Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education
Sam is Charleston Stage’s Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education. Sam holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree in Instrumental Music/Trumpet Performance from Baylor University in Waco, TX, as well as a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre/Opera Music Direction from Arizona State University. He has over 15 years experience teaching music professionally, and has been working as a theatre music director and conductor for the past 10 years. Professionally, Sam has worked for Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Lyric Opera Theatre and Copperstar Repertory Company prior to coming to Charleston Stage.
Associate Director of Education
Jesse Siak is Charleston Stage’s Associate Director of Education. Jesse holds a B.A. in Theatre Education from Catawba College in Salisbury North Carolina. Over the past five years, he has taught and performed all over North and South Carolina, most notably at Flat Rock Playhouse (Flat Rock, NC) and South Carolina Children’s Theatre (Greenville, SC). At Charleston Stage, Jesse wears many hats (like the entire staff). Whether he’s teaching classes in the TheatreSchool, heading the High School/Middle School Acting Programs, helping guide RAs in their educational development, leading Charleston Stage’s in-school workshops, directing or acting, he stays very busy. Favorite Charleston Stage Roles include: Leo Bloom (The Producers), Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Young Frankenstein), Henry (Next to Normal), Benjamin Cohen (The Underpants), Joe (9 to 5: The Musical), Dr. Watson (Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure), and Jacob Marley/Topper/Fezziwig/Butcher (A Christmas Carol).
Classes are taught by Charleston Stage's Professsional Resident Acting Company. These young theatre professionals move to Charleston for 10 months after completing college theatre programs all over the country. In addition to teaching, they can be seen on stage throughout the season.