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Greg Fiebig Share

Mar 12, 2020  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on res­i­dent, Greg Fiebig, is a native of St. Louis, Mis­souri. He received a PhD in Speech Com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mis­souri, Colum­bia, a Mas­ter of Arts in The­atre at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Mis­souri in War­rens­burg, and is also a grad­u­ate of South­west Bap­tist Uni­ver­si­ty in Boli­var, MO, major­ing in Speech and Sociology.

Fiebig chose Mar­i­on, Indi­ana as home in May, 2006, when he accept­ed a posi­tion as a the­atre pro­fes­sor for Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty. After eight years in that role, he became Chair­man of the Com­mu­ni­ca­tion & The­atre Divi­sion at IWU, but his work on and behind the stage was far from over. While on sab­bat­i­cal in NYC in 2014, Fiebig worked with a mid-town church to devel­op a per­form­ing arts min­istry which then inspired him to estab­lish a pro­fes­sion­al reper­to­ry the­atre devot­ed to William Shake­speare. After writ­ing an orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­ture and busi­ness plan and jump­ing through some hoops, Hoosier Shakes was born in Mar­i­on in 2016 – the same year as the 400th anniver­sary of Shakespeare’s lega­cy. The offi­cial non­prof­it has grown vast­ly since its incep­tion. Its bud­get has increased sig­nif­i­cant­ly through sup­port of bene­fac­tors as the com­pa­ny adds edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram­ming and even per­for­mance venues out­side of Grant Coun­ty. Fiebig finds great ful­fill­ment in see­ing the pro­gram grow in Mar­i­on and enjoys shar­ing sto­ries of how the per­for­mances have influ­enced indi­vid­ual fam­i­lies and youth who might not have tak­en inter­est in or been able to afford watch­ing a Shake­speare play. Since day one, Hoosier Shakes oper­ates on a pay as you will” basis in order to pro­vide live per­form­ing arts enter­tain­ment, as well as a piece of his­to­ry, for all.

Around the same time Hoosier Shakes began, Fiebig also approached May­or Jess Alum­baugh fol­low­ing his first elec­tion in 2016 regard­ing find­ing ways to bol­ster the arts in Mar­i­on. A year and a half lat­er, he and two oth­er pro­po­nents, Sheila Todd and Katie Perez, formed a task force then lis­ten­ing ses­sions to begin the Fusion Arts Alliance (FAA) — a stand-alone non­prof­it by artists for artists, as well as the City of Mar­i­on Arts Com­mis­sion (CMAC) as a city arm. They both took off ear­ly this year (2020).

Between the two ini­tia­tives, Fiebig vol­un­teers 10 – 15 hours a week on oper­at­ing and con­tin­u­ing to devel­op Hoosier Shakes, and anoth­er 5 hours a week with the Fusion Arts Alliance – both efforts in pas­sion­ate pur­suit to cham­pi­on the arts for Mar­i­on / Grant County.

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