangler

Korey Clements

APPRENTICE PROGRAM

Mary Kate Temple

University of Notre Dame

Maggie Bittinger

Loyola University Chicago

Blake Elliott

University of Evansville

Kelly DeLisle

Ball State University

Grace Hill

Ball State University

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Chair

Bruce Blumberg

Sr. V.P. - Investments - Wells Fargo Advisors

Secretary

Jill Zaniker

Manages Jeff Zaniker Memorial Foundation for the Arts

Board Member At Large

David Owens

Corporate Marketing Analyst - Salesforce

ADVISORY BOARD

Chair

Frank Basile

Senior Vice President - Gene B. Glick Company, Retired

Joanna Taft

Executive Director - Harrison Center

Brian Payne

CEO/President - CICF

Terry Anker

Chairman- Anker Consulting Group

Leah McGrath

Deputy Mayor - Fishers

Don Woodley

Principal - Woodley Farra Manion Portfolio Management

Mo Merhoff

President - OneZone Chamber of Commerce

Doug Wilson

Chairman - Monon Capital LLC

Dave Neff

CRO- JDA Worldwide

Jill Gilmer

Director of Operations - BrightStar Care 

Kelly Butler Smith

Community Leader

MEMBERS

Albert John "A.J." Allen MD, PhD 

Senior Medical Fellow, Eli Lilly and Company

David A. Temple

Partner- Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP

Jill Reese

Attorney - Wagner Reese

Stephen Wagner

Partner - Wagner/Reese

Lezlie Morgan Heath

Non-Profit Leader

Laura Campbell

V.P. - Carmel City Council

Anthony Lazzara

President - LRG Restaurants LLC

Anthony's Chophouse and 3UP

Dean Glascock

Sr. Residential Broker - F.C. Tucker

Sam Arce

V.P. - F.C. Tucker

Brian Bondus

Director - ALO Property Group

Karen Barnes

Volunteer

June McCarty Clair

Volunteer

Phil Kirk

Realtor - Platt Collective

Owner - IndyRustic LLC

Lynda Goeke

Owner of Goeke Group/Chaos Catering

Randy Sorrell

SURROUNDINGS by NatureWorks

PLATINUM CONTRIBUTORS

Marianne Glick

Chairman - Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation

Stan and Sandy Hurt

Indiana Supply Corporation

Don Knebel

Volunteer

Julie Goodman

President & CEO - Arts Council of Indianapolis

Laurie Siler

Senior Vice President - PEDCOR

Estridge Family Foundation 

PARTNERS

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CENTRAL INDIANA

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.

Indianapolis

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.

Indianapolis is also home to the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis, District Theatre, Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, and Indy Fringe Festival, to name a few.

Carmel, Indiana: Ranked #1 Best Place to Live in America by CNN Money Magazine in 2012

        CARMEL, INDIANA

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. 

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Media Inquiries:

Phil Kirk

Creative Communications

‭+1 (317) 250-5261‬

philkirk2012@gmail.com

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