Just one month to go to ATCA in Indianapolis, March 21-24

Just one month to go to ATCA in Indianapolis, March 21-24

More to the point, the deadline to get the ATCA rate at the brand new Alexander Hotel is just ahead, Feb. 19.

The conference fee of $99 for members, $135 for guests, includes events, lunches, Saturday dinner, receptions, and panels. Special $150 fee for non-members who join, includes one year of dues.

See below for the full schedule, including signup procedure. Or go directly to register here on our events page

We have secured a discounted rate of $119 per night (including breakfast) at the brand new Alexander Hotel. Ask for the ATCA rate when booking: (855) 200-3002. The rate is good for a single, double, triple or quad room (breakfast, though, is for two guests per room). Rate is good for three days pre- and post- event and rooms should be reserved by February 19 to take advantage of the special rate.

Register online or by mail:

1) Register here on our events page

OR (2) Mail a check for $99 made out to ATCA ($135 for guests) and send to:

ATCA Conference
C/O Lou Harry
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Indianapolis Business Journal
41 E. Washington St., Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46204

For more information: contact conference chair Lou Harry at lharry@ibj.com:

You have several options. Arrive Thursday before 5 p.m. to see “The Lyons” that night, or come in time for the start of Friday panels at 11 a.m. Sunday programs run through 1:30 p.m. with an optional 2 p.m. matinee for those who have flexible departures.


7:00  Midwest Premiere of The Lyons at the Phoenix


10:30  Shuttle/Drive/Walk TO INDIANA HISTORY CENTER. Free parking for the day if desired.

11:00  Cole Porter panel/performance/discussion in IHC Cole Porter room.

11:45  Explore interactives and archives at Indiana History Center

12:30  Lunch

1:00  Panel: Why the Midwest? panel with professional theater artists working in Central Indiana 

10 MINUTE WALK TO…. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

2:30  A full-cast reading by Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre of Vonnegut’s play “Happy Birthday, Wanda June.” Munchies provided.

5:00-6:30  Free for dinner downtown. Will provide list of options.

6:30-7:30  Reception at Indiana Repertory Theatre, interrupted by 6:45 excerpt from “Piaf” by Dance Kaleidoscope (professional contemporary dance company), currently running on the IRT Upperstage.

7:30 performance of The Whipping Man at the Indiana Repertory Theatre.


9:45-ish After-show gathering around Hoagy Carmichael’s actual piano at the Columbia Club with entertainment and treats provided by The Cabaret at the Columbia Club.
ALSO Presentation of 2012 Primus Prize to playwright Tammy Ryan.



Optional 10 a.m. visit to the Guitars exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum of Native Americans and Western Art

11:30 1/2 hour drive to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre—one of the few remaining professional dinner theaters in the country—for 12:15 lunch and 1:30 performance of 9-to-5: The Musical

—Travel to Carmel Indiana (about 20 minutes) to Center for the Performing Arts/Palladium

4:15  General Membership meeting. Possible added panel.

5:15-6:15  Tour of complex and visit to Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook archive & gallery. 

6:30  Dinner served on stage with excerpt from Actors Theatre of Indiana’s recent production of “The Musical of Musicals: The Musical.” 

8:00   Concert with Barbara Cook/Michael Feinstein at the Palladium. Meet and greet to follow.

10:30-ish  Departure via bus for hotel


10:00  Shuttle/walk/drive to Indy Fringe Building. 

10:30  Panel discussion on The Rise of the U.S. Fringe, with reps from festivals around the Midwest. 

11:30  Full (50-minutes each) productions of two Indy Fringe-birthed shows: NoExit’s “I Am Peter Pan” and Two First Names’ “Going…Going…Gone.” Lunchprovided in between.

2:00  Matinee visit to the Phoenix Theatre’s “The Lyons” (for those who couldn’t make it Thursday.)


A visit to the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres for artist Tamar Ettun’s installation and multi-media performance One Thing Leads to Another, which takes place inside an overturned hot air balloon, incorporating dance and music in a changing environment.


2:00 Complete performance of Dance Kaleidoscope’s “Piaf.” 


6:30 Performance of Acting Up Productions’ Prohibition-era “Twelfth Night” at the Wheeler Arts Center in Fountain Square. 

Early arriver/late departer options

“Guitars” and “Women in Art” exhibitions at the Eiteljorg Museum of Native Americans and Western Art

Docent-led tours of “Graphite” and other shows at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Tour of the historic Madame C.J. Walker Building, still a performing arts venue and home to Freetown Village

Indiana State Museum James Dean exhibition

Wednesday afternoon Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra rehearsal with maestro Krzysztof Urbanski

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, including interactives on Anne Frank, Ryan White and Ruby Bridges.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at Clowes Hall on March 19

Jazz Kitchen Tues-Wed-Sun. Performers to be announced.

and the list keeps building… 

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