Our Team

Joel Kirk

Chief Executive Officer & 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. Currently, he is developing two new plays and a new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet featuring such authors as Emmy-winning composer Gary Fry, and Grammy nominated composers Cody Fry and LOLO. Joel is the Chairman/CEO of Joel Kirk Productions LLC: a production 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. Joel is a recipient of Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2023. He is a Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union Observership Class of 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. Joel graduated Ball State University in three years with a degree in Theatrical Directing.

Robin Brown

Executive Administrative Assistant

Robin Brown graduated from Indiana University, with a Bachelor degree majoring in Event Management. She also pursued a double minor in Marketing and General Business at the Kelley School of Business. 

Currently, Robin serves as the Executive Administrative Assistant at Discovering Broadway Inc., a role where she excels in various capacities. Her responsibilities encompass grant application submissions, seasonal intern management, creative marketing content creation, event organization, donor relationship cultivation, and merchandise design. Robin plays a significant part in helping us create a warm and welcoming environment for all guest artists visiting from Broadway.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Ted Givens (Chair) — President, TAG Consulting LLC.

Victoria Temple (Vice Chair) — CEO, Schneider Corporation

Dawn Tabler (Treasurer) — Retired

Lisa Miller (Secretary) — Volunteer

Jason Noyan (Board Member at Large) — Executive Director, JP Morgan

Diane Thompson (Past Chair) — Retired, Eli Lilly & Company

Joel Kirk (CEO/Founder) — Discovering Broadway Inc.

Board Members

Aimee Wiegmann — Vice President of Retail Development, Swiftly

Albert John “A.J.” Allen MD, PhD — Lilly retired, I-ACT for Children Chief Medical Officer

Carol Urbanski, PT — Pediatric Physical Therapist, CMU Physical Therapy, LLC.

David A. Temple — Mediator and Arbitrator, Van Winkle Baten Dispute Resolution

Jill Burnett — Volunteer

Jill Zaniker — Non-Profit Leader

Joey Fox — Principal, Joey Fox Consulting, LLC.

Karen Barnes — Volunteer

Lauren Auld-Schregardus — Vice President, BAR Communications

Laurie Siler — Senior Vice President, Pedcor Companies

Lemita Steel — Communications Officer, Planned Investment Company

Muniver Singh — Volunteer

Shelly Schwarz — Philanthropist

Advisory Board

Frank Basile (Chair) — Retired

Ann M. Stack — Co-Founder, Women with a Mission

Brian Payne — CEO/President, Central Indiana Community Foundation

Daniel Yates — Attorney

Dave Neff — CRO – Prolific

Don Woodley — Principal, Woodley Farra Manion Portfolio Management

Doug Wilson — Chairman, Monon Capital, LLC.

Gregory F. Hahn — Partner – Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP. | Principal, Bose Public Affairs Group, LLC.

Greg Maiers — Business Owner, JPH Logistics, LLC.

Izabela Ozdemir — Principal, OVAS Design, LLC.

Jeff Sparks — Founder, Heartland Film Festival & New Harmony Project

Jill Reese — Attorney, Wagner/Reese

Joe Hale – President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Kelly Butler Smith — Volunteer

Lawren K. Mills — Partner, Ice Miller, LLP.

Mo Merhoff — President, OneZone Chamber of Commerce, Retired

Rollie Dick — Retired

Stan Hurt — Retired

Terry Anker — Chairman, Anker Consulting Group

Yasmin Stump — President, Yasmin L. Stump Law Group, PC.

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