TPAC - Who Are We...
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The purpose of the After-School Performing Arts Program is to provide an opportunity for youth in grades 6-12 to grow in their specific area of performing arts through organized instruction.
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A TPAC Nutcracker: Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite

A TPAC version of the Duke Ellington Nutcracker Suite | Saturday, November 20th at 1:00 pm - Purchase your tickets TODAY!

Our motto: God has given me a great gift, and I will be thankful by learning…

C. Williams

OUR TEAM

Dr. Robert T. Townsend

Founder/Artistic Director
Robert T. Townsend is a professor in the School of Educational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also a musician and composer/arranger. Dr. Townsend’s duties include teaching, mentoring and supervising pre-service teachers in education and graduate students. His teaching credentials are from Western Michigan University where he majored in music and received the Michigan All Grade license in music and all subjects’ endorsement for grades 7 and 8. After moving to the Indianapolis area, he attended Indiana University-Bloomington and completed the Master of Music Education degree.
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Karome Vanessa Walker

Dance Facilitator
Karome Walker began her dance and choreography training at Concord High School, Charleston, SC. Throughout her years of choreographing, traveling, and competing with the dance team association she discovered her passion for dance. Ms. Walker completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Dance Performance and Family Consumer Science. Her high levels of dance training consist of styles in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop, liturgical, contemporary and lyrical. During her college years she performed in over 15 Ball State Dance Theatre productions, choreographed over 25 dance masterpieces and created 12 of her own productions and was voted Best Dancer by her peers.
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James Howard

The Instrumental Facilitator
James J.J. Howard is a saxophonist and music educator from Indianapolis, Indiana. He first started playing saxophone at age 9 in private school. He then transitioned into the Lawrence Township Schools in middle school and started taking lessons from Greg Imboden shortly after. James participated in music ministry at his local churches growing up and attended invaluable music experiences including the Butler Youth Jazz Big Bands, Butler's Summer Jazz Camp, Jamey Aebersold's Jazz Workshop in Louisville, Kentucky and being a soloist for the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. James was involved in Jazz band and Wind Ensemble while attending Lawrence North, where he also doubled on other woodwind ...
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Caran Harris

Drama Facilitator
Caran Harris began her performance career as a child with Iibada Dance Company. Once she went to high school, she joined show choir and drama club where she became a member of the International Thespian’s Society. Never really comfortable with being in the spotlight she finally surrendered to her calling of performance, attending Long Island University for theatre. Ms. Harris completed her Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech and Theatre with a minor in Dance. Caran studied different acting styles that consisted of Stanislavski's method, Method acting and Chekhov. Along with acting Caran was able to study movement and voice which is an integral part of acting. Her dance studies not only include training from LIU’s dance department but also training at the Ailey School. Her dance experience includes ballet, jazz, Afro- Caribbean, modern, hip-hop, liturgical and contemporary.
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Nia Townsend

Digital Media Coordinator
Nia Townsend is an educator in the MSD of Lawrence Township. In addition, she coaches high school volleyball. Townsend received her degree from Ball State University with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and a concentration in math. Nia has worked with a number of students all ages as an Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, CO-Director of Ball State University Dance Marathon's Morale Team, and practicum teacher of elementary and middle school aged students. Townsend also has six years of media and digital production experience in various venues including churches, schools and community facilities. Nia Townsend is also a former TPAC student and has now assumed the role of Digital Media Coordinator for The Performing Arts Conservatory, Inc. Nia resides in Indianapolis, IN.
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WHAT OTHERS SAY

“I enjoy hanging out with people who love the arts and having a good time…”

TPAC Student

TPAC Student

“TPAC is what our community has been waiting for…“

TPAC Parent

TPAC Parent

“We must embrace and value what the performing arts adds in one’s life...we want to enhance individuals’ lives so that they will positively impact their neighbors, communities and the world.”

School Administrator

School Administrator

There is so many things I appreciate TPAC for...most importantly, I appreciate TPAC for allowing me to freely express myself and for giving me a platform to use my gifts that God gave me

Former TPAC Student (Recent college grad)

Former TPAC Student (Recent college grad)

My son lives to dance, he works to dance....there are so many kids in our community who are talent but TPAC develops their talents...I think TPAC is what our community has been waiting for...we been hungry for someone as passionate as the Townsends who really want to feed into kids that are not athletic...kids that maybe scholars or have gifts of other kinds but they have a particular gift for the arts. We have been waiting for someone like them to develop and work with our students.

TPAC Parent

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