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Indiana Repertory Theatre Kicks Off $18.5 Million Dollar Fundraising Campaign for Improvements, Bigger Plays

Jennifer Turner and Susan Sweeney from IRT Share Details with Tony Katz

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The Indiana Repertory Theatre just commenced an $18.5 million fundraising campaign and is already half-way to meeting its goal, according to Director of Development Jennifer Turner and Managing Director Susan Sweeney.

The "Front and Center" campaign, which was just announced Saturday is intended bring in more programming, update technology, remodel the theater's upper-stage lobby and preserve the historic building. The Repertory Theatre is housed inside the original Indiana Theatre at 140 W. Washington St., which was built in 1927. 

Turner and Sweeney joined WIBC host Tony Katz Wednesday to share details about the campaign and future vision for IRT.

Sweeney:

"The IRT has always tried to do a broad spectrum of plays. We hope the $18.5 million will allow us to be around for a while, so a big part of the fundraising is about sustainability; the arts world is a challenging environment in which to survive. But in addition, we really hope to broaden the reach of the people we are able to reach with our programming."

According to Turner, The "Front and Center" campaign will ultimately allow for significant advancements in technology at the theater.

Turner:

"You're going to get to see lights and sound and cutting-edge technologies come together to tell a really captivating story, where the actor has all of these things around them that make the storytelling even more compelling for the audience member who is sitting there watching it."

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