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 us unique are our interests in history, politics, philosophy, and literature – and how those subjects can contribute to critical thinking, self-awareness, and social change.
New Play Development
In addition to loving the classics, we are committed to new play development. At least twice per year, we will host a rehearsed staged reading with a selected playwright to help develop their work and make it ready for submission. Plays that fit our thematic interests will be considered on a limited basis, and preference is given to members of the Indiana Playwrights Circle and residents of the state of Indiana. Only invited submissions to our new play development program are accepted at this time.
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 is a nomadic theatre, and as such, we are required to follow the safety standards of each venue from which we rent a stage. When proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required by the venue, we will include that information on our tickets. We do encourage masking in the theatre, and when masks are required, we will let you know. If you’re sick, please contact us to change your tickets to another available date.
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.