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

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Faculty MarybethMarybeth Clark 
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education

Marybeth is Charleston Stage's Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director. Marybeth is now in her 16th season with Charleston Stage and has been acting and directing professionally for more than 30 years from Florida to Chicago. The director of over 60 acclaimed plays and musicals, she has taught at the University of South Florida, Ruth Eckerd Hall Performing Arts, Berkeley Preparatory School, Greenbrier Valley Theatre and Charleston County School of The Arts. In addition to overseeing the TheatreSchool classes and TheatreWings High School Apprentice program at Charleston Stage, she also creates the curriculum for our 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. Recent director credits are 9 to 5: The Musical, Annie, Gershwin at Folly and The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein.

JulianWilesJulian Wiles 
Founder and Producing Artistic Director

Director, designer and playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage, Charleston's resident professional theatre company in1978. It has since grown into South Carolina's largest professional theatre and one of the state's largest arts institutions. Over the past 33 years Wiles has directed and designed more than 200 productions and penned 27 original plays and musicals for the company. Wiles continues to serve as the company's Producing Artistic Director, heading a staff of 12 full-time theatre professionals.

Wiles, a South Carolina native, grew up on a cotton farm in Ft. Motte, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University, received a history degree from the College of Charleston in 1974 and an MFA in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1976.

Wiles has written or adapted 27 original plays and musicals for the company including The Boy Who Stole the Stars, Nevermore! Edgar Allen Poe, the Final Mystery, The Seat of Justice, Denmark Vesey: Insurrection, Gershwin at Folly, Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus, Helium, and most recently Inga Binga.
Julian Wiles is a recipient of the 2010 Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award, the highest honor in the arts which is awarded by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Wiles is also a member of the Dramatists Guild.


9to5 JesseJesse Siak
Resident Actor and TheatreWings Coordinator

Jesse, who played the bumbling Dr. Watson in Charleston Stage's recent Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, holds a B.A. in Theatre Education from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. For many years, he taught k5-12th grades in theatre arts/acting, script writing and comedy performance at South Carolina Children's Theatre in Greenville, SC, and Flat Rock Playhouse, State Theatre of NC. He has also been seen on stage numerous times at the aforementioned theatres. Jesse is a full-time working actor and a member of Charleston Stage's Professional Resident Acting Company, and is also the TheatreWings Coordinator for Charleston Stage.



BarbaraYoungBarbara Young 
Costumer in Residence

Barbara is currently in her 30th season with Charleston Stage. She has a history degree from the College of Charleston and has taught public education in both Berkley and Charleston County Schools. Before coming to Charleston Stage, she was Youth Director for Martin Luther Church and taught Sunday school classes for all ages. Her original responsibilities at Charleston Stage included both Prop Master and Costume Designer. Currently she is teaching our TheatreWings Apprentices all aspects of costuming a production, from design to storage.



PaulHartmannPaul Hartmann
Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer

Paul is the Technical Director and Resident Lighting Designer for Charleston Stage. He has been with Charleston Stage for two years now and is thoroughly enjoying Charleston. Paul has experience in professional, community, and educational theatre and has utilized his talents at New American Theater, Tacoma Actor's Guild, Millikin University, and Chattanooga Theatre Centre. He enjoys passing his experiences on to young minds in Charleston Stage's TheatreWings program and helping to perpetuate the love of theater in the next generation. Paul has a BFA in Design/Technical Theatre from Millikin University in Decatur IL. Recently he was the sound engineer for the wonderful production of Annie.


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.



Faculty KatieKathleen O'Kelly
Production Coordinator

Kathleen is Charleston Stage Company's Production Coordinator and is serving as the Production Stage Manager for several shows this season including Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Annie, Next to Normal and Gershwin at Folly. She has a B.A. in Theatre and Government from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. After graduating, she was the Production Management Intern at Seattle Repertory Theatre as part of their Professional Arts Training Program. She has also worked with Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, CPCC Summer Theatre in Charlotte, NC, and Catapult Theatre in Seattle, WA, and she also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland.



DJ NewDJ Edwards
Audio Engineer/Sound Designer

DJ is Charleston Stage's Audio Engineer and Sound Designer. He has a Production Studies degree with a focus on Audio Technology from Clemson University. DJ has been teaching for 6 years, and loves educating people on how to combine technology and art. DJ has worked with Spoleto Festival USA, The Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, and WSBF-FM. His professional experience extends across theatre, opera, dance, live music, studio recording, radio and film.









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