ABOUT OUR REPERTORY
NEW IS WHAT WE DO!
OUR CREATIVE DIRECTORS
Catalyst Repertory’s name represents our founding trio of creative leadership, who wear the many hats of a staff of many. Our leadership team has been working together, since 2013, to create the Catalyst Repertory brand, of Indianapolis.
FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Casey is the founder and Artistic Director of Catalyst Repertory, which technically started as ‘Casey Ross Productions,’ in 2015. The Catalyst Repertory name change was put in place to reflect the creative team established over, now, decade of making theatre, together.
Casey is a playwright, director, designer, illustrator, and the Artistic Director and founder of Catalyst Repertory. Casey has become known a veteran playwright, through her work with the IndyFringe, amassing a collection of more than 10 critically-acclaimed original plays. Some of Ross’s most notable Fringe works include her published trilogy of plays, The Gallery Trilogy, her love letter to comic books, Copyright/Safe, and her bawdy ‘stage-sitcom,’ The Tortillo! Series. Ross is also an acclaimed director and conceptual designer, in the Indianapolis area, with her celebrated productions of The Pillowman, Equus, Tooth of Crime, Coriolanus, Taming of the Shrew, Timon of Athens, The Diviners, and more. In 2017, Ross, alongside Co-Artstic Director, Pelsue, won the IndyFringe ‘Best Vetern Producer’ Award, solidifying them amoung the festival’s key players.
Ross’s next major projects will be the conceptual design and direction for Catalyst’s intimate collaborative production of A Streetcar Named Desire, coming to the stage, this March, as well as, Catalyst’s June revival adaptation of Broadway oddity, Starmites, both taking place at the IndyFringe Basile Theatre. Ross’s newest play, Bat in the Wind (or A Recent Study on Depression and Addiction) will premiere, this year, at the 2023 IndyFringe.
Catalyst is happy to welcome our long-time Director and Actor in Residence to the Creative Direction team. You’ve seen Zach’s work with Catalyst many times. First, with his debut in The Diviners (Ferris). Zach is a notable acting force in Indianapolis working for not only Catalyst Repertory, but also, The Pheonix Theatre, Wisdom Tooth Productions, Bard Fest, Eclectic Pond Theatre Company, and many more. At Catalyst, you not only see Zach on stage, but he’s also in the director’s chair. Since joining forces with Catalyst, Zach has directed many of the new works and adaptations presented by Catalyst, such as: Feral Boy (2016, Bennett Ayres), Popular Monsters (2018, Lou Harry), Romeo + Juliet (2018, Bard Fest), Lanista (2022, Bennett Ayres).
Dave has been with Catalyst since before we were even Catalyst! Joining forces with what would to become our creative team, in 2013, with his first Fringe show appearance in, The Solidarity, written by Casey Ross and directed by Dane Rogers. Dave has been a leader on the Catalyst team, ever since. An acclaimed actor and celebrated musician, who has been seen on many stages, both theatrical and musical, throughout the country, Dave is also talented wood-worker, painter, and designer; skills that have made him an essential member of our repertory. Dave has had a hand in most of Catalyst’s shows – if he’s not in them, he’s usually somewhere behind the scenes; be it building, writing, designing, musicial directing, or composing. On top of his work with Catalyst, he also works for the renowned Phoenix Theatre, Defiance Comedy, Betty Rage Productions…and more.
In his non-exsistent free time, he performs as the front-man for popular local band, Fareway. If he looks familar, Google him, because he probablly was in that one band you’re thinking of. Some of Dave’s most memorable Catalyst Repertory performances include: The Pillowman (Tupolski), Tooth of Crime (Hoss), The Tortillo! Trilogy (Patrick ‘Sombrero’ Plummer), The Diviners (C.C. Showers), Canvas / The Gallery Trilogy (Jackson), and Copyright/Safe (Badger).
You can see Dave, this season, in Casey Ross’s newest play for the 2023 IndyFringe Festival, Bat in the Wind (or A Recent Study on Depression and Addiction).
DIRECTORS IN RESIDENCE
Catalyst Repertory’s Director’s in Residence are selected via independant director submissions or selected from within the repertory to collaborate on the work of a repertory member. Our Director’s in Residence have participated in at least 2 other Catalyst Repertory productions. They are artists who’s vision exemplify the Catalyst brand and mission and have more than likely worked with Catalyst before in other capacities.
- TORTILLO!, CASEY ROSS
- RHINOCEROS, IONESCO*
*ASSOCIATE PRODUCTION WITH NO HOLDS BARD PRODUCTIONS
- TIMON OF ATHENS, BARD FEST 2015 (ALCIBIADES)
- TORTILLO! (2016), CASEY ROSS (TED)
- TORTILLO! 2: DICKENS RISING (2016 INDYFRINGE), CASEY ROSS (TED)
- RHINOCEROS (2017), IONESCO (JEAN)
- SLAYING THE DRAGON (2017), CASEY ROSS (FLAMESON)
- TORTILLO! 3: SOMBRERO’S REVENGE (2022 INDYFRINGE), CASEY ROSS (TED)