MEET OUR FACULTY
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Sarah Kate Calcutt received her Bachelor's of Arts in Theatre for Youth with a Dance Minor in 2012 from the College of Charleston. She went straight to the University of South Carolina next to receive her Master's in Theatre Education in 2014. While at USC, Sarah Kate taught at the USC Summer Drama Conservatory in the Elementary, Middle, and High School Levels. She has been the Theatre Educator at Lexington Middle School where she is the Musical Theatre director at LMS, the head Coach for the PACK (theatre competition team), and the Co-Coach of the Wildcat Crew. Sarah Kate is excited to join the Workshop Theatre Team and can't wait to introduce the world of theatre to more young people!
Laura C. S. Crim is the Music Teacher/ Special Area Team Lead at Pineview Elementary School in West Columbia, S.C. She holds a Bachelors of Music Education, (Voice) from Lander University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Education. While a native of Georgia, her family relocated to the Columbia area at age six. Crim considers herself a “Native by Choice” of the great state of South Carolina. Her teaching career began with the South Carolina School for the Blind teaching music and later English to visually impaired students. During her time with SCSDB she developed a show choir, wrote and directed plays for middle to high school special education students, taught private piano, and directed the musical Aladdin while being curriculum team leader of the School for the Blind. She also took on the role of musical director for The Grinch who Stole Christmas, also at SCSDB working with deaf, blind, and multi- handicapped students. She later taught drama at the high school level in a regular education position in addition to conducting the chorus program. During her high school teaching experience she wrote and directed the one act play, The Cave, inspired by Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. She has in previous years taught private voice classes, first grade choir at her church, participated in choir at church, in ensembles for community choir and local theatre productions at Village Square theatre in Lexington, SC. Her experiences with students created a love for the sharing of the art of the theatre and singing. Her credits onstage include, Julie Jordan in Carousel, a disciple in Godspell and Townsperson in The Homecoming. She has three children ages 21, 19 and 11 and three stepchildren ages 15, 14, and 11. (All of whom possess artistic qualities and talent) It is her ambition to become a devoted servant to the programs at Workshop Theatre.
James DiLauro has been in theater for nearly 50 years, both professional and community, including seven years at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC. His latest professional stage appearance was in Great Gatsby at Virginia Stage in Norfolk Va. He recently shot scenes for a movie about Edgar Allan Poe..He is looking forward to working with actors and wannabes of all ages and levels of experience!
Jordan Harper cannot contain her excitement of becoming the School's new director. Jordan received her Bachelor's and Master's of Music Education from the University of South Carolina. She has worked in public education as an elementary music teacher for four years. During that time, she has music directed Workshop Theatre's summer productions, created an interactive musical after-school program in her district, and began teaching private voice lessons. Jordan enjoys performing as well as teaching and spent time on stage with Workshop Theatre, Town Theatre, and Opera at USC in recent years.
Christine Hellman is a theatre artist originally from Charlotte NC. Christine graduated from the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in NYC and has worked extensively in Theatre and Film in New York and the southeast. Having made her home in Columbia, Christine is thrilled to be a part of such a thriving artistic community. Christine most recently appeared in Workshop Theatre's production of Don't Dress for Dinner as Suzette. Other Columbia credits include Some Girls at Workshop (Bobbi), Barbeque (Barbara), The Flick (Rose) at Trustus Theatre, and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at CCT. Christine is currently working in conjunction with the Harbison Theatre incubator project to produce an original work which will premiere in February 2018. She is so happy to be a part of the Workshop team and looks forward to working and sharing her knowledge and passion with this years talented students!
Katie Hilliger is thrilled to bring hip-hop back... yah! A Dance Education graduate of the University of South Carolina Katie is currently the Director of Dance for Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington county. She has spent time involved with incredible dance and performance organizations including The Carolina Coquettes Dance Team, Workshop Theatre, River Bluff High School Dance Teams, River Bluff High School Musical Theatre, and various studios around town. Katie sees dance as an escape and believes in its power to instill confidence, provide cardiovascular exercise, tone the body, and relieve stress. She is excited to recreate an amazing Adult Hip-Hop Community where dancers feel safe and supported while enjoying the incredible art of dance!
Kathleen Arcovio Pennyway has been a professional drama educator, actor, and director for the past ten years, working for such organizations as the Windy City Players, the LyricLyric Opera of Chicago, and Childsplay. She has performed and taught in nine different states and worked with hundreds of young people. Kathleen graduated with a BA in Theatre from Northwestern University, and received her MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University. Recent projects include directing The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at Dreher High School, where she currently teaches. Kathleen lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband Dan, her son Harrison, and their dog Lily.
Jennifer Coffey Stephens has taught for four years in Lexington County School District 1 at Pleasant Hill Middle School. She is the founder and head coach of the Pleasant Hill Middle School Cougar Dance Team. Her dance training began under the direction of Tamalyn Blackman and Ginny Hunt McElveen at Tamalyn's Dance Centre in Orangeburg, SC. She performed extensively with the Orangeburg Civic Ballet, attaining the title of Principal Dancer in 2007. In 2013, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Education after training under the direction of Susan Anderson, Dr. Mila Parrish, Diane McGhee, Stacey Calvert, Thaddeus Davis, and Tanya Wideman-Davis. During her undergraduate studies, Stephens received the Richard Durlach Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education, the Student Government Rising Star Award, and was named a Magellan School, receiving $5,000 for undergraduate research in dance education. In addition to coordinating statewide dance workshops, she was also involved with multiple dance education outreach projects and continues to stay active in the community.