Lauren Briggeman, Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Lauren is a professional actor and director based in Indianapolis. As an actor, Lauren has amassed a substantial body of work locally including such productions as To Kill a Mockingbird, Finding Home (Indiana Repertory Theatre); In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Seminar, Typhoid Mary, Acid Dolphin Experiment, and Halftime with Don (The Phoenix Theatre); As You Like It, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew, (Indianapolis Shakespeare Company); Cabaret Poe (Q Artistry); and Hamlet (Acting Up Productions) where she had the great pleasure and challenge of playing the title role, among others. Lauren has recently begun directing with productions of As You Like It (BardFest, Carmel, IN) and 'I'm Going to Do This for the Rest of My Life' a play about addiction recovery by Phoenix Playwright-in-Residence Tom Horan.
Lauren received her BA in Theatre from Purdue University. She has trained at Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. She recently completed a two-year training in the Sanford Meisner Technique at the Phoenix Theatre taught by professional actor and director Bill Simmons. In 2016, Lauren was the recipient of a $10,000 grant and Theatre MVP Award from the Central Indiana Community Foundation. She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
Georgeanna Smith Wade, Co-Founder
Georgeanna is the Artistic Director of Young Actors Theatre, and one of the creative minds behind YAT's unique brand of "self-empowerment theatre." She is the former Executive Artistic Director of the award winning NoExit Performance, which NUVO Newsweekly has called “Indianapolis’ most adventurous theatre group.” When Georgeanna took the helm of NoExit, the company grew from two members to nine, increased the operating budget from $5,000 to $50,000, began producing full seasons, and boasted some of the most critical acclaim of any performance group in Indianapolis. She is now a proud company member of NoExit, and continues to work as a freelance actress throughout the city.
Georgeanna was named one of the IndyStar's Top 15 to Watch in 2015, as well as being named as one of 2013’s “Most Compelling Performance Artists” (The Examiner.) She was a 2016 Arts in the Park grant recipient from the Indiana Arts Commission. A graduate of the Jordan College of Arts at Butler University, Georgeanna graduated Cum Laude with High Honors in Theatre, and is a graduate of the two year Sanford Meisner Technique Training at the Phoenix Theatre. She previously studied with acclaimed directors Alexander and Tamara Anisimov in St. Petersburg, Russia. She was formerly a Lead Actor/Interpreter at the Children's Museum. She is a published author on the topic of creating museum programming for actors (IMTAL journal), as well as a featured presenter at the International Museum Theatre Alliance conference. An experienced director, Georgeanna’s work has been praised by critics citywide.