Nathan Shewell

Mr. Nathan Shewell, Theatre Arts Director

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Nathan Shewell has been teaching high school theatre for 7 years and has over 20 years of theatrical experience. His students have competed at the state level in the One-Acts competition and on the International level at the International Thespian Festival in multiple categories. Nathan has performed professionally at Brown County Playhouse and built sets professionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He earned his BA in Theatre and Drama from Indiana University where he was the Assistant Director for two mainstage shows, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Sweet Charity. At IU Mr. Shewell studied directly under Tony nominated, Emmy winning choreographer George Pinney. In addition, he also became an Adjunct Lecturer and began teaching Ballroom Dancing at Fencing classes.

Mr. Shewell is a certified fencing coach through United States Fencing Association and holds a national rank in épée. Nathan and his wife Michelle, who is an RN, live in Indianapolis with their daughter, Arya Madisyn.

Michael A. Lamirand

Mr. Michael A. Lamirand, Technical Director & Set Designer  •  317-259-5301 x45389

Mike Lamirand is a sound designer and a composer. He has been the Technical Director at North Central High School since 1997. Mr. Lamirand has also directed 4 North Central Theatre productions and has designed scenery and lights for more than 50 shows.

Mr. Lamirand has previously worked as Technical Director/Designer for Muncie Civic Theatre, Ball State University Department of Theatre and Dance Performance, and Indianapolis Civic Theatre where he also served as Production Manager. From 2000 until 2010, Mike was resident composer/sound designer for ShadowApe Theatre Company in Indianapolis. Since then, he has continued to collaborate with ShadowApe for their 3 Indy Fringe productions. Mike has also been sound designer for Dance Kaleidoscope since 1992.

Mike has been married to Diana Lamirand since 1986. Together, they have raised 3 children, now adults.

Michael Berg Raunick

Mr. Michael Berg Raunick, ​Assistant Director  •  317-259-5301 x45793

Michael Berg Raunick is a graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Mr. Raunick is responsible for 5 choirs at North Central High School including the nationally recognized concert/show choir, the Counterpoints. His arrangements and compositions for show and concert choir have been performed by many schools in Indiana and Ohio. Mr. Raunick is a member of NAfME and ACDA and he was also the recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Award in Choral Music. Mike lives with his wife Cara in Indianapolis and is currently completing a masters degree from Butler University.

Rick Granlund​

​​​Mr. Rick Granlund​, Performing Arts Department Chair​

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Rick Granlund serves as Performing Arts Chair and Director of Bands. Under the direction of Mr. Granlund, the North Central High School Wind Ensemble was ISSMA State Concert Band Champions in 2006, ’07, ’09, ’10 & ’11. Rick earned his undergraduate degree in Music Education in 1992 from Ball State University where he was a Pressler Scholar. In addition to completing Masters coursework at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Indiana University, Purdue University and Illinois State University, he completed his Master of Arts degree at the University of Indianapolis in 2004.

Rick’s wife, Candi, serves as the Band Director at Sycamore School in Indianapolis. They have three children, a daughter Elise, a son Connor and a daughter Laurel.

I am a BIG fan of musical theater. North Central musical productions compare with the best I have seen in the last 50 years!

C E Quandt