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Indiana Musical Theatre Foundation Inc.
is a non-profit organization founded in 2019
by Kirby Volz, Leslie Koehlinger Russ &
Andrew Sherman. 

2023 Phantom of the Opera cast photo



The Indiana Musical Theatre Foundation is proud to provide its participants with a bigger challenge as actors, singers, dancers, musicians and technicians. IMTF is driven to present stage productions for the community of Fort Wayne that will amplify our community’s artistic culture through the theatrical experience.  IMTF is dedicated to produce theatre on a professional level, as well as explore new, original, and innovative works of theatre from playwrights in the Fort Wayne Area. IMTF takes pride in being a “safe place” organization that encourages individuals from all walks of life to participate in their productions, no matter their prior theatre experience.  

2023 Rent Cast Photo
Andrew Sherman



Hello, and Welcome to IMTF!

The Indiana Musical Theatre Foundation (IMTF) began as a local high school musical theatre program (Fort Wayne Summer Music Theatre) in 1999 and has since become one of the most robust, multi-faceted arts programs in the nation, offering education and performing opportunities for professionals and aspiring artists of all ages.


Since its rebranding by co-founders, Kirby Volz, Leslie Koehlinger Russ, and myself in 2019, IMTF has gone from offering one summer musical to now producing a variety of shows including plays, concerts, cabarets, musicals from large-stage performances to off-Broadway quality productions. Including performing and visual arts education and representation. IMTF is a proud partner with RKF Studios, working together to create fresh, collaborative arts programming. Our company culture is to Lead by Example. That is shown through our work, the team we hire, and the audiences we inspire. Our mission is to turn aspiring artists’ strengths into ‘equity’ on the world’s stage through full artistic immersion and discovery of hidden talents, as a singer, dancer, actor, instrumentalist, playwriter, composer, songwriter, set designer, costume designer, IT marketeer, or sound/light technician. Our vision is to electrify the Creative Economy by building a resilient and culturally acute community.


IMTF has performed to an audience base of over 55,000 theatergoers over the last 25 years. We are proud of our dedicated staff and long list of alumni employed as arts educators, actors, dancers, designers, and technicians throughout the world, including national and regional professional tours. I am passionate and excited to lead IMTF’s transformation into a world-class arts organization. We’d be grateful for your help on this journey by kindly offering your support and patronage.

Click here to donate to IMTF’S “FOSTER THE FUTURE” fund.

Andrew Sherman

IMTF CEO and Executive Artistic Director


IMTF is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization in the State of Indiana. Contributions are tax-deductible.

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