Tompkins is an accomplished creative professional with an impressive, diverse background with notable achievements in brand and real estate development; producing, directing, and choreography of stage, commercial and production shows in New York, Las Vegas, LA, DC and Florida. His staging and choreography style is heavily influenced by many of Broadway’s great industry legends he had the good opportunity to work and/or train with including: Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett, John Aguiry, Luigi, Gower Champion and Henry LaTang. Additionally, Tompkins excels in conceiving and producing major signature events including; Bite of Las Vegas, Festival of Trees & Lights, production kick-off events for World of Coca-Cola, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, W Las Vegas, B Hotels & Resorts, and more. Tompkins credits also includes having been a Cruise/Entertainment Director with Princess, Sitmar and Holland America Line Cruises Lines. He was also the first-ever male N.B.A. choreographer and also staged the opening entertainment act of the internationally televised 2000 ESPY Awards honoring Michael Jordan.
April L Barnes holds a BA from Indiana University and a Masters from Butler University Jordan School of Fine Arts. She has been teaching privately throughout central Indiana for the past 20 years. She has conducted musical trainings and workshops on blending and voicing throughout Indiana as well as California, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. April has been the past statewide music director for the Indiana Conference AME Church Conference and has taught the gospel classes and choirs for Christian Theological Seminary, North Central High School and Manual High School. April is currently the Director of the Music and Arts Program for New Zion Community Church where she recently co-produced and directed the musical presentation “Harlem Renaissance: An Ode to the Cotton Club”, “Mary’s Journal, Part I,” “Mary’s Journal, Part II” and “The Black Panther Party: The Revolution will NOT be televised.” Additionally, she is the musical director for Agape Performing Arts Academy where she is currently directing “Oliver.” While with Agape she has also directed “Pirates of Penzance” and “Scrooge!” Her past musicals include “Westside Story” and she has performed in “Little Shop of Horrors” and “The Wiz!” April continues to teach private lessons in Marion and Johnson Counties where she specializes in homeschool musical studies and piano and voice training. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and loves spending all of her extra time with her husband, Floyd, sons Eric, Joey and Jojo and her mom.
Technical / Set-Design Director
Chris Plunkett is a seasoned theatre professional with nearly two decades of in-depth experience crafting the theatrical arts. From lighting, set and technical design, Chris’ vision and ability to “make something memorable out of nothing” is nothing less than inspirational. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in theatre from Franklin College and his Masters in Screenwriting and Playwrighting from Regent University. Chris has been teaching technical theatre at the high school level for the past 7 years while continuing to produce multiple stage and production shows including Phantom of the Opera and Peter and the Starcatcher.
Dance / Acting / Voice
Shelton has over 30 years experience performing locally, nationally, and internationally as an actor, musician, singer, and dancer in a wide variety of styles including; classical, contemporary, folk, bluegrass, musical theatre, and rock & roll. As an actor, he has worked extensively at the Indiana Repertory Theatre where some of his favorite credits include Macbeth, Becky’s New Car, Julius Caesar, Our Town, The Taming of the Shrew, Ah Wilderness, The Miracle Worker, & A Christmas Carol (6 times) as well as at the Phoenix Theatre in over 30 productions including The Pillowman, Three Days of Rain, Bluff, The Laramie Project, and Take Me Out – which he also had the privilege of performing at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL. He has worked at the Viaduct Theater & Victory Gardens in Chicago, IL & played Andy Lee in the Broadway Tour of 42nd Street in Moscow, Russia. He’s a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA and is certified from the British American Drama Academy in association with The Julliard School and The University of California at Los Angeles having studied at Balliol College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Michael was also a founding member and Artistic Director of Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre (now Indianapolis Shakespeare Company) – known largely for it’s Shakespeare on the Canal series at White River State Park.
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