Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artists (VITA)

Building on more than a decade of internationally focused, cutting-edge theatre work, Butler University’s Department of Theatre proposed to elevate its contributions to the Indianapolis community by establishing the Visiting International Theatre Artist (VITA) program. With the generous sponsorship of the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation we are pleased to inaugurate a four-year pilot program of the Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist.

The spirit of the VITA program is grounded in selecting artists of the highest caliber and of broad national and cultural diversity. Each VITA will reside at Butler for approximately 8-10 weeks, teaching special seminars in the Theatre Department and directing and/or designing a theatrical event. In so doing, the VITA authentically expands Butler Theatre’s well established tradition of unique theatre productions that explore theatrical practices from a range of cultural and artistic perspectives.

The productions will offer Butler students and extended audiences a unique and different international infusion of new ideas each year. While in residence, the VITA will lead workshops for professional artists further building links with the local working theatre artist community in a yearly opportunity to work with a different, acclaimed international theatre artist. Where appropriate, the VITA will lead workshops for local secondary school students, including students from IPS and Christel House Academy.