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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 in her twenty-first season with Charleston Stage. She was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in Tolland, CT. Marybeth has a degree in theatre/performance from the University of South Florida and was cast in her first show at an Equity theatre at 18 years of age in Tampa. She worked as an actor in professional theatres throughout the Southeast for ten years before settling in Charleston in 1994 with her husband, actor Victor Clark. She was a member of the theatre faculty at Charleston County’s School of the Arts for middle and high school students. Though she moved to Charleston planning on ‘retiring’ from theatre and starting a family, she taught and directed for Charleston Stage part time beginning in 1997, before joining the company full time the following year.

She and Vic are the proud parents of 2 daughters, Lila and Prentice. Lila is a college sophomore at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and Prentice graduated from Catawba College in 2018 and works with special needs students at the Washington Center in Greenville, SC. They do not have an empty next but share their home with Marybeth's mother and many adopted dogs and cats.  

In her time at Charleston Stage she has directed 67 shows as part of our season, most recently Of Mice and Men, Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast, and Footloose. Each summer Clark directs Charleston Stage’s SummerStage Musical Theatre Camp for more than 80 young people. Recent productions have included Disney’s The Jungle Book, Seussical Jr., Aladdin JR, Disney’s Aristocats KIDS, and Beauty and the Beast JR.
As an actor for Charleston Stage, Marybeth has appeared in Shakespeare in Love, Helium, You Can’t Take It With You, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Steel Magnolias, and A Christmas Carol. This season she will be in Noises Off.


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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