How We Change Lives Through Theatre

As a healing focused theatre company, committed to engaging our community and all the institutions that make up our communities. We intergrate artistic vison into the everyday experience of being alive. 

Our Mission

We are dedicated to meeting the needs of our community and empowering our fellow man through the teachings and mentoring qualities that are unique to drama therapy

Our Vision

Through our work and the grace of the Lord, we hope to build a brighter, more fruitful community and a wonderfully more loving world for all.

Our Purpose

Called to act locally and think globally, we are to help restore community and family bonds, acting as a positive influence to youth and adults.

 Indaba Theatre, Inc  was founded by Donna Cotterell in 2005 with 9 actors in Brockton, Massachusetts.

Mrs.  Cotterell has a B.A. in theatre Arts from University of Massachusetts (Boston), and M.S. in Admin Studies at Boston University, and an M.Ed in Middle School Education from Lesley. An experienced teacher, Donna has taught acting classes at Brockton Boys and Girls Club, Old Colony YMCA Transition house, West Junior High school and Gilmore Academy of Brockton After Dark.  Donna has performed at Massasoit Community Colleges annual Martin Luther King luncheon, and the African Marketplace. 



February 2006- First performance at African Marketplace Festival

June 2011- Performance and panel discussion on homelessness

Fall 2011-Day of Wellness, Mind, Body, Spirit Retreat, teen Antoi-gay Bullying performance

February 2012-Produced African meketplace festival

March 2012- Founder Donna Cotterell honored as one of Brockton's women of the year

Fall 2012-Produced Liberty Tree Arts festival 

January 2013-Featured performance for Brockton NAACP MLK Luncheon

August 2013-Indaba Staycation weekend in brockton

September 2015- Indaba Florida established 

November 2015-"Marigold Days" performed in Cascades Park, Tallahassee, Florida

* "No promised Tomorrows" performed at Boston Playwrights' theatre, Boston University

September 2016- Donna Cotterell featured storyteller at Stories for Peace Concert, Tallahassee Florida

October 2017-"Conversations for Change" focusing on the intersectionality of race and sex

*Rad Kids activism club class

February 2018-"Conversation for Change" part Three

April 2018-Season ending "Conversations of Change" focusing on the intersectionality of race and sex

December 2018-"Conversations For Change" focuses on homelessness

March 2019- White Ribbon gala to raise awareness of domestic violence -men pledge to speak out 

Indaba Inc,  Board

Donna Cotterell, President

 Paul Ruthkovsky, Treasurer

Michael Dobson, Secretary


Paul Ruthkovsky

Donna Cotterell

Michael Dobson