IndyFringe veteran is named interim executive director

Callie Burk-Hartz has been named interim executive director of IndyFringe, and in that role will serve as director of the 2024 IndyFringe Theatre Festival.

She succeeds Jennifer Cooper, who left her post as executive director and CEO of IndyFringe to become executive director of the 87-year-old Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.

Cooper’s departure was reported in the May edition of Urban Times, which hits the streets tomorrow. But word of Burk-Hartz’s new duties came after the print edition went to press.

Throughout her long relationship with IndyFringe, Burk-Hartz has served as the box office manager, artistic director of a Theatre in Residence, frequent producer in the festival, and most recently as a member of the Board of Directors.

In a Facebook post, the IndyFringe Board said Burk-Hartz will be “guiding the IndyFringe team in building meaningful connections with the local community, creating fantastic experiences for our Festival participants, and improving the logistical operations of the team’s day-to-day workflow, particularly as they pertain to the Festival.”

As reported in the May print edition, Cooper is a native of the United Kingdom who came to IndyFringe early last year after serving as the leader of the Montana International Choral Festival. Cooper had been at the IndyFringe helm just over a year, after succeeding Justin Brady, who took the helm in 2020 after long-time IndyFringe CEO Pauline Moffat stepped aside. He left in December 2022.

PHOTO ABOVE: In addition to annual festivals, IndyFringe operates two theaters year-round, both located at the organization’s headquarters on St. Clair Street just off Mass Ave.