Education & Artist Development

 The Cabaret offers a variety of educational programs both for high school and college students who will become the next generation of cabaret stars and current performers looking to take the next step in their artistic career.  This will ensure the unique art of cabaret continues to grow in Indianapolis.

Most universities focus on the classical genre and few local performers are trained for cabaret. Training in this style of performance further develops singing talent, but also the ability to be truly vulnerable with the audience. Developing this ability requires specialized training and performance opportunities. Due to the intensive nature of the educational programs, The Cabaret makes a meaningful impression on a targeted number of students that yields a deep, long-term impact on their futures.

The Next Generation


The Cabaret offers complimentary student tickets to select shows. Educational partners are also invited to perform prior to most Saturday performances. Students receive complimentary tickets to the show.  Depending upon artist availability, students will also have an opportunity to meet and get pictures with the artist(s) following the performance.  Select shows will also include a Q&A with the artist following the performance.


The Cabaret provides aspiring artists with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work one-on-one with a Broadway star or world-renowned cabaret or jazz artist.  Classes provide participants the opportunity to take their performance skills to the next level. Classes provide one-on-one performance coaching with a smaller group of select students and will be expanded to include a 20-30 minute Q & A with the artist, giving students the opportunity to participate in a performance and career dialogue with an already accomplished artist in the field.

Occasionally, the artist will also sing a song or two for the class. All students attending the class will also receive a group photo with the artist.

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Recent classes have included:

Tony Award-winning Broadway Star Joshua Henry
Star of Shuffle Along, Porgy and Bess, Violet, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot and In the Heights

Broadway Star Jason Danieley
Star of Chicago, The Visit with Chita Rivera, Curtains with David Hyde Pierce, Next to Normal with his lovely and talented wife Marin Mazzie, and The Full Monty

Tony Award Winning Broadway Star Brian Stokes Mitchell
Star of Shuffle Along, Ragtime, Man of La Mancha, and Kiss Me, Kate

Broadway’s Hunky Heartthrob Kyle Riabko
Star of Broadway’s Spring Awakening and Hair and star and creator of the hit West End and Off-Broadway show Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined

Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti
Star of Gypsy, Meteor Shower, She Loves Me, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Into the Woods, Swing!, Nine, The Wedding Singer, and The Sound of Music.

Artist Development

As part of our mission to develop the next generation of cabaret performers, The Cabaret works with select promising performers in developing a full-scale cabaret show from start to finish to be presented on our stage.  We provide one-on-one training for the show; produce the marketing materials and show; work with the artist on promotional and marketing materials for future opportunities and help to promote the artist to other cabaret venues around the country.


Once a cabaret is in its final stages of development, Artistic Director & CEO Shannon Forsell will mentor local performers to prepare them for a performance at The Cabaret. At the final performance, the audience will gain more insight into the process of creating a cabaret at a post-show Q&A with the artists.


The Cabaret mentors students each year through internships tailored toward students’ professional learning goals in arts management, marketing, and public relations. Internships are centered on practical opportunities for participants to experiment with ideas, while building resources for future careers in the arts. The Cabaret believes that this investment in the next generation of arts administrators helps keep young talent in Indianapolis.

In addition to our formal programs, The Cabaret annually partners with other community organizations for special education programs/workshops.


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