Artistic Advisory Council
SCCT’s Artistic Advisory Council (AAC) exists to bring additional voices and perspectives into all aspects of SCCT’s artistic programming and decision-making. The AAC works directly with the Artistic Director to provide counsel, feedback, and new ideas, all aimed at ensuring an artistic environment that aligns with SCCT’s core values and is vibrant and forward-thinking.
The AAC is comprised of 5-8 members from the artistic community in the Upstate. Each member is appointed for a one-year term and is eligible to extend this term by one additional year, in consultation with the Artistic Director. Members are selected through an application process. Applications must be approved by current AAC members and the Artistic Director.
The AAC meets 6-8 times per year (in-person and/or virtually). Meetings can include discussions on current or potential productions, expanding the pool of artistic collaborators, changes to policies, future programming, etc.
In addition to these meetings, AAC members are given a complimentary ticket to all SCCT opening night performances and are asked to attend as available. AAC members are also asked to attend SCCT’s Annual Board Retreat (usually in August), the Annual End of Season Block Party, and other events and artistic gatherings as mutually determined by the AAC and the Artistic Director.
2023-2024 Artistic Advisory Council
Ahsha M Daniels (Director) Ahsha was born and raised in Columbia, SC and holds a Bachelor’s from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Ahsha has returned to the Upstate after completing Horizon Theatre’s Acting Apprenticeship in Atlanta, Ga. She most recently directed, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND at SC Children’s Theatre, and PROJECT DAWN at Furman. Upcoming: MATILDA (Spartanburg Youth Theatre). WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM (SC Children’s Theatre), BEAUTIFUL THE CAROL KING MUSICAL (Centre Stage)
Caroline Jane Davis (she/her) first performed on the South Carolina Children’s Theatre stage in 1997 at five years old. She is now a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Furman University, where her work focuses on new play development and dramaturgy. She is a member of the 2023 SETC Leadership Initiative through the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the largest network of theatre practitioners in the nation. Caroline also serves on the Editorial Board of Southern Theatre magazine, SETC’s quarterly publication.
Lauren French is a South Carolina-based actor, director, and teaching artist. In addition to teaching at SCCT, Lauren is the ARMES (Arts Reaching Elementary and Middle School) Theatre teacher through the Greenville County School District and teaches theatre at Lead Academy Public Charter School. Lauren has performed in four Shakespeare Educational Tours with the Warehouse Theatre, performing and teaching all over SC. Inspired by her Physical Theatre training and work in restaurants, Lauren created her solo show, “Intimate Dinner; or ‘Tap Water Is Fine’,” which she has performed at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival in North Carolina, and the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. She received a BA in Performing Arts – Theatre from Clemson University. In addition, Lauren has trained with Accademia dell’Arte in Italy, The Humanist Project, NY, and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NY.
Matt Reece is a local actor, director, and consultant who has called the Upstate home for the past 20 years. Patrons may remember him as the Sheriff of Nottingham from SCCT’s production of ROBIN HOOD. Other favorite local performances include THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Eddie), THE CRUCIBLE (Parris), SPRING AWAKENING (Adult Male), ANGELS IN AMERICA PARTS 1 & 2 (Louis), EURYDICE (Father), and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (Antonio) at the Warehouse Theatre, THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG (Chris/Inspector Carter) at Greenville Theatre, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Scrooge) at Centre Stage. He has directed productions at both Centre Stage and Clemson University, and has served as a guest artist and consultant at Furman University. Matt also worked as an education associate at the Orlando Shakespeare Festival where he eventually served as Interim Education Director helping to develop programs and curriculums for K-12 students. In his spare time, Matt can be found hiking the trails with his husband and researching the evolution of the horror genre in film.
A native of Greenville, SC, and the first Performing Arts major (voice) at Clemson University, Smith has long since found purpose and joy on the stage. Some favorite roles have included HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Hedwig – TWICE!) and THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE (Tracy Mills) at The Warehouse Theatre, PAGEANT: THE MUSICAL (Karma Quinn), A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM (Hysterium), 1940’S RADIO HOUR (BJ Gibson), and THE BOYFRIEND (Tony).
Beyond theatre, Smith is a board member for the Greenville Gay Men’s Chorus and has graced the stage for over 22 years as his drag persona Delighted Tobehere. A self-described “Queen of all Trades,” Delighted combines celebrity illusion, vocal impressions, live vocals, lip sync, comedy, intelligence, and quick wit to wow audiences from corporate functions to pride festivals. Delighted Tobehere is more than a name, it is a reminder to live in the moment, live a better life, love yourself, and love each other. This message is shared through her one-woman shows like DRAG 101, HELLO, DADDY!, SHE HAW, and SIMPLY DELIGHTED, her TEDxTalks, university lectures, and DEI events for companies including Food Lion, PGIM, and Frito Lay/PepsiCo. Delighted was featured on season 10 of America’s Got Talent. Smith is proud to support the South Carolina Children’s Theatre and its mission to empower and inspire a new generation of changemakers through theatre.