The FTC Artistic Direction Team

Our Artistic Directors

The FTC operates within a unique structure using four Artistic Directors. Let’s Introduce you to them:


Ian Cruz

I believe that excellent theatre is good for the soul! It doesn’t come easy and requires a lot of hard work, collaboration, purpose, and magical story-telling mixed with all the colors and textures the world has to offer. But once we get it… oh boy… it’s truly a transcendental experience that makes us feel, opens our hearts and minds, and changes the way we think about ourselves, our community, and the world.

Cruz was seen earlier this year in the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage at the Phoenix Theatre. Other stage credits include: Peter and the Starcatcher, Pulp, Stuff Happens (@Phoenix Theatre), The Duchess of Stringtown (@Indy Convergence), Anything Goes (@ISO), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (@Wisdom Tooth), Drowsy Chaperone, West Side Story, Aida (@Booth Tarkington Civic(, The Underpants (@AUP), Victor Victoria (@ACT), La Cage Aux Folles, Miss Saigon, Man of La Mancha (@Footlite). By profession, he is a Salesforce Marketing Cloud Architect. He is also a crossword enthusiast and a Sudoku lover.


Lakesha Lorene

I am driven by art that touches the mind and speaks to the soul.

Ms. Lorene is an artist, advocate, entrepreneur and supporter of the arts on stage and screen. She is honored to be apart of the Fonseca Theatre Company’s mission of providing more opportunities in professional theatre for artists of color.

LaKesha’s career began at age 8 when she performed off-broadway in the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The actress, singer, film producer and director works locally and regionally on stage and screen. Some of her past credits include, The Kennedy Honors (ensemble), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (actress), The Color Purple Musical *regional tour* (actress), Barbecue (actress), The Fourth Degree (actress), Earth Cry (director/producer), Lost (producer/director), Fairfield (actress). LaKesha is also the proud president/CEO of entertainment production company, Loving Life Productions LLC.



Jordan Flores Schwartz

I believe that theatre is first and foremost a tool – a tool for communication, exchange, and connection. Live performance humanizes stories and experiences in a uniquely powerful way that builds bridges across communities and creates a new understanding, both individually and interpersonally.

Schwartz received her M.A. in Performing Arts Management from the University of Oregon ‘17 and holds a B.A. in History with a minor in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College ‘15. Most recently, she has been recognized by Theatre Communications Group as a Rising Leader of Color. She joined the Indianapolis theatre community Summer 2016 as an intern at the Phoenix Theatre. After completing her Master’s, Schwartz returned to Indianapolis as the Director of Literary Programs and Outreach at the Phoenix. In this role, she had the opportunity to work closely with the Near West neighborhoods through Bryan Fonseca’s Transformational Impact Fellowship. The launch of the Fonseca Theatre Company represents an exciting new chapter in this work and Schwartz is honored and thrilled to be part of the journey with this incredible artistic team!



Dena Toler

“Storytelling is in the DNA of Humanity. The hopes, dreams, fears, nightmares, lessons, loss, love and so much more of our individual and collective culture flow through our bloodlines. When shared with others in a common space and time, the telling of these stories connect, educate and heal us”

As a board member and a part of our phenomenal Artistic Director team I would like to invite you all to explore, embrace and support The Fonseca Theatre Company at River West. Indy’s newest professional performance space will celebrate diversity, cultivate inclusion, and provide opportunities for artists and the surrounding community to flourish; while providing a safe space for healing dialogue through education, workshops and programming. It is my lifelong dream and personal commitment to facilitate, fertilize and foster the healing power of the arts in the individual and community. Please join me at The Fonseca Theatre Company @ River West!