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Summit Performance Indianapolis

By Women. About Women. For Everyone

Sponsored by The Glick Fund

Summit Performance Indianapolis presents a staged reading of

The Convent
by
Jessica Dickey

Director  

Kelsey Leigh Miller

 

Stage Manager 

Rebekah Radloff

Technician  

Christian McKinney

 

Stage Directions  

Chelsea Anderson

Cast

Jill                   

Dimlin             

Bertie 

Wilma      

Tina       

Mother Abbess  

Patti

Maria Argentina Souza

 Jolene Mentink Moffatt*

Andrea Heiden

Suzanne Fleenor

Shawnté P. Gaston

Jen Johansen*

Stephenie Park*

*Appearing through an Agreement between Summit Performance Indianapolis and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

“The Convent” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

"The Convent" was originally produced Off Broadway by piece by piece productions and Rising Phoenix Productions.

Director's Notes

To me, one of the most powerful things about live theatre is the opportunity and invitation to step outside of yourself for a few hours and empathize with another living, breathing human being experiencing struggle. Never has it been more clear how badly we need empathy in our communities. We come upon all seven of these women in search of something more. They have decided their lives need changing, and they have decided that they cannot find that change in their home communities. But very few of their journeys progress as planned. (After all, mystic nuns of the Middle Ages did not live predictable lives.) Intrinsic divinity for these women is not found in isolation, but in community, in the willingness to be vulnerable, and in the embrace of Joy and Pleasure.

 

True vulnerability is not only about trauma and pain. It is about the courage to Know Yourself, to Trust Yourself, and to Love Yourself. To Love Yourself knowing all that life has put you through, those wounds you have endured, and the ways you have learned to hurt yourself. May you find joy in this piece.

 

And may you perhaps be inspired to choose Courage - be it Courage of Pleasure, Courage of Understanding, Courage of Healing, and maybe, just maybe, Courage of Joy. 

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Jill

Maria (Jill) is thrilled to join this fabulous group of women, to work with Summit Performance Indianapolis, and be back on stage and in community.  Maria is thankful to have worked on some remarkable pieces of theatre during this period of isolation including: Pam (Violet Sisters), Emma Schmidt (Predisposed to Violins), Tarrou (The Plague), and Servant (Helen).  You can catch her next at The Phoenix Theatre in Alabaster running this October. Maria received her MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School. Thank you to all of you for sharing this story with us!

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Dimlin

Jolene (Dimlin) is an Indy-based professional actor, director, and teacher of the Meisner Acting Technique at Phoenix Theatre.  Acting credits include Hotel Nepenthe, Indecent, Book of Merman, and Typhoid Mary, among many others at Phoenix Theatre.  She has performed with Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, IRT, IndyFringe, Prairie Ditch Productions, ShadowApe Theatre Company, DivaFest, and Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre.  Jolene is thrilled to be returning to LIVE THEATRE with Summit Performance Indy!

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Bertie

Andrea (Bertie) is just delighted to be a part of this incredible work and cast! Andrea was last seen on stage in the "before times" in a Very Phoenix Xmas 14. Huge thanks to Kelsey and Summit for the opportunity and for this fascinating play. It's a wonderful last hurrah before Andrea and her husband Brandon welcome their first baby this fall. Much love and enjoy!

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Wilma

Suzanne (Wilma) The Convent marks Suzanne’s Summit debut. A founding member of Phoenix Theatre her directing credits include The Legend of Georgia McBride, Bright Star, Fun Home, No Way To Treat A Lady, Falsettos, Company, Assassins, The Rocky Horror Show, Mama Drama, Six Women With Brain Death, Whoop Dee Doo!, The Cemetery Club, A…My Name Is Alice ( Phoenix Theatre ) Newsies, Forever Plaid, Grease, Dames At Sea, The Roar Of The Greasepaint The Smell Of The Crowd ( Civic Theatre ) It’s A Wonderful Life The Radio Play ( ATI ) Ms. Fleenor spent 19 years as Corporate Manager of Visual Merchandising for JCPenney Company in Dallas, TX.

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Tina

Shawnté (Tina) is very happy to be a part of the cast of "The Convent."  She is proud to be a company member for the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, where she was recently seen as Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Some of her favorite shows she's been in include As You Like It, Rent, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, Yas, Twain, A Very Phoenix Xmas: Merry Superstitious, A Madwoman's Late-Nite Cabaret, To Kill A Mockingbird, and Lysistrata. She will next be seen in Comedy of Errors with Indy Shakes.  She can also be seen performing with Sapphire Theatre Company, spreading knowledge about Indiana’s black history through short plays at Conner Prairie, and in classrooms as a teaching artist for IRT. Shawnté is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana.

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Mother Abbess

Jen (Mother Abbess) is so happy to make her Summit debut with The Convent.  She is a company member with Indy Shakes and just opened their new permanent space at the Taggart Memorial in Riverside Park with A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Theseus/Oberon; a thrilling way to return to live theatre!  She has performed in many productions at the Phoenix and at the IRT over the past 19 years.  Jen serves on the board of two theatre companies: American Lives Theatre (new season coming!) and Summer Stock Stage, who recently concluded their 2021 season.  Thank you for supporting live theatre.

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Patti

Stephenie (Patti) is a proud member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.  She has worked onstage at the Steppenwolf, Guthrie, Kirk Douglas, Old Globe, Goodman, and Indiana Repertory Theatres, among others, and TV credits include Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, Patriot, Empire, and Boss.  Her first international film, Coyote, is premiering in Tokyo theatres this fall as a part of the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia.  In addition to acting, she moonlights as a legal and operations consultant for large multinationals.

Director

Kelsey Leigh Miller (Director) is an Indianapolis actor and new director. Notable acting credits include roles in PILGRIMS (Storefront Theatre), HAMLET (Indy Shakes), and THE CHRISTIANS (Phoenix Theatre). Kelsey is also on staff with Summit Performance Indianapolis. At home, she is best known for her pie-baking passion, Mario Kart skills, and unreserved affection for two cats and a husband. Thank you to Adam for the love and the nudges, thank you to Lauren for the opportunity to dig into this singular piece, and thank YOU for attending live theatre and for supporting the Art of Empathy. 

Stage Directions

Chelsea Anderson (Stage Directions) is an actor, director, producer, dialect coach, and playwright having worked with fantastic theaters including Indiana Repertory Theatre, Summit Performance, Phoenix Theatre, Storefront Theatre, Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, Forward Theatre, and Great River Shakespeare Festival, among others. She earned a BS in Theatre from University of Indianapolis and an MFA in Acting/Directing from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Chelsea has been involved in theatre for over 25 years and currently serves as Executive Director of the Indiana Conference for Women.

Stage Manager

Rebekah Radloff (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Marian University just beginning her professional theatre career. Her professional credits include work with Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, IRT, Dance Kaleidoscope Studios, Butler Ballet, and Butler University. This will be her 4th show with Summit Theatre and she is very excited to be working with this fantastic company again.

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SPECIAL THANKS

Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation

Marianne Glick

The Glick Fund

Martha O'Connor & Greg Henneke

The Indianapolis Arts Council

Indiana Arts Commission

Chistel DeHaan Family Foundation

Phoenix Theatre Indianapolis

Ben Tebbe

Asha Patel

Lori Wolter Hudson

Pauline Moffatt & The District Theatre

Jeff Mountjoy

Laura Glover

Our Board of Directors