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 26 years ago by theatre, film and television entertainment veterans, Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead.
Included in our 125 successful live theater productions since 1995, are...
"Frederick Douglass...No Turning Back",
"Beethoven: His Women & Music", 2: Goering At Nuremberg",
"Southern Men", "Whispers and Dreams: Voices of Carolina Slave Children", and "PIRATES! The Revenge of Col. Rhett",
"Rainbow of a Different Color," all chosen to perform at
Piccolo Spoleto International Theatre Festival in Charleston.
ATSC trains actors, writers and directors in professional theater and motion picture skills.
Our film division, MOVING IMAGES GROUP has created two independent award-winning feature films and seven shorts:
All For Liberty and John Laurens’ War, are both about extraordinary heroes of the American Revolution in South Carolina. These films have won nine international film awards.
ATSC received a major grant from
SC Humanities for John Laurens’ War.
All For Liberty & John Laurens’ War – The Movie.
"ALL FOR LIBERTY", directed by Chris Weatherhead
and produced by Ron Mangravite, stars Clarence Felder.
"ALL FOR LIBERTY" also won two awards from the SC Sons of the American Revolution and 1st Prize in Media from the Texas DAR, and a DOVE Foundation Family Seal of Approval for age12+
ATSC is a professional theatre and motion picture company dedicated to
productions of excellence in professional theatre and camera arts,
new works by South Carolinians, training for professionals
and projects about unsung heroes of the American Revolution
in South Carolina and the works of William Shakespeare.
ATSC has received grants from The Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation,
SC Arts Commission, First Citizens Foundation, South Carolina Humanities,
SCANA, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company/UNUM, Bell South,
Dr. John F. Rink, Charleston Copier & Fax, Xerox Corporation, 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's Pharmacy, Dr. Michael Coon of Alpha Care and many others...
MEET OUR CO-FOUNDERS...
CLARENCE FELDER: Co-Founder, Artistic Director
SAG - AEA - AFTRA
[ 50 year career as actor, director, writer, executive producer]
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 Theatre: leading actor in over 100 plays in major theatres in U.S., as well as 40 roles in ATSC productions.
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 has completed seven new adaptations
of William Shakespeare's plays. ATSC received a
major grant from South Carolina Humanities to
produce the first two in his series,
SHAKESPEARE FOR ALL, funded in part also
by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.
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.
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.
Co-Founder, Producing Director - SAG - AFTRA - AEA
[actress, writer, director, acting coach, producer, novelist]
Leading lady in theatre, film and television for thirty-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
Co-star, ALL FOR LIBERTY, THE LETTER, TACTICS, GREAT HARRY & JANE,
JOHN AT PATMOS, THE FINAL TRIALS OF ANNE HUTCHINSON
THEATER & FILM DIRECTOR:
ALL FOR LBERTY, JOHN LAURENS WAR, GRANDAD'S REVENGE, THE APP WIZARDS, THE FINAL TRIALS OF ANNE HUTCHINSON
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
Primetime TV series
SINATRA (mini-series), DALLAS, EQUAL JUSTICE, MOONLIGHTING, SINATRA, HOMEFRONT, NIGHT COURT, OUR FAMILY HONOR, ROBERT GUILLAUME SHOW, BABY BOOM, SCARECROW & MRS. KING, etc.
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.
Various projects over 8 years in Los Angeles. Also shot many projects for a statewide prison Re-hab organization, Match-Two Prisoner Outreach.
OFF-BROADWAY: Created the role of The Wife in James Lapine’s smash hit, TABLE SETTINGS for which 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, REPORT TO THE STOCKHOLDERS, etc.
Co-Founded the Actors’ Theatre of South Carolina with husband, Clarence Felder, starring in 32 productions including, Rebecca Bewton Motte, in "Rebecca & The Fox", Mary Shelley in "Mary Shelley and The Creature of Fire", co-starring with Boo Sheppard in "Southern Men" and many others.
Many of Ms. Weatherhead’s productions have been chosen to go to Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto International Festival, St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, The Madison Morgan Theatre Festival in Georgia, all to rave reviews.
REGIONAL PROFESSIONAL THEATRE:
Chris 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.
National Acting Coach
Chris taught Advanced Acting in New York City for 9 years and in Master Classes in various universities around the nation. Taught Advanced Acting in Los Angeles for 10 years 15 years in the MIdlands of SC and is currently teaching professionals in Charleston.
Five screenplays (includes produced films, ALL FOR LIBERTY, JOHN LAURENS' WAR, WHATEVER IT TAKES, THE FINAL TRIALS OF ANNE HUTCHINSON and eight produced plays.
One novel, Against The Wind The Rise of King Kamehameha, based on one of her mini-series screenplays - 19 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON.COM