Directors & Producers

Jimmy O. Burdette


BIO: Jimmy has been directing shows in the area for many years.  He has directed venues including the Abbeyville Opera House, Clemson Little Theatre and  Electric City Playhouse just to name a few.  He appeared on the former CBS sitcom Evening Shade with his former teacher Burt Reynolds and has performed in theaters across the country from Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse to the Jackson Hole Playhouse.  His upcoming projects include Duck Hunter Shoots Angel, The Boxcar Children, Laura Ingalls: Voice of the Prairie, Keep on the Sunnyside, and Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory-The Musical


At the Abbeyville Opera House

October 25th – November 2nd
Featuring: Zombie crawl, Midnight show for all those ghouls $10 tickets
Midnight Show – Costume $6 or $10


And then at CLT next year!





Jonathan Houston


BIO: Jonathan Houston is very active at several theaters and continues to be in numerous productions, not only at ECP but also at OCT, CLT and Foothills Playhouse.  Acting, directing, set construction and design are all his forte!

Paul Hyde


BIO: Paul Hyde (Carl Turnage) Paul Hyde has performed in dozens of shows over the past 20 years in the Upstate. Some of his favorite roles include Lenny in Rumors  (Electric City Playhouse), Don Quixote in the Man of La Mancha (Greenville Little Theatre and Clemson Little Theatre), Tevye in Fiddler  on the Roof (CLT) and Emile in South Pacific  (Oconee Community Theatre). He has also directed several shows in the Upstate. He serves on committees for the Tony Awards and national Theater Hall of Fame. Paul, a Clemson grad, is the education writer for the Greenville News, having also served in the past as arts writer, associate editorial page editor and editorial columnist. He’s a founding editor of the website Classical Voice North America. His articles and commentaries have appeared in such newspapers as USA Today, the Houston Chronicle, Houston Post and Dallas Morning News. Follow Paul on Facebook and Twitter: @PaulHyde7.

Drew Kenyon

Director/Producer/Stage Manager

BIO:  Drew Kenyon has been involved in Anderson and Upstate theatre, on and off stage, for about five years thus far. As a Grayson, GA native, he found his passion for acting as a high schooler. He also has cultivated a large passion for directing, stage managing, Shakespeare, and theatre history, but dabbles in every corner of the theatre! His most recent directorial role was with the Anderson University Repertory Theatre for their productions of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has studied acting at Anderson University, as well as learning under prominent Anderson community theatre directors such as David Larson, Robert Homer-Drummond, Noah Taylor, and Christopher Rose. His other directorial roles include directing Alice (AURT), co-directing Shakespeare’s The Tempest (AURT), and co-directing Treasure Island (AURT).  He  was the Assistant Director for the South Carolina School of the Arts’ 2018 production of Shakespeare’s Othello. And most recently as the Director for the new Rocky River Shakespeare Troupe!


Jerry Seiff

Director/Stage Manager

BIO: Jerry began working in professional theatre at the Barn Playhouse in Bolton Landing, New York.  As an “actor, technician, and parking lot attendant.” After acting for a couple of years, he decided the technical side of the business suited him best.  In addition to producing on Broadway the play “Zelda” by Sylvia Regan (and the musical), “Gatsby” by Hugh Wheeler and, off-Broadway, “Augusta” by Larry Ketron. Jerry worked as a professional stage manager, lighting director and Rigger for both professional and community theatres since then. In Florida he has been Stage Manager for more than 40 productions with The Naples Players, The Marco Players and Stage 88, a community theatre in Bonita Springs.  Besides his involvement in the technical side of the theatre, Jerry also directed for Ozark Stageworks, The Off-Centre Players in Fayetteville, Arkansas and The Marco Players in Marco Island, Florida. He is a playwright and a member of The Dramatist Guild. His first play, “Practice Makes Perfect”, premiered at the Norris Center in Naples. Jerry also has experience as a producer in the film industry.






Mary Nickles


BIO: Mary received a BA in theatre from Coker College and a MA in theatre production from Central Washington.  She has been the director of music and drama at the Montessori School of Anderson for 14 years and has directed over 35 Montessori productions, including a high school production which was presented at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.  Under her direction, the Montessori high school has competed three times in the South Carolina Theater Association one act competition, placing 3rd, 5th and this year 2nd in the state.  In 2016, Mrs. Nickles received the award for ‘Best Director’ in the SCTA High School division.  Her competition team went on to perform at the 2017 Southeastern Theatre Conference.  Some of her other directorial credits include Ring of Fire at Mill Town and Steel Magnolias at Market Theatre.  Early in her career, she had the opportunity to perform on many stages in Florida and Georgia.  Some of her favorite places to perform were On Stage Atlanta, The Vinnette Carroll Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Hippodrome Theater, Caldwell Theatre and Shakespeare by the Sea.  Mary is presently serving on the board at Electric City Playhouse.       

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Jim Rasheed


BIO: James Rasheed (Producer) holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University. At ECP, he has previously directed Professional Skepticism, A Southern Exposure, Mama Mamie’s Departure, Boeing Boeing, August Flight and That’s So Shannon. His playwriting career began as a student at Clemson University. In 199, August Flight received a full production at the university and was their entry the following year in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. James is currently Playwright-In-Residence at ECP. Jim was President at ECP for 2 years (2016&2016) and still continues to assist as needed.

  Jim is currently working on a sitcom with the help of some friends.


Noah Taylor


BIO:  Noah Taylor (Director) is excited to have the opportunity to direct one of his favorite musicals. Noah is the Executive Artistic Director of The Market Theatre Company and

Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Anderson’s 24 Hour Musical, which produces an annual show to benefit local charity. Noah was recently selected as one of the Anderson Independent Mail’s 20 Under 40 rising community leaders. In 2012, he graduated from Anderson University with a degree in theatre & graphic design. By day, he works as a photo retoucher, photographer, and graphic designer. Recent directing credits include Willy Wonka, The Fantasticks, and 9 TO 5 (The Market); Sweeney Todd and Almost, Maine (ECP); and The Wizard of Oz and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (24 Hour Musical). He will direct the fourth annual 24 Hour Musical on August 12 at Anderson University, with all proceeds benefitting Meals on Wheels of Anderson ( Some of his favorite on-stage roles include Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee and Lefou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Endless love and thanks to Carlie, the light of my life – without you, I don’t know where I’d be.

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Pat Shull


BIO: As many of you know, Pat has been directing and acting for many years.   She recently directed Lunch at the Piccadilly at Electric City Playhouse ECP and has also directed at Clemson Little Theatre, Electric City Playhouse, Anderson Community Theatre, Foothills Playhouse, and in Seneca.  Many of you may know Pat from her many musical productions with Beverly Henderson Simes.


Anne Spake

Producer/Stage Manager

BIO:  Anne has been participating in community theatre for many years.  She is usually seen (or rather not seen) behind the scenes performing any number of production duties such as; stage managing, running lights/sound, building sets, etc.  However, every once in a while she does perform on stage. Effective January 1, 2018, Anne will begin serving a three-year term on the Board at ECP.




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