associate Artistic Director and director of education
Marybeth is in her twenty-third 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 senior at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and Prentice works with special needs students at the Washington Center in Greenville, SC, while pursuing her Masters. Marybeth and Vic do not have an empty nest but share their home with Marybeth's mother and many adopted dogs and cats.
director of music education and resident music director
Sam is Charleston Stage’s Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education. He 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. Sam has over 20 years experience teaching music professionally, and has been working as a theatre music director and conductor since 2005. Professionally, Sam has worked for The Phoenix Theatre Company, Childsplay, The Broadway Palm West Dinner Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Lyric Opera Theatre and Copperstar Repertory Company prior to coming to Charleston Stage.
education AssiStant and registrar
Colin is excited to be joining Charleston Stage's Education Faculty. He grew up in Florence, KY (right outside of Cincinnati, OH). Colin received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and a double-minor in Musical Theatre and Performing Arts Administration from Western Kentucky University. After graduating, Colin moved to Charleston to work as a Resident Actor for Charleston Stage. During his time, he continued his passion for performing and directing, while also discovering a love for theatre education. Colin has taught with Charleston Stage TheatreSchool classes and Troupe classes, Engaging Creative Minds, and most recently he was a part of the Charleston County School of the Arts Theatre Faculty (middle and high school).
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.