FACULTY

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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. 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.

 

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 Bullying Prevention 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 Bullying Prevention program.

 

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

is thankful to be able to perform and teach at SCCT! She has performed in several shows including Fancy Nancy, Wizard of Oz, Pinkalicious, and Annie. She also enjoys teaching Musical Theater classes of all ages and varieties at SCCT. She is very excited to continue her own educational journey this Fall pursuing her Bachelors in Vocal Performance. 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.

 

Lauren Veselak

is delighted to be joining the team at South Carolina Children's Theatre! Lauren is a recent graduate from Anderson University where she received a BFA in musical theatre. She is also a graduate of the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and worked as a performer at Universal Studios during her time there. Some of her favorite credits include the title role in Mary Poppins, Oklahoma! (Laurey), and Into the Woods (Lucinda). Lauren is thrilled to have found a second home with SCCT and is eager to share her love of theatre!

 

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.