Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Administration & Cardinal Box Office

411 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47408
(812)336-9300 Box Office
(812)336-7110 Admin

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Merger FAQs

Merger FAQs

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.

What types of shows will you produce? 

Constellation just announced 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. You can see our Inaugural theatrical season here!

How are you incorporating film into the company? 

Constellation 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.

When do you start managing the Waldron? 

Constellation 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.

Can other groups still rent the Waldron? 

Yes! Starting July 1st Constellation 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 [email protected] 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. We will also be renting out the Ted Jone’s Playhouse and our Film Studio (the current home of the Bloomington Academy of Film and Theatre)!

Where will your shows be performing? 

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

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.

What is your new name? 

Constellation Stage & Screen!

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

Constellation 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!

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.

What’s happening to your staff? 

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

When does the merger become official? 

On July 1, 2022.

Does the new organization have a website? 

Our new website will be up and running sometime this spring. Stay tuned for more information on how YOU can see Constellation!

When will 22/23 season subscriptions be on sale? 

Subscriptions will be on sale in late spring/early summer.

Where can I learn more about the other companies? 

Click on one of the organizations below and you’ll be directed to their website.

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. Recently, Constellation launched the Cook Group-supported Big Bang Campaign, a 5-year fundraising effort to significantly increase annual, sustainable contributed revenue for Constellation’s enhanced operations. Learn more about how you can support Constellation here. 

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?

All unrestricted contributions made to Cardinal Stage prior to July 1, 2022 will be used in support of its current mission. Any unrestricted gifts made to Cardinal Stage, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Pigasus Institute or Constellation after July 1 will support Constellation’s new mission: “The mission of Constellation Stage and Screen is to produce world-class theater and film that impacts the national performing arts industry through new work development. Our productions, community events, and education programs serve as a leading contributor to the cultural and economic vibrancy of Bloomington, Indiana.”

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.

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

Please contact our Development Director, John Armstrong at [email protected]