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Naptown African American Theatre Collective Inc. 

We Don't Follow the Trends, We Are the Trend. 


We Are Indy's First Black Equity Theatre

Cementing Our Legacy For the Future of Black Theatre Artists In Naptown and Beyond

Art is the heartbeat of culture. And Black culture is the heartbeat of American Theatre.

The Naptown African American Theatre Collective is forging a bold new path by creating a truly Equitable space for artists to work, share, celebrate and create unforgettable moments through stage with storytelling that is truly reflective of the African American Diaspora and community.



We are passionate about creating an Equity house for Black theatre professionals in the city of Indianapolis and beyond while creating art that speaks to the humanity, beauty, and power of Black stories.

Who We Are

NAATC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.


To develop an ecosystem of support and resources for Black owned, Black led, Black operated theatrical productions in Indianapolis and beyond.


To educate, equip, and empower artists and arts professionals by providing opportunities in:


  • Training 

  • Professional Development 

  • Community Engagement 


We are connecting the positive impact of theatre and how the arts contribute to community and personal development.

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Latrice P. Young
Director of Community Engagement Strategy

Meet the Team

LaKesha Lorene 
CEO/Founder/Producing Director
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Kathi Ridley-Merriweather
Board Member 
IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Stephanie Haines 
Board Member 
Indiana Arts Commission
Kayla Hill 
Board Member 
The CPG Law Group
Brandon Cosby
Board Member 
Flanner House | Exec. Director

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Anila Akua 
Board Member 
Keller Williams Indy Metro NE
Ron Rice
Board Member 
City of Indianapolis - Government
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Mildred Morgan Ball
Board Member
Richard Lugard Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (2022) 


Our Partners & Sponsors

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Our sponsors are the life vest to black arts.

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Naptown African American Theatre Collective 

P.O. Box 44495

Indianapolis, IN 46244

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