IndyFringe has actively worked towards embracing diversity and inclusion for the past 16 years by providing support and all-inclusive venues for the annual Festival and on our stages year-round. OnyxFest has changed the theatrical landscape of storytellers, actors, and the audiences who make up the Indianapolis theatre community by giving voice to Black playwrights. We salute the brave audiences who support our bold artists. Our gratitude extends beyond the people inside our theatres. Outside, the business owners of the Mass Ave Arts & Theatre District provide the hippest, most welcoming environment we could ever hope for. Supporting them is supporting us. And a special thank you to our funders and donors who bring their ideas, suggestions, alternatives, and personal resources to the IndyFringe Arts and Culture community.
OnyxFest 2020 was a tale of endurance – much like this year. When the Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (A.R.T.I.) partnered with IndyFringe to sponsor the event, no one imagined the challenges. For starters, the word ‘coronavirus’ wasn’t even in our vernacular. Like the world, we were forced into a standing pattern. In the interim, an unbelievable mix of playwrights, directors, and actors built enthusiasm, pooled creativity, and demonstrated exemplary professionalism over five months of virtual rehearsals. Their commitment embodied the faith of ARTI, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Incubator, and a tandem of “angel” supporters such as the Margot L. Eccles Art and Culture Fund, the Central Indiana Community Fund (CICF), WFYI, Morgan Stanley, Barnes and Thornburg, and the Butler Arts and Events Center, with the Jordan College of Arts, responsible for streaming this year’s event on the Clowes Hall website. Indeed, every collaborator with OnyxFest 2020 is a star!