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Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

Education Faculty

Faculty MarybethMarybeth Clark
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education
Marybeth is Charleston Stage's Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education. Clark has a degree in theatre/performance from the University of South Florida. She worked as an actor in professional theatres throughout the Southeast. She taught at the University of South Florida, Ruth Eckerd Hall Performing Arts, Berkeley Preparatory School and Greenbrier Valley Theatre before settling in Charleston in 1994 where she was a member of the theatre faculty at Charleston County's School of the Arts for middle and high school students.
Marybeth started acting, teaching and directing for the Charleston Stage in Season 20 and joined the staff full-time in Season 22.  She created and oversees Charleston Stage's Resident Acting Intern Program which has employed almost 90 young professional actors to date. She directs multiple shows each season, favorites include Young Frankenstein and Mary Poppins. She has appeared on stage in multiple shows including The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Moon Over Buffalo, A Christmas Carol and most recently You Can't Take It With You. In addition to overseeing the TheatreSchool classes and TheatreWings High School Apprentice Program at Charleston Stage, she also creates the curriculum for Charleston Stage's in school residencies and is a popular presenter at teacher inservices and arts education conferences. Ms. Clark holds a B.A. in Acting from the University of South Florida.


Faculty SamSam Henderson
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.



JesseJesse Siak
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).


Additional Faculty

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.














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