Charleston Stage has one of the oldest and largest arts education programs for young people in the region. Led by Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education, Sam Henderson, Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education, and Jesse Siak, Associate Director of Education, Charleston Stage's TheatreSchool classes are taught by eight full-time professional actors who make up the Resident Acting Company. These actor/educators join Charleston Stage for a 10-month artist-in-residence and teacher training program. They perform in leading roles throughout the season while also teaching our youth theatre classes and ArtReach Workshops in local schools.
Nathan, originally from Keller, TX, graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Regional credits with Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival in Durant, OK, include: Orlando in As You Like It and Aaron Shultz in Legally Blonde: The Musical. Stage roles at Ole Miss include: Clive Paget/John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, J. Shultz/R. Schmidt/D. Shepherd in The Laramie Project, Moritz in Spring Awakening (Ghostlight Repertory Theatre) and Nicky/Trekkie/Bad Idea Bear in Avenue Q (GRT). Nathan is a second year member of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. Charleston Stage lead roles last season include: Plant Puppeteer in Little Shop of Horrors, Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Frog in A Year With Frog and Toad, Mr. Sonny in The Seat of Justice and Bert in Mary Poppins.
Pen, originally from Augusta, GA, is a graduate of Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre Arts Administration and a minor in Music. Catawba credits include: Roger in RENT, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Reverend Hale in The Crucible and Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls. Some Augusta credits include: Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Rudy in Bent, Lombard in And Then There Were None and Judas/John the Baptist in Godspell. Pen is an experienced studio and touring musician, specializing in vocals and drums/percussion. Pen is a second year member of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. Charleston Stage lead roles last season include: The Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors, Brom Bones in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Grown Up Ralphie in A Christmas Story, Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad and Mr. Harrigan in The Seat of Justice. In Season 39, Pen will be starring in Hairspray as Edna, White Christmas as Bob Wallace and Sister Act as Curtis.
Camille, originally from St. Louis, MO, is a recent graduate from Missouri State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Her favorite roles include: Armelia in Aint Misbehavin, Thea in Spring Awakening (Springfield Contemporary Theatre), Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors (COCA) and she was most recently seen as Dionne in Hair (Missouri State University). Other MSU credits include: Catherine in Children's Hour, Runaways and Tongues by Sam Shepard. Other Regional credits: Alice in Big River (Great Plains Theatre), Ornella in Leap of Faith and Dynamite #1 in Hairspray (featuring Kim Crosby).
Alex is from Greece, NY, and has a BFA from Niagara University. His most recent show was Annie Get Your Gun (Cowboy). His past performances include: Home Game (Charley/Marco) and Josiah for President (Carl) with Blue Gate Musicals, Tales of Custard the Dragon (Mustard) with Rochester Lyric Opera, MATH-stronaut with Creede Repertory Theatre and Twelfth Night (Orsino) with London’s Live Literature Company. Favorite roles performed include: A Chorus Line (Paul), Urinetown (Bobby Strong), Into the Woods (Wolf & Cinderella’s Prince), Annie (Rooster), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Melchior), Curtains (Bobby), Bat Boy (Dr. Parker), Damn Yankees (Rocky) and The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate).
Sean Michael Kelly
Sean, originally from Hastings, MN, recently graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Theatre. Roles at Carthage include: Bobby Strong in Urinetown, Che in Evita, Buddy in Sideshow, Moritz in Spring Awakening and Sancho in Man of La Mancha. He had the privilege of touring with the Music Theatre faculty throughout China, performing in Seussical and Next to Normal for many children’s schools and universities. Last summer he was seen at the Red Barn Theatre in Frankfort, IN, performing in The Boys Next Door, Two in the Aisle, Three in the Van and the musical Lucky Stiff.
Maggie, originally from Huntington, WV, is thrilled to be back for another season as a member of the Resident Acting Company as well as a Production Assistant in Stage Management. In May 2015, she graduated from Catawba College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Charleston Stage credits include: The Producers (Hold Me-Touch Me), Little Shop of Horrors (Chiffon) and Mary Poppins (Miss Andrew). She also stage managed and choreographed last season's production of A Year with Frog and Toad. This season you can see her as Tracy in Hairspray and Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act.
Madeline Glenn Thomas
Madeline is a native of Nashville, TN, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Kentucky University. Most recently she spent a year at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis where some of her favorite credits include: Assassins (Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme), One Man, Two Guvnors (Dolly), Bad Jews (Melody) and Kiss Me, Kate (Lois Lane u/s). Other favorite credits include: Hair (Jeannie), [title of show] (Heidi), They’re Playing Our Song (Sonia) and A Little Night Music (Mrs. Anderssen). Madeline is a second year member of Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company. Charleston Stage lead roles last season include: Ulla in The Producers, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Ensemble in A Year With Frog and Toad and Katie Nana in Mary Poppins. madelineglennthomas.com
Aleah is a Canadian born to two Jamaican parents who raised her in Tennessee! In 2015, she graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL, with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Favorite regional credits include: The Wiz (Red Mountain Theatre Company), Half Stitched (Blue Gate Theatre) and Let It Shine: The Civil Rights Movement (Bright Star Touring Theatre). Favorite roles at Samford include: Franca in The Light in the Piazza, Blue Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical and Liebeslieder in A Little Night Music.