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IMA's Charles Venable sees changes in his contract and the IRT announces their 2016-2017 show schedule


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The IMA and their Board of Governors seem to be pleased with the direction that CEO Charles Venable is taking the museum. 

Today they announced that Venable has signed on for (up to) another 10 years as the Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO of the IMA.

He originally signed on for a five-year contract in 2012. 

“Changing the trajectory of any institution takes commitment, hard work and time,” said Tom Hiatt, chair of the IMA’s Board of Governors in a press release. “The other members of the Board and I are confident that Charles and the leadership team he has recruited have set the IMA on the path to a brilliant—and sustainable—future." 

According to the same release Venable increased membership by 200 percent, a skewed number considering the museum cut off free passes to the galleries and grounds. 

Across town, the IRT announced their 2016-2017 season lineup. Here's the batting order:

The Three Musketeers
Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas by Catherine Bush
September 20 – October 15

Finding Home: Indiana at 200
Exploring our story: A collaboration from writers across the state
October 18 – November 13

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
November 19 – December 24

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
By Todd Kreidler, based on the screenplay by William Rose
January 10 – February 4

Theodore Taylor’s The Cay
Adapted by Gayle Cornelison
January 28 – February 26

E.B. White’s Stuart Little
Adapted by Joseph Robinette
February 25 – March 26

Boeing Boeing
By Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross & Francis Evans
March 7 – April 1

A mystery by James Still
March 28 – April 23

Dial “M” for Murder

By Frederick Knott
April 25 – May 21


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