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Grant Supports Student Theater Program in Fishers, Ind.

INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 4, 2013 — The Indiana Repertory Theatre announced a $10,000 grant from The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae. The grant positions The Sallie Mae Fund as a Student Matinee and Artist in the Classroom Sponsor for "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which runs April 10 - May 12 on the IRT OneAmerica Stage.

"We believe theatre can be used as a primary tool to bring meaning into the lives of students, making the arts an invaluable component of their education," said Steven Stolen, managing director at IRT. "This generous gift from The Sallie Mae Fund will allow more Indiana students the opportunity to engage in literature and history through theatre. This is an exciting partnership for us as we continue to introduce live theatre to Indiana students."

Everyone has access to quality art at the IRT. Last year alone, the IRT provided 105,472 live professional theatre experiences for audiences. These experiences included 41,747 students and teachers from 57 of Indiana's 92 counties, making the IRT one of the most youth-oriented professional theatres in the country. A staff of more than 100 seasonal and year-round employees creates eight productions exclusively for Indiana audiences. Actors, directors and designers are members of professional stage unions.

"The Sallie Mae Fund is proud to support arts education programs that help students achieve academic goals and contribute to more vibrant communities," said Jon Kroehler, senior vice president of Sallie Mae at the Fishers office. "With this curricula-linked program, the Indiana Repertory Theatre is building on a strong relationship with teachers and schools to offer a matinee that will resonate with student audiences and enrich their overall education."

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The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, achieves its mission — to increase college access for America's students — by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education. The Fund also supports employee volunteerism and community service in the communities where Sallie Mae employees live and work. For more information, visit www.salliemaefund.org.

The Indiana Repertory Theatre celebrates its 41st season. Founded in 1972, the IRT is the largest and leading fully professional not-for-profit theatre in the state and has grown into one of the leading regional theatres in the country. The IRT continues to be one of the top-flight cultural institutions in the city and state, providing experiences that engage, surprise, challenge and entertain.

Contact:
Sallie Mae: Nikki Lavoie, 302-283-4057, Nikki.Lavoie@SallieMae.com
IRT: Kelly Young, 317-753-3258, kelly@baisecommunications.com