Creative/Intern Team

Diane Timmerman

Diane Timmerman (HART Producing Artistic Director) is thrilled to be producing The Winter’s Tale for HART this summer and extends her thanks to the HART board, HART’s foundation partners, corporate donors, individual donors and the entire The Winter’s Tale  team, an amazing group of artists, artisans, volunteers and interns who have given their heart and soul to this production. Diane is happy to  partner with Robert Neal and the design/tech/production team who created last year’s wonderful production of Twelfth Night: to a person, they rock! As an actor, Diane’s HART appearances include Emilia in Othello, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Nerissa in The Merchant of Venice. Other acting credits include August: Osage County, Next Fall, November and Bug at the Phoenix Theatre, Spinning into Butter and Beautiful Thing at Ohio’s Human Race Theatre, Angel Street at the IRT, and numerous Chicago credits. A Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, Diane is Professor and Chair of Theatre at Butler University. Her books include Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing and ninety-minute Shakespeare adaptations for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet. Diane is a grateful two-time recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowship.





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Ryan Artzberger (Director) is proud to be an Indy Shakes member, having been in Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, In a Dark Dark House, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Othello, and The Taming of the Shrew. Indiana Repertory Theater credits include: The Crucible, Who Am I This Time, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, God of Carnage, Julius Caesar, Romeo & Juliet, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Rabbit Hole, Iron Kisses, Our Town, Death of a Salesman, Macbeth, and A Christmas Carol. Credits at The Phoenix Theatre include This, and Reasons to be Pretty, which he also did at The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C. Other regional theater credits include: Pericles and Cyrano at The Shakespeare Theatre Company; Pericles and Silk at The Goodman; The Arabian Nights at Berkeley Rep and Kansas City Rep; and Argonautika and The Arabian Nights at The Lookingglass; Hamlet and The Sea Gull at Shakespeare Santa Cruz; Romeo & Juliet at Great Lakes; and The Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Denver Center. Ryan also appeares in the film The Blur Circle. Ryan is a graduate of Ohio University and The Juilliard School. “Thank you to my wife, Marita, and my boys, Will and Cooper.”


Nathan Garrison (Stage Manager) is back with Indy Shakes for his 7th production– he also worked on Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, The Tempest (Stage Manager), & Much Ado About Nothing (Director). He is the Resident Stage Manager at Indiana Repertory Theatre, where he has worked for 19 years.


Nolan Brokamp (Production Manager)



Gordon Strain (Set Design)


B Sutherlin (Set Construction) is a local Carpenter/Artist/Craftsman. In his fourth year working with Indy Shakes, he could not be more thrilled to be a part of their production of “As You Like It”. B also works around the country with various scenic arts companies as well as his own company building sets and scenery for stage, photography and films. As a scenic carpenter B has worked on sets at The Indiana Repertory Theater, The Phoenix Theater, American Cabaret, Theater on the Square and for the last sixteen years has been an intricate part of the design and construction of the Haunted House at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. B has also been a performing member of The Blue Monkey Sideshow since 1999. “If all the world is a stage, why dress like an extra!”



S. Bart SimpsonBart Simpson (Props Design) After completing his MFA in Directing from The University of Texas in Austin, Bart returned to Indianapolis and worked with several theatres in the 1980’s and 90’s. He built scenery and props at IRT, travelled to schools performing adaptations of Shakespeare with the Indianapolis Shakespeare Festival’s troop Will Power, and directed and taught Design, Creative Dramatics and Stagecraft at Marian University. Bart also directed plays at the Phoenix Theatre, Shakespeare in Garfield Park, and Theatre on the Square. Starting in the late 90s Bart produced and performed with THE BLUE MONKEY SIDESHOW. More recently he has designed and fabricated properties for H.A.R.T. productions of THE TEMPEST, TWELFTH NIGHT and A WINTER’S TALE, directed Chris Bungard’s new adaptation of Plautus’ TRUCULENTUS at Butler University, and designed the scenery for the Butler Opera productions of PIRATES OF PENZANCE and TOO MANY SOPRANOS. Over the last sixteen years Bart has spent his time on two main projects: design and construction of the Childrens Museum Guild’s Haunted House (this year’s theme is the Wicked Woods), and performing on the Bed of Nails with the Blue Monkey Sideshow (it’s real, it really hurts). And whenever he has a chance, you’ll find him drumming for Indy Tribal, the belly dance troupe of which his wife, Moira, is a member.


Laura E. Glover (Lighting Designer) has lighted TWELFTH NIGHT, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, MERCHANT OF VENICE and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. Ms. Glover, the Resident Lighting Designer for Dance Kaleidoscope and for the Phoenix Theatre, has received international acclaim for her lighting with Dance Kaleidoscope, Ballets de San Juan and Workshop Theatre Group.  She is also the lighting designer for Time For Three.  An adjunct faculty member at University of Indianapolis, teaching lighting design, and a Creative Renewal Fellow, she holds her M.F.A. in Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase.




Guy Clark (Costume Designer) is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. He manages the Indiana Repertory Theatre Costume Shop. During his twenty-one year career in professional theatre, he has created costumes for many original Broadway productions, including The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, and The Lion King. In 2007, Aretha Franklin commissioned him to design and build a dress for her performance at that year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, and the following year, he created the two gowns she wore to President Obama’s Inaugural Balls. At the IRT he has designed costumes for And Then They Came for Me, An Iliad, The House That Jack Built, God of Carnage, I Love to Eat, Fire in the Garden, and Mary’s Wedding, as well as The Mountaintop.




Jeff Mountjoy (Sound Engineer)






Todd ReischmanTodd Mack Reischman (Sound Designer/On-stage Musician) This is Todd’s 4th show with Indy Shakes, including In A Dark, Dark House and last Summer’s Twelfth Night. Todd is the resident sound designer with Indiana Repertory Theatre, where his sound and original music has been heard in over 60 shows during the past 12 seasons. He also owns and operates LostSound studio and plays in several local bands. Todd is a major supporter of Dollies for Froggies and other Carlin-esque causes. In his spare time he likes to confuse complete strangers with random conversation topics, and point out recycle bins as a diversionary tactic. Todd also placed 19th this year in the 44 year old men’s category at the world hula-hoop championships.










Kevin CaraherKevin Caraher (Sound Assistant) is very pleased to be returning to Indy Shakes for the third consecutive year, playing the role of the Sound Assistant. Kevin loves to perform Shakespeare as well, and just recently finished a run as The Priest/Gentleman of the Court in First Folio’s production of Hamlet. First Folio also did Henry V at The Studio Theatre in 2013 and Kevin portrayed Bardolph in that production. Other Shakespeare credits include Starveling/Moonshine in the CTS production of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Kevin has performed at Theatre On The Square, The Studio Theatre, The Tarkington, and The Indiana Historical Society to name a few. He is most proud of his one man show based on the life of Robert F Kennedy called RFK Remembered. It was performed at The Indiana Historical Society in 2004 and 2012. RFK Remembered also had a run at Marian University in 2007.





LaKisha Cooper HeadshotLaKisha Cooper (Event Manager & Program Administrator) is joining HART again this year as the Event Manager. After attending HART’s Tempest, she knew she wanted to be a part of the team in some capacity. A native Chicagoan, LaKisha has worked on special events in both Chicago and Indianapolis. She is excited to working with HART and building working relationships throughout Indianapolis. She would like to thank Diane Timmerman for this wonderful opportunity.











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Janet Hock (Premium Seat Coordinator) is a retired periodontist and biomedical research scientist, who led research programs in osteoporosis; environmental risks for cancer; community-based research in child nutrition; and clinical orthopedic trials testing stem cells. With her retirement in 2014, Dr Hock pursues her life-long interests and deep commitment to the arts through volunteer work, and advocating for mentoring women and those in poverty. She is a singer in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, the Threshold Singers and St Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir. She enjoys working with (and watching) IndyShakes bring Shakespeare enthusiastically to life in a wonderful outdoor setting each summer.







Caron Morales (House Manager) has always loved Shakespeare being performed outdoors.  Because of this love, she joined the HART team as house manager.



Laurel Goetzinger (Craft Services)


Lexi Weixel (Assistant to the Artistic Director) 




Megan Renner (Assistant to the Director) is a recent Purdue University graduate from Indianapolis, IN who majored in Film and Video Studies and minored in English and Theatre during her time at Purdue. In the fall she will be heading off to Normal, Illinois to attend Illinois State University to get her Masters in Theatre Studies. This is Megan’s first show with Indy Shakes and she couldn’t be more excited! She loves Shakespeare (see her 1300 page Shakespeare anthology) and is excited to see the direction that the show takes, because Shakespeare is so adaptable. Megan is also happy to get more experience in directing for the stage, which is something she has not gotten to do as often as she did in high school. She wants to thank everyone at Indy Shakes for giving her this opportunity, and thank her family, friends and boyfriend for always encouraging her to follow her dreams.



Ariel Laukins (ASM)


Margaret Kosten (ASM)



Kayla Brandt (Marketing Intern) is going into her Junior year at Anderson University where she is majoring in Entertainment and Music Business with a complementary major in Musical Theatre and a minor in Marketing. She is excited to be involved with the marketing and promotion of Indy Shakes’ production of “As You Like It”. 


Molly Connor (Props) is a sophomore at Indiana University majoring in Arts Management with a concentration in theatre. Molly serves as the Production Manager on the board of directors for University Players, IU’s only undergraduate student run theatre troupe. Molly has extensive stage management experience, including working with the IU Ballet Theatre for both their Spring Ballet and The Choreography Project. Employed at IU’s Musical Arts Center, Molly works on both the stage crew and the paint and props crew for IU Opera and Ballet Theatre. Molly is thrilled to work with Indy Shakes as a way to expand her knowledge of all design aspects of theatre, and views this internship as a way to gain deeper insight into the ever important real of props. Molly hopes to one day find herself in New York City, working in the “business of show business”.

Liza Krull (Set Construction)is a recent graduate of University of Indianapolis. While there, she was president of the university’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega as well as the student manager of the scene shop. She enjoys acting onstage as well as being master electrician and master carpenter for numerous productions at the university, favorites including Move Over, Mrs. Markham, The Totalitarians, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Laramie Project, Out of Order, and King Lear. She assisted in coordinating events for the 2017 KCACTF for Region III, which was hosted by University of Indianapolis, as well as participating in the Irene Ryan competition. She would like to thank her professors, friends, and family for always supporting the arts!


Laura Smith (Production Assistant) attends Franklin College where she has just finished her freshman year. At FC, she studies in Elementary Education and French. While at FC she has lighted Side by Side by Sondheim and The Exonerated. She stage managed for The Clean House, and she acted in Anton in Showbusiness. For the past 11 years, Laura has also acted for and helped her local theatre troupe, Rush County Players, in a technical aspect. Laura is very excited for her first internship with HART and she would like to thank her family, especially her sister, for their support. She would also like to thank Diane Timmerman and Gordon Strain for introducing her to this opportunity.