Since Georgeanna joined the leadership of NoExit, NoExit's season has grown from two productions a year to six, staff has grown from two to nine personnel, and the annual budget has tripled. Georgeanna graduated Cum Laude with High Honors from the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University. In addition to her B.A. in Theatre, Smith has studied with John Green, Diane Timmerman, Elaina Artemiev, Anne Bogart, Kristin Linklater, Joe Goode, Eric Davis, and the Alexandrinski Theatre in Russia. While still in college, Georgeanna was the recipient of numerous student awards, including "Outstanding Production Person" for Butler's 2005-2006 season, and a "DayTony" honorable mention for her costume design at Cedarville University. A company member since 2008, Georgeanna has been featured in nearly half of NoExit's 25 productions to date. Georgeanna was a resident Actor/Interpreter at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which boasts of one of the premier theatre in museum programs in the world. Georgeanna also served as a Lead Interpreter at the museum. Georgeanna has been seen onstage with NoExit, the Lilly Theatre, Acting Up Productions, Susurrus Dance, Eclectic Pond, Q Artistry, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has performed in various assorted commercials and short films, and her voice work can be heard at the Children's Museum. A celebrated director, Smith's work has been hailed as "brilliant" and "powerful" by critics (NUVO Newsweekly.) She has performed as a dancer, performing with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, PaperStrangers, and Pur the Company. She has been a guest instructor at various Indianapolis schools, and pioneered the theatre class at Christel House Academy. She is a staff teacher and director with Young Actors Theatre.
Michael Burke is an award-winning director, designer and actor, whose visionary work has been described as "breathtaking," (LA Weekly) "beautiful," (Washington City Paper) and having "a strong physicality grounded in the heart of the performer" (Nuvo). Michael graduated with Honors in 2009 from the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University. During his tenure at Butler, Michael was an active student performing, directing, assisting and/or designing. Most notably were his decorations as the Distinguished Third Year Theatre Student, the recipient of the Alma Meyer-Fitzgerald Outstanding Theatre Major Award, his scholarly achievements through the Butler Summer Institute, and his studies of physical theatre at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Michael has also studied under international theatre artists Phillip Zarrill, Firenza Guidi, Joe Goode, and Kristin Linklater. Since graduation, Michael's work has met great acclaim in such varied locations as Cincinatti, OH, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles, CA, where his production of Medea was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre of Los Angeles in an Ensemble Production. Michael has worked at multiple theatres across the country, including Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, FL where he served as Artistic Assistant to Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edwards, as well as at Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, NY, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre, where he assistant directed both Peter Amster's Dracula and his critically-acclaimed A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2012, Michael was honored with the Robert D. Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and in 2013 was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commision. In addition to his duties with NoExit, Michael serves as Creative Director with Young Actors Theatre.
Lukas Schooler is a man who wears many hats. By day he is the Assistant Gallery Director at the Herron School of Art and Design; by night he is the Director of Outreach and Development for NoExit Performance; and somewhere in between he creates site-specific installations about historical narratives and contemporary memes. His 2013 exhibition entitled Urban Lore at the Basile Gallery at Herron School of Art and Design was met with high praise and has earned him a solo exhibition at the Indianapolis Arts Center in summer of 2014. Most recently, he has been awarded the 2013-14 Stutz Studio Residency, which has afforded him a free studio space at Stutz Arts Association for one year. While not exhibiting, he is busy designing sets and props for NoExit Performance— most recently acting as set designer for Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators and Death for Sydney Black during the 2012-13 season. In NoExit’s upcoming 2013-14 season, Schooler will take the helm for VENUS for his directorial debut. Schooler graduated cum laude with a BA in Studio Art from DePauw University, where he was given the Vera Farber Scholarship for Exceptional Promise as a Young Artist. While at DePauw University, Schooler founded the Student Arts Council and Low Road Gallery, both of which continue to thrive.
Ryan joined NoExit in 2008, and has since served as Company Member and Associate Artistic Director, and is currently Technical Director. Ryan has had the great experiences working in many theatres in the Indianapolis area, working in lighting design (earning him an Encore Award win, technical directing, stage managing, acting (both stage and screen) and directing. Credits include Peter in I Am Peter Pan (NoExit), Drosselmeyer in NoExit's Nutcracker, Michael in The Pillowman (paperStrangers) and Creon/Chorus in Medea (paperStrangers 2010 Fringe Tour).Directing credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, The Birds and Little Red Riding Hood for NoExit, as well as The Rocky Horror Show at Footlite Musicals. Ryan's favorite lighting designs include those for RENT and BatBoy at Footlite Musicals and Dear Katrina, I Saw You on TV at the IndyFringe Theatre. Ryan is an avid member of the Halloween industry; he has designed lighting for two notable Indianapolis-based haunted houses, Necropolis (2009) and Corpse Manor (2011-present). In addition, Ryan works at the Indiana State Museum. Ryan has a very wonderful and supportive family and an incredible group of friends. And a really nice and adventurous dog named Jonesy.
Mary Ferguson is a stage manager, actor and dancer in and around the Indianapolis area. She was born and raised in New Castle, IN and moved to Indianapolis for college where she studied theatre and psychology. She started her professional career with the Indiana Repertory Theatre in 2005, first working in their ticket office, then as the Kid Wrangler for IRT’s A Christmas Carol (2006-2009) and finally as a Production Assistant (2006-2008). From there, she has stage managed for many companies including Heartland Actors, Boze Lyric Theatre, ShadowApe, NoExit, Sapphire Theatre, and many more. Some of her stage management endeavors include The Two Gentlemen of Verona for Heartland Actors Shakespeare in the Park, Letoile the opera for Boze Lyric Theatre and Spring Into Dance 8 for Anderson University’s Dance Department, and Our Experiences During The First Days Of Alligators for NoExit Performance. She was recently part of the production team for the National Catholic Youth Conference 2011 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Her recent performance credentials include This Is Not Shakespeare’s Macbeth (NoExit), Ismene in Antigone (NoExit), Brave New World (NoExit), an ensemble member from the 2010 and 2011 production of Nutcracker (NoExit), Anna in Lives of Cut Flowers (PaperStrangers), starring in three fire safety films (IFD/Survive Alive), and a Super Dancer for Super Bowl XLVI. Always in pursuit of sharing her passions with others, Mary is overjoyed to be the Box Office Manager & Stage Manager Supervisor for NoExit and the Marketing Director of the Ministry through the Arts Project where she can share her art along with her faith. She is also currently a staff member at Anderson University where she stage manages for their music and dance departments.
Matt Goodrich started his acting career at Wabash College, where he received the Ryan Champion Award for Theatre Excellence (awarded to the single student who presented the most exemplary performance in that year) once in 2007 and then again in 2009. Since his graduation in 2009, Matt has worked with over ten professional Theatre / Performance companies in the Indianapolis area. Many of these companies have worked with Matt on multiple occasions such as The Phoenix Theatre, Acting Up Productions, and paperStrangers. Matt has appeared in various commercials and films. Matt has been seen in commercials for Indiana Live! Casino, Visa Card, Two Rivers Bank, and many different jewelry companies both locally and otherwise. Matt has performed in two television pilots Sidelines and Neon Cornfield shot in Indianapolis under Adrenaline Motion Pictures as well as a music video for Matt Gold under Downtime Studios. His was featured as “Rusty” in the feature length film, Suck It Up Buttercup, with just Real Quick Productions. Suck It Up Buttercup is set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival. Matt began working with NoExit Performance in 2010 their production of The Phantom Tollbooth. Since that time he has performed in over many productions for NoExit. He joined the company during its reformatting in the 2011-2012 season and has worked as the company’s Director of Development, and Production Manager. During this time, Matt’s widespread knowledge of creative (acting, directing, writing, design) and technical (set construction, lighting, sound, projection, painting) theatre roles has kept him quite busy behind the scenes as well as being in them! Matt’s experience and leadership have lead him to his current role as Lead Production Assistant within the company, where he happily helps makes the magic of NoExit’s stories come to life.
Audrey Stauffer is a 2009 graduate of Butler University where she earned high honors/B.A. in Theatre. During her time there, she was involved in many shows including "Lamentations" and "Whirl of the Divine". After graduation, not wanting to live too far away from her hometown, she decided to stay in Indy and see what theatre she could find. She had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Phoenix Theatre as part of the stage crew and soundscape for "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment". It was a slow start doing shows here and there, but once Audrey found NoExit, she felt as if she had found her home. She has taken on many roles including actor and stage manager. Audrey has stage managed "4.48 Psychosis" and the epic "Theban Plays" for NoExit and acted in "The Nutcracker" in both 2010 and 2011. Audrey also enjoys other aspects of theatre including makeup, hair, directing, and choreography. She has worked with Footlite Musicals doing hair/makeup for "The Fully Monty" and played Mrs. Davis/ensemble for "RENT". Currently working as a Site Director with the YMCA for a Before and After school program, Audrey takes the opportunity to teach dance and theatre for her kindergarteners-4th graders who participate in her program. She also does all their hair and makeup for their performances. Audrey has been a Company Member with NoExit since January 2012 and currently serves as Operation Manager.
Tommy Lewey considers himself a dancer by training, a choreographer by profession, and a director by fate. He graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Pedagogy and now works as a company member with NoExit Performance and as an artist with Motus Dance Theatre, Indy Convergence, IndyFringe Theatre, and serves as a member of the dance faculty at Broad Ripple Magnet High School. Tommy's original work has been hailed as "visceral" and "provocatively entertaining."
Bill Wilkison is incredibly versatile and completely fearless. Although Indianapolis audiences primarily know him for his acting ability, he is an award winning director and accomplished artist and aspiring playwright. Bill spent several years honing his crafts in the Chicago underground theatre scene before migrating to Indianapolis. He made his NoExit Performance debut with David Hoppe's Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators. Over the years he has had the distinct pleasure of studying with such talents as Don LaCasse, Beth Turcotte, Judy Yordon and Mary Zimmerman to name a few. Aside from his duties with NoExit, Bill shares his talents as an actor interpreter with Conner Prairie and as a player with ComedySportz.
Weston Bonczek is one of the newest members of NoExit Performance and is very excited to be a part of the company. He recently returned to Indianapolis after living in Korea as an ESL teacher for a year and returned to the Circle City in order to contribute to the arts community. He currently leverages social media to propel his self-produced YouTube channel that consistently reaches hundreds of viewers each week with new, energy-filled content. He has performed around Indiana, across the country, and even as far as Brazil in various music ensembles, spreading a love of art and music across communities. Bonczek has lent his administrative capacities to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Summer Stock Stage and Butler Lyric Theatre. He graduated cum laude from Butler University with a degree in Music Theory where he presented multiple times at Butler University Undergraduate Research Conference, served as president of the music service fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon, co-directed The Vagina Monologues, and was a finalist for the Butler University Pi Kappa Lambda Research Competition.
Amelia is a recent graduate of Indiana University. While in school, she was a company member of The African American Dance Comapny under the direction of Iris Rosa. She enjoys working wth NoExit Performance.