Meet the MAP faculty.
Michael Shelton, Theatre, Ballet & Tap Instructor Mr. Shelton has over 30 years experience performing locally, nationally, and internationally as a 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.
Michael is a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA with a long list of experiences in theatre, film, TV, commercials, animation, voiceover, and print 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 Shelton is a founding member and previous Artistic Director of Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre – known largely for it’s Shakespeare on the Canal series at White River State Park.
In 2014 Michael's competition team routines received many awards, including "Excellence in Choreography for TAP" and the "Dream Routine" award for his musical theatre piece. In 2015, his group tap received an outstanding performance award from the Industry Dance Awards. His soloists last year, received several dancer of the year awards at competition and his choreography was again recognized for storytelling and innovation. This is Michael's ninth year as an instructor for MAP and his eighth as our competition team instructor for Tap, Musical Theatre, and Jazz. Michael now also leads the theatre department and offers youth and adult theatre options.
Allie Hamilton, Tap & Jazz Instructor Miss Allie began dancing at TC Dance in Kendallville, Indiana in 2004. She has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, and ballroom. She has been an assistant teacher for many different age groups and skill levels. During her days as a competitive dancer, she achieved many awards such as being the highest scoring female solo in 2017 nd the Dance Power award at Danza. She is currently a student of the Honors College at the University of Indianapolis and plans to become a psychologist. Allie feels blessed that she has the opportunity to spread her passion for dance to the students at The MAP and is excited to help promote the love of dance in the dancers here.
Laura Staten, Faculty Member Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from the University of Indianapolis and a Master of Arts Degree from the same institution. She taught for 30 years at Decatur Township Schools. At The MAP Laura offers tutoring services in the following English skills: Reading for all ages, strategies in reading, basic skills, grammar, test taking strategies, vocabulary / spelling building, writing compositions, and poetry. She also teaches comprehension in other subjects and teaches art classes. An artist all her life, Laura has studied art technique and painting, selling many pieces over the years. She currently enjoys working with oils and watercolors, primarily. Laura and her husband, Gib have helped create Mooresville Arts and helped establish our permanent location in 2015. Her workshops are for students of any skill level and work in all mediums. Her Teen Art and Youth Art students study shape, composition, light and shade, line, and other aspects of creating their own work of art while learning various techniques and approaches.
Beth Ann Thomas, Piano Flute, Oboe and Marimba Instructor Beth Ann is a highly experienced teacher and International performer. A graduate of Butler University, with a degree in music performance and education from Butler University. Her musical training and performance background is extensive, training in private lessons since 2nd grade, performing in McDonald’s All American Band, Butler University, Indiana University, Cedar Point Amusement Land, performances coast to coast on cruise lines, Internationally, Birch Creek Music Academy, ISSMA State Adjudications, Radio, Television, Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Community Band. Having taught many years at Greenwood Community Schools and Decatur Township Schools, Ms. Thomas enjoys students of all ages and abilities and loves sharing many styles of music to enrich their lives through the Arts. She is available for private lessons for Oboe, Flute, Piano & Marimba. She resides in Greenwood.
Jarryd Bru, Drum Instructor Jarryd has been teaching private lessons since 2018 before recently joining the MAP. He currently offers lessons on Tuesdays. He previously served tech for Mooresville High School's Winter Percussion group during the 2019 season. The drum kit is his principal instrument. He is able to teach beginner to advanced on drums and beginner to intermediate two mallet or Stephen's grip on keyboard instruments. Jarryd considers himself a primarily genre-fluid drum set player that’s inspired by music such as Twenty One Pilots, Childish Japes, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Jarryd would love to help you reach your percussive goals.