STAGE CENTER STAFF
Jared Watson | Producing Artistic Director
Mr. Watson is a producer, director, actor, and designer who was born and raised in Louisiana. He is the founding director of Stage Center and SC's School of Performing Arts. For SC, he has directed Sweeney Todd, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, Disney's My Son Pinocchio, 9 to 5 The Musical, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tarzan, Ragtime, A Chorus Line, Noises Off, A Christmas Story The Musical, Cabaret, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mothers and Sons, Red, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Into the Woods, Next to Normal, Steel Magnolias, Peter and the Starcatcher, Green Day's American Idiot, Curtains, The Lyons, Godspell, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Fun Home. In addition to his work at SC, 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 Roof, Rabbit Hole, Neil Simon’s Rumors, Les Miserables, Rent, 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. As a producer, director, and coordinator, he has worked with Peter Pan Players, SLTAcademy, and SC's School of Performing Arts, directing productions such as Shrek The Musical, A Chorus Line: School Edition, Disney's The Lion King, Jr., 13, Seussical The Musical, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Disney’s The Aristocats Kids. 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 Wicked, The Color Purple, Rent, Leap of Faith, and August Wilson’s Seven Guitars. Mr. Watson spent 5 seasons as a professional actor working with Lyric Theater of Oklahoma appearing in 18 major musicals including Gypsy, Jekyll and Hyde, Hello, 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. In 2013 Mr. Watson was named one of the top 40 professionals under 40 years of age in Northwest Louisiana by the Chamber of Commerce and the Young Professionals Initiative, and also served on the board of directors at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. He 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.
Seth Taylor | Resident Producing Artist
Mr. Taylor has been performing, teaching voice and producing shows in the Shreveport area for over 3 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, Nicky in Avenue Q, Bill in The Civil War, The Candyman in Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, and Tateh in Ragtime. 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, who earned recognition for "Excellence in Ensemble Work" in 2013 and "Excellence in Music" in 2014 at the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. He recent musical direction credits include Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, Tarzan, Evita, Disney's My Son, Pinocchio and he shared the musical helm of Ragtime and The Civil War, for which he also served as Production Supervisor. Seth is quite excited about Stage Center's 2014 Season, where he will portray Tateh in Ragtime.
Missy Wise | Consulting Producer
Mary Kate McLaurine | Co-Director of Education