Private Lessons in voice, piano, and acting are for students looking for more individual attention. Where group classes are essential to learning collaboration and responsibility, private lessons allow the performer to study at their own pace and gain a better knowledge of their unique strengths and weaknesses. Look below for more information on our staff and get started on your personal journey today!
Associate Artistic Director/Voice Faculty
Mr. Taylor has been performing, teaching voice and producing shows in the SBC for over 5 years. 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, Nicky in Avenue Q, and Bill in The Civil War. He was most recently seen as Quasimodo in Stage Center’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Seth has served as musical director for student shows including Dear Edwina, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s Aristocats, and musically directs for Stage Center’s SOPA Performance Troupe, a multi-award-winning group who received honors for “Excellence in Music” at the 2014 Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. For Stage Center’s adult company, he has recently musically directed Evita, Disney’s My Son, Pinocchio, The Civil War, and the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Mary Kate McLaurine
Co-Director of Education/Voice-Piano Faculty
Ms. McLaurine has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL. She studied piano at the Birmingham Southern Conservatory School of Music and choral music with the Alabama Choir School. After college, she spent 2 and a half years on tour with the Missoula Childrens’ Theatre, where she directed and taught students in over 30 US states, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. Now at home in Shreveport and with Stage Center, she teaches group acting classes, directs and musically directs student productions, and teaches private voice and piano lessons. She is also proud to run Stage Center’s partnership program with University Elementary, where she teaches afterschool theatre clubs and directs the annual 5th grade musical. Most recently, you could have caught her on stage as Doatsy Mae in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas or Alison Bechel in Fun Home. You can often find her eating Mexican food or snuggling on the couch with her dog, Nugget.
Zhailon Levingston (via Skype/FaceTime)
Zhailon Levingston is a writer, director, performing artist, and activist. He co-founded #WORDSONWHITE, an arts and activism campaign and is an artist in residence for Columbia Law School. He recently directed ”Neptune” at Dixon Place and the Brooklyn Museum, and “The Years That Went Wrong” by David Zheng at The Lark. Other credits include “The Exonerated” at Columbia Law School and “Chariot part 2” at SoHo Rep for The Movement Theatre Company. He is the associate director “Primer for a Failed Super Power” with Tony nominee Rachel Chavkin and “Runaways” at The Public with Sam Pinkleton. He was associate director for the Genesis plays at the 14th Street Y! He is currently two new plays by playwright Nathan Youngerberg. Zhailon is a native of Shreveport, LA and is a director, choreographer, and acting instructor for Stage Center.
Ages 6-10 | $25 | 30 minutes
Ages 11-15 | $60 | 45 minutes
Ages 16+ | $50 | 45 minutes
Submit your contact information below along with a brief message detailing your goals and experience as a performer, and a member of our staff will be in touch with you shortly. We look forward to making music with you!
SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE SHREVEPORT REGIONAL ARTS COUNCIL WITH FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT