Indiana Repertory Theatre announces Director of Inclusion & Community Partnerships
Devon Ginn will further cultivate, lead, and nurture connections, IRT’s IDEA work
Indianapolis, Ind.— The Indiana Repertory Theatre is looking forward to the evolution of the Theatre’s community connections, inclusive environments, and equitable programming through the new position of Director of Inclusion and Community Partnerships. The IRT welcomes Devon Ginn (he/they) to the role this November.
"I am elated to join a robust and dynamic team actively producing world-class, inclusive theatre for the masses in the heart of Indiana. Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access work requires stamina and compassion,” Ginn said. “I'm grateful for the foundation laid by senior leadership to ensure the IRT exists as a refuge for artists and patrons across identity strata.”
An Indianapolis native, Ginn joins the IRT after nearly eight and a half years at the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center. He serves as a board member for BlackSpace Urbanist Collective and Vice President of the board for the Indiana Writers Center. A writer, nonprofit administrator, and performance artist, Ginn has been awarded fellowships with Americans for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts/Indiana Arts Commission, and the Indy Arts Council.
"The IRT is excited to welcome Devon to the organization and looks forward to learning from and sharing in his ideas as the Director of Inclusion and Community Partnerships. His years of experience in the arts, theatre, and many other facets of the community make them a wonderful choice for this role,” IRT’s Managing Director Suzanne Sweeney said. “This position has been something the IRT has been striving to develop for many years, and it is a meaningful step in our ongoing commitment to community connections and IDEA work."
Ginn will further IRT’s community partnership-making, nurturing relationships with community leaders, and, as IRT continues the work to become an antiracist, inclusive organization, Ginn will work alongside staff to identify partnerships with culturally diverse community organizations and individuals. The IRT holds key relationships in the central Indiana community, but there is significant opportunity to grow and diversify these relationships, connecting even more people through partnerships with neighborhoods, corporate affinity groups, and social service organizations. The IRT will ensure these relationships are grounded in earned trust, built with sustainability in mind, and centered on the ways communities want to be welcomed.
“Devon’s enthusiasm for this work is infectious, and he is a wonderful match for this critical position,” Sweeney said.
ABOUT THE IRT
Founded in 1971, the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) is the largest professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The mission of the Indiana Repertory Theatre is to produce top-quality, professional theatre and related activities, providing experiences that will engage, surprise, challenge, and entertain people throughout their lifetimes, helping us build a vital and vibrant community.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA): The IRT strives to celebrate and serve the diverse people and cultures that make up our whole community. The IRT is committed to providing access for all; to creating and maintaining an antiracist theatre that is inclusive, safe, and respectful.
The IRT produces top-quality, professional theatre that engages, surprises, challenges and entertains people throughout their lifetimes, helping to build a vital and vibrant community.
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