Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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900 S Walnut St
Bloomington, IN 47401
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Discover the groundbreaking woman of science whose work has impacted all of our lives in profound ways. Ada and the Engine tells the inspiring and fascinating story of Ada Byron Lovelace, a brilliant female mathematician now recognized as the first computer programmer. At the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, Ada partners with Charles Babbage, inventor of the first “analytical engine.” Together they dream of the future and struggle to navigate treacherous waters of friendship, legacy, and ambition.

Ada and the Engine draws in its audience with unbridled passion and fascinating creativity.” ~ CityBeat Cincinnati

Crowdfunding Campaign

Cardinal Stage’s spring 2020 production of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson will tell the inspiring and fascinating story of Ada Byron Lovelace, the brilliant female mathematician recognized as the first computer programmer. In order to help expose young girls and boys to this story and a successful woman in STEM role model, we need your help!

By supporting this campaign, you will give more students the opportunity to see Ada and the Engine and learn about this important female role model! Your donation will help expose more girls and boys to a historically-important role model for women of all ages, while providing all in attendance an in-depth experience of an often-overlooked moment in STEM history.

This funding will support efforts to serve 450 area students through three student-only matinee performances of Ada and the Engine in March and April of 2020, including the creation and distribution of a show-specific student companion piece designed to Indiana’s curricular standards that will provide a richly-detailed history of Ada Byron Lovelace, as well as suggestions for student activities and further explorations of themes.


Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more.  She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A BearThe Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was be released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. Read more, @LalaTellsAStory

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