HOOSIER SHAKES INC

Making Live Shakespeare Theatre Accessible to the Heartland

aka Hoosier Shakes   |   Marion, IN   |  www.hoosiershakes.com

Mission

Hoosier Shakes's mission is to reveal the delight of Shakespeare's theatre, language, and ideas by producing accessible, quality performances for the audiences of eastern Indiana and beyond and by providing not only exceptional, but also developmental experiences for students, and guest professionals.

Ruling year info

2015

Principal Officer

Greg Fiebig

Artistic Director

Dennis Henry

Main address

811 Briarwood Ln

Marion, IN 46952 USA

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EIN

47-3271589

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hoosier Shakes is a non-profit repertory theatre company that specializes in producing outdoor theatre with simple staging practices, live music, as well as great quality performances. Hoosier Shakes hires professional and student artists who, in addition to producing plays, engage in mentorship and artistic development centered around the theatre adventure. Hoosier Shakes hopes to inspire communities in central and eastern Indiana and beyond around the adventure of classical theatre.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Stock Repertory Theatre

Hoosier Shakes is a summer stock repertory theatre company consisting of students, alumni, local talent, and professional actors and directors. Our desire is to help University students learn from professional actors and develop networks in order that they might find ways to transition more seamlessly into the business.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Awards

Merit Award 2021

Indiana Arts Commission

Affiliations & memberships

Shakespeare Theatre Association 2016

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of Hoosier Shakes are:
1) to vitalize the performance of Shakespeare and other drama for the diverse communities of Grant and Wabash Counties, Indiana by presenting inspiring, accessible, literate, experiential theatrical performance;
2) to foster community and fellowship around the enterprise of theatre in outdoor and other beautiful spaces.
3) to provide exceptional avenues for artists and audiences of all backgrounds to take part in recovering the joys of Shakespeare and live performance.

We intend to...
Hire skilled people in the field of theatre
Expand our resources
Establish a repertoire of Shakespearean works and original pieces
Perform at other theatre festivals
Establish permanent facilities
Host Shakespearean Festivals at nearby Indiana Wesleyan University
Travel around the community of Grant County, IN; and beyond

Our organization has garnered local support and begun to attract regional funding through local and statewide grant awards.
Our Board of Directors is knowledgeable, committed, and represent a broad spectrum necessary for longevity.
The local university (Indiana Wesleyan University) has made a long-term commitment to provide housing and rehearsal space.
Local community support is growing as well. The Honeywell Foundation was so pleased with the quality of our work they requested for us to return next summer as a participant in their Summer Arts Festival. Main Street Marion is planning on our return again this summer as well.

Regarding Long-term Venues...
from the Honeywell Foundation...
"Hoosier Shakes' performances became known as 'Shakespeare in the Garden' around the Honeywell Foundation. Charley Creek Gardens is a property that became part of the Honeywell umbrella in 2015. While it is a beautiful garden and cultural center, we have been looking for signature programming that will bring life to the venue. Hoosier Shakes was a wonderful addition to the CCG offerings. We see a future where we continue to build an audience for high quality, entertaining Shakespearian performances in this location in collaboration with Hoosier Shakes.
"The members of the company were wonderful to work with. They were extremely professional. Their passion for the subject matter shone through both during the performances and while they greeted the audience members afterward. Programming of this quality is exactly what the Honeywell Foundation is looking for as a regional arts center with audiences attending our events from a ten county radius.
"We look forward to working with Hoosier Shakes in the future, both for additional performances and through our Educational Outreach Program. EOP takes artists into nearly one hundred schools in Northern Indiana each year to provide arts-in-education experiences."

Regarding Educational Outreach...
from the Community School of the Arts...
"CSA provided Hoosier Shakes actors with temporary rehearsal space at their downtown Marion location, and mutually promoting each other's events through social media and print. CSA also co-hosted an event with Hoosier Shakes called “Shakes and Shakespeare" which involved taking several CSA students to see a performance of "Twelfth Night"; many of them had never seen or read this play before, and were immensely entertained by it. This event was completely free of charge, though the quality of the performance certainly merited payment! Perhaps the most valuable collaboration between CSA and Hoosier Shakes was a masterclass held at CSA and lead by one of the professional actors from the Hoosier Shakes company. The class focused on analyzing Shakespearean text, and provided students with excellent tools to better understand characters in Shakespearean plays, all with a practical emphasis on application. Because of our partnership, we were able to offer this class completely free of charge, which is uncommon for a class lead by a professional with this level of training.

Regarding Increased Funding...
Hoosier Shakes was awarded an Indiana Arts Commission Arts Project Grant for the year of 2017 from the Regional Initiative Grant [RIG] Program in November 2016.
The RIG program supports different arts organizations through the contribution of funding. By doing this, the program will ensure that all Indiana citizens can have access to quality arts and cultural activities. Regional Initiative Grant programs include Arts Project Support and Mini grants, Arts Operating Support I and Arts Operating Support II.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Hoosier Shakes’ mission is to reveal the delight of Shakespeare’s theatre, language, and ideas by producing accessible, quality performances for the audiences of eastern Indiana and beyond (specifically, Grant Howard, & Wabash counties) and by providing not only exceptional, but also developmental experiences for students, and guest professionals. Are shows are offered free to the public during the summer so that anyone can attend, regardless of ability to pay.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently rebranded from Hoosier Shakes, Inc to Hoosier Shakespeare Festival, d.b.a Hoosier Shakes, Inc. The move was in respond to audience confusion about who we are and what we do. Early on many patrons thought we were a milkshake operation rather than a theatre company. The rebranding has been lauded by everyone we've surveyed.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The more we share and engage with our community leaders and organizations, the more we find ways to collaborate on programs and projects. We share props and costumes with other theatre organizations. We were recently given three city lots in south Marion, Indiana that we are considering transitioning to an amphitheater. We spoken with community leaders, arts organizations, and other performing arts groups to find ways that our home could be their home as well. We learned in 2019 that many of our older audience members had trouble hearing our productions. We found a way to purchase add ons to our sound system that allowed for performers to wear body mics rather than previous floor mics. We also purchased hearing assistance devices for our hearing impaired patrons to use during performance.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HOOSIER SHAKES INC

Board of directors
as of 11/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Craig Edwards

Hoosier Shakes, Inc.

Term: 2018 - 2023

Craig Edwards

Indiana Wesleyan University

Sarah Enloe

American Shakespeare Center

Jeremy Fiebig

Fayetteville State University; Sweet Tea Shakespeare

Rachel Marley

Community School of the Arts

Pat Travis

Glen Devitt

Hartson-Kennedy Cabinet Top

Javon Washington

Marion Community Schools

Colleen Kennedy

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Will Burby

Cathy Gohmann

Southwood High School

James Hayes

Kylie Adams

Indiana Wesleyan University

Michael Moffitt

Indiana Wesleyan University

Craig Persinger

Craig J Persinger, Attorney at Law

Tim Rockstroh

Toyota USA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/14/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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