Dale Savidge, PhD., RDT
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A Greenville, SC-based theatre director, educator and entrepreneur, Dale holds a PhD in English and Theatre from the University of South Carolina. He is also a Registered Drama Therapist under the guidelines of the North American Drama Therapy Association. He co-authored the book Performing the Sacred and is a professor of theatre at North Greenville University, where he teaches applied theatre.
Dale has created productions, programs and companies, and travels widely, leading and attending conferences and workshops in such far-flung locales as Singapore, NYC and Puerto Rico.
Doug Berky, Company Member
Doug Berky has been creating and evolving his own brand of physical theater for over thirty years. His original performances are an intricately woven fabric of Commedia Del Arte, physical comedy, mime, mask theatre, clowning, circus arts, and storytelling. Doug is known internationally for his mask construction. He designs and constructs the masks for his own performances as well as creating all of the sets, choreography, scripts and many of the costumes.
For the ATC Doug co-leads groups at the juvenile detention facility and for Excalibur Youth Services. His work often involves masks for therapeutic purposes, physical theatre, and circus skills.
Britney Preston, Company Member
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Britney is a North Greenville University theatre graduate who has been active in the Upstate theatre community for many years. She has been working with the Applied Theatre Center as a performer and facilitator for the Playback Cafe, an improv based theatre group that performs around Greenville and for the homeless at Triune Mercy Center.
Carli Gaughf, M.A., Company member
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Carli Gaughf is a director, facilitator, educator, and performer. She worked in New York City for nearly a decade where she produced and directed performances of new works and taught theatre workshops for young artists. She has a passion for using theatre to explore stories with marginalized communities and has created performances in prisons, senior centers, and community centers.
Carli has training in community-based performance from the renowned Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles and Urban Bush Women in Brooklyn, NY. She has a M.A. in Applied Theatre from the City University of New York and a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University.
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A national voiceover artist (bjkoonce.com) and regional performer, BJ has served on the Board of Regents of the Leadership Greenville Alumni Association and the board of directors of the Metropolitan Arts Council (MAC), for which she has chaired the Cultural Coalition. Her community involvement includes the Greenville Professional Women’s Forum,Thursday Club, the Emrys Foundation and Greenville Woman’s Club. She is the 2007 recipient of the MAC Spirit of Collaboration Award, a 2009 recipient of the Greenville YWCA Women of Achievement Award and former executive director of Centre Stage.
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Highlights of Tim’s 30-year journey as a performer include Flat Rock Playhouse (Hendersonville, NC), Northern Lights (Hazelhurst, WI), Chaffin’s Barn (Nashville, TN), Theatre IV (Richmond, VA), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, TN) and Stage One (Louisville, KY). On the administrative side, he has served as Artistic Director for The Baillie Players (Columbia, SC) and Marketing Director for Centre Stage (Greenville, SC). He also has worked as a newspaper staff writer/photographer (The State), a marketing agency website developer, a freelance videographer, and a print publication designer. His original plays with music have been performed for tens of thousands of school children throughout the Southeast.