Artistic Director Pat Haskell founded South Carolina Repertory Company with her husband Hank in 1992 and has served as Artistic Director since. Under her leadership, SCRC has staged almost 100 productions, including a local tour of Driving Miss. Daisy (in which she also starred), the regional tour of Four Beers, and the national tour of Professional Skepticism. Mrs. Haskell has directed; designed sound, scenery, costumes, and props; and starred in numerous productions for SCRC. She has also worked, both onstage and off, at The Warehouse Theatre, Furman University, Clemson University, Clemson Little Theatre, Dunnagan’s Alley Theatre, and the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. She holds a BA from Furman University and an MFA from the University of Georgia and has worked as an interim instructor at Case Western University in Cleveland, OH. She was last seen on the SCRC stage in Eleemosynary. For our 20th Anniversary season, Pat will be directing Tea at 5.
SCRC’s Co-Founder, Hank Haskell,is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Harvard Business School. In his other professional life, he was president and principal owner of Brunswick Yarns, a nationally-known manufacturer and distributor of hand-knitting yarns, sold to Coats and Clark in 1995. Hank is also an avid writer with 4 books in print -- Sailing with the Salty Four, Brunswick’s Legacy, A Learned Man, W. Stewart Woodfill: Master of Mackinac’s Grand Hotel, and The Art is the Thing (the inside story of SCRC from its inception in 1992 through a celebration of its first twelve years and 54 productions). He will introduce his latest book, Brunswick Yarns, during our 20th Anniversary season, with 100% of the proceeds going to support SCRC.
SCRC Associate Producer Blake White has appeared in SCRC’s productions of Proof, Four Beers, Professional Skepticism, The Car, Foxfire, Doubt, Rounding Third, Mauritius, The Seafarer, and Moonlight and Magnolias. SCRC directing credits include Matt and Ben, The Savannah Disputation and The Pavilion. As an actor, Blake has worked with the Invisible City Theatre Company, Turnip Theatre Festival, Emerging Artists Theatre, Manhattan Comedy Collective and Caution: Artists at Work, all of which are in New York City. Regionally, Blake appeared on the stages of Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY), Actors Workshop of Boston (Boston, MA), River Run Theatre Co. (Madison, IN), Cider Mill Playhouse (Binghamton, NY), Mythmakers Theatre Company (Myrtle Beach, SC), Upstate Shakespeare Festival and The Warehouse Theatre (Greenville, SC). For our 20th Anniversary season, Blake will appear in Time Stands Still, The Baristas and will direct The Clean House. go to top
Singer/pianist/composer Al Balkin began his association with SCRC in 1996, when he and Pat Haskell, Artistic Director, collaborated on the musical The Frog Prince. He has also done shows for SCRC on Rogers, Hart and Hammerstein, the Gershwin Brothers, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter (the inaugural show at the new SCRC playhouse on Beach City Road). Dr. Al has a dual background as New York cabaret singer/pianist and university professor. He received his doctorate degree from Columbia University and taught for many years at Western Michigan University. He lives in Hilton Head Plantation with his dog, Leo. go to top
Music Director Janice Creech, a Virginia native, has been a Hilton Head Island resident for fourteen years. She has served as the musical director for SCRC’s productions of Gutenberg! the Musical!, and The Last 5 Years, as well as the 2009 benefit A Midsummer Night’s Delight. Janice has also played for shows at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Main Street Youth Theatre, and Virginia Music Theatre. She serves as assistant director/accompanist for the Hilton Head Choral Society’s Youth Choir and accompanist for the Hilton Head Choral Society. go to top
Director/Actor Chip Egan is Dean Emeritus of the College of Art, Architecture, and Humanities at Clemson University and past Chair of Clemson’s Department of Performing Arts. He received his BA in theatre from Hanover College and his MFA from Northwestern University. He has a wide variety of credits as a director, designer, and actor, working with the Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, NC; Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, VA; Idaho Repertory Theatre in Moscow, ID; the Historic Shuler Theatre in Raton, NM; Centre Stage, South Carolina; and The Warehouse Theatre in Greenville, SC. For SCRC, he has directed The Gin Game, Grace and Glorie, Professional Skepticism, Yellow Dog Crossing, Tomfoolery, Almost, Maine, and Eleemosynary and appeared in The Good Doctor, Four Beers, The Drawer Boy, The Car, and Greetings. Chip is past president of the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the South Carolina Theatre Association. He and his wife, Diane, have been involved with SCRC since its inception, and were instrumental in the design of SCRC’s “new” theatre on Beach City Road. Chip and Diane have two children, Patrick and Erin, and three grandchildren. For our 20th Anniversary season, Chip will direct Time Stands Still and appear in The Cocktail Hour. go to top
Actor Barbara Farrar Evans has several SCRC stage credits, including The Savannah Disputation, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, My Old Lady, Doubt, Foxfire, Rabbit Hole, Yellow Dog Crossing, Odd Jobs, Greetings, Collected Stories, On Golden Pond, Last Lists of My Mad Mother, and W;t. Barbara also served as director for Auntie & Me. Acting credits in New York include Off Broadway with Grace and Glorie and Blue Skies Forever, plus several Off-Off Broadway productions. She has performed more than 100 major roles in regional theatres in Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, D.C., Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and North and South Carolina. In addition, she toured three shows throughout western central states, in the southeast, and in California. Barbara has a M.A. in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. When she and her husband Tom Evans are not working or visiting elsewhere, they divide time among homes in Hilton Head Island, New York City, and Hanover, Indiana. Barbara is a member of Actor’s Equity. For our 20th Anniversary season, Barbara will appear in The Cocktail Hour. go to top
Director/Designer Tom Evans retired in 1999 after 32 years as the Chair of the Theatre Department at Hanover College in Indiana. As Chair, he garnered widespread recognition for developing the institution’s theatre department into one of the nation’s best amongst liberal arts schools. During his years at Hanover, the program captured four national awards from the American College Theatre Festival, including two for staging original works by students. Tom is also a playwright, who spent several years joining his wife, actress Barbara Farrar Evans, in developing new plays at the Shenandoah International Play Retreat in Staunton, VA. In 1990, Governor Evan Bayh honored the pair with Sagamores of the Wabash for their contributions to theatre in Indiana. Tom’s directing credits include work at Mill Mountain Theatre (Roanoke, VA), Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede, CO), The Shuler Theatre (Raton, NM), The Warehouse Theatre (Greenville, SC), Fulton Opera House (Lancaster, PA), The Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, IN), New Playwrights (Washington DC), and Circle Repertory (New York, NY). Tom has directed more than 25 productions for SCRC, including W;t, Proof, Four Beers, The Drawer Boy, God’s Man in Texas, Rabbit Hole, My Old Lady, and Doubt. As a playwright, Tom’s play ,Yellow Dog Crossing, was produced to great acclaim as part of our 2005/06 season. For our 20th Anniversary season, Tom will direct The Cocktail Hour. go to top
Actor Jan Haskell-Mohr has been seen on the SCRC stage in The Frog Prince, Laundry & Bourbon, Thymus Vulgaris, Almost, Maine, My Old Lady, The Savannah Disputation, and Eleemosynary. The theatre bug hit Jan early with her first role at age six as Toto in The Wizard of Oz. After minoring in theatre at Clemson University, Jan toured the country for a year with Repertory Theatre of America, then pursued graduate work in theatre at The University of Georgia in Athens, GA and Cortona, Italy. Jan has appeared on stage in SC and Maine, where she now makes her home with husband, Joss, and her two finest productions Sayde, 21 and Winslow, 17. For our 20th Anniversary season, Jan will appear in The Cocktail Hour & The Clean House. go to top
Co-Director of New Play Development Nick Newell has performed on the SCRC stage in Rabbit Hole, Tomfoolery, The Drawer Boy, Professional Skepticism, A Final Evening with the Illuminati, On Golden Pond, Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors, Odd Jobs, and Last Train to Nibroc. In the 2010 Hilton Head Island New Play Festival, he directed Catholic Girl Gun Club and appeared in Ephemera and The Baristas. Off-Broadway Nick has worked at New World Stages, The Duke Theatre, and the Theatre for a New City. Regionally, he has worked with Trinity Repertory Company, American Repertory Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre, Chester Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, Dorset Theatre Festival, Riverrun Theatre Company, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Actors Theatre of Boston, and Actors Shakespeare Project. Film: The upcoming Locked In, Neo-Noir (Sundance Selection) and Keeper. Nick is a graduate of Hanover College and has an MFA in Acting from the Moscow Art Theatre School and the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. He is a Visiting Lecturer of Theatre at Bridgewater State University and is a member of Actor’s Equity. For our 20th Anniversary season, Nick will continue to co-lead the New Works Program as well as direct The Baristas. go to top
SCRC’s Resident Lighting Designer Tony Penna’s credits include Moonlight & Magnolias, The Pavilion, The Seafarer, The Savannah Disputation, Gutenberg! the Musical!, Matt and Ben, My Old Lady, Mauritius, Rounding Third, The Last 5 Years, Almost, Maine, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Tomfoolery, and Yellow Dog Crossing. NY theatre: The Theory of Color (Medicine Show), Richard II (HERE), set and lighting design for The Brothers Karamazov, Parts 1 and 2 (Culture Project, La Mama). Regional theatre: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Warehouse Theatre, Centre Stage SC, Huntington Theatre Co., Buffalo Studio Arena, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse. Tony is a member of United Scenic Artists and the theatre faculty at Clemson University. He is the Resident Lighting Designer for SCRC, the Warehouse Theatre, and NYC’s Eleventh Hour Theatre Company. For our 20th Anniversary season, Tony will design lights for most of the mainstage productions.
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Co-Director of New Play Development Katie Rasor is a graduate of Hanover College and holds an MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School at Harvard University. Katie has worked with The Actor’s Shakespeare Project, the Williamstown Theater Festival, the American Repertory Theater, and the African American Playwright’s Exchange, and has served as a guest lecturer in theater at Bridgewater State College and Boston University. Katie was also a teaching fellow at Harvard University. Her articles have also been published in The Moscow Journals, The Serpent’s Tongue, and ARTicles. For our 20th Anniversary season, Katie will continue to co-lead the New Works Program. go to top
Actor/Director Jim Stark has been featured on the SCRC stage in Seeing Red, Gutenberg! the Musical!, A Night in November, Auntie and Me, The Drawer Boy, Professional Skepticism, and A Final Evening with the Illuminati. Jim also served as director of The Last 5 Years and was Fight Director for Mauritius. He has been seen on stages across the US, including the Indiana Repertory Theatre (Indianapolis), the Wisdom Bridge Theatre (Chicago), the People’s Light and Theatre Company (Malvern, PA,) Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY), and overseas in Cyprus, Hungary, and Japan. Jim is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat, licensed by the Society of American Fight Directors. He is Associate Professor of Theatre at Hanover College in southern Indiana, where he teaches acting and stagecraft, and the Associate Director for Culture with The Rivers Institute at Hanover College. He is also Artistic Director of the Riverrun Theatre Company of Madison, Indiana. Jim is a member of Actor’s Equity. For our 20th Anniversary season Jim will direct Oh, Coward!.
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Actor/Director/Stage Manager Diane Egan has stage managed Tomfoolery, Greetings!, Gin Game, Professional Skepticism, Almost Maine, Eleemosynary, Time Stands Still and The Cocktail Hour. She was assistant director for the Drawer Boy and has performed in The Good Doctor, Wit and The Car at SCRC. She has also stage managed many productions at the Warehouse and Centre Stage theatres in Greenville, SC and worked summer stock in Raton, NM, and on an all-alumni production of God's Man in Texas at her alma mater, Hanover College. Currently she is working on productions at the goversonr's School of Arts and Humanities in Greenville. Her favorite activity these days, however, is that of setting the stage for family gatherings, when she and husband, Chip, get to play the roles of grandparents to Jack, Liam and Ella.
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Actor/Director/Instructor Peggy Trecker White, has previously been seen on the SCRC stage in The Pavilion, Matt and Ben, Mauritius, The Last 5 Years, Almost, Maine, Rabbit Hole, and Professional Skepticism. SCRC directing credits include Gutenberg! the Musical!, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, and Moonlight & Magnolias. Other credits include the Broadway National Tour of Miss Saigon; Absolution, Antigone, and Richard II with American Repertory Theatre; the title role in Miss Julie with Teatre Trouve; Living With Betty at the NY Fringe Festival; and Ahraisak with Theatre Mitu in New York. While living in Los Angeles, Peggy was seen in Merchant of Venice, The Music Man, and Wonderful Town (starring Lucy Arnaz), and directed the musical production of Orpheus Gets Laid. Peggy is the founder of the Hilton Head Performing Arts Studio, which provides instruction in acting, voice, musical theatre, Eginton Alignment, and Pilates. She is a proud alumnus of The University of Michigan’s Musical Theatre program and holds an MFA in Acting from ART/MXAT at Harvard University. Peggy is a member of Actor’s Equity. For our 20th Anniversary season, Peggy will appear in Oh, Coward! and take on the formidable role of Katherine Hepburn in Tea at 5. go to top