Meet Our Instructors

Julie Nottingham

Executive Director/Voice Instructor

Julie Nottingham has a B.M. in Vocal Music Education from Butler University. She has taught private voice and piano lessons for eleven years and currently teaches privately for YIT.  Julie has previously taught elementary music and produced several musical productions while in education.  Julie has also directed, choreographed and vocal directed productions throughout Hamilton County including Christian Youth Theatre, The CAT Theatre, The Artists’ Studio and Moriah Musicals. In addition, Julie has previously taught private voice for Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.

Julie has performed in many productions including Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, King’s Island Paramount Theatre, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and several others. Julie is the proud mom of 4 kids and wife to an Indianapolis Firefighter.

Heather Rider

Instructor/Musical Director

Heather has been dancing, acting and performing for the last 30 years. After opening her first
dance studio at age 17, she went on to get a degree in dance and theatre, a minor in youth ministry and a concentration in screen acting from PBA University in Florida. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, worship, musical theatre and various acting techniques; as well as in London and New York. Heather is passionate about both performing and teaching, having danced or acted in over 50 productions and on-screen dozens of times. She has taught in various studios across the country, developed her own children’s theatre company in Colorado and has directed and choreographed for over 20 shows. Instructing students individually in acting, audition technique, screen acting and dance is also something she’s spent years doing and hopes to always guide students’ hearts as well as their talents and techniques.

Erin Davis

Voice Instructor/Musical Theatre Instructor

Erin Davis is a vocal music education graduate from the University of Evansville where she participated in many shows and recitals. She has been teaching voice lessons on and off for the last 15 years. She currently lives in Plainfield, Indiana with her amazing husband and three beautiful daughters. When she is not chasing her two year old around the house she loves writing music, bike riding, and knitting. Erin currently attends Cornerstone Lutheran Church and loves sharing her vocal talents at both traditional and contemporary services.

Nicholas Weber

Guitar/Strings/Piano/Percussion Instructor

Nicholas is a guitar, strings, piano and percussion teacher at YIT. He is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing in bands for over 15 years. He has written and self-released albums with various projects in Indianapolis and Nashville and has been featured on programs like Indy Style and Inside Tracks. His songs have been licensed to television networks like Discovery, MTV, and A&E. He first started playing violin at the age of 10 and has since expanded his skill set to include instruments like piano, bass guitar, guitar, ukulele, and other stringed and percussion instruments. He has been a music instructor at Carmel Music Academy for 3 years and is an entrepreneur with his own private teaching business, Mobile Musik. Nicholas has been teaching at YIT since Fall 2020.

Dan Scharbrough

Acting Instructor

Since 1979, Dan has performed at Footlite Musicals, Buck Creek Players, Booth Tarkington Civic Theater, Carmel Community Playhouse, BobDirex, Ricks-Weil Theater in Greenfield, CTS Repertory Theater, and, as a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 1988, he has been seen professionally at Beef & Boards Dinner Theater, and the Indiana Repertory Theater.

Regionally, Daniel has appeared professionally at The Red Barn Theater in Saugatuck, MI, The Little Theater on the Square in Sullivan, IL, and at The New Stage Theater in Jackson, MS.

Some of Daniel’s favorite roles include…..Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown: The Musical, Nathan in OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES, Smee in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Ansell in KILLER JOE,  Durang, Durang, Blind Spot and Spain, which he directed, George in BILLY ELLIOTT, Lennie in Of Mice and Men, The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE, and Moonface Martin in Anything Goes. Other directing credits include 42ND STREET, WIZARD OF OZ, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS and BILL W. AND DR. BOB.  He has also been seen in the films Hoosiers, Eight Men Out and  Eyes of the Prey, and most recently in gila, which aired on the SyFy Channel, where he spent a day in Johnson County being eaten by a giant Gila monster, proving that monsters have absolutely no taste whatsoever.

In addition to being on stage Dan has also directed several productions including Wizard of Oz, Faith Healer, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, West Side Story, Spain, Words Words Words, Cabaret, Guys and Dollys, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Curtains and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  

Daniel would like to thank his great friend, mentor and bon vivant, Murray Schwartz, and, most importantly, his wife of 37 years, Jennifer, without whom none of this acting/directing stuff would be possible…because, when he gets all bejiggety, she kicks him out of the house to do a show.

Christina Wolfe

Acting instructor

Christina is the Director of Education at a small private school in Westfield, Indiana. She has over 20 years of experience teaching children of all ages in a variety of subjects, but is most passionate about teaching theater. She has been in a variety of plays, musicals, and madrigals, and has also performed at Carnegie Hall. When she isn’t with her theater family, she enjoys knitting, reading, and scrapbooking.

Charlotte Kunz

Flute Instructor

Charlotte Kunz is a professional musician and flute teacher who has been performing and teaching flute lessons for over thirty five years. A native of Austin, Texas, Mrs. Kunz has performed and taught flute and piccolo lessons in four different states, the last twenty four years in central Indiana. Over the years and across the miles, Charlotte has performed with a plethora of professional musical ensembles. Highlights include the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Arlington Opera Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Indiana Wind Symphony, and the Anderson Opera Orchestra, to name a few. Mrs. Kunz currently plays piccolo and second flute with the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra and the Kokomo Park Band, and freelances as well. In addition to teaching private flute lessons, Charlotte has taught flute sectionals and beginner classes at high school and middle schools for years, as well as judging for Solo and Ensemble contests, All State auditions, and various scholarship auditions. This last year she worked with her ISSMA colleagues to revise and renew the group one solo and ensemble list for the state of Indiana. Mrs. Kunz holds holds an undergraduate degree from Howard Payne University, a masters degree from the University of North Texas, and a post graduate Performance Diploma from Northwestern University, all in Flute Performance. She was a Presser Scholar and was on the National Dean’s list at Howard Payne University, and held a Graduate Assistantship in flute ensembles while at Northwestern University. When she is not performing or teaching, Mrs. Kunz enjoys swimming, reading, crocheting, and crafting. She also enjoys making music with her adorable husband Charlie (who plays all the woodwinds and more) and snuggling their fur babies while watching movies.