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.