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.
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!
Dedication to streaming
Southbank’s commitment to producing excellent work includes going beyond the four walls of a theatre. For years, theatre has been location specific, exclusive, and unaffordable. We want to break down the barriers of location and expense and share our work with anyone with an internet connection. That’s why Southbank will both produce live theatre and stream plays that we produce as long as license holders will grant us the rights (not including musicals, unfortunately)! Streaming will be affordable, high quality, and include an option for captioning.
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, crew, and audience members. Cast and crew are masked during rehearsals until tech week, when actors can remove masks — only after having a Covid test. Audiences will be asked to provide proof of Covid vaccination at the door of the theatre (vaccination card, certificate from the state, or the Bindle app are accepted). Streaming is available for unvaccinated individuals. Patrons under 5 must provide a negative covid test within 48 hours of attending the show. (Rapid tests are accepted; however, not all shows are appropriate for young audiences.) No exceptions will be permitted to this policy.
Hear from our Board Members!
Featuring videos from artistic director Marcia Eppich-Harris, board member Carla Castaño, and board secretary Latrice Young.
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.