Faculty

Traysie Amick

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 Bisson

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. Her directorial credits (over 100 productions) range from children’s theatre to musicals, from farces to dramas, from original works to classics. Betsy currently serves as SCCT’s Artistic/Education Director.

Matt Giles

is a director, teacher, producer, and music director based in Seattle. A passionate believer in theatre education, he is a teaching artist with Seattle Children’s Theatre (SCT), Village Theatre, KIDSTAGE, and others. Matt is also an accomplished director and his production of Into the Woods with STAGEright was honored with the Seattle Gregory Award for Outstanding Musical. Selected additional directing credits include Peter and the Starcatcher (Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Seattle Musical Theatre), Ragtime (SCT), Crazy for You (SCT), Shrek The Musical (Village Theatre KIDSTAGE), and many others. Matt is the Associate Producing Director at Seattle Repertory Theatre.

Lauren Imhoff

is thrilled to be the Tour Manager and School Liaison over SCCT’s educational touring programs. She also enjoys teaching musical theatre, performing, choreographing, and directing for SCCT. Most recently she choreographed and co-directed Beauty & the Beast and will direct Two Dancing Princesses this February on SCCT’s 2nd Stage. Other previous credits include The National Tour of The Wizard of Oz (u/s Dorothy), shows at Flat Rock Playhouse(Flat Rock, NC) and The Little Theatre On The Square (Sullivan, IL). She holds a BFA in Musical Theater, Minor in Dance from Elon University. Her favorite performance credits include Cats (Jennyanydots), Fiddler On The Roof (Chava), and 9 to 5 (Kathy). She is on the dance faculty at Anderson University where she teaches Musical Theater Jazz and Tap. www.laurenimhoff.com

Chelsea LaCourse

enjoys music directing and teaching musical theatre classes at SCCT. Most recently, she has music directed Madagascar and Pinkalicious for SCCT’s Main Stage. She also loves teaching musical theatre classes of all ages and varieties! Some of her favorite roles on the stage have been Mrs. Potts (Beauty and the Beast), Mrs. Pinkerton (Pinkalicious), and Ms. Pugh/Frances Perkins (Annie). While working towards completing her Bachelors in Vocal Performance, she competed in the SC chapter of NATS and advanced to the Regional NATS competition for the Southeast. She is very excited to continue her education because in expanding her knowledge and experience in singing, she will be able to further help each child find his or her voice!

Mia Phillips

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.

Kate Riedy

After graduating from SCCT’s Theatre Arts Conservatory, Kate Riedy continued her love of the arts at Converse College where she received a BA in Musical Theatre and Early Childhood Education with a minor in music. Kate found her passion for education while performing in productions at SCCT and working with the limitless imaginations of young actors. Helping young minds find their voice is central to her love of teaching. Favorite credits include Miracle Worker (Kate Keller), Beauty and the Beast (Enchantress), Snow White and the Prince (Dwarf), Sleepy Hollow (ensemble) at SCCT; Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), Shrek the musical (Dragon) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tzeitel) at Tryon Little Theater; Twelfth Night (Viola) and As You Like It (Jacques) at Converse College; and Twelfth Night (Viola) at Greenville Summer Shakespeare.

Claire Simpson

is a teaching artist and director that is proud to call North Carolina’s foothills home. Over the last year, she has had the honor to teach with several SCCT programs: Bullying Prevention with area middle schools, workshops and Story Dramas at Chandler Creek Elementary and Greenview Child Development Center, and the Read to Succeed Literacy Program. Claire has also worked with Hendersonville’s St. Gerard House and their after-school social skill program for students touched by autism. Prior to moving to western North Carolina, Claire earned her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth from UNC-Greensboro. While there, she also spent time interning with Paperhand Puppet Company in preparation for their 16th annual parade-style puppet production. Before moving to North Carolina, Claire worked as the Education Director at Florida Repertory Theatre, teaching classes, directing touring productions, leading camps and conservatory programs, and developing programming. While at Florida Rep, Claire also performed on their mainstage as Mandy in Time Stands Still, Annie in King O’ the Moon, and Mary in It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play. Favorite TYA directing credits include Helena and the Journey of the Hello, Dani Girl, and The Mark Twain Storybook. Claire believes strongly in the incredible power of young people and their capacity to change the world. She hopes to see you or your student in an SCCT class soon!

Lauren Wilson

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.