Mar 14, 2024 - Things to Do

Meet the Maker: Josiah Ray McCruiston

These photos show Josiah Ray McCruiston closeup and in a recent production.

Photos: Courtesy of Josiah Ray McCruiston

Welcome to Meet the Maker, a series dedicated to shining a spotlight on local creators of all kinds.

Meet Josiah Ray McCruiston, an Indianapolis-based playwright, actor, director and educator who has performed on more Central Indiana stages than he can remember.

The inspo: McCruiston, program director and youth pastor of Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, says his journey as a creator began at Asante Children's Theatre of Indianapolis.

  • "I was really young, and it sort of cracked open this new world of performing," he said. "I remember I was at Concord Community Center, and they did a summer intensive with all the kids where we sang, we danced and we acted."
  • Locally, he has performed at venues like Indiana Repertory Theatre, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Fonseca Theatre Company and more.
  • He also bears a striking resemblance to Santa Claus around the holidays.

What he's making now: Plans for a summer trip to Carnegie Hall. McCruiston tells Axios he is slated to be a featured soloist as a friend directs an upcoming production at the storied NYC concert venue.

  • He is also eager to write another play following the success at OnyxFest, and preparing to kick off two summer camps focused on helping children connect to the arts.
  • "I am inspired by two quotes: 'If you find your passion you'll never work a day in your life, and 'It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.'"

Check him out: On his website, Instagram or Facebook.

Do you know a maker we should meet? Tell us all about them at [email protected].

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