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 Governor’s School for the Arts theatre program. She has been involved on stage and behind the scenes with many theatres here in the Upstate since moving to the area.  Currently she is 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, the State Theatre of North Carolina. She has also worked regionally as a director and professional actress and stage manager. She was 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

is thrilled to be back in the Upstate, and  teaching and performing with South Carolina Children's Theatre. He holds a B.F.A. in Acting from Elon University and a M.A. in Theology & Culture from The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Jay has directed, produced, and performed in the four corners of the country including stints in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In the Upstate, he has directed for Hub-Bub in Spartanburg and is a member of The Warehouse Theatre's Community Forum Planning Committee for the 2014-2015 season. In his spare time he enjoys watching baseball, playing ultimate Frisbee, and hanging out with his wife, Amanda and their daughter, Cordelia.

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.

Steve Griner

has been directing music for SCCT mainstage productions since 2008.  Productions include Cinderella, Peter Pan, Madeline and the Gypsies, Doctor Doolittle, Ebenezer, Rapunzel, Jingle Aargh the Way, Sound of Music (2x), and Annie (2x). He has also been a keyboardist at the Peace Center and Centre Stage.  When Steve is not at the theatre he serves as music director at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, PCA in Greer and runs a successful piano studio.

Angela Hayes

is interested in and maintains a career in performing jazz, folk, pop, broadway, opera, and sacred music. She is passionate about performance, music outreach programs, and composing opera for young people. She is equally passionate about helping students nurture and enjoy their own unique voices. Her teaching experience is extensive in both individual and group sessions, ranging from children's choruses, vocal and musical theatre camps, pop workshops, and  private coachings for the very young all the way to the young at heart. In addition to opera and musical theater performing, Angela serves as a cantor for Saint Ignatius Church, and maintains a voice studio at the University of San Francisco. Angela is a proud member of NATS and is highly sought after as a vocal technician.

Lauren Imhoff

is thrilled to be teaching, performing, choreographing, and directing for SCCT. She enjoys teaching Musical Theater Movement during the school year and Summer Camps. She has not only been seen in the classroom but in the 2nd Stage shows, touring productions, and main stage shows. Most recently she choreographed Annie and Jingle Arrgh The Way!. 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 dance at Anderson University, Carolina Ballet Theatre, and SCCT. 


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. She taught at Workshop Theatre and USC, as an adjunct professor in Columbia, SC. Mia taught drama for five years at Stone Academy and has been a consultant for the Explore the Arts program. She has been teaching for SCCT since 1997. As a SC Approved Artist, her credits include numerous directing, technical and acting roles. She is SCCT's Production Stage Manager and has guest directed numerous SCCT mainstage shows.

Harmonie Skipper

is originally from Greenville. SC and got her start in theatre in the early 1990’s at SCCT. Since then she has been seen onstage all over South Carolina. She is a certified K-12 Theatre Teacher who received a Master’s degree in Theatre Education from the University of South Carolina. In August 2011, she joined the staff of SCCT as a KNOW WAY Administrator, Acting teacher, Costumer and Touring performer.

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.