Jaimie Riechman, born and raised in North Central Ohio, graduated from Anderson University in May 2015 with a degree in Music Business. She started with The Biz as an intern during her last semester of university and has since pursued many musical opportunities in performance, teaching, directing, and technology in the Indianapolis area. With The Biz she has music directed Seussical, Jr., My Son Pinocchio, Jr., Magic Tree House: Knight At Dawn, and My Time To Shine’s Willy Wonka KIDS and Aladdin KIDS. She is also an instructor of private voice and various classes. Outside of The Biz, she music directed CYT’s production of Bridge to Terabithia. She is also the current Director of Westside Church of the Nazarene’s Handbell Choir and Avon High School’s show choir group: Attraction. Jaimie has always been very passionate about the performing arts and she loves to inspire that same passion in her students.
Rachel Shelton – Guest Director
Susie, a long-time resident of Avon, is a third grade teacher in Decatur Township. While most of her choreography experience comes from the world of color guard, she enjoys being involved in all aspects of musical theater, especially sharing her passion with young people. She has choreographed Knight at Dawn at The Biz, The King and I, Godspell Jr. and Schoolhouse Rock at Hendricks Civic Theater, and other show choirs and color guards in the Indianapolis Area. She also enjoys performing onstage. Some favorite roles include Mayzie La Bird in Seussical, Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Lily St. Regis in Annie, Niki Harris in Curtains, Gladys Hotchkiss in The Pajama Game, Narrator in Joseph… Dreamcoat, and her crown jewel, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods. Susie is married to the famous Matt Harloff, band director at Avon High School. She has two children, Tyson and Shaelyn. Susie is a Disney addict in every way, and visits Walt Disney World as often as possible.
Julie Kays – Director/Instructor of the My Time to Shine Program
Born and raised in Virginia, Rachelle Macavage began dancing at the age of 4. She danced with the city dance academy and placed on numerous competitions for tap and ballet/pointe. She continued to dance and graduated from James Madison University with a BS in Special Education and a minor in dance.
She and her family moved to Avon 3 years ago. Before that she taught Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for 16 years at the Dave Ragnacci Dance Studio in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is thrilled to get into dance and excited to be joining the Biz.
Amy is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, She began her dance training at the age of 3 at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet studying with Jean Gedeon, Nicholas Petrov, Tamar Rachelle and Kimmary Williams, to name a few. She has performed with the New York City Ballet, the Chautauqua Ballet, and the Butler Ballet at Butler University. She performed in the musicals “The Music Man”, “Annie”, “Guys and Dolls” and as the title character in “Peter Pan”. Amy completed her BA degree in Dance Pedagogy from Point Park University in 2003. After moving to Indiana, Amy taught at Southold Dance Theater, was Artistic Director of Carmel Dance Center, and opened Indy Dance Academy as Dance Director. Amy’s students and pieces have received numerous regional and national awards for stylization, entertainment and high technical achievement. She also acted as resident choreographer for Westfield High School in Westfield, IN from 2009-2015 where she had the pleasure to set their spring musicals that included Into the Woods, Xanadu and Hello Dolly. She lives in Plainfield with her husband and two children, Madeline and Christopher.
Doug King is a local actor/choreographer/director. He is currently on the dance faculty at Anderson university teaching jazz, tap and musical theatre. He danced locally with Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Indianapolis Ballet and Dance Kaleidoscope in its annual Yule Tide Celebration. When Disney was in town, Doug danced in the Pan Am opening ceremony, The 500 parade, and The 500 Governors breakfast. Doug was on the first national tour of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT with Donny Osmond as Levi and in the Canadian national tour as Dan. In Indianapolis, Doug works with Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre as an actor, choreographer, and director. He most recently was in OKLAHOMA, and MARY POPPINS. He has played “The Scarecrow” in WIZARD OF OZ, “Cosmo Brown” in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, “Will Parker” in OKLAHOMA, and “Joy” in CINDERELLA.
Ronne is a Florida native with a background in dance spanning over 20 years. Her earliest exposure to dance was at the Orlando School of Cultural Dance. She was also a company member of Kuumba in Tampa Fla. and Adefua in Seattle, Wa. For the past 15 years she has traveled extensively to study West African dance under the instruction of countless masters in this field. She has taught several classes for Indiana University and was a lead instructor for two years for the African American Dance workshops at IU Bloomington. She is the Director and Choreographer of the adult African dance company Epiphany Dance Collective whose performances have allowed them to travel all over the state to promote exposure of this art form. She continues to work as a choreographer and instructor with various professional companies and non for profit organizations such as The Children’s Museum, Walker Theater, and the Indiana State Museum. She attended Indiana University where she obtained a degree in Fine Arts. Currently, she teaches World technique at Butler University.
Ty is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Ty resides here in Indianapolis with the loves of his life, his wife Carol and their current production 7 year old Estelle. Ty has performed in 49 of the 50 United States with national and regional tours. Indy audiences may know him from the 2007 BOBDIREX production of the IN premiere of The Full Monty, over 60 projects with Beef & Boards, or his multiple appearances in and around the city as IndySanta. Ty is also an accomplished national voice over artist, Artistic Director of The Arden Theatre Union, former stage director for The Lilly Theatre in The Children’s Museum and Theatre teacher and director at University High School; jobs of which he is most proud.
Isabelle Helton – Make-up Instructor
Alexandria Van Paris
Alexandria was born and raised in Avon, Indiana, and she began performing at the age of six. As a child, she performed in over forty productions, many of those at professional theaters around Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts. She has also directed, choreographed several youth productions. She graduated from Ball State University with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre and now calls New York City her home. In the last two years, she has performed professionally in Georgia, Ohio, New Jersey, South Carolina, and here in Indiana. Recently and locally, you may have seen her on stage with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s annual Yuletide Celebration, as well as Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre in Chicago, and Cats. She is thrilled to help her parents out at The Biz!