Priscilla Lindsay resigns from IRT

Actress/director to chair theater department

June 16, 2010
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For thirty years, one of the most familiar faces on Indianapolis stages has been Priscilla Lindsay.

Unfortunately for Indy audiences, that will no longer be the case as the Indiana Repertory Theatre's Associate Artistic Director--and one of its most prolific actresses and directors--has accepted an offer to chair the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Michigan.

She graduated from that school in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and picked up a Masters there the following year.

Lindsay has been involved in more than 80 productions at the IRT, including showcase roles in "Shirley Valentine" and "Doubt." She also directed "The Year of Magical Thinking," "Romeo and Juliet" and ten seasons of "A Christmas Carol."

She will be missed.

Your thoughts?

  • Bittersweet
    FIrst and foremost, what a tremendous opportunity and sincere congratulations. Secondly, and selfishly, her spirit, talent and kindness will be missed greatly. I expect to see even greater things from University of Michigan and look forward to following her success.
  • What a loss
    What a loss that she will not be here to regularly grace us with her talent. Let's hope so is back often for guest appearances.
  • Change and Opportunity
    Congratulations to Ms. Lindsay. This is a great move for her and for the University of Michigan -- she's a great educator on top of her creative talents. I am sure that we in Indy will continue to hear her prolific voice-over work on our radios and TVs as well.

    This presents an exciting opportunity for IRT, too. Who will they choose to succeed Ms. Lindsay as AAD? Will they hire someone from the local theatre scene or go elsewhere? I can think of good reasons for both (and maybe a few good candidates, too).

    Whatever the case, I hope IRT will seize the opportunity to bring in fresh talent and a new perspective. It is almost always a good idea for any organization, particularly in the arts, to seek an infusion of fresh talent periodically.
  • Our loss, their gain
    What a great opportunity for Priscilla and the students at the University of Michigan, but, dagnabbit, she will be missed here in Indy. I only hope IRT can lure her back from time to time for a guest appearance. At the same time, it should open up some exciting opportunities for other actresses and artists to work with a great company. Good luck, Pris!
  • Sad Devoted Fan
    In many ways, the IRT and Priscilla have grown up together. We have been huge fans of hers since we first saw her perform and nothing has changed our view since then. What a great opportunity for her, but we will miss her terribly. Congratulations, Pris! Thank you for all you have meant to the IRT, the City of Indianapolis and our family.
  • Great loss! Great opportunity!
    Indy will miss the ongoing leadership and creativity that Priscilla has brought to the IRT and our community. It is a great loss but I can't think of a more wonderful opportunity for her at this point in her career. All of us at Indianapolis Opera wish she and her husband, Fergie, well as they make this transition!
  • Best
    I will never forget her performance in Shirley Valentine. She is a gracious lady and was a wonderful ambassador for IRT
  • Priscilla Lindsay
    There has not been a role Ms. Lindsay undertook at IRT that she did not perform brilliantly. Whenever I read that she was appearing in a play I knew we were all in for treat. We won't forget her and , I'm sure , she won't forget us, her adoring audience.
  • Priscilla
    What a loss to the IRT. When we saw she was involved, we knew we wanted to see that play.
    We wish her luck!
  • Indiana's loss, Michigan's gain
    While the thought of IRT without Priscilla saddens me, the thought of her sharing her incredible talent and passion for theatre with eager students brings a warm smile to my face.
  • I miss her already!
    Such a mix of emotions! Great for the University of Michigan and bummer for the city of Indianapolis. Priscilla is as lovely in person as she ever was on stage, and her passion and leadership have been a shining example. Perhaps occasionally she will find her way back to the IRT stage, but until then, simply thank you, Priscilla and best of luck!
  • Priscilla Lindsay
    She will certainly be missed. I can't imagine IRT without her. But what a wonderful opportunity. I, too, thank you, Pris for your many wonderful performances, the productions you guided as a director and your commitment to IRT's Youth Conservatory. Here's to Act III's!
  • Job well done!
    Congratulations to Ms. Lindsay on the new exciting opportunity that awaits her in Michigan! She will be a great addition to the faculty and a blessing for her future students. Although her departure is dissappointing for many of her fans here locally, she can leave knowing that she performed her job well and all of us benefitted greatly from her passion and enthusiasm for the arts. All of us at Actors Theatre of Indiana wish her well on her new venture! Thank you and three cheers for Priscilla!
  • Priscilla
    What a blow to the Indy theatre community. She will be missed terribly, not just for her tremendous work, but her graciousness as an individual. On a side note, I'm an Ohio State fan, and this could be the only thing I like about Michigan.
  • You'll be missed!
    I echo all of the sentiments above. A star will be missing in the Indianapolis sky with Priscilla's departure. But what a great teacher she is! Many godless commies . . er, um, I mean Michigan students will benefit from Priscilla's gifts! We'll miss you!
  • Sad and Glad
    Oh So Happy for Pris and the students of Michigan, but oh so sad for us here. She is an amazingly lovely human with a passion that is contagious! I will miss her very much indeed
    • thank you
      Wow....such amazing friends, my heart is full!
      love, Priscilla
      • Good news!
        I am happy for Priscilla -- such a great opportunity for her! This is also a great opportunity for IRT, which has not had seen a lot of change in its artistic leadership for some years. IRT should leverage this opportunity to attract fresh new talent that can help take the theatre to the next level of artistic development. I hope the person chosen to fill them mighty big shoes is someone who can bring a vision to tackle more cutting edge work and create attractive packages for theatre goers.
      • GO BUCKS!
        Congrats! You will be missed greatly, but I still hope OSU beats you guys in football.
      • Indy's loss, Ann Arbor's gain
        I would like to echo what others have said: I am sad to see Priscilla go, but wish her the best in her new endeavor. Congratulations to both Priscilla and the community in Ann Arbor!

        Hope Baugh
        Indy Theatre Habit
      • An Inspiration
        Just heard the news...we have 4 heartbroken kids! Obviously sharing the thoughts of many; she will be greatly missed! Priscilla has shown love & patience to all of my children and has helped each one grow in their personal acting developement. She is an exceptional teacher and we are blessed we have had the opportunity to learn from her. Love to you & your family Priscilla! Always in our hearts! ~ The Millers
      • A New Beginning
        Am so happy for you, Pris, and look forward to having you and Richard in AA2. What a wonderful opportunity for you; what a loss for IRT! We'll remain Buckeyes, but now have a reason to like AA2! I'm so proud of all you've accomp- lished and wish you continued success! Love, Barb and Tom
      • Congrats Lady !
        Really proud of you. That is awesome and will be huge for a lot of folks who haven't even met you yet. I always really enjoyed our times together and you taught me a Lot! Break a.....
        glass ceiling or two. griff
      • Go Blue for Priscilla
        I've been out of town and just heard about this move from the University of Michigan Alumni group. We've enjoyed watching her performances for many years and will miss her, but I'm thrilled for my alma mater (and hers). Congratulations and Go Blue!

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