The Makers Lab

The Makers Lab is an artist in residency program created by Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective in 2017. The Makers Lab serves as an incubator of ideas where emerging and/or seasoned local performing artists and organizations are provided with space and the time needed to learn, grow, get inspired, experiment, and create new work.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to apply, please email Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective at

NoExit Performance

August-September 2019
Photo Credit: Zach Rosing

We welcomed NoExit Performance to The Makers Lab for the first time this fall. They used their time in our space to devise material for The Birds: Inspired by the Hitchcock Classic – a site-responsive performance presented at the Power House on the grounds of Central State Mansion.

Bethany Wells Bak

April – June, 2019
Photo Credit: Faith Cohen Photography

Bethany Wells Bak, Director of Movement Education for IMAC, returned to The Makers Lab this spring to create a new piece for the 6th installment of Flourish – A Modern Dance Showcase at The White Rabbit Cabaret on June 21st and 22nd. The resulting work was recently selected to be performed in the Regional Alternative Dance Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan in March of 2020.

Crossroads Dance Indy

October-November, 2019
March – June, 2019
September – October, 2018

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We have welcomed Crossroads Dance Indy to The Makers Lab three times in last two years in order to create new works for the IndyFringe Festival and other performance opportunities.. Crossroads Dance Indy was founded in May 2015 when a group of Indianapolis-based dance artists came together to create artistic opportunities and outlets for inspired creativity. The mission of Crossroads Dance Indy is to establish community connections and impact local society through evolving artistic collaborations and works. We are elated to have Crossroads’ creative energy in our space and look forward to seeing the fruits of their residency.

Lauren Gendron

August 2018


The Makers Lab supported Lauren in her exploration of the connection between artists of differing mediums. This project manifested as a series of videos featuring public art work in Indianapolis and dancers from South-Central Indiana. This project’s aim was to challenge ourselves as dancers and choreographers to produce and perform, to collaborate with digital artists and traditional artists, and to bring further awareness to the tangible aspects of the vibrant art scene in Indianapolis and surrounding areas.

Elisha Movement Christian Dance Company

September 2017 – June 2018


The Makers Lab supported Elisha Movement Christian Dance Company’s during the creation of its first evening length work Lilly of the Valley, performed at IndyFringe in 2017.

Bethany Wells Bak

January – June, 2017
Photo Credit: Charles Borowicz

The Makers Lab supported Bethany Wells Bak during her creative process for a new dance work Untitled (for the Roses) that was presented at RESPONSE in Memphis, TN and Flourish: A Modern Dance Showcase in Indianapolis in 2017.