About Our Staff

Roots’ School of Theatre

Mindy Root (Owner/Instructor: 3rd-8th Grade Musical, Private Voice Lessons) Moved back to Indiana from NYC 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 seven 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 Katara. With God, all things are possible!

Brad Root (Owner/Instructor: 3rd-8th Grade Musical, Theatrical Design, Private Audition Coaching) moved back to Indiana from New York City in 2016. He received his BFA in Acting from Ball State University in 2013. After graduating he started working as an instructor for the summer theatre program at Mud Creek Theatre, in between his time in New York. For the next eight summers, he and his wife Mindy continued to run and expanded that program.  His recent acting credits include Jason Hall’s Hitchcock inspired thriller Third Floor (Eleven), John Noel’s newest play Be a Man (Brad), and the New York Film Academy movie The Letter (Josh).

Since moving back to Indiana, he appeared in Mud Creek Player’s production of Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Picasso), and also originated the role of Fred in Jeremy Grimmer’s newest play Adults through Fat Turtle Theatre Company.

Brad Thompson (Instructor: K-3rd Grade Musical, Summer Musical, Fall and Spring Play, Private Voice Lessons, Private Piano Lessons) 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 and piano 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 and Reverend Sykes in To Kill a Mockingbird. He considers it a privilege to share what he knows with the world.

Max A. McCreary (Instructor: Fall and Spring Play, Young Actor’s Lab, Comedy Class, Summer Play) is a director, dramaturg, and playwright originally from Zionsville. After spending a year working in the Artistic department at Cleveland Play House, he has returned to the Indy area. He completed his BA at Emory University, where he received High Honors for his thesis play, Phantasmagoria. Since graduating, his plays have been performed across the US and Australia. As a director, Max is most interested in work that is highly theatrical and deeply intimate. He uses the rehearsal room as a laboratory to experiment with all forms of communication, and as a classroom to teach social-emotional learning. He specializes in the principals of scene work, ensemble building, and narrative speeches. Max loves collaborating with other playwrights and believes in the innate powers of compassion and curiosity. Recent directing credits include productions of [Title of Show] and Iphigenia and Other Daughters (Atlanta) as well as Sweat and Ken Ludwig’s Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood (Cleveland).

Casey Greenwood (Instructor: Comedy Class): is a graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where she studied Theatre Arts (Directing emphasis) and World Dance. She has been performing for her entire life and has taught at schools, theatres, conferences, and private lessons across the country in topics including comedy improv, physical storytelling, singing, drama for children, musical theatre, and eating disorder awareness. She has recently been working as a featured teacher/artist at Mudita, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing arts education to citizens of Japan. Casey studied classical voice with Weber State University’s Evelyn Harris, and has studied contemporary voice with Shenandoah University/Brigham Young University’s Emily Castleton Warner since 2016. Some of her favorite moments of her career have been performing at the Walt Disney World Resort, with the Utah Festival Opera company, on a folk dance team at BYU, and originating the role of Irma Leopold in the world premiere of Daniel Zaitchik’s Picnic at Hanging Rock: The Musical at Weber State University. When not teaching or singing, Casey can usually be found dressing up like a Disney Princess, playing her Nintendo Switch, or practicing Irish dance. Casey has a passion for world cultures and dreams of traveling. Fun fact: to make Casey REALLY happy, talk to her in Japanese or Korean!

Patrick Houde (Instructor: Theatrical Design Class) is new to the Indianapolis area. He recently moved to Indiana from Columbus, Ohio. Patrick is so excited to be part of the Indianapolis theater community. He lives in the Fountain Square area with his husband Mark and their fur babies. Theater has been a huge part of Patrick’s life for many years. In Ohio he developed an expansive theater production resume, working with many schools, theaters, and production companies. He loves being able to paint the audience a visual picture with his talents in, costuming, set design and makeup. Some of the shows he’s the proudest of are: Tarzan, Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Seussical the Musical, Mamma Mia, Shrek, and many more. In his spare time, he paints and enjoys cooking for his family.  Patrick is a lover of all things strange and scary too, and a proud member of Necropolis Underground Haunted Attraction team. He’s so excited to be here at Roots’ School of Theatre and can’t wait for the adventures ahead!

Natalie Marchal (Summer/Winter Student Director and Choreographer) is a student at Mt. Vernon High School who is heavily active in the arts. She has been performing since 2011 in various Choir concerts and recitals. As of now, she is currently involved with The Mt. Vernon Chamber Choir and the Mt. Vernon Theatre department. Her most recent roles and performances being Anya/Anastasia in MV Theatre’s production of Anastasia and Mary Poppins in MV Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins Other past performances include; Princess Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Rosalyn Dexter in Singin’ in The Rain, Cara in Go Be Joan, Grace Farrell in Annie JR, and Nala in Lion King JR. Natalie has been involved with Roots since their 2020 Summer musical Lion King KIDS where she helped out as a counselor, assistant director, and choreographer. Since then, she has dedicated much of her time to help out with various shows including Legally Blonde JR, The Little Mermaid JR, and Frozen KIDS. Along with becoming a student of Brad Thompsons in vocal lessons. Natalie is incredibly grateful to be a part of the Roots School of Theatre staff.

"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