Meet Our Instructors

Julie Nottingham

Executive Director

Julie Nottingham has a B.M. in Vocal Music Education from Butler University. She has taught private voice and piano lessons for nine years and currently teaches privately for YIT and for Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.  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.

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.

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.

Nicholas Weber

Piano/Guitar Instructor

Nicholas is a piano and guitar 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.

Deborah Way

Flute/piano Instructor

Deb has a degree in Elementary Education with a Music Specialization and has held teaching licenses in both Illinois and Indiana. Over the years she has taught music at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, at Carmi-White County Middle School in Southern Illinois, and at Horizon Christian School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Deb has also taught privately at music studios in Naperville, Frankfort and Orland Park, all of which are in the Chicagoland area. Deb is thrilled be teaching private lessons through YIT this coming year!

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.

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