Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis is a new non-profit professional theater company based in downtown Indy focused on producing new plays by underrepresented playwrights. Storefront stages productions in the style of Chicago storefront theaters: with small and intimate settings; raw, and underscored by emotional truth.
Ronan Marra - Artistic Director
Ronan served as co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Chicago’s Signal Ensemble Theatre for fourteen years. Directing credits with Signal include THE CONSULTANT by Heidi Schreck, DEVIL'S DAY OFF by Jon Steinhagen, THE NEXT THING, THIS IS WAR by Hannah Moscovitch, LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING by Sheila Callaghan, SUCCESSORS by Jon Steinhagen, HOSTAGE SONG by Clay McLeod Chapman and Kyle Jarrow, EAST OF BERLIN and THE RUSSIAN PLAY by Hannah Moscovitch, ACES by Jon Steinhagen, AFTERMATH, THE BALLAD OF THE SAD CAFE, 1776 (Jeff Award - Best Production, Musical, Jeff Nomination - Best Director), SEASCAPE, WAITING FOR GODOT, LANDSLIDE (two Jeff Award nominations), MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, LEARNING TO FLY and many more. He has also directed for Collaboraction, Fox Valley Repertory, Chicago Dramatists, the side project and New Leaf Theatre.
Playwriting credits include the book for THE NEXT THING (Jeff Nomination - New Work; music and lyrics by Jon Steinhagen), MOTION, AFTERMATH, LANDSLIDE (Jeff Nomination - New Work) and LEARNING TO FLY at Signal, as well as THE MARS ASSIGNMENT and MODEL #736 at Collaboraction. Ronan's plays have been produced or workshopped in Chicago, NYC, LA and Cleveland. He is a 2012 finalist for the Woodward/Newman Drama Award (MOTION) and recipient of the 2006 Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award in Scriptworks (LANDSLIDE). New City named him one of the "Fifty People Who Really Perform in Chicago" in 2012. Please feel free to e-mail him or check out his website:
Katie Horwitz - Casting and Outreach
Katie recently completed her MFA in Directing at Indiana University. For IU Theatre she directed THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, Jean Anouilh's ANTIGONE, OCCUPANTS, and TAPE. Before IU she spent five years working in Chicago after finishing her undergraduate degree in Theatre at Butler University. In Chicago she was the Casting Associate and an Artistic Associate at Stage Left Theatre where she directed THE LIAR PARADOX and RAGGEDY AND for their new plays summer festival, LeapFest. At SLT she assistant directed A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, FARRAGUT NORTH, WARPED, and THE FISHERMAN during the season as well as MOTHER BEAR, WARPED, and AUTONOMY for LeapFest. Katie has directed two successful Bikini Shakespeare productions for Gorilla Tango Theatre: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and THE TEMPEST. Katie has also directed for Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, Genesis Theatrical Productions, and in a number of 10-minute play festivals. Other companies she has assistant directed for include Hip to Hip Theatre Company, Two Pence Shakespeare Company, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Cardinal Stage Company, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Katie has also acted with Indiana University Summer Theatre, Babes with Blades, Lincoln Amphitheater, and Clear Stage Cincinnati.
Katie is also a passionate teacher. She has taught basic acting, scene studey, and Shakespeare to undergraduates at Indiana University as well as to high schoolers at Indiana University and Butler University's summer theatre camps.