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Faculty

SC SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS FACULTY

Katie Dupont | Choreographer

Ms. DuPont has been choreographing and teaching dance in the Shreveport/Bossier area for more than fifteen years. In addition to choreographing for local theatres, she has most recently been performing with Bon Temps Burlesque. She was the assistant choreographer and a featured dancer in the NBC Holiday special filmed in Shreveport, “The Year Without A Santa Claus,” starring John Goodman and Harvey Fierstein. Ms. Dupont was a dancer and choreographer for the Bossier-Shreveport Battlewings arena football team, now known as the New Orleans Voodoo. A 2005 graduate of Centenary College with degrees in both Dance and Communications, she is now an adjunct faculty member there. While at Centenary, Ms. Dupont studied dance under Ginger D. Folmer, Renee Cheveallier, Aaron Girlinghouse and Frank Vega. She was a member of Escaped Images Dance Company as well as the LaJazdanz apprentice ensemble. This is her first production with Stage Center, and she is excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew. Finally, she would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for all their love and support.

Zhailon Levingston | Director, Choreographer, Guest Acting Instructor

is a 19 year old performing arts major at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. He got his start performing in many productions throughout Shreveport/Bossier. Some of his favorite productions include Big River, Les Miserables, Rent, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Sweeney Todd, and A Raisin in the Sun. Mr. Levingston has performed with Shreveport Little Theatre Academy, Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, Extensions of Excellence, Yazzy Summer Morning Mix, and Stage Center. He has served as assistant choreographer for Honk! at Southfield School, and Pippin with SLTA. During his freshman year in college he wrote and directed an original song cycle concert entitled "for you to fathom," which was produced by his school. He served as choreographer for Stage Center's School of Performing Arts' debut production of Disney's Winnie the Pooh last summer, and this summer served as co-director and choreographer for 9 to 5 The Musical after spending the semester studying in New York City. 

Rachael Lee Magill | Director, Acting Instructor

is a local actress and writer, who graduated from Centenary College with her Bachelor’s in Theatre Performance. She has been all over America as an actress, performing in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, Mississippi, California, Arkansas, and here at home in Louisiana with Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Shreveport Little Theater, Cavalier Players, Eastbank Theater, and The Company Repertory Theater . Ms. Magill's credits include theater, film, and television roles spanning nearly 10 years. Some stage favorites include: Peter Pan, Steel Magnolias, Guys and Dolls, As You Like It, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Streetcar Named Desire and Talley’s Folly. Her film and television projects include: Most Likely to Kill, Skateland , Table Manners, Thirty-Six, DiamondJacks and Pearl River Resort casino commercials and print work, and a locally shot web series called Haints. Ms. Magill continues to study acting and takes classes outside of production to hone skills for her career as a top priority. She finds acting class very beneficial for actors who are in between work and even more beneficial for students who might consider acting as a profession. "The actor is always a student!"


Tamara Mayer | Choreographer, Dance Instructor

began her dance training when she was 4 years old at Performing School of Dance in Georgetown, TX. She was trained in Ballet, Tap and Jazz under the direction of Lisa Holbrook, where she participated in many recitals, performances and competitions with this studio. In 2002, she continued her dance training under a new director, Kim Willet, of Joyce Willet’s School of Dance. She soon joined BodyTalk Dance Company, where they participated in several recitals and performances as well as placing in many national competitions. Upon graduating high school, Tamara moved to Shreveport to attend Centenary College of Louisiana where she joined Centenary’s Escaped Images dance company and began training in Modern for the first time under Renee Cheveallier. She then performed several times at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse where one sold out performance included performing live with local band, Dirtfoot. She graduated from Centenary College of Louisiana in 2011 with a B.S. in Health and Exercise Science and a Spanish minor. During this time, she has performed in many Shreveport productions such as: Shreveport Opera’s The Merry Widow (Jou Jou), Factory Gurlz Production of Paint the Town Red, Peek a Boo and Love Em or Leave Em,Emmet Hook Center’s inaugural production of Crazy for You (Patsy), as well as a featured dancer in Stage Center’s Evita and 9 to 5.  One of her more recent shows included performing at Six Flags Over Texas in iLuminate’s debut 2012 summer season as the lead dance character (Princess Mooi). Tamara currently works with Lifetime Wellness in Gamble Guest Care facilities in the surrounding area as well as teaching with Power and Grace School of Performing Arts.

Seth Taylor | Director of Education, Music Director, Voice Instructor                                                                                                                                                           

has been performing, teaching voice and producing shows in the Shreveport area for over 2 years now.  Seth is a co-founder and producer of Stage Center and is currently serving as Director of Education for SC's School of Performing Arts.  He recently attended Hurley School of Music at Centenary College where he sang under the instruction of opera headliner Dr. Gale Odom and conducted with the renowned Dr. Julia Thorn.  Seth has sung in over 20 states and 3 countries, including sessions in Dublin and Armagh, Ireland, where he was a featured soloist and head cantor.  There, he performed alongside the beautiful New York mezzo-soprano, Tynan Davis.  Seth has performed in several operas such as Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, and played the roles of Gherardo in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and King Kaspar in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors.  His musical theatre credits include RENT, Pippin, the role of Rolf in The Sound of Music, Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Anthony in Sweeney Todd, Radames in Elton John & Tim Rice's Aida, and Nicky in Avenue Q. He was most recently seen as Bill in Stage Center's Concert Series premier, The Civil War. Seth has served as musical director for student shows including Dear Edwina, Disney's 101 Dalmatians KidsSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney's Aristocats, and musically directs for Stage Center's SOPA Performance Troupe, who earned recognition for "Excellence in Ensemble Work" at the 2013 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. He has recently musically directed Evita, Disney's My Son, Pinocchio and shared the musical helm of The Civil War, for which he also served as Production Supervisor. Seth is quite excited about Stage Center's upcoming 2014 Season and will be musically directing the season premier, Disney's Tarzan this January.

Jared Watson | Artistic Director, Director, Acting Instructor                                                                                              is a producer, director, actor, and designer who was born and raised in Louisiana. He is the founding director of Stage Center and the SC School of Performing Arts. For SC, he has directed Sweeney Todd and Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Disney's My Son, Pinocchio and 9 to 5 The Musical, He also served as director for SC's SOPA Performance Troupe, who received an award for Excellence in Ensemble Work at the 2013 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. He has directed over 15 productions locally, including his directorial debut, Almost, Maine, for which he received the August Staub New Directors Award from the Southwest Theater and Film Association. Other highlights include Cat on a Hot Tin RoofRabbit Hole (starring Mary Alfred Thoma), Neil Simon’s RumorsLes MiserablesRent, and Hairspray. In 2011, Mr. Watson completed a directing residency with Shreveport Little Theater where he co-founded their academy, directing many productions for area youth and children over a 4-year period. As a producer and coordinator, he has worked with Peter Pan Players and SLTAcademy on productions for children and families such as Dear Edwina, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and recently produced Disney’s Winnie the Pooh as the debut of SC’s School of Performing Arts. Educationally, Mr. Watson spent 2 years establishing the Talented Arts Program with a theater emphasis for the Bossier Parish School Board and currently serves as a state certified evaluator for that program to Parishes in Northwest Louisiana. Before relocating to the South in 2008, he represented many Broadway productions as a marketing and sales associate for Broadway.com in New York City, where he was also selected to become a member of the Directors Lab at the prestigious Lincoln Center Theater. He has had the honor of working with many esteemed Tony Award-winning professionals, including an internship at Telsey + Co. Casting, working on the Broadway and National productions of WickedThe Color PurpleRentLeap of Faith, and the Off-Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. In 2006, Mr. Watson made his NY stage debut in a short-lived revue entitled Love, Me at the Chasama Theater on 42nd Street. He spent 5 seasons as a professional actor working with Lyric Theater of Oklahoma appearing in 18 major musicals including GypsyJekyll and HydeHello, Dolly!, Cabaret, and most notably as LeFou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He got his first break into the creative team working as the assistant director/choreographer to his nationally renowned mentor, Lyn Cramer, on Smokey Joe’s Café, (also for Lyric) in addition to working with her on productions of Sweet Charity and Nine. Mr. Watson has been seen, most recently, in Stage Center's production of Evita, playing the role of Che' and as a featured soloist in The Civil War, the premier of Stage Center's Concert Series. He is currently directing Edward Albee's Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf, which will open at East Bank Theatre on September 6. Mr. Watson is a proud 2004 graduate of the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theater at the University of Oklahoma, and an associate member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.

Missy Wise | Music Director, Voice Instructor                                                                                                                                      is a 2009 graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana where she received her Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Ms. Wise studied voice with renowned operatic performer Dr. Horace English & conducting with the incomparable Dr. Julia Thorn.  While at Centenary, she starred in a number of operas, including  Katisha in Gilbert & Sullivan’s Mikado & the title role in The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti. Since college, Ms. Wise has been touring as an independent songwriter and recording artist. Her latest album, Issues, released in February of 2012 & topped out at number 12 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts. She happily joins forces with the StageCenter company after working with Director Jared Watson for four years & serving as his Music Director on highly successful student productions of PippinHairspray, & Sweeney Todd.  The future of theater is bright when working with this talented group of individuals!

Find Missy at: www.missywise.com