About The Cat


A Home for Community Arts

  The Cat's vision is to be the "Off-Off-Broadway" of Carmel Indiana, giving the artists of Carmel a local, welcoming, and affordable place to play; and giving audiences an affordable place to be entertained.  

The Cat is a 150-seat theatre sandwiched between the Carmel Arts District and the soon-to-be-built Monon Boulevard, at 254 1st Ave SW, Carmel, IN 46032.   

The Cat offers residency for theatre companies without a home and is available for artistic events, classes, recitals and private events.   


In 2009, after a 30-year hiatus, Will Wood reentered the world of theatre. Since then, he has assistant directed, directed, or produced nearly 20 theatrical productions in Central Indiana. Late in 2016, Will found himself with a chance to direct a little Cole Porter musical, You Never Know (that's ok, nobody else has heard of it either!). But, the rehearsal and performance space wasn’t available (not at an affordable price, anyway).  

In the pursuit of finding a home for this production, Will and his wife/business partner, Deborah Wood, happened onto the space of the recently defunct concert venue - The Warehouse. The 60-year-old building on the far southwest corner of Carmel’s Arts & Design District was the perfect space for Will’s upcoming production. However, the Wood’s also saw the opportunity to realize Will’s vision to operate his own community theatre; while providing a space for others (like himself) who are looking for an affordable place to share their talents with the community.  

The Cat is more than just a Venue

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The Cat Theatre

254 1st Ave SW, Carmel, Indiana 46032, United States


Doors open 1-hour before every event or performance. 

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