VOICE, MUSICAL THEATRE Andy Planck is a proud graduate of Ball State University and member of Actors' Equity Association. New York Credits include: National Tour of MAN OF LA MANCHA (Captain of the Inquisition, Muleteer), National Tour of THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE (King George III, Dr. Joseph Warren), Gallery Players (NYC) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Trevor Graydon).
Selected Regional Credits include: Paramount Theatre (Chicago) - CATS (Old Deuteronomy); Marriott Theatre (Chicago) - CATS (Old Deuteronomy, Gus, Bustopher Jones U/S), PRINCESS AND THE PEA (Papa/Biff U/S), THE NUTCRACKER (Uncle Drosselmeyer, Henry U/S); Barn Theatre (Michigan) - 1776 (Richard Henry Lee), THE FULL MONTY (Teddy Slaughter), FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Avram), LI'L ABNER (Hairless Joe), HAIR (Electric Blues Soloist); Festival 56 (Illinois) - ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Minstrel), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Dentist), TWELFTH NIGHT (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING **World Premiere** (John Absolute)
Directing/Music Directing/Choreography Credits include: Three Rivers Music Theatre - THE LAST FIVE YEARS, HAIR, and THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Director); Arena Dinner Theatre - THE APPLE TREE (Director, Choreographer), THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Music Director); Bishop Luers High School - THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Choreographer, Asst. Director), LES MISERABLES (Choreographer, Asst. Director, Scenic Designer), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Choreographer, Asst. Director), HELLO DOLLY (Asst. Director, Scenic Designer), GODSPELL (Music Director), ANYTHING GOES (Choreographer, Asst. Director, Scenic Designer)
Andy was recently honored as the winner of the 2018 "Emerging Leader" Arts United Award. Andy has been teaching voice and performance since 2007. His students have been admitted to some of the nation's most prestigious musical theatre and music programs/universities; won many regional and national awards and competitions; are consistently working in professional musical theatre and opera. Andy was also the Assistant Performing Arts Director at Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, IN from 2009-2012. While at BLHS, he directed the KNIGHT STARS Women's Show Choir and assistant directed THE MINSTRELS, assisting them to many regional and national Grand Champion trophies.
Andy is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
Brandon Porter - Director of Education
MUSICAL THEATRE, VOICE, PIANO, MUSIC THEORY Brandon is an accomplished music director, educator, arranger, vocal coach, and pianist, born and raised in the Fort Wayne area. He did his studies in choral music education and Music Direction for Musical Theatre at Indiana University.
Brandon was recently named the Director of Education at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy. He is also a full-time faculty member, teaching private voice, piano, and musical skills, as well as four levels of musical theatre. In addition to his work with TTPAA, Brandon is the Resident Music Director at Three Rivers Music Theatre.
His voice students have garnered grand champion solo competition awards across the Midwest, landed leading roles in musical productions, and auditioned for some of the most prestigious musical theatre program’s in the nation.
Brandon Porter began arranging in college for the Grammy-nominated Indiana University Singing Hoosiers and has now expanded his work as a full-time arranger, consultant, and educator. Brandon has been active in the show choir circuit for over a decade, having held positions as assistant director, vocal coach, and staff arranger with numerous grand champion choirs. He is the owner of BP Music Productions, LLC.
BOBBI JO CARROLL
MINI & JUNIOR MUSICAL THEATRE Bobbi Jo Carroll is the music teacher at Shambaugh Elementary School and a proud musical theatre faculty member at Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy. She is a graduate of Ball State University, and has been a frequent performer on many local stages. Selected credits include: THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA & many Cabarets at TRMT; THE MUSIC OF RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, MARY POPPINS, SHREK, CINDERELLA, RENT, LES MISERABLES, 9 TO 5, among others.
ELITE MUSICAL THEATRE
Jana DeBusk is an Actress, Lyricist, Recording Artist, Jazz Singer, World-Wanderer and University Professor. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from Western Michigan University and her Master of Music from Maastricht Conservatory (The Netherlands). Her recent credits include "Gorgeous: A Barbara Harris Tribute" (NYC, Greenroom 42) and "Wanderlust: A Love Story" (Writer/Director/Actress, NYC, Williamsburg Music Center). Her jazz and rock bands have toured the world and participated in major Festivals. She has been a professor at Amsterdam Conservatory (Netherlands), Maastricht Conservatory (Netherlands), Batuta (Colombia), and Camo Conservatory (Colombia). She is the lyricist for German Pop singer Maya Fadeeva and is a member of GEMA and ASCAP. She is stoked to come back to her Musical Theatre roots and guide the next generation to fly on free, powerful, and healthy singing habits.
Beth Turcotte is an inspirational theatre artist and educator devoted to the development of new work and emerging talent. She has earned accolades in both professional and educational arenas for her visionary projects and passion for arts education. Her immersive learning undertaking, THE CIRCUS IN WINTER, an original musical inspired by the novel by Cathy Day, was the culmination of a classroom project by 15 undergraduate students. The piece was selected to participate in the American College Theatre Festival at The Kennedy Center and was honored with eleven awards including Outstanding New Work, Director of a New Work and Set Design. This opportunity has propelled many young artists to the forefront of their professions, including collaborator and Circus composer Ben Clark. CIRCUS IN WINTER saw subsequent productions at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) Festival of New Musicals and Goodspeed Musicals.
Beth is the recipient of the 2012 Creative Endeavor Award for her dedication to arts education and the creative process. In her community work, she created the Cornerstone Center for the Arts, an inner-city arts institution discovering young unheard voices and exposing over 15,000 children to theatre, dance and music. Beth has traveled, taught and performed throughout Asia, delivering American musical theatre to new audiences. Beth is now a George and Frances Distinguished Professor of Theatre at Ball State University (recently retired after 37 years) and received her MFA from Southern Methodist University.
Recent directing credits include GYPSY, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, PARADE, HAIRSPRAY, and NEXT TO NORMAL at Ball State University and NEXT TO NORMAL at Kansas Repertory Theatre.