Meet the Board


Susan ZurbuchenSusan Zurbuchen is Chair of the Arts Administration program at Butler University where she has taught for 25 years. She has a M.A. degree in Theatre from the University of Minnesota- Minneapolis and a B.A. from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.  Susan regularly consults with arts organizations throughout Indiana and the Midwest on issues of governance and strategic planning.  An avid gardener, Susan makes herbal teas, vinegars and tinctures from her Elizabethan herb garden.   I HEART HART because I love being outside with Will (Shakespeare that is!!)






MARK STUAAN Board Secretary

Mark StuaanMark D. Stuaan is a partner in the Indianapolis, Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. He focuses his practice in white collar criminal defense in state and federal  courts.

Before joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Stuaan was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana for more than 10 years. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in Indianapolis, Mr. Stuaan was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois where he handled civil, criminal and appellate matters for approximately five years.

Mr. Stuaan received his B.A. from Wabash College in 1978 and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1981.

HART provides a rare opportunity for people in Central Indiana to see a high quality production of a Shakespearean play – live theater for free in a beautiful setting can’t be beat!

JOEL ERICSON Board Treasurer

Joel EricsonJoel was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN. He attended Butler University where he attained a degree in accounting. Joel is a licensed CPA and currently works with Stonegate Mortgage Corporation. Why I heart HART – Success in exposing new audiences to the arts






Robyn developed a love of theatre at an early age, but after an unfortunate incident at a high school musical, she realized that she belonged behind the scenes. Robyn has been in marketing and development for 16 years in non-profit arts, government, and corporate environments. She currently consults for R&B Architects and The Cyrus Place Event Venue.
Robyn hearts HART because of her passion for keeping amazing talent in Indianapolis, while continuing to build a community where her children will thrive…and come back to after college!





Megan McKinney CooperOriginally from San Francisco, Megan McKinney Cooper was board president when HART first registered as a 501(c)3 and is proud to see it grow and thrive several years later.  “I heart HART for its grit, its big thinking, and its courage in finding the right artistic niche in the city – Indianapolis is better because of HART.”  Megan has a long history with the arts in Indianapolis moving here originally to appear onstage at the IRT.  Several shows later, many years of non-profit arts management and a career shift toward social services and education, Megan is the director of marketing and development for Early Learning Indiana, the largest non-profit early education provider in central Indiana.  Megan is also passionate for urban neighborhoods and happily lives downtown with her husband, Doug, and daughter, Ellie.



Robert NealRobert has been a professional actor, teacher and director in the regional theatre for 30 years and is a company and board member of Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre. He has also spent the last fifteen seasons with the Indiana Repertory Theatre where he has appeared in nearly 40 productions. He has worked extensively around the Midwest as well as in Europe and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Early Music Festival of Indianapolis and at Lincoln Center in New York City. Television credits include Chicago Fire. Robert holds an M.F.A in Acting from the Pennsylvania State University and a Shakespeare Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  He is a long time member of Actors Equity Association and was a 2007 recipient of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Creative Renewal Fellowship.





Dorothy IlgenDorothy L. Ilgen is the president of the Regeneration Consulting, which provides strategic planning and organizational development services to non-profit agencies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and English from Simmons College (Boston) and a master’s degree in adult and community education from Ball State University.

She has over 25 years of arts administration experience, serving as the executive director of the Indiana Arts Commission and the Kansas Arts Commission and as deputy director of the Missouri Arts Council. She has served on the board of directors of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Arts Midwest. She served as a panelist for the Design Arts Program and the State Partnerships for the National Endowment for the Arts. Dorothy testified before a U.S. Senate Committee on the Reauthorization of the NEA. She is the president of the board of a family foundation that provides scholarships to high school seniors. She has served as a trainer and evaluator for United Way of Central Indiana and served on the board of the Lockerbie People’s Club, a neighborhood association. More recently, she has served as the executive director of an education foundation, overseeing agency operations, fund-raising, and financial management.

Dorothy says, “I like HART because it presents professional theatre in a refreshingly accessible venue – on the banks of the White River. The productions feature local theatre professionals and offer a wonderful opportunity to experience live theatre by the world’s greatest playwright.”