Traysie Amick [VIDEO: MEET TRAYSIE]
Traysie serves as SCCT’s Principal Teaching Artist. She received her B.A. in Theatre at Winthrop University and studied directing with Omaha Magic Theatre. In college, she designed a children’s program for Rock Hill Community Theatre and was a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the national dramatic honor society. As a youth, she got her start in camera work and participated in the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities theatre program. She has been involved on stage and behind the scenes with many theatres here in the Upstate since moving to the area. She was a founding company member of the improv and classical comedy group, The Distracted Globe; and she is seen regularly at the Café & Then Some. Recently, she received the 2017 Carl R Blair Award for commitment to arts education from Metropolitan Arts Council. Since 1999, Traysie has contributed many hours to SC Children’s Theatre projects in the field as a teacher, program developer, playwright, director, and performer for our Theatre Arts Conservatory, the Bullying Prevention program, and 2nd Stage, 3rd Stage, and MainStage Productions.
Betsy is the Education Director for SCCT and has been here for more than 10 years. She is responsible for creating all the educational programming for the theatre and also teaches adult acting classes! Betsy has been working in educational theatre since 1992 when she began to develop the award-winning YouTheatre program for Flat Rock Playhouse (now called Studio 52), the State Theatre of North Carolina. She has also worked regionally as a director and professional actress and stage manager. She was awarded the Southeastern Theatre Conference Sara Spencer Child Drama Award in 2011, named to Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 1998 and 2000 and recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in 2000. In 2015, she was nominated for a Tony for Excellence in Education. Her directorial credits (over 100 productions) range from children’s theatre to musicals, from farces to dramas, from original works to classics. She was also SCCT’s Artistic Director from June 2008-February 2021.
Anna is so excited to be returning to SCCT as a teacher! Anna grew up in Nashville, TN and always had a flare for the dramatic. Anna is a recent graduate from Furman University, where she received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and English Writing. She’s also studied devised theatre at Double Edge Theatre in Ashford, MA. She recently acted in Wake Up Brother Bear (Brother Bear) here at SCCT and Late, a Cowboy Song (Mary), On the Verge (Mary), The Wolves (#25), and The Diviners (Norma) along with new works, Death Before Decaf ! (Johanna) and There’s a Plot Afoot (Sultana) at Furman University. Other credits include Love and Information (Assistant Director/Stage Manager) and Do You Feel Anger?(Dramaturg) at Furman University and 5 Beauty Queens Walked into a Bar (Assistant Director) at Proud Mary Theatre. Anna can’t wait to learn, play, and perform with her students!
Molly Grey Davis [VIDEO: MEET MOLLY]
Molly is thrilled and honored to be part of such a wonderful faculty at SCCT! Molly grew up in the Theatre community of Raleigh N.C. and received her BFA in Acting from UNC-Greensboro. After graduating in 2011, she spent some time touring children’s shows all over the Southeast. From there, she spent the next several years in New York City. Molly moved to Greenville in 2016, and has since performed in SCCT MainStage productions. The passion and drive that young artists bring to their work, whether in rehearsal or class, is so powerful to witness. As an actor that is always learning, Molly is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to guide young artists to achieve where they desire to be in their training.
Lauren French is a South Carolina-based actor, director, and teaching artist. She received a BA in Performing Arts – Theatre from Clemson University. In addition to teaching at SCCT, Lauren is also a Teaching Artist with the Warehouse Theatre. This past year, she planned and facilitated “Story Time and More!”, at the Children’s Museum. 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 also produced the show in Greenville with funding from the Metropolitan Arts Council’s Individual Artist Grant.
With a BFA in Musical Theatre from Elon University, Lauren loves teaching musical theatre, performing, choreographing, and directing for SCCT. She also teaches on the Dance Faculty at Anderson University specializing in jazz, tap and musical theatre dance styles. Lauren’s recent credits include: The Sound of Music (SCCT- Choreographer), Spookley the Square Pumpkin(SCCT- Director), Fiddler on the Roof (CCES Upper School, Choreographer), Guys & Dolls(Anderson Univ. Co-Choreo.), and Knuffle Bunny (SCCT-Dir.). Member of AEA.
Chelsea LaCourse [VIDEO: MEET CHELSEA]
Chelsea LaCourse has taught musical theatre classes at SCCT since 2014. She loves teaching all ages and is so excited to be back for another year! Miss Chelsea holds a Bachelors of Arts in Voice Performance from North Greenville University. She loves all styles of singing – musical theatre, pop, and even opera! Every now and then, she gets the chance to music direct a show at SCCT – most recently, she worked on Ella Enchanted (and even got to be on stage as Mistress Manners). Some of Chelsea’s favorite roles have been Gasparina (Haydn’s La Canterina at NGU), Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast, SCCT), and Mrs. Pinkerton (Pinkalicious, SCCT). She can’t wait to sing with your rising star!
Maddie O’Hara is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied theater and film. She has spent the last decade in NYC as a freelance director, producer, teacher, and acting coach. Notably, she Associate Directed alongside Lori Petty (Orange Is The New Black, A League of Their Own) to debut the Off Broadway hit TRIAL by Ashley Griffin. She also was a faculty member for Gotham City Improv and Broadway Dance Center where she regularly taught Improv and Acting Technique Classes of all levels. In the casting world, she was the Casting Assistant for Paramount Pictures 2011 smash reboot of Footloose. A graduate of The Second City Training Program, Improv and comedy are her favorite things! She has always had a passion for teaching and is thrilled to bring her professional NYC experience back to the beloved upstate she grew up in, where she can help the next generation of artists plant their flags.
Mia Phillips [VIDEO: MEET MIA]
Mia received her M.A. in Theatre from USC and her B.A. from Wofford College, where she worked on and off stage in every aspect of production. While pursuing her Master’s, she taught at Workshop Theatre and USC in Columbia, SC. Mia taught drama for five years at Stone Academy; she also began working as a consultant for the Explore the Arts program during this time. She enjoys getting to meet a variety of students through her classes (since 1995) at SCCT, both on site and in outreach classes (Thank you TOPs donors). She is SCCT’s Production Stage Manager and has guest directed numerous SCCT MainStage shows. She is the mother to two wonderful girls, and she and her husband also enjoy their pet menagerie at home.
Nathan Pittack [VIDEO: MEET NATHAN]
Nathan is excited to join the SCCT family this year! He received his B.A. in Communication and his M.A. in Theatre from Bob Jones University, focusing his studies on performance, directing, and playwriting. His first publicized play, When the Bough Breaks, debuted at Leaf Institute in West Greenville this past February, and his M.A. thesis project, Traveler in the Dark, found him in the director’s chair. Favorite acting credits include: Antigone (Creon), All My Sons (Chris Keller), To Kill a Mockingbird (Boo Radley), and King Lear (Oswald). Nathan’s passion is education—both for students and communities. For five summers, he counseled hundreds of 4 and 5-year-olds at a local day camp in Kingsville, MD, and he spent his college winter breaks developing and leading 3-day theatre workshops for his high school. Last summer he worked as a marketing and dramaturgy intern at Overshadowed Theatrical Productions in Chicago. Nathan hopes to use his calling as an artist-educator to inspire and expand the minds and talents of young people. Aside from theatre, he enjoys drinking good coffee, date nights with his wife, learning how to bake bread, and spending way too much time at Barnes & Noble.
Jessica is thrilled to be teaching at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre! Jessica grew up in beautiful Boone, North Carolina. She grew up performing at Barter Theatre in Virginia and Lees McRae Summer Theatre in Banner Elk, North Carolina. At the age of 16, Jessica received first place in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) musical theatre in the southeastern region. Jessica recently moved to the Greenville area after performing at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida for the past several years. You may have seen her as “friends” with Tinker Bell, Alice in Wonderland and Wendy from Peter Pan. She was in an equity contract as Casey in Disney Junior Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One of her favorite roles was Cindy Lou Who in Grinchmas at Universal Studios. Jessica is so excited to teach your rising stars and to learn from them as well.
Katie Wilson Stewart
Katie Wilson Stewart is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and received her BFA in Musical Theater from East Carolina University. She was the Studio Director of Broadway Dance Center’s Children & Teens location in NYC from it’s opening in 2017 where she also taught Jazz and Musical Theater. Katie also taught on Theater Guest Faculty for BDC’s esteemed adult drop-in classes. Performance credits include the Dance Captain & Swing for the national tour of Kathleen Marshall’s Anything Goes. Other favorite regional performance credits include West Side Story (Anita), Footloose (Urleen), The Boy Friend (Masie), and Oklahoma (Gertie). In 2021 Katie moved to Greenville with her growing family. She is thrilled to join the SCCT team to help inspire and educate young artists in the upstate!
At the age of 3, Lexie took her first class with Miss Traysie and Miss Mia here at SCCT and soon caught the theatre bug. She is over the moon to have this full circle moment and be teaching after 20 years growing up at the theatre! Lexie received her B.A. from Clemson University in Performing Arts – Theatre, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Theatre Education from Catholic University of America. She has worked on shows at theaters across the upstate including SCCT, The Warehouse Theatre and The Brooks Center for Performing Arts. A class with Miss Lexie will be filled with imagination and creative freedom for students to learn and grow together.
Lauren Wilson Stewart [VIDEO: MEET LAUREN]
Lauren is on maternity leave for Summer 2022.
After “growing up” at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, Lauren is so excited to give back to the program and to have the opportunity to teach your young star! Lauren received her Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance from College of Charleston. She has travelled all over the United States and Canada teaching theatre, and she also has appeared onstage in quite a few regional productions. Children’s theatre is where her heart is and she is thrilled for another season at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre.