About Our Staff

Roots’ School of Theatre

Mindy Root (Owner/Instructor): has lived in Fishers, IN a little over 2 years now, having moved back to Indiana from New York City in 2016. She received her BM in Vocal Performance from Ball State University in 2012. While in NYC, Mindy received her vocal training from Valentine Peytchinov and she was a regular performer with Vocal Productions NYC. Mindy has been an instructor for the Barn RATS summer theater program at Mud Creek Theater for the past six years. The last several years Mindy has also been a featured soloist with the White River Wind Symphony. Mindy’s most recent credits include Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido), Mozart’s Don Giovanni (Zerlina), and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor (Lucia). Just a few of her other favorite roles: Antonia in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Brigitta in Iolanta & Gianetta in L’elisir D’amore. Mindy loves her family and is obsessed with her adorable dog. With God, all things are possible!

Brad Root (Owner/Instructor): is an actor who just recently moved from New York, NY. He received his BFA in Acting from Ball State University. The theatrical training he received was primarily voice and movement based. Jacques Lecoq’s mask technique, Patsy Rodenberg’s Shakespearean vocal technique, and the influences of Suzuki and Shogo Ohta’s slow tempo theatre were the main focuses of his training there. For the past five summers he has worked as an instructor at Barn RATS, the summer theatre camp at Mud Creek Theatre. His recent credits include Jason Hall’s Hitchcock inspired thriller Third Floor (Eleven), and John Noel’s newest play Be a Man (Brad). Most recently, he appeared as detective Josh Smith in the short New York Film Academy movie The Letter, and in Mud Creek Player’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Picasso).

Joshua Hodge (Technical Director/Design Instructor): has had the opportunity to help design and build numerous productions over the years. His work has been seen on stages in both Indianapolis, and Terre Haute. Favorite shows he has helped build include The Wizard of Oz, Noises Off, and (coincidentally) Design for Murder. Josh is excited to employ his talents, and share his insight with the design students this year!

Brad Thompson (Summer Program Director/ Voice Instructor): is native of Indianapolis and is a graduate of West Coast Baptist College with degrees in Music Education and History and a master’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from George Mason University. He has registered countless hours, in undergrad and beyond, of vocal instruction. He has been the music director for performances such as Scrooge, The Music Man, Beauty and the Beast, and has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. His most recent performance was with Footlite Musicals as Warner Huntington III in Legally Blonde. Singing is like air to him and he considers it a privilege to share what he knows.

"Theatre is immediate, it's alive, you're there with the audience, it can't be done again and again and again and again, it's organic" ~ Kim Cattrall