Meet the Judges & Emcee – 2018

Of the Final Competition

These judges are charged with the responsibility of narrowing down the field from ten to five finalists.  Then the audience votes from the final five contestants for the WINNER of $5000 and the CAMPUS SUPERSTAR 2014!

Meet the Emcee

Laura Steele Black &White copy Laura Steele has been a Rock n’ Roll air personality for 20 years. Laura is heard in multiple cities across the U.S. including Indianapolis on Q95. Laura was the first woman to be hired at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a public address announcer for the Indy 500, NASCAR and MotoGP. Named Columbia College Chicago Alumni of the Year in 2010, she still returns to her alma mater to talk to students in the radio department. Laura’s love for music and talented students makes her a perfect fit as our emcee!

Meet the Judges 

  Jenn CristyNow with six solo albums, Jenn began her career with John Mellencamp, meeting the Hoosier rocker in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was in the midst of an all-American swimming career at Indiana University. During her stint with Mellencamp’s band she proved her versatility, playing flute, piano, percussion, organ, and violin in addition to singing. When she embarked on her solo career in 2003, she wanted to create a sound that both honored all of her varied influences – from Ben Folds to Pink and Bruce Hornsby to Queen – while creating something decidedly original.

 Shannon Forsell.  In Indianapolis, the name Shannon Forsell is synonymous with cabaret. Not only is the beloved LGBT ally a highly regarded cabaret performer in her own right, she is also the artistic director and CEO of the Cabaret at the Columbia Club and regarded by many as the driving force behind its runaway success.

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 Steven Stollen
 enjoys an active and eclectic life as a singing artist, educator, arts administrator and community leader. His singing experiences include solo appearances with many of the country’s finest symphony orchestras including the symphonies of San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik of Toronto and many others. Steven has appeared many times with the Indianapolis Symphony. He has sung at the BAM Festival, Music at Riverside and Merkin Hall in New York as well as the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra and has been a featured recording artist on over 30 different projects with the Hal Leonard Corporation, the world’s largest music publishing company. Steven is the founder and Resident Artist of his own concert series, Meridian Song Project and currently is the Managing Director of Indiana’s leading professional theatre company, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and the host of the popular radio program, STOLEN MOMENTS heard on NPR/WFYI Radio throughout Indiana.  He was recently selected to serve as the Regional Director for Rocketship Indiana, one of the country’s most successful and dynamic charter school organizations. Rocketship Indiana Rocketship Education. California-based Rocketship Education is working toward opening eight high-performing elementary schools in Indianapolis over five years.


Meet the Judges of the Semi-Final Competition

These judges have the responsibility of narrowing the field from our 19 semi-final contestants to the 10 finalists who will go on to compete at the 2016 Campus Superstar Final Show in the TOBY Theater in the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

James Douglas, a native of South Bend, Indiana, is a self-taught pianist and began his musical journey as a student in the South Bend Community School Corporation where he expressed his love for music through the violin and viola from K-12th grade. Upon graduation from Franklin College, where he received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Public Relations, James began creating steps to perfect his craft. He started taking classical piano lesson with instructor Ketevan Badrize at the `Toradze Studio of South Bend . James has had to opportunity to tour internationally in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Amsterdam, and Jamaica.
  Terrilyn Douglas is a vocal coach  at Indiana University Bloomington and music teacher at the Children’s Learning Adventure Center in Carmel, IN. A native of Gary, IN, Terrilyn graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors of Recreation in Tourism Management, and Event Planning. While attending Indiana University, Terrilyn was a proud member of the IU Soul Revue, where she developed vocally and learned the pedagogy of soul, funk, and R&B. Terrilyn is honored to be back at Indiana University helping and teaching students in the very same class that helped her develop as an artist and person.
 Katie Schuman has been on stage since age 6 and is still in love with live performance. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Florida State University, where she spent four years performing in All-Night Yahtzee, a co-ed a cappella group, and served as music director of the group for two of those years. Katie has performed in musicals for decades. Her favorite roles have included Marmee in Little Women, the Lady of the Lake in Spamalot, and the title character in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She has also originated roles in two original musicals: Louisa Calder in Calder, the Musical, and Lupe Marin in La CasaAzul, both of which premiered in the Indianapolis area.