Content provided by Andrea Lott Haney – The Sapphire Theatre Company proudly announces its 10th Anniversary of entertaining, educating, and enriching audiences through innovative theatrical programming. The Sapphire plans a year-long celebration of this milestone year by looking back at the accomplishments of the past decade and making some exciting announcements about ongoing and future programming.

Founded by Indianapolis residents Bonnie Mill and David Orr in June 2008, The Sapphire has introduced both Indianapolis and the Midwest to high quality and provocative entertainment as well as enriching and insightful educational programs for all ages. Lysistrata, The Sapphire’s first full-length production, made a powerful feminist and pro-peace statement, setting the tone for the organization’s ongoing motto: Performing Arts with Purpose. Over the course of the past decade, that purpose has driven every aspect of the organization.

Many of The Sapphire’s audiences learn about its programming through public events and art production. Adult Swim Indy served sold-out audiences for three consecutive years. Stilt-walkers and fantastical characters add interest and artistic flair to local public festivals and events. And, at the heart of its mission, The Sapphire has been honored to play a role in educating audiences in both schools and businesses through the highly respected Picture This theatrical process. The Sapphire’s Picture This programs offer interactive experiences between artists and audiences that help start important conversations on complex social issues such as sexual harassment, conflict resolution, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, bullying, mental health, and more.

“We have only just begun,” shares Founding Artistic Director Bonnie Mill shares. “Whatever we do—whether it’s Performances, Programs, or Production Services—it will always be with purpose, and in service to our community and the artists who live here.”

In honor of its 10th Anniversary, The Sapphire is thrilled to announce the expansion of its Voiceless Issues programming including The Power of Consent, which aims to reduce college campus sexual assault, and Rebuilding Home, which creates conversations for veterans and their families around issues of PTSD and moral injury. The Sapphire also looks forward to its ongoing partnership with The Harrison Center as the Director of PreEnact Indy on the Monon 16 happening this October.

Fans of The Sapphire’s unique programs should also stay tuned for upcoming announcements about Romeo & Juliet and a renewed and reinvigorated Adult SwimIndy event.

“The Sapphire pours skill and passion into each endeavor to create a certain quality,” says Sapphire Board Chair Julian Harrell. “Like any gem, however, appreciating the Sapphire’s true value requires closer, more intimate interaction. In celebration of our first 10 years, we welcome all to experience our commitment to impacting lives and communities through focused and innovative arts programming.”

To learn more about The Sapphire Theatre and stay up-to-date on its activities and events, visit and follow us on Twitter (@SapphireTheatre, #Sapphire10 #PerformingArtsWithPurpose), or “Like” us on Facebook (

The Sapphire Theatre is grateful to its many donors including The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, and The Arts Council of Indianapolis.


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