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.

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.

Mark Duerson

Vocal Facilitator
Mark Duerson is a singer, vocal coach, and keyboardist specializing in various genres of choral and piano music. Mark’s musical endeavors includes performing as a vocal soloist, arranging music, conducting, teaching and administrating. A graduate of Broad Ripple High School, Mark studied at Vincennes University focusing on music education with a concentration in vocal and choral music. He studied with Rosemary Bigbee and Nate Trudell at Broad Ripple. At the university, Mark studied with Dr. Dan Miller and Sarah Miller. He has worked with musical ensembles throughout the area including those musical ensembles at Trinity Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Amazing Grace Christian

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.

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.