Our history...Actors' Theatre of South Carolina [ATSC] is one of the few professional theatres in our state which also has a film division. It was founded nearly 16 years ago by theatre, film and television veterans, Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead.
Included in their 92 successful productions since 1995, are "2: Goering At Nuremberg" by Romulus Linney, "Southern Men" by Boo Sheppard & Chris Weatherhead and "Whispers and Dreams: Voices of Carolina Slave Children" by Chris Weatherhead, and "PIRATES! The Revenge of Col. Rhett, written by Clarence Felder & Michael Easler, all chosen to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston. Ms. Weatherhead's play, "Mary Chesnut's War for Independence!" has gained great acclaim in numerous cities between Charleston and Atlanta.
ATSC trains actors and directors in professional theater and motion picture skills. A film division, MOVING IMAGES GROUP has created an independent feature film, "ALL FOR LIBERTY", directed by Chris Weatherhead, Produced by Ron Mangravite and starring Clarence Felder. "ALL FOR LIBERTY" has won nine international awards, plus two from the SC Sons of the American Revolution and 1st Prize in Media from Daughters of the American Revolution in Texas, and a DOVE FoundationFamily Seal of Approval for age12+
ATSC is a professional theatre and motion picture company dedicated to...
productions of excellence in professional theatre and motion picture arts and new works
by South Carolinians as well as training for professionals in the entertainment industry...
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR SUCCESS
ATSC has received grants from The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The SC Arts Commission, First Citizens Foundation, The SC Humanities Council, SCANA, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company/UNUM, Bell South, Dr. John F. Rink, Charleston Copier & Fax, Xerox Corporation, Dr. John F. Rink, Dr. Jane LaRoche, John & Norma Hall, Gordon & Sue King, Novelist Susan Craft, Paula Benson, Winthrop Tree Service, Karen Stawicki of Atlantic Coast Advisory Group, Dottie Pharmacy, Dr. Michael Coon of Alpha Care and many others...
ATSC recently received a major grant for "Radical Son", a docudrama about JOHN LAURENS as his fight against slavery and as top aide to General Washington against the British for freedom during the American Revolution --- to begin shooting in June of 2016!
NUMEROUS PRODUCTIONS CHOSEN FOR PICCOLO SPOLETO THEATER FESTIVAL...
Mary Chesnut's War For Independence!, Whispers & Dreams: Voices of Carolina Slave Children, But That's Another Story, Southern Men, Pirates! The Revenge of Colonel Rhett, Beethoven: His Women & His Music, and others...
The action/adventure feature film, "ALL FOR LIBERTY" had its world premiere in Beijing, its North American premiere at the 42nd Annual WorldFest Houston Film Festival and has won eight international film festival awards as well as two from the National Society of The Sons of the American revolution and First in Media 2010 from the Daughter so fthe Ammerican Revolution [ Lady Washington Chapter, Houston, Texas]. It is distributed worldwide by BRIDGESTONE MULTIMEDIA GROUP. wwwgobmg.com
2: GOERING AT NUREMBERG by Romulus Linney, about Adolph Hitler's number two man, Hermann Goering, starred artistic director, Clarence Felder, who starred in highly acclaimed productions Off-Broadway in New York as well as North Carolina and Georgia. South Carolina critics and audiences raved about it and it was chosen for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in 1998 and in the fall of 2001, returned to Charleston's Historic Garden Theatre, The Citadel & Footlight Players Theater receiving more praise.
CLARENCE FELDER: Co-Founder, Artistic Director -- SAG - AEA - AFTRA
BROADWAY: Co-Starred in ten productions including QUEEN & THE REBELS (Colleen Dewhurst), THE SUICIDE, HENRY V & MEMORY OF TWO MONDAYS (Meryl Streep), LOVE FOR LOVE (Glenn Close), TEANECK TANZI, MACBETH (Christopher Walken).
NY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL (numerous roles) N.Y. PUBLIC THEATRE (numerous roles),GOLDEN BOY, THE ROOM, etc. Regional: leading actor in over 100 plays in major theatres in U.S.
Received numerous rave reviews for the role of Hermann Goering in 2: GOERING AT NUREMBERG by Romulus Linney in highly successful runs OFF-BWY, in North Carolina and at The Actors' Theatre of SC in Camden, Piccolo Spoleto, and in Madison, Georgia.
Mr. Felder recently starred as King Lear in ATSC's Shakespeare Festival in Charleston.
Film...[see listings online @ IMDB]
Co-Star: THE LAST BOY SCOUT, RUTHLESS PEOPLE, THE HIDDEN, AFTER HOURS, AMAZING GRACE & CHUCK, NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. (PT 5), etc. Television: PLAYING FOR TIME, BLOOD & ORCHIDS, THE DANE CURSE, THE KILLING FLOOR, THE SCARLET LETTER, MYSTERY OF THE MORROW CASTLE, etc.
Prime-time Series: Co-starred 2 years HOOPERMAN (John Ritter) also LA LAW, CRIME STORY, NYPD BLUE, KOJAK, MATLOCK, DALLAS, HILL ST. BLUES, ISLAND SON, ALIEN NATION, BAYWATCH, etc.
CHRIS WEATHERHEAD: Co-Founder, Producing Director -- MEMBER: S.A.G, AFTRA & AEA
Leading lady in theatre, film and television for twenty-five years in New York, Los Angeles and around the U.S. Trained with Brewster Mason of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, the American Rep Theatre (NYC) and American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco.
Film [[see listings online @ IMDB]
STARRED in the feature film WHATEVER IT TAKES, co-star TOUCHED, EYE OF THE STORM, TONYA HARDING STORY INDIE FILMS: Co-star, ALL FOR LIBERTY, THE LETTER, TACTICS, GREAT HARRY & JANE
Primetime TV series
SINATRA, DALLAS, EQUAL JUSTICE, MOONLIGHTING, SINATRA, HOMEFRONT, NIGHT COURT, OUR FAMILY HONOR, ROBERT GUILLAUME SHOW, BABY BOOM, SCARECROW & MRS. KING, etc.
DAYTIME TELEVISION: Starred for 2 years as Alicia Van Dine on THE EDGE OF NIGHT, co-starred on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, GUIDING LIGHT, THE DOCTORS, SEARCH FOR TOMORROW, etc.
VIDEO PRODUCER: Various projects over 8 years in Los Angeles.
OFF-BROADWAY: Created the role of The Wife in James Lapine’s smash hit, TABLE SETTINGS for she garnered rave reviews (ran over two years), also ORPHEUS DESCENDING, POINT OF ORIGIN, DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY, TOP GIRLS, FROM HERE INSIDE MY HEAD, BELLE FEMME, LIFE UPON THE WICKED STAGE and REPORT TO THE STOCKHOLDERS, etc.
Co-Founded the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina with husband, Clarence Felder, starring in 32 productions including creating Mary Chesnut in A WORLD KICKED TO PIECES: MARY BOYKIN CHESNUT ON LOVE & WAR by Kenneth Graham, which received rave reviews and ran 3 years in six states. Currently touring in MARY CHESNUT’S WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE!
Many of Ms. Weatherhead’s productions have been chosen to go to Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto International Festival and to The Madison Morgan Theatre Festival in Georgia, to rave reviews.
REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL THEATRE: Performed major roles across the US, including Pheobe in AsYou Like It (Detroit), Imogin in Cymbeline and Elmire in Moliere’s, Tartuffe (N.J. Shakespeare Festival), Masha in The Three Sisters (SanFrancisco), Babakina in Ivanov (W/ Christopher Walken & Diane Weist @ Williamstown Theatre Festival in Mass.), Hypatia in G.B. Shaw’s Misalliance w/ Bill Pullman, Medea (Westbeth, NYC), , Curley’s Wife in Of Mice & Men w/ Tom Poston (Buck C. Playhouse), Jane in Absurd Person Singular and numerous others.
DIRECTOR: 2:GOERING AT NUREMBERG, DEAR LIAR, THE CAINE MUTINY COURTMARTIAL, JANE AUSTEN’S NOT SO POLITE SOCIETY, THE BOYFRIEND, ISN’T IT LOVELY?, THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, WHISPERS & DREAMS: VOICES OF CAROLINA SLAVE CHILDREN, THE LIGHTED WINDOWS, ADVENTURES IN THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA
Taught Advanced Acting in New York City for 6 years and in Master Classes in various universities around the nation. Taught Advanced Acting in Los Angeles for 10 years 5 years in the MIdlands of SC and is currently teaching in Charleston.
Five screenplays (includes produced films, ALL FOR LIBERTY & WHATEVER IT TAKES and 8 plays which have been produced. One novel, KUMAKANI, Against The Wind, based on one of her screenplays.