Ten most compelling performing arts people of 2012

Posted by admin on January 2, 2013

By Tom Alvarez, Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner
December 20, 2012

One of the most satisfying aspects of covering the performing arts is the opportunity to provide much deserved exposure for the talented and dedicated people who are making a difference in contributing to the creative vitality of the Indianapolis area and making it a cultural destination.

Below is a list of 9 extraordinary individuals and one group, in alphabetical order but not in order of importance, whose artistry and/or leadership impressed Examiner.com.

Angela Brown

An internationally renowned opera star with a huge talent — only matched by her larger than life personality — she returned to her native Indianapolis to co-host this year’s Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Duke Energy’s “Yuletide Celebration.”

Bryan Fonseca

The visionary founder and producing director of the Phoenix Theatre has successfully guided Indianapolis’ off-Broadway theater for 30 years — making it an artistic and social force in Indianapolis and beyond.

Shannon Forsell

She’s the managing and artistic director and master of what many consider the city’s most glamorous and sophisticated nightclub, The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, which spotlights the talents of national and international cabaret, musical theater and recording artists. Also a popular performer, her own shows at the Cabaret are always sold out.

ISO Musicians

Locked out for over 5 weeks by management because of a labor dispute, the musicians garnered tremendous amounts of community moral support. While playing daily in front of the Hilbert Circle Theatre and during several concerts for charity that demonstrated their desire to “keep the music playing,” they reminded the public why our symphony is critical to Indianapolis’ overall quality of life.

Jillian Godwin

Because of her striking personality and potent dancing, you can’t take your eyes off this beautiful dynamo whenever she performs during a Dance Kaleidoscope concert.

David Hochoy

The artistic director of Dance Kaleidoscope, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last season, is primarily responsible for elevating the company to its status as Indiana’s top contemporary dance company through his indefatigable dedication and incomparable vision.

Claire Wilcher

She is one of Indianapolis’ funniest — maybe even its busiest — actors and comediennes based on her numerous critically acclaimed performances this past year on various Indy stages.

Tania Castroverde Moskahlenko

A former dancer and new president and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, she has made it clear that she supports diversity and wants to build bridges as well as partner with members of the Indianapolis arts community.

R. Brian Noffke

He is an accomplished actor and director who is passionate about local theater. He has demonstrated that he believes in putting your money where your mouth is by co-founding Acting Up Productions, headquartered in Greenfield, Indiana.

Bill Simmons

You may recognize this actor who appears in television commercials but those who are theater savvy know he is one of Indianapolis’ finest stage actors, as evidenced by his (and one in particular) performances this year at Phoenix Theatre.

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