Since taking on the role of Executive Director, Lukas Schooler has sought to help refocus 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. 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, Our Experiences During the First Days of Alligators, and Death for Sydney Black. Lukas appeared on stage as Tully in the IndyFringe hit The Beast, the Lady, and the Sanguine Man, and made 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, Big Car Gallery, Herron School of Art and Design, and the Indianapolis Art Center. He was awarded the 2013-14 Stutz Studio Residency, which provided him with a free studio space at Stutz Arts Association for one year. 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.
Since becoming a company member 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 and Creon/Chorus in Medea with paperStrangers. He has also assisted with the development and performance of characters from Hoosier stories of note with the Indiana State Museum. In 2016, Ryan was named Artistic Director of NoExit just prior to the premier of his latest appearance as Drosselmeyer, The Nutcracker Presents: Another Christmas Classic.
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 additionally 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).
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. In addition to her work with NoExit and as a resident Actor and Lead Interpreter at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 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. In addition to her current work at NoExit, Georgeanna acts as the Associate Artistic Director of Young Actors Theatre.
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 The Nutcracker's Sparkle; Alma (the Lady) in The Beast, The Lady, and the Sanguine Man; Roberta in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea; and Jocasta in Oedipus Rex.
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, 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.
GEORGEANNA SMITH WADE
Associate Company Member
COMPANY MEMBERS EMERITUS
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 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 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 the Librarian in Middletown, the Mother Showman from Venus, and the Mother in Swan Lake. Other notable local performances include Kathleen in Touch and Sue in The Exonerated at the Phoenix Theatre; Sarah Good in The Crucible at IRT; and with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra in Ellis Island, the Dream of America. In 2006 and 2012, Beverly received Individual Artist Program grants from the Indiana Arts Commussion.
Since returning from New York City to Indy in 2010, Callie Burk-Hartz has been working non-stop as an actor and director in addition to continuing her career in education. As an actor with NoExit, she performed in one of her all-time-favorite roles, the title character of Death for Sydney Black in the play's Midwest debut. In addition, Callie has appeared as Little Red in Bad Wolf, the Fire Dancer in Venus, and as the fantastically evil Dilworth in the premier performance of House of Blue Lights. Previously, Callie served as the managing artistic director of the Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project, where she directed sold-out performances of shows like Boy in the Basement and The Bad Seed. An accomplished dancer and choreographer, she has created dance spectacles for Defiance Comedy and BroZone, while as a voice actor, her performances can be heard everywhere from The Bob and Tom Show to several Nintendo games.
A graduate of the Vancouver Film School of British Columbia, Canada, Callie has a bachelor of arts in theatre. Before returning to Indiana, she spent time in NYC and Los Angeles, producing three off-Broadway plays while pursuing her comedy career. A theatre professor in the Department of Communication Studies at IUPUI, Callie recently joined University High School as a teacher and director. She also serves as an Artist in the Classroom for the Indiana Repertory Theatre.
DeNeisha D. Henderson has been performing since she was 15 years old, when she appeared in a live adaptation of an African folktale at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. She first dabbled in dancing, singing, and acting with the Asante Children's Theatre (ACT) of Indianapolis, where she appeared as Auntie Em in The Wiz. She later appeared in the locally written and produced The Middle Passage and in a production of Bye Bye Birdie at the Civic Theatre at the Indiana Museum of Art. A longtime choral singer, DeNeisha has performed at Disney World's National Showstoppers Competition as a member of Pike High School's choir in addition to taking part in the show choir at Hanover College while pursuing her degree in secondary music education. More recently, she has been the star of NoExit's Venus and a member of Drosselmeyer's gang of misfits in The Nutcracker Presents: Another Twisted Classic.
A married mother of two wonderful daughters, DeNeisha strives to give back to her community. She returned to working with the Asante Children's Theatre as a mentor, offering vocal workshops to Indy youths and acting in the theatre company's productions. In addition to her acting career, she has become a noted print and runway model.
DENEISHA D. HENDERSON