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Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

Resident Acting Company

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 six 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.


BonnyBakerBonny Baker
Bonny, originally from Nashville, TN, is a Musical Theatre graduate of Samford University. Some of her favorite roles include: Susan from The Desert Song, Ratty from Wind In The Willows, Hildy in On The Town, Billie from Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Hodel in Fiddler On The Roof. She would like to thank her family for their continuous love and support!






CarolineConnellCaroline Connell
Caroline, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, is a graduate of the Honors College at the College of Charleston, where she earned a B.A. in both English and Theatre Performance. College of Charleston roles include: Maureen in RENT, Karen in The Children’s Hour, Elvira in Blithe Spirit, Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa, Peggy in As It Is In Heaven and The Specialist in The Who’s Tommy. Other Charleston credits include: Little Edie in Grey Gardens, Mae in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, Witch #3 in Macbeth, Brenda in Hairspray (Charleston Stage), and Ensemble in Mary Poppins and Catch Me If You Can (Charleston Stage).



StephenEvansStephen Scott Evans
Stephen, originally from Coeburn, VA, is a recent graduate of James Madison University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Theatre. His favorite roles at JMU include: Cliff in Cabaret, Joe in Pretty Theft, Louis de Rougemont in Shipwrecked!..., Bernstein in Dogfight and Phil D’Armano in Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party. When not performing, Stephen also enjoys writing and just last year workshopped his first two full length plays. Stephen is beyond excited to be a part of the 2017-18 Resident Acting Company at Charleston Stage.




GraceHamashimaGrace Hamashima
Grace, orginially from Cary, NC, is a graduate from East Carolina University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Her most recent credits include: Maureen Johnson in RENT (ECU Loessin Playhouse), Connie Wong in A Chorus Line (The Huron Playhouse) and Maria in Lend Me a Tenor (ECU Loessin Playhouse). This is Grace’s first year at Charleston Stage, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such talented and creative people!





ConnorSullivanConnor Sullivan
Connor, originally from Oshkosh, WI, recently graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, with a BFA in Music Theatre. Regional and professional children’s theatre credits include: Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Little Theatre on the Square), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Maples Repertory Theatre) and Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz (Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre). Favorite Viterbo credits include: Jud in Oklahoma, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Frank in Merrily We Roll Along. Connor is thrilled to be joining Charleston Stage’s Professional Resident Acting Company!





Cody Rutledge
Cody, originally from McMinnville, TN, graduated from the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN, with a BFA in Theatre with a double emphasis in Musical Theatre and Technical Production. Some favorite performance credits include: Moritz in Spring Awakening, Orin in Little Shop of Horrors, Jack in Into the Woods, Snail in A Year With Frog and Toad, Sonny in Xanadu, Pinocchio in Shrek, Dragon in The Reluctant Dragon and Ugly in Honk!. Cody has also designed and scenic painted for companies such as Crane River Theatre, Central Piedmont Summer Theatre, Cumberland County Playhouse, Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Cannon County, along with M.T.S.U. and University of Memphis. He is excited to join Charleston Stage.








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