THE COMPANY

LUKAS SCHOOLER

Executive Director / Collaborative Artist

The Executive Director of NoExit Performance, Lukas Schooler's vision for NoExit includes refocusing the company on its original mission: site-responsive work that abandons the typical theater company's season model in order to highlight new and innovative methods of performance. In addition, Lukas is engineering a grassroots neighborhood engagement initiative through which company members will create original performance work with, for, and by neighbors in underserved communities. 

Lukas joined NoExit in 2012 as its Director of Outreach and Development, later transitioned to Director of Operations and, in October 2015, accepted the position of Executive Director. As a collaborative artist for NoExit, Lukas designed sets for Middletown (2014), Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators (2013), and Death for Sydney Black (2012). He also created the masks for Bad Wolf (2013) and the Oedipus cycle (2012). Lukas appeared on stage as Tully in the IndyFringe hit The Beast, the Lady, and the Sanguine Man (2013), and he received his directorial debut with Suzan Lori-Parks' Venus in February 2014.

An award-winning visual artist whose innovative work has been featured throughout Indiana, Lukas Schooler has been a fixture of the Indianapolis art scene since finishing his college career in 2009. He has received solo shows from Biscuits and Gravy Gallery (2009), Big Car Gallery (2011), Herron School of Art and Design (2013), and the Indianapolis Art Center (2014). He was awarded the 2013-14 Stutz Studio Residency, which provided him with a free studio space at Stutz Arts Association for one year. Lukas held the position of Assistant Gallery Director at Herron School of Art and Design from 2011-14. He graduated cum laude with his bachelor's degree in studio art from DePauw University, where he received the Vera Farber Scholarship for Exceptional Promise as a Young Artist. During his college career, Lukas founded the Student Arts Council and Low Road Gallery, later becoming a fifth-year intern and class instructor with the university's art department.

TOMMY LEWEY

Company Member / Collaborative Artist

A dancer, choreographer, and director, Tommy Lewey is an award-winning dance-theatre artist who has created numerous original and adapted works for more than a decade. At NoExit, Tommy's productions have included Red Couch (2010), He/She/They: A Duet(2011), Closer (2011), Swan Lake (2014), and Giselle (2015). He has also taken part in several other local theatre productions, ranging from The Lives of Cut Flowers (2010, paperStrangers) to Kassig (2015, Broad Ripple Dance Department). 

 

Named one of Indianapolis’ Most Compelling Artists by Examiner.com, Tommy has charmed the Midwest with a varied body of work that incorporates dance, theatre, and performance art. His collaborators have included NoExit, Motus Dance Theatre, the IndyFringe Theatre Festival, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Big Car Collective, and Indy Convergence. In 2014, his original piece Red Couchwon first place at the Columbus Invitational Arts Competition and also received the "Most Depth," "Most Creative," "Audience Favorite," and "Best of Show" awards. In addition to his work at NoExit, Tommy has served as a member of the dance faculty at Broad Ripple Magnet High School for the Arts and Humanities.

 

Tommy began studying dance at the Barrington Dance Academy after auditioning for a production of The Nutcracker on a whim. He obtained additional dance training by attending the Jordan Academy of Dance, the Nutmeg Conservatory, LINES Ballet, Bates Dance Festival, and Butler University, where he obtained his bachelor of arts in dance pedagogy.

 

RYAN MULLINS

Company Member / Collaborative Artist

Since becoming [a member] of NoExit Performance in 2008, Ryan Mullins has helped bring many shows and characters to stages all over Indianapolis. The most notable of these characters, Wolfgang Drosselmeyer from NoExit's Nutcracker, has made appearances at festivals, fundraisers, parties, weddings and his own spinoff shows since his original premier in 2010. Ryan also partnered with Michael Burke to create the IndyFringe hits I Am Peter Pan and Alice vs. Wonderland. Ryan's other performance highlights include Michael in The Pillowman (paperStrangers) and Creon/Chorus in Medea (2010, paperStrangers). He has also assisted with the development and performance of characters from Hoosier stories of note with the Indiana State Museum.

 

As a director, Ryan has brought The Yellow Wallpaper and The Birds to the stage for NoExit as well as The Rocky Horror Show for Footlite Musicals, for which he won a NUVO "Best of Indy" award. Ryan has also served as the lighting designer for numerous shows around Indy, winning a 2012 Encore Award for lighting amateur male strippers (The Full Monty, Footlite), numerous rock musicals (Bat Boy, RENT, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rocky Horror), several NoExit productions (Middletown, Venus, Nutcracker), a variety show featuring ghost pizza and a universe machine (OpticalPopsicle7, KnowNoStranger) and numerous haunted houses (Necropolis '09, Corpse Manor '11-14, House of Trepidation '15). 

BEVERLY ROCHE

Company Member / Collaborative Artist


Beverly Roche is an accomplished performer and educator, who began her career as an actress and performance artist, mounting shows at the legendary 431 gallery on Mass. Avenue (Shocking and Pussycat) and acting in the local theatre scene. Beverly studied puppetry and pantomime and established a mime program for Arts for Learning Indiana, Mime's the Word, through which she has performed Marcel Marceau-style theatre for thousands of school-age audiences state-wide.  While earning her degree in anthropology, Beverly participated in a summer institute at Cornerstone Theater Company (2005) where she studied community-based theatre techniques by day and served as assistant director for an adaptation of Blood Wedding, with a multi-lingual cast of non-actor volunteers from the community. Her physical theatre training and work in community-based theatre influences Beverly's work as an arts educator for The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) and ArtMix Indiana, where she is a Master Teaching Artist with a reputation for innovative and inclusive techniques. A member of NoExit Performance since 2014, some of her favorite roles on stage include Middletown (Librarian),VENUS (MotherShowman), and Swan Lake (the Mother). Other notable local performances include Touch (Kathleen) and The Exonerated (Sue) at the Phoenix Theatre; Sarah Good in The Crucible at IRT; and with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Ellis Island, the Dream of America. She twice received of the Individual Artist Program from the Indiana Arts Commission (2006 and 2012).

GEORGEANNA WADE SMITH

Company Member / Collaborative Artist 

Georgeanna Smith Wade has been with NoExit Performance since 2007. Since joining the company as a contract artist, she has gone on to serve as a company member and as the Executive Artistic Director. Today, she is thrilled to continue with the company in her new role as Artistic Director Emeritus. Since Georgeanna joined the leadership team of NoExit, the company's season has grown from two productions a year to six, staff has grown from two personnel to nine, and the annual budget has tripled. 

 

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. In addition to her work with NoExit and the Children's Museum, Georgeanna has been seen onstage with the Lilly Theatre, Acting Up Productions, Susurrus Dance, Eclectic Pond, Q Artistry, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and many others. She has performed in various assorted commercials and short films, and her voice work can be heard at the Children's Museum. Since becoming a company member, Georgeanna has also been featured in over half of NoExit's productions. 

 

A celebrated director, Georgeanna's work has been hailed as "brilliant" and "powerful" by critics at NUVO. 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. Favorite roles with NoExit include Sparkle (The Nutcracker, Drosselmeyer's Magical Bedtime Story), Alma (the Lady) inThe Beast, The Lady, and the Sanguine Man, Roberta (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea), Mary Swanson (Middletown) and Jocasta (The Theban Plays: Oedipus Rex) In addition to her current work at NoExit, Georgeanna acts as the Associate Artistic Director of Young Actors Theatre.

 

Georgeanna graduated cum laude with high honors from the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University. In addition to her bachelor of arts in theatre, she 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. 

 

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