About Claude McNeal Productions

It’s All About the Kids


Years of Performing Experience


Original Cabaret Licenses


Students Reached By Our Messages

Standards We Live By

Claude McNeal’s Musical Theatre Training Program, Inc. (d.b.a.) Claude McNeal Productions, a not-for-profit corporation, was incorporated in Indiana on October 25, 2005. The organization’s history, however, goes back much further, to Claude McNeal’s many years in theatre administration in New York and Connecticut. McNeal came to Indianapolis in 1990 with a reputation as a master of contemporary cabaret and a visionary playwright honored by The Dramatists Guild, the Authors League of America, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He used his East Coast experience to establish the American Cabaret Theatre here but gave it a distinctively Indiana orientation.


When McNeal retired as its artistic director in 2005, he formed a new nonprofit entity with a mission unlike that of any other organization in central Indiana: to inspire and transform lives and cultural organizations through the energizing power of theatre and of theatre-related educational programming, while creating timely and relevant original works that enhance and stimulate the performing arts in Indianapolis.

Our Team


Claude McNeal

C.E.O. & President
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Jeff Owen

Mary Lou Szczesiul

Mary Lou Szczesiul

Associate Director
Jerry Panatieri

Jerry Panatieri

Company Production Manager

Zach Stonerock

ACT OUT Director

Amanda McNulty

Youth Programming & Dance

Josiah McCruiston

HPA Theatre Instructor & Summer Program Director

Board of Directors


Andrew Weaver

Chairman / President, CEO & Founder - Force Multiplier Talent
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Robert Skaff

Treasurer / President, Dinotte Lighting

Claude McNeal

Founder, Corporate President & CEO

Ronan Marra

Financial Advisor-Partner Gemmer Wealth Management

Charles Gilbert

Relationship Manager II - JP Morgan Chase
Jim Phillips

Jim Phillips

Commercial Lines Leader - ONI Risk/Epic Insurance

Napoleon Williams

Fine Arts & Gospel Choir Director - Cathedral High School & Mt. Olive Baptist Church

Wanda Riesz

Realtor - Riesz Dutch Associates & former IPS Chief Grants Writer
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