Our Team


636063593099879913-bryanfonsecaBryan Fonseca has served as the Producing Director of the Phoenix Theatre for 33 years. He previously worked in Indianapolis as the Producing Director of the Broad Ripple Playhouse and the assistant to the Producing Director at the Civic Theatre of Indianapolis. He was a founder and first Artistic Director of The Company Players in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. Bryan has directed for the MFA Playwrights Workshop at the Kennedy Center, The Human Race Theatre, Indiana University, Ball State University, and the Civic Theatre of Indianapolis. Over the years, he transferred six Phoenix shows to Chicago. Bryan has received an Achievement and Service award from the Indiana Theatre Association, two Artist Fellowship awards from the Indiana State Arts Commission and two Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis/Lilly Endowment. He is the first recipient of the Transformational Impact Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the generous funding support of Lilly Endowment Inc. In addition to his work at the Phoenix, he is an adjunct professor at IUPUI and lectures frequently at Butler University and the University of Indianapolis. He has served on the board of the National New Play Network and developed and served as the first president of the League of Indianapolis Theaters. 



Jordan Schwartz received her M.A. in Performing Arts Management from the University of Oregon and holds a B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College. Most recently, she has been recognized by Theatre Communications Group as a Rising Leader of Color.  In 2004, Schwartz founded The Children’s Bilingual Theater with its first production touring through four local elementary schools. CBT has since gone on to gain 501c3 status, produce 5 other full productions, and organize numerous literacy outreaches and an anti-bullying campaign. While in graduate school at the University of Oregon, Schwartz  began to focus on literary management and new play development with literary internships at Oregon Contemporary Theatre and the Phoenix Theatre here in Indianapolis. She now serves as the Director of Literary Programs and Outreach for the Phoenix Theatre.


unnamed.jpg Tom Horan is a Writer and Sound Designer. His works have been honored with several awards, including Best-of-Fest at the Austin FronteraFest for THE KING AND THE CLOCKMAKER, and two Austin Table Critics Awards for THE POISON SQUAD. His play, TYPHOID MARY, received development help from Stage West Theatre, The Lark Play Development, the 2014 NNPN Showcase and premired The Phoenix Theatre, where Tom is serving his third season as playwright-in-residence. This season, in addition to LEYENDA, he has developed ACID DOLPHIN EXPERIMENT, a kaleidoscopic look at the life of John C. Lilly. Elsewhere, his play STATIC will premier this June at the Source Festival in Washington D.C.

Patricia Castañeda


unnamed.jpg Nicole Martinez-LeGrand is a native Hoosier and transplant resident to the Indianapolis area. Since graduating from Marian University in the early 00s – she has been active within arts scene in Indianapolis and also having had worked at some of our best museum’s in the city. She holds a Master’s degree from IUPUI’s School of Liberal Arts. As one of the three co-founders of Nopal Cultural (a grassroots volunteer art collective) – her collaborative work has brought her joy in highlighting Latino culture utilizing an inclusive approach. She serves as their Strategy Officer. In addition to her work – she is active in neighborhood engagement both on a professional and personal level. Her past and present work is all a part of the collective momentum of helping to make Indianapolis a word class city. 

Iris Rosa

Eduardo Luna


unnamed-1.jpg Daniel Del Real is the director of visual arts programming at Nopal Cultural. He graduated with a degree in visual communication design from the University if Indianapolis in 2005 and has been involved in Indy’s creative field since. He has encouraged intercultural dialogue in the arts throughout his career and is looking forward to putting his experiences to use in Near West.