MEET OUR TEACHING STAFF!

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Ashley Crane is thrilled to be back at SYT where she grew up performing. After graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Cinema/TV program and working with SYT to launch screen acting classes, Ashley moved to NYC to work with Industry Leading Acting Coaches Denise Simon, Penny Templeton, Bob Marks, T. Schreiber, and ReelArc! Ashley’s clients have worked on- and off- Broadway, gone on National Tours, and worked on shows like John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch, Saturday Night Live, I Am Frankie, Victorious, and more! She has had the opportunity to act up and down the east coast, and write for film, television, and theatre! When she’s not at SYT, studying in her adult acting class, coaching NYC clients over Zoom, or writing, she loves hanging out with her Shih Tzu Maddie and rock climbing! She cannot wait to meet all of you and have a blast creating with you! 

Wintermester: Intro to Screen Acting (6th-12th)

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Maddie Tisdel graduated cum laude from Converse College with a double major in musical theatre and history. She has been involved in theatre for over thirteen years, acting professionally in the Upstate area for Scrappy Shakespeare, Sparkle City Improv, Glow Lyric Theatre, Centre Stage, and The Warehouse Theatre. She has been teaching improv, Shakespeare, and audition workshops with Scrappy Shakespeare, Sparkle City Improv, and Converse College. Maddie has been with Spartanburg Youth Theatre for three years, and in that time she has developed a true passion for creating fun and engaging theatre with the kids of this city. Her favorite part of every class is watching the children connect through the joy of telling stories. 

Fall Classes: Musical Theatre: Descendants vs ZOMBIES (3rd-6th)Musical Theatre: Beetlejuice & Hadestown (6th-9th)

Spring Classes: Musical Theatre: Sing & Sing 2 (3rd-6th), Musical Theatre: Hamilton & Six (6th-9th)

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Mary Thalassinos is a graduate of Wofford College where she received a B.A. in theatre. A Spartanburg native, she is proud to be working with the theater that embraced her as a child! After taking a youth theatre course in college, Mary interned with SYT the summer of 2018. Some of the classes Mary has had the extreme pleasure of teaching include, Musical Theatre: Beetlejuice & Mean Girls, Disney’s Onward, Fantasy Lands and Far-off Places, and Musical Theatre: Broadway Royals. In addition to working with SYT, Mary has also sound designed for Wofford Theatre. 

Fall Classes: Acting Foundations (3rd-6th), Emoji Mania! (1st-2nd), Farm Frenzy (K4-K5), Musical Theatre: Beetlejuice & Hadestown (6th-9th)

Wintermester: Audition Prep: Musical Theatre (3rd-6th), Audition Prep: Musical Theatre (6th-9th), Mixed-up Fairy Tales (1st-2nd), Under the Sea (K4-K5)

Spring Classes: Clifford the Big Red Dog (K4-K5), Lions and Tigers and Bears, OH MY! (1st-2nd), Musical Theatre: Sing & Sing 2 (3rd-6th), Musical Theatre: Hamilton & Six (6th-9th)

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Connor Vetter is an actor, director, and acting teacher based in Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from Wofford College with a B.A. in theatre, and studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School in 2012. When she isn't making raucous Shakespeare plays with local theatre troupe Scrappy Shakespeare or splitting sides with Spartanburg's first, finest, and only improv team, Sparkle City Improv, you can catch Connor hanging out with her cats, eating spicy noodles, and watching Netflix. She is so thrilled to be returning for her fourth season with SYT and can't WAIT to have you in class. We're going to have an absolute BLAST!

Fall Classes: Actor's Studio: Act 1 (6th-9th), Actor's Studio Act 2: Improv Intensive (10th-12th)

Wintermester: Actor's Studio: Audition Intensive (10th-12th)

Spring Classes: Actor's Studio: Act 1 (6th-9th), Actor's Studio Act 2 (10th-12th)

 
 
 
 
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