Fat Turtle Theatre Company, an Indianapolis-based 501(c)3 theatre organization, was founded in 2017. They obtained charitable status in 2018. The vision of Fat Turtle is creating theater that builds up the creative voices of Indianapolis, and surrounding areas. Indianapolis is a town full of artistic talent that has been silenced for too long. The creative talent, that hasn’t had the chance to be heard will now have the chance to shine. Affirming the immediate need of artistic expression, through stories that are relevant to the Midwest and beyond. The team consists of several passionate members that are striving to improve the foundation of theatrical talent in Indianapolis. Membership will expand as we find people who we believe are focused on servant-leadership as we push forward to making sure all voices are heard in this town.
Fat Turtle Theatre Company is an Indianapolis founded and based theatre company dedicated to giving voice to the playwrights of Indianapolis. Creating an environment that allows Indianapolis and the surrounding areas the opportunity to show that their voices deserve to be heard.
Founder / Managing Director - Aaron Cleveland
Founder / Artistic Director - Brandi Underwood
Brandi is a playwright, director, and photographer living and working in Indianapolis. Brandi is a recipient of KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) Design Storm Collaboration Award for her work in Dramaturgy and Scenic Design for Shakespeare’s Richard III. She earned her B.A at Marian University with focuses in English, theatre, and photography. She is invested into bringing new plays to the Indianapolis stage, and growing Indianapolis’s new play community. She’s currently writing on a new musical about students with learning disabilities, and a play about the complex relationship between two sisters called “Six Years.” She is the current Artistic Director for Fat Turtle Theatre Company. Her recent directing projects have been Samuel Becket’s “Waiting for Godot” and “Godspell,” in which she also was the scenic designer.
I’ve always believed in dreaming, but I believe more in hustling and doing everything in your power to make your dreams reality. Whether that be to write plays, direct, or even do something as simple as travel the world. Running a theatre company essentially relies on that moral, and it’s that belief that keeps me driven to work in the theatrical medium.
Media Director - Andrew Thomas
Board of Directors:
Aaron Cleveland - President
has been the Managing Director/Co-Founder of Fat Turtle Theatre Company since its creation in 2017. Prior to founding Fat Turtle he was a Managing Director for Center Stage Productions for 6 years. Outside of his theatre experience he has a BS from Purdue University in Computer Technology and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. As a Director of stage plays and musicals he has brought to life many productions, some of his most special include The Quest for Don Quixote by Mark Brown, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet and Around the World in 80 Days by Mark Brown. As an actor he has worked with many theaters and companies throughout Indianapolis. Some of his favorite roles include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, The Mousetrap as Christopher Wren and Smee in Peter Pan. He has guest lectured at IUPUI, IUPUC, Ivy Tech Indianapolis, and various high schools throughout Indianapolis.
Mason Odle - Treasurer
Mason Odle is a theatre aficionado first and business owner second. He grew up in the theatre, went to Butler University for Theatre performance and has been involved in the theatre for the past 30+ years. Mason has had the pleasure of being involved in the theatre community as an actor, stage hand, assistant director and set work. He has started his own business, has two locations, and is the Vice President for the Indiana Smoke Free Alliance. Prior to starting his business, Mason was the head buyer for The Finish Line, purchasing all Accessories for the company.
Marcia Eppich-Harris - Secretary
Marcia Eppich-Harris taught dramatic literature at Marian University for eight years, including Modern Drama, Modern Women Playwrights, Shakespeare, and Interpretation of Dramatic Literature. Her acting credits include appearances in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Godspell, The Music Man, and Anything Goes. Marcia regularly writes critical reviews of Shakespeare’s work for Early Modern Culture in addition to her literary research on Shakespeare. She is the first scholar to publish peer reviewed research on the work of British playwright, Nina Raine, and interviewed Raine in 2014 and 2018. Also an active creative writer, Marcia has published a number of short stories and poems, and adapted Much Ado about Nothing for a hybrid film and stage production at Marian University in 2012. Her complete list of publications are available at meppichharris.com.