Welcome to Southbank!
What’s in a name?
Why “Southbank”? In 1599 the Globe Theatre was constructed on the southbank of the River Thames in London. When we looked for inspiration for our own theatre company in Indianapolis, we tried to think of ways to connect to Shakespeare’s home base. At the Globe, the great traditions of the Western world were adapted, updated, and presented as mirrors to the early modern world. That’s one of the goals of Southbank Theatre Company: to produce thought provoking plays that engage traditional subjects in new ways and inspire us to think more deeply about our contemporary moment.
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.
What makes Southbank different?
What makes us a little different from other companies in town is our interest in history, politics, philosophy, and literature – and how those things can contribute to critical thinking, self-awareness, and social change.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Southbank believes it is an honor and our duty to provide opportunities to diverse artists of all backgrounds. We want to develop our shared craft and build community, regardless of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, or military status. We acknowledge the historical exclusion of people of color, women, nonbinary, trans, and differently abled individuals in the theatre — and we want to be part of the solution! We embrace you as you are, whoever you are! All are welcome at Southbank!
Safety and Covid-19
Southbank will take all necessary precautions to keep our cast, crew, and audience members safe. To that end, we require proof of vaccination from our cast and crew. Audiences will be asked to provide either proof of Covid vaccination or a negative same-day test at the door of the theatre (vaccination card, certificate from the state, or the Bindle app are accepted). No exceptions will be permitted to this policy.
Hear from our Board Members!
Featuring videos from artistic director Marcia Eppich-Harris and board member Carla Castaño
Marcia Eppich-Harris holds a PhD in Shakespeare and Dramatic Literature from Marquette University and taught at the college level for roughly fifteen years. She is a playwright and a founding member of the Indiana Playwrights Circle (IPC), where she is the Scene Nights Coordinator and serves on the steering committee. Marcia’s writing includes plays, fiction, poetry, scholarship, and reviews — all influenced by the literature and history of the ancient Greeks and Romans, the British Medieval and Renaissance periods, as well as current events. In her creative writing, she focuses thematically on politics, philosophy, the arts, gender, family, and culture.
Aric Harris holds a Masters degree in New Media Communications from Marquette University. Aric’s theatrical experience includes acting, directing, and backstage work. He is the founder and owner of TikiKitchen, Inc., a full-stack digital creative studio, focusing on digital and print marketing, web design and development, video editing, and motion graphics.