FACULTY

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Traysie Amick

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. Since 1999, Traysie has contributed many hours to SC Children’s Theatre projects in the field as a teacher, program developer, director, and performer for our Theatre Arts Conservatory, the KNOW WAY Real Life Drama program, 2nd Stage Productions, and Mainstage Productions.  She also serves as SCCT's Principal Teaching Artist.

 

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.

 

Jay Briggs

has worked as an actor, director, and producer in various locations around the country including stints in New York, Louisville, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Since returning to the upstate he has directed several projects at Hub-Bub Arts Center in Spartanburg and Mill Town Players in Pelzer. He has also served as a teaching artist with The Warehouse Theatre and a consultant with their outreach department. In addition to his teaching at SCCT he has performed in Nick Nutrition and served as an in-school facilitator for the KNOW WAY Bullying Prevention curriculum. He holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Elon University and MA in Theology & Culture from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

 

Jason Bryant

is a graduate from Clemson University, the Fine Arts Center, The Warehouse Theater’s Journeyman Program and is an actor for SCCT's KNOW WAY real life drama program.  Formally trained in contemporary and classical acting, stage combat, diction, movement, and technical theatre, Jason can be seen as a regular member of Upstate Shakespeare Festival, as well as theatres throughout the Upstate.  He also serves as a facilitator for SCCT's KNOW WAY real life drama program.

 

Lauren Imhoff

is thrilled to be the Know Way Administrator over SCCT’s educational touring programs. She also enjoys teaching, performing, choreographing, and directing for SCCT. Most recently she choreographed Snow White and the Prince, Fancy Nancy, and The Wizard of Oz and directed The Invisible Dragon. She performed as Lucy in The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe and takes on many roles in Nick Nutrition, an educational show about making healthy eating choices. 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 credits include Cats (Jennyanydots), Fiddler On The Roof  (Chava), and 9 to 5 (Kathy). She currently teaches Musical Theater Jazz and Tap at Anderson University. www.laurenimhoff.com

 

Chelsea LaCourse

is so grateful to be at home at South Carolina Children's Theatre! She's been a part of several shows as an actress - Pinkalicious (Mrs. Pinkerton), Annie (Ms. Pugh/Frances Perkins) - and as a music director - Harriet's Halloween Candy (2nd Stage). As a teacher at SCCT, she enjoys teaching Musical Theatre classes of all ages and varieties. With a background in both classical and musical theatre styles of singing, she's glad to help your 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 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. If she cannot be found at home or at SCCT, she can be found at Greenville Technical College where she teaches English.

 

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.