Constellation Stage & Screen was established on July 1, 2022 as a result of a three way merger between Bloomington Playwright’s Project, Cardinal Stage, and Pigasus Institute. Learn more about the original companies below!
Bloomington Playwrights Project:
The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) was founded in 1979 by Tom Moseman and Jim Leonard as the only professional theater in the entire state of Indiana focused solely on new plays. The company was a leading artistic force in the production and encouragement of new plays, providing opportunities for development, education, and production for promising and established writers and theater artists in a professional environment. During its 42 year history, 15,000 kids wrote new plays or performed on the BPP stage. Over 550 new plays and musicals had their premiere at BPP.
Cardinal Stage Company was established in 2006 by founding Artistic Director Randy White. The organization programmed a wide range of material to compliment the diverse interests of Bloomington, Indiana and the surrounding region. Each theatrical season included a Mainstage series, Family Holiday Musical, and Cardinal for Kids series. At the time of merger, Cardinal was in its 15th anniversary season and had grown to be one of the largest arts organizations in Bloomington.
The Pigasus Institute, a non-profit organization that housed the Bloomington Academy of Film & Theatre, Project Pigasus, and the “New Pages” Festival, was founded by Pigasus Pictures co-founders John Armstrong and Zachary Spicer in 2017. Pigasus Institute’s mission was to engage, educate, and elevate Indiana communities through the vehicles of film and theater. Through festivals, academy-style training, and collaborative projects, the Pigasus Institute brought together diverse groups of people around common themes and issues, provided tools for self-expression through storytelling on stage and screen, and built bridges of thought, dialogue, and humanity between its community and the world.