Administrative and Artistic Staff

James A. Reilly – Executive Director

Jim is originally from Chester, Pennsylvania and received a BS degree in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Jim spent over 22 years in various financial rolls with two of the country’s largest shopping center development companies, The Rouse Company in Columbia, Maryland, and Simon Property Group here in Indianapolis. Jim also served as the Executive Director of the not-for-profit Indianapolis City Market Corporation for 10 years before starting his own consulting company. The Reilly Group provides interim and transitional executive management services for small to medium-sized organizations, focusing primarily on addressing the financial, administrative and organizational problems inherent in small companies, especially not-for-profit organizations.



Don Farrell – Artistic Director / Co-Founder

Don Farrell is a co-founder of Actors Theatre of Indiana and serves as Artistic Director of the professional theatre company. Working together with his co-founders Judy Fitzgerald and Cynthia Collins, he has overseen the creation & implementation of all programming and, since its inception in 2005, has grown ATI from a small professional theatre company to an award-winning and vital member of the central Indiana arts scene.  For ATI, he has produced every production of its 10+ year history including the Palladium debuts of Two-time TONY award winning Sutton Foster (An Evening with Sutton Foster) and Two-time TONY award winning Broadway legend Chita Rivera (CHITA: A Legendary Celebration) both to critical acclaim.  He has directed many shows for ATI including Beyond the Rainbow: The Frances Gumm Story (Indiana premiere), Sisters of Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters (Indiana premiere), My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Central Indiana premiere), COLE (Indiana Professional premiere), And The World Goes ‘Round, Rounding Third, A Grand Night For Singing, The Taffetas; Forever Plaid; and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.  Don has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1992, is a veteran of the concert/ theatrical stage, and has worked steadily in practically every capacity of the business. He has spent over 28 years working as a professional singer, dancer, actor, director, choreographer, and producer with a career that includes Off-Broadway, International Tour, National Tour, Las Vegas, Regional, Symphony concerts and Educational productions.  He received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Music Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. He has served as a member of the drama faculty for NYC’s premier musical theatre training conservatory Collaborative Arts Project 21, has taught drama workshops and master classes for theatre companies and universities and is a scholarship adjudicator for the National Society of Arts and Letters (NSAL) Music Theatre Competition.


Cynthia Collins – Associate Artistic Director / Co-Founder

Cynthia Collins received her BFA in Theatre from Ohio University. A proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1991, her Off-Broadway credits include: Fifty Million Frenchmen, Face The Music, Jubilee, That’s The Ticket with Tony Award winner George S. Irving (Musicals Tonight Series); Valentino,The Musical at the Judith Anderson Theatre; Lone Star Cafe at The Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre and Gigi at Equity Library Theatre directed by Gerard Alessandrini, creator of the famed Forbidden Broadway. Cindy has toured Nationally in Singin’ In The Rain and internationally in My Fair Lady as well as multiple Cruise Line appearances. Regionally her credits include: Anybodys in West Side Story (St. Louis MUNY, Theatrefest, The Strand); Agnes in On The Twentieth Century (Goodspeed Opera House);Millie in Good News, Flossie in On The Town, and Perkins in Annie, (North Shore Music Theatre); Kristine in A Chorus Line and Edith in The Pirates Of Penzance (Burt Reynolds/Jupiter Theatre); Miss Hannigan in Annie (Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre); Mrs. Hopkins in My Fair Lady (Westchester Broadway Theatre); Hymen in As You Like It (N.J. Shakespeare); Airie in The Robber Bridegroom (Sharon Stage) Nellie Bly, A New Musical with Tony award winner Spiro Malas (John Harms Theatre) and the Atlanta premieres of: The Taffetas, A Taffeta Christmas, A Grand Night For Singing, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, The Sisters of Swing;the Story of the Andrews Sisters and MY WAY: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, (Georgia Ensemble Theatre); Donna in The Taffetas (Pennsylvania Center Stage- Inaugural Season); Charity in Sweet Charity, Robert Ann in Nunsense, Alice Miller in My Favorite Year, Jenny Anydots in CATS (Wagon Wheel Theatre), Kate in Surviving Grace (Clowes Hall) with Dianne Rehm….

As a former member of SAG, her television/film credits include: Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Ed, Sex And The City, OZ, Die Hard III, Sabrina, Maid in Manhatten, The Thomas Crown Affair, Hide & Seek, Zoolander…  She has had the pleasure of working with such artists as Ben Vereen, Sandy Duncan, Claude Aikins, Comden & Green, Cy Coleman, Avery Schrieber, Joel Grey, Cyndi Lauper, Fred Waring and his famous Pennsylvanians, Chita Rivera, Sutton Foster, Diane Rehm (NPR ‘s The Diane Rehm Show)

In New York City she was the choreographer to director Thomas Mills at AMDA (American Music and Dramatic Academy), an intensive two-year program preparing young performers for the professional Theatre.

As Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Indiana, she has performed in and or choreographed My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, Cole: The Words & Music of Cole Porter, And The World Goes ‘Round, Sisters of Swing:The Story of the Andrews Sisters, The Taffetas, Perfect Wedding, Forbidden Broadway, Nunsense, A Grand Night for Singing, CHICAGO, The Musical of Musicals, the Musical, Always Patsy Cline, My Fair Lady, Xanadu, The Fantasticks, Sweeney Todd…plus many more.

A native of Livingston, N.J. and long time resident of New York City, Cindy currently resides in Carmel, IN. She studied at the N.J. School of Ballet with Jay Norman (original Broadway cast and Motion Picture cast member of West Side Story).



Judy Fitzgerald – Associate Artistic Director / Co-Founder

Judy has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1993. Her Broadway credits include, Radio City Music Hall with Glen Close; Madison Square Garden with Liza Minnelli & Danny Burstein (conducted by Marvin Hamlisch): She has toured nationally with Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Jones and Omar Sharif. Off -Broadway productions: Swingtime Canteen with Tony Award winner, Charles Busch at the Blue Angel; Placido Domingo’s operetta VLAD at the Lamb’s Theatre; Dodsworth with John Collum, George Lee Andrews and Dee Hoty at the York Theatre and the John Houseman Theatre; Irene at the Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse; and Face the Music and That’s The Ticket! with Tony Award winner, George S. Irving for the Musicals Tonight! Series. Regional credits include The Birmingham Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Westchester Broadway Theatre, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Blowing Rock Stage Co., The Mint Theatre, The Weathervane Theatre, The Ordway Theatre… With Actors Theatre of Indiana she has been seen as “Mama Rose” in Gypsy, “Keely” in Pete-n-Keely, “Melpomene” in Xanadu, “Mrs. Lovett” in Sweeney Todd, “Kost” in Cabaret as well as many others.


Kristen Merritt – Director of Marketing and Development

Originally from Michigan, Kristen has called Indianapolis home since 1990.  A profound lover of the arts, Kristen brings 20 + years of marketing, sales and development experience in a variety of industries, including technology, food brokerage and arts education, most recently as project manager of a major public art project for The Women’s Fund of Central Indiana.  She resides in Indianapolis with her husband, children and dog, Henry.


MaryJayne Waddell- Director of Education

MaryJayne Waddell’s extensive professional career began in 1980 and she has worked steadily in practically every capacity of the business. The past 37 years have taken her to stages around the world, performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway, National and International Tours, cruise ships, theme parks, feature films, television and scores of regional productions. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Some of the many career highlights include starring in the North American Tour of Mamma Mia! as Donna Sheridan, the Broadway and National Tour of Les Misérables where she covered the role of Fantine and the Factory Girl, The Sondheim Celebration at the Kennedy Center in 2002 in the extraordinary casts of Merrily We Roll Along where she was co-choreographer and dance captain, and Sunday in the Park with George which she was also dance captain, A New Brain starring opposite  Michael Rupert at Studio Theatre in DC. Four seasons were spent singing and dancing alongside the Rockettes as a New Yorker in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Ms. Waddell has been seen in numerous workshops and readings including new works performed in The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) and The Manhattan Theatre Festival where she was nominated for outstanding lead actress in 1812 The Musical. World premieres include Becoming George at MetroStage in Alexandria, Virginia, The Fix at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, Eleanor at Ford’s Theatre, and Naked in Encino at The Jewish Community Center in Rochester, NY.

As a cabaret artist, her shows What I Know, Calendar Girl, and In the Middle have been seen at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Germano’s Cabaret Club in Baltimore, MD, The Art’s Club in DC, Signature Theatre in VA., Rochester Fringe Festival and many corporate and private events. Her newest show Completely Christmas has played for three seasons at Actor’s Theatre of Indiana. She is an active member of The DC Cabaret Network and has coached and created shows for new artists entering the cabaret art form.

As a director/choreographer her many credits include Route 66 at Actor’s Theatre of Indiana, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Viking Line, and the summer theatre camp program at Catholic University (ages 7-18). She has studied with reputable, in demand teachers and coaches in New York City such as Craig Carnelia, VP Boyle (Musical Theatre Forum), Eric Woodhull, Barry Moss, and Jamibeth Margolis.

In addition to her theatrical career she is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance with over 1000 hours of training, and more than 2,000 classes since 2006. She is the owner and creator of ShareYoga and has hosted dozens of events to raise money and bring awareness to local charities. Since its inception in 2015 ShareYoga has raised over $3K.