FAQ's

  1. How did this merger come to be? 

    • The three founding organizations began collaborating extensively in 2019 with the formation of the Bloomington Academy of Film & Theatre (BAFT). With the success of that effort, the founding organizations began discussing a grander vision for the future of the performing arts in Bloomington. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 when theaters shuttered across the community, internal work began to determine the viability and strengths of a three-way merger. With generous support from the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County (CFBMC), the boards of each organization began formal merger negotiations with independent local consultant Sara Peterson in early 2021. This process officially concluded on March 1, 2022 after each organization approved a formal plan of merger. The new merged organization will commence legal operations on July 1, 2022.

  2. What types of shows will you produce? 

    • We will launch a new, enhanced season beginning in the fall of this year. Each season will feature a healthy mix of established and new works and theater for young audiences. We will be announcing our inaugural season at The Big Bang on April 23, 2022.

  3. How are you incorporating film into the company? 

    • We will be creating a new work development pipeline, where new scripts can travel from page, to stage, to screen, creating a full feature-length film every three to five years. We will also offer classes and camps focused on filmmaking in addition to continuing Pigasus Institute’s Project Pigasus, a yearly statewide screenwriting competition for high school students. 

  4. When do you start managing the Waldron? 

    • The new company will assume control of management responsibilities from the City of Bloomington on July 1, 2022, the first official day of the merged company. Once secured, we will complete a substantial update to the building over the summer and fall of 2022. 

  5. Can other groups still rent the Waldron? 

    • Yes! Starting July 1st will be renting out the theatrical spaces to other community groups and emerging artists throughout the year. If you would like to inquire about availability for fall of 2022 and beyond, please contact Jennifer Lloyd at jennifer@cardinalstage.org. In the meantime, the City of Bloomington is currently overseeing rental contracts. Information on City’s current management of the Waldron can be found here.

  6. Where will your shows be performing? 

    • We will produce shows at both the John Waldron Arts Center and Ted Jones Playhouse, with occasional site-specific experiences and events. 

  7. Are BPP and Cardinal continuing with their current seasons? 

    • Absolutely! Both organizations are continuing with their 21/22 seasons as scheduled. Visit BPP or Cardinal Stage’s website for more information.

  8. What is your new name? 

  9. When will you announce your new season? 

  10. What types of classes will you be offering? What about summer camps? 

    • The company will offer classes and camps throughout the year for primary and secondary students as well as aspiring adult professionals. These will cover a variety of topics with major focuses in theater, musical theater, and film.

    • Enrollment for our 2022 Summer Camps is now open. Please visit the Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre’s website to learn more and enroll. All camps will be operating under our new merged entity!

  11. What’s happening to BPP’s Mini Plays and Project Pigasus? 

    • We are planning to continue to offer both competitions! Stay tuned for more details on how these programs will evolve when incorporated into the new company.  

  12. What’s happening to your staff? 

    • We will be retaining all of our existing full time staff members!

  13. When does the merger become official? 

    • On July 1, 2022.

  14. Does the new organization have a website? 

    • Our new website will be up and running sometime this spring. Stay tuned for more information. 

  15. When will 22/23 season subscriptions be on sale? 

    • Subscriptions will be on sale in May, a few weeks after the season announcement and The Big Bang

  16. Where can I learn more about the other companies? 

  17. If I want to make a donation or contribute to this new organization, how do I do so? 

    • Before July 1, we encourage you to support any of the three founding organizations. Details can be found on their websites linked above. We will be announcing a few exciting new ways to make an impact at The Big Bang on April 23 and we hope to see you there!

  18. I’m a current donor to one of the three organizations. How do I make sure my current giving is applied to the new organization?

    • You don’t have to do anything. All existing contributions will be utilized for the original intended purposes. The new organization will also be able to accept checks made out to the original organizations.

    • We will be working with many third-party donation processors such as financial service providers (e.g. Wells Fargo, Fidelity Charitable) to update account information across these platforms.

  19. I’m a business owner or manager. How do I find information on upcoming sponsorship opportunities?