Resident Companies

The Center for the Performing Arts has six resident companies.

Resident companies are separate, independent, not-for-profit organizations, each with its own staff and board of directors, but the Center's campus is their home. For more information about each resident company, please click the links below.

Actors Theatre of Indiana

In 2005 Cynthia Collins, Don Farrell and Judy Fitzgerald, three professional performers moved from New York City to Indiana and founded Actors Theatre of Indiana. With over sixty years of combined experience ranging from Off Broadway, National & International tours, symphony orchestras, regional, summer stock, dinner theatre…they have had the opportunity to work in some of the finest theatres in the country with some of the most respected people in the business.

Actors Theatre of Indiana (ATI) is Hamilton County’s only professional equity theatre company and is the City of Carmel’s Resident Professional Theatre Company, setting the highest artistic standards, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for its community. Actors Theatre of Indiana celebrates the power of theatre and contributes to life in central indiana by offering high quality professional theatre performances and programs that engage, inspire, educate, and entertain.

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

The Tarkington Resident Theater

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is the largest of more than 70 Indiana community theatres and one of the ten largest of over 7,000 active community theatres in the United States. Civic also is considered to be the nation's longest continuously operating community theatre. Founded in 1915, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre has been a vital part of the city's cultural landscape for nearly a century, providing quality live theatrical entertainment for a broad-based audience.

Civic represents a unique blend of avocational actors, technicians and professional staff, and offers a wide variety of educational and community outreach programs. In addition to the Mainstage Season, the Theatre's Education Program provides a comprehensive theatre-based youth program for for children and youth ages 4-21 as well as for adults, including year-round workshops, performances and recitals.

Carmel Symphony Orchestra

The Palladium Resident Orchestra

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO), founded in 1975, is the 85-member Resident Orchestra at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. The Carmel Symphony is a family-friendly orchestra presenting an annual subscription concert series, each programmed to provide an eclectic mix of repertoire, and is committed to enhancing our community’s quality of life through creative, artistically excellent performances and educational experiences for diverse audiences of all ages.

The Carmel Symphony Orchestra values and maintains a strong educational presence in the community through these initiatives: The Family Fun! concert where children are invited onstage to watch as the musicians play, and then afterwards can try out their favorite instruments at a “Musical Petting Zoo.” The Sounds Exciting! concerts when middle-school students are engaged through this interactive experience, and thus encouraged to join their school orchestra or band programs. And finally, the CSO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition is held annually for student musicians (through high school) who live in Indiana. The winner receives a cash award and performs onstage with the full orchestra. Whether “Classical” or “Pops,” the Carmel Symphony aims to perform in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. And above all, the CSO believes that “Music has the power to change lives.”

Central Indiana Dance Ensemble

The Central Indiana Dance Ensemble strives to bring the joy and art of dance to Central Indiana. With programming that celebrates the grand tradition of classical ballet as well as innovative, contemporary works, CIDE‘s season includes 3 professionally produced shows and many community performances. CIDE’s full-length classical version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is a beloved, holiday tradition. The annual late-winter concert showcases the company’s exciting range of repertoire including works by nationally known choreographers in classical ballet, pointe, contemporary ballet and modern. The season ends with a classical storybook ballet each May. Working with professional guest artists, professional and emerging choreographers, CIDE’s versatile, pre-professional dancers make high quality dance accessible to local audiences. As a resident ballet company the Central Indiana Dance Ensemble will bring its unique mix of classical and contemporary work to the Center for the Performing Arts. 

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is a professional theatrical and contemporary ballet company dedicated to the exploration and presentation of universal truths. By combining ballet, modern, and theatre with world music, Artistic Director Gregory Hancock strives to communicate to audiences through this fusion of music and movement the intensities of human emotion and experience. Through multi-level storytelling and the exploration of physical boundaries and how to move past them, GHDT aims to impact each and every audience member with an emotional response and a revived appreciation of the ability of the human body to express beauty, tragedy, death, love, and triumph.

Indiana Wind Symphony

The Indiana Wind Symphony, Indiana's premiere adult concert band, has as its mission the presentation of artistic performances of significant music for band and wind ensemble to the Central Indiana community. The ensemble is made up of around 70 members, and includes professional musicians, music educators, and serious avocational musicians. The IWS has presented the premiere performances of Czech composer Jiri Laburda's Symphony #2, David Sartor's Veni Emmanuel, Daniel Gall's chamber work Melancholy and two works of Hoosier composer Dr. David Mruzek, The Boy Scout Centennial and Variations on a Welsh Folksong.