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Performing Arts: Storytelling, Theatre; Visual Arts: Performance Art, Performers and Writers; Magician
Jon Finch, the “artist of astonishment,” was the first Indianapolis magician to create a mystique in the public’s eye. Not seen in public for 10 years–from 2001 to 2010–apparently without an offstage life, Finch returned to the stage in 2010. Jon now performs astonishing close up magic that strikes belief into even the most doubtful of doubting audiences.
His infectious smile and warm sarcasm makes for a positively delightful yet baffling event. As an audience guest in Jon’s show, don’t expect be spectating–you will be participating in the magic. You will see objects float out of your hand, and thoughts float out of your head and out of his mouth. Look forward to an experience you will remember for a lifetime if you get the chance to see Jon Finch.
I perform 6 original one-man plays about famous people from history: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Johnny Appleseed, Christopher Columbus, Francisco Pizarro, and a forty-niner on The California Trail. Because the audience participates, each performance adapts to the interests of that particular group.
Performing Arts: Music
Caribbean Consort is an Indianapolis based band led by steel drummer, Dr. Jimmy Finnie. The band performs in configurations ranging from 2 to 8 performers (including a vocalist). It primarily performs music from the calypso and soca traditions of Trinidad, but also explores other styles including reggae, bossa nova, samba, and Caribbean inspired American popular music.
Bryan D. Fonseca
Performing Arts: Theatre
Fonseca is the producing director of the Phoenix Theatre, which was established in 1983 to fill a niche in the Indianapolis theater community with issue-oriented plays and professional production values in an intimate setting.
Performing Arts: Vocal
Shannon’s renewal process was a time to connect with her past as well as her present. Currently a professional cabaret singer, she attended the annual Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Convention to see performances from over 50 leading cabaret artists. She connected with her Irish past in her trip to Ireland where she traced her musical and genealogical heritages. She plans to continue to perform in her current role, and Shannon will use her experiences to create a new solo album. This experience will help her bring new ideas to the community of Indianapolis.
Performing Arts: Music
Steve Fulton is a singer songwriter currently living in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve draws inspiration from a multitude of artists ranging from Drive By Truckers and Bob Dylan to Beck, Weezer and Wilco.
Steve recorded his first solo album, “How to Kill The Common Man” in 2013.
Melissa R. Gallant
Performing Arts: Music
With selections spanning many genres including classical, Broadway, movie themes, Celtic, meditation, and religious, harpist Melissa Gallant offers private lessons and performs at concerts, social events and churches. Integrating music, language arts and science, Gallant’s educational programs are available through the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Young Audiences of Indiana.
Performing Arts: Music
Jamie Gans came to Indiana from St. Paul, Minnesota, where he had established himself as one of the foremost fiddlers in the Northern Midwest. Adept at a variety of fiddle styles, Jamie has performed with some of the great players in Irish, Canadian, and Old Time music. In the 1980’s, as a Canadian resident, he was a founding member of the Ontario-based group, Six Mile Bridge. The late, great Leo Browne, of Ottawa, was his fiddling mentor and introduced Jamie to the music of eastern Canada and Leo’s native Irish County, Tyrone. Jamie worked for five years as a historical interpreter for the Minnesota Historical Society. In 1993, he was named a Master Artist by the Minnesota State Arts Board and Historical Society for the Folk Arts Apprenticeship program. In 1995, Jamie joined forces with Tamara, exploring traditional music, song, and dance in depth. His love of history, combined with his soulful playing, bring the music alive in every setting. Jamie has fiddled for the legendary Northern Star Ceili Band, Milltown nGael, the nationally acclaimed Rhythm in Shoes and has performed throughout Europe and North America. He has at least four recordings to his credit and another project in the works. Jamie was named a 2001 Arts Council of Indianapolis Fellow! He can be heard almost every Tuesday night as the programer for Celtic Road Radio and on Saturdays for Rural Routes on Bloomington’s community radio station, WFHB
Rick and Holly Garrett
Performing Arts: Music, Storytelling, Vocal
Rick and Holly Garrett, Patchwork, are an acoustic duo based out of Indianapolis.
Both sing, Rick plays guitar, hammer dulcimer and mountain dulcimer, Holly, fiddle, and mandolin.
Our music includes bluegrass, traditional Celtic, traditional and contemporary folk, singer/songwriter, and old timey.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word; Visual Arts: Glasswork, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Murals, Works on paper
Since 1995, after studying art education at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, DeMaris Gaunt has enjoyed a successful career creating art for homes, businesses, hotels and restaurants. She has enjoyed many summers of travel throughout the Midwest to display and sell her work at fine art fairs, where she has been the recipient of numerous awards.
Though stained glass has been her focus for nearly two decades, the grout seams or solder lines that are inherent in stained glass production often compete with her original abstract designs. This has led to an exciting and necessary evolution, whereby she translates her designs onto solid wood using a wood burning tool, and completes the art with the rich and velvety color of Prismacolor pencils. The result is remarkably unique, and the texture of the wood grain is beautifully enhanced.
She lives in Fishers, Indiana with her husband, the artist Paul Gaunt, and their two sons.
Performing Arts: Music
“Carey Germana is the epitome of raw talent. The powerful songs, the beautifully strong voice, and the intuitive piano accompaniment make it apparant that God is working through this humble servant.” Greg O’haver of Crossover Road “Carey Germana is just stepping out with the heart of a psalmist and a voice that just pours from the depths of her soul.” Terry Moody (Singer/Songwriter)
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling; Visual Arts: Photography
Devon Ginn, a published poet dabbling predominately in performance/ theatrical recitations, travels from state to state implementing his performance poetry lesson-plan for high school students & his collegiate peers.
Classically trained in Shakespearian theatre with informal contemporary experience, a grand performance is always expected from this poet. Whether he is performing for an intimate group or a sold out affair, his stage presence will forever be dynamic & larger than life.
For booking inquiries & rates, email email@example.com.
Joseph H. Girard
Performing Arts: Vocal
As a singer, Girard performs live with arrangements of 7-, 15-, and up to 20-piece orchestras, but also has the technology to be self-sufficient. He has shows primarily devoted to Frank Sinatra, as well as paying tribute to other great artists and composers such as Tony Bennett, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, and Barbara Streisand. His talent has been enjoyed in live events and on PBS television concerts. He is available for private or corporate parties and events throughout the United States.
Laura E. Glover
Laura E. Glover, Lighting Designer owns international acclaim for her lighting with Dance Kaleidoscope, Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Daniel Catanach Ballet, Urban Artworks and Taylor 2. While residing in Indianapolis, she has lighted productions for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, the Madame Walker, Indianapolis Civic Theatre, Edyvean Repertory Theatre, Red Barn Playhouse, Indianapolis Men’s Chorus and the Ruth Lilly Theatre at the Children’s Museum. In New York City, her work was seen at Symphony Space, the Danny and Sylvia Kaye Playhouse, the Ohio Theatre, the Westbeth Theatre, and the Samuel Beckett Theatre. Her dance lighting includes over 50 world premiere pieces and the reconstruction of the lighting of Jean Rosenthal, Thomas Skelton, Jennifer Tipton and David Finley. Ms. Glover is an adjunct faculty member at University of Indianapolis, teaching lighting design and a 2001 Creative Renewal Fellow. She holds a M.F.A. in Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase, where she studied with Brian MacDevitt and William Mintzer. Ms. Glover is in her seventeenth season with Dance Kaleidoscope.
Performing Arts: Music
For the past 30 years Daniel has been performing trumpet in and around the Indianapolis area. He can be heard at local churches performing as a soloist or in an ensemble as well as on recordings for major music publishers. As a member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (since 1985), he has played for musical stars ranging from Pavarotti to Dennis DeYoung. With a Master Degree from the University of North Texas, Daniel has professional experience with many styles of music ranging from Baroque to Be-Bop. Make your next event special with the sound of the trumpet!
Performing Arts: Music
Robert Goodlett II is a native of Frankfort, Kentucky. He received his B. M. degree in organ and church music from the University of Louisville and his M.M. in contrabass performance from Indiana University. He has studied with Murray Grodner, Gary Karr, Larry Hurst, Warren Benfield and Julius Levine. Prior to joining the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1972, he played four seasons with the Louisville Orchestra. In addition to his performing duties, he is very active as an Artists in Schools instructor in the Orchestra’s School Partnership program and as a section coach in the Side by Side concerts. He was the recipient of an Artist Renewal Grant from the Indianapolis Arts Council in 2003. The father of three sons, Goodlett has been a coach, official and administrator for several soccer programs around Indianapolis and former organist/choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church. Away from music he is an avid bicyclist.
Performing Arts: Music
Musician, educator, and clinician, Shawn Goodman, is an Associate Instructor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she is also completing coursework towards a PhD in Music Education with a minor in Jazz Pedagogy. She is also an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and previously served as Clarinet Professor at the Butler University School of Music and as a University Supervisor for Butler University’s College of Education. Shawn Goodman is the Conductor of the Symphonic Youth Orchestra of Greater Indianapolis (www.syogi.org).
Shawn served as All-State Jazz Coordinator for the Indiana Jazz Educators Association (IJEA) 2013-15. She was the clarinet clinician for the Music for All (MFA) National Festival presented by Yamaha in 2015 and 2017, and for MFA’s Summer Symposium in 2015. Shawn placed runner-up in the Sisters-in-Jazz International Collegiate Competition in 2000. She presents clarinet and jazz workshops regularly to educators and students at music educator conferences, high schools, middle schools, and universities as a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Regional Artist.
Her first solo album, Not Benny’s Goodman, was released in September 2013, receiving outstanding reviews internationally. Shawn is a featured soloist on albums by Peter Terry and the City Prophets and the Wave Mechanics Union.
Shawn holds a BM in Education with a concentration in Jazz Studies from the University of Indianapolis and a MM in Clarinet Performance from the Butler University School of Music. Shawn maintains an active career performing jazz and chamber music. Shawn plays Yamaha clarinets and saxophones exclusively.
For more information about her, visit www.shawngoodmanjazz.com.
Cynthia H. Goodyear
Performing Arts: Storytelling
Listen to Cynthia tell world folk tales, literary, original, scary or participation stories. Experience joy, laughter, wonder, delight. For pre-school through adult audiences in settings like schools, churches, retirement communities, civic organizations and special events. Member of the National Storytelling Network.
Performing Arts: Music, Theatre, Vocal
Indy Jazz Fest Stage at Penrod Arts Fair, August 2012, Artist-in-Residency Northern Galilee of Israel, Spring 2012, Opened Penrod Arts Fair Jazz Stage, August 2011. Performed in An Evening of Art and Jazz, October 2011. June 2011 performed solo concerts in Israel with music from classical to jazz, in English, Italian, French, German, and Hebrew. Created, directed, and performed in the Jewish American Songbook Series, 2009, for non-profit group.
I feel that music has endless possibilities and I continue to study classical voice as a mezzo-soprano. I perform classical and jazz solo recitals, perform with jazz combos, and study jazz regularly. I also specialize in tailoring performances for the artistic needs of the audience or organizers through musical choices, musical time periods, language, and interaction with the audience.
Performing Arts: Dance
Taylar began her dance training in Mobile, Alabama at Carol Graham School of Dance. Later she attended Alabama School of Fine Arts as a dance major. She had the opportunity to train under Maria Berica Dalla Vecchia in Vicenza, Italy before relocation to Indianapolis.
In 2009, Taylar began her dance journey with GHDT as a student of the Academy. Taylar was also a member of G2, the pre-professional company, for 3 year before graduating from high school in 2012. In the spring of 2016, she graduated from Texas Christian University where she had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Jacques d’Amboise and Charlotte Boye-Christensen. Taylar is excited to be dancing with GHDT once again. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support.
John C. Green
Specialist in physical theatre and European live art.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Spoken Word
Children Award-winning poet and children’s book author Valiska Gregory has published more than a dozen books for children. Translated in seven different languages, her books have received Parents’ Choice Awards, been chosen for the American Booksellers’ “Pick of the Lists,” and featured on PBS national television. Gregory regularly reviews children’s books for Publishers Weekly and speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences across the country.
According to reviewers, Ms. Gregory’s work ranges from picture and chapter books full of “kid pleasing humor and plenty of action” to poignant books for all ages that are “told with a contagious sense of wonder.” Her writing has been called “shining and magical” with “language and phrasing . . . as pleasing to the ear as the story is to the heart.”
A member of Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Ms. Gregory has an M.A. from the University of Chicago and has taught every grade from kindergarten to seniors in college. She received a grant for “artistic excellence and achievements” from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and her poetry manuscripts (for adults) are housed in the rare book room at the University of Wisconsin with the Juniper Press collection. Ms. Gregory was a Writer-in-residence at Butler University and the founding director of the Butler Children’s Literature Conference.
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Radio/Television, Spoken Word, Storytelling, Vocal
Greiff presents poetry performances, historical characterizations (chief among these is novelist Gene Statton-Porter), narrations, voice-overs, and talks and tours on sculpture. She presents a program of song and story using music and letters of World War II. Greiff is a photographer and writer of nonfiction.
Performing Arts; Visual Arts: Textiles
I have always loved working with my hands. A few years ago I started knitting and became intrigued with silk painting and nuno felting. The colors, textures and fun of creating wearable art has been a great experience for me. The bright colors of the dye and the subdued, soft wool make for beautiful contrast that lends to unique work.
Graphic Arts; Media; Performing Arts: Dance; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
I am an artist and an illustrator who is currently a junior at Indiana University – Bloomington. I work with traditional mediums like pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic paint and colored pencil as a medium. I’ve worked as a freelancer in creating design templates for customers and helping them market their business to their clients and customers.
I love playing ping pong, or learning new dance moves when I am not drawing or find ways to do photograph to inspire my creative side.
Sharon J. Hamilton
Literary Arts; Performing Arts
A nonfiction writer and playwright, Hamilton makes sense of social and emotional challenges using the family as context. She also performs her works and uses writing as therapy to confront powerful issues and conflicts.
Gregory Glade Hancock
Hancock is the artistic director of the Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and works as a choreographer, dancer, musician, composer, and costume designer.
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