Announcing our 2022-2023 Season
This season, we take on politics. Every day there is another mass shooting in America. Every day women’s health is controversial. Every day there is a person being abused by a spouse. We’re putting a spotlight on these and other issues. This is our protest — art is our fight song.
Coming this Fall
Valerie’s world is turned upside down when the administration at St. Sebastian University denies her application for tenure. As she attempts to save her career from free fall, the costs to Valerie and her star student, Marina, become too high. How much should be sacrificed for a job?
Becky Schloman - Valerie
Trick Blanchfield - Marina
MEET OUR DIRECTOR
Southbank is pleased to announce the director of The Profession, Elisabeth Speckman! Elisabeth is a playwright, actor, and director from Indianapolis. She received her BA in Theatre and English-Creative Writing from Denison University and her MFA in Fiction from Butler University. She has served as both a visiting instructor and adjunct at Butler in first-year studies, intro to creative writing, academic writing, media studies, and screenwriting, as well as teaching Acting II at IUPUI. Her acting training includes the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors, Second City Training Center Chicago, and the Michael Chekhov School. She has appeared in numerous productions in the Indianapolis area with Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, IndyFringe, Bard Fest, Carmel Community Players, Spotlight Players, and Amalgamated Stage Productions, and won the 2015 Best Major Supporting Actress Award from the Encore Association. She has taught and directed theatre for over ten years, working with The Artists Studio, Fishers UMC, and CYT Indy, where she most recently directed Aladdin, Jr. and The Lion King, Jr. As a playwright, her work has been produced throughout the United States and internationally. She was a finalist for both the 2021 and 2022 Henley Rose Award for Women Playwrights; other honors include attending the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive and serving as a reader on the national committee for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her proudest accomplishment, however, is being a mother to her two sons alongside her husband, Chris.
Southbank Theatre Company is a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to enriching the Indianapolis community — and beyond — through producing plays and musicals by both Indiana playwrights and playwrights of historical and contemporary significance.