Marybeth is Charleston Stage's Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director. Marybeth is now in her 17th 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 The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, A Christmas Carol and The Underpants.
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.
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 shows (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Anne of Green Gables), or of course, acting in shows, he stays very busy. Favorite Charleston Stage Roles include: 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).
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.
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.
Production Stage Manager
Ashley is originally a Florida native, growing up in Merritt Island and then attending Florida School of the Arts with a focus in Stage Management. Having studied and worked in the Central Florida area for about 4 years, some of her favorite credits include: Big River, Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Mermaid Jr, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Little Shop of Horrors. Most recently, Ashley has spent two years in Memphis with Playhouse on The Square as a Stage Management and Props Associate Company Member, working on over 30 productions including: Red, Peter Pan, Gypsy, 4,000 Miles, Hairspray, One Man Two Guvnors, The Seagull, and Kiss Me Kate. Ashley is excited to be joining Charleston Stage for their 38th Season!
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.