PURE Theatre Core Ensemble

Sharon Graci

is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of PURE Theatre and a PURE Core Ensemble Member. Recent acting credits include Stage: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikePURE Holiday Shorts 2014, The Testament of MaryAnnapurna; Clybourne Park; Time Stands Still; Hogs; Faith, Hope & Charity; Rabbit Hole; Cloud Tectonics at PURE. Television: Reckless (CBS), Homeland (Showtime), Army Wives (Lifetime), One Tree Hill (WB), Surface (NBC). Sharon studied acting at Point Park University and the Pittsburgh Conservatory of Theatre and received a BA in theatre from Augusta State University. She has performed with numerous regional companies throughout the Southeast and was voted Best Local Actress by Charleston City Paper readers in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also received a Best Actor award for her work in Montague, winner Best Film, Stopwatch Cinema, and was the winner of the 2010 South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fellowship in Acting. Directing credits at PURE include SlowgirlMarie AntoinetteFolly BeachPenelope, The Birds, The Mountaintop, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Red, Race, Superior Donuts, Yankee Tavern, Up, Speech & Debate, Sheep’s Clothing, The Seafarer, Underneath the Lintel, Eurydice, and Next Fall. She is an alumnus of the 2007 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab.

Rodney Lee Rogers

is the co-founder of PURE Theatre. An award-winning playwright and screenwriter, his feature film Steaming Milk won runner-up Best Actor and Best Director awards at the 1997 Seattle International Film Festival and was chosen as a Best of the Fest of both The Seattle Times and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is a two-time winner of the National/LAFF Screenwriting scholarship and winner of the 2010 Playwriting fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. His plays and one-acts, including The Trial of the Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet, The Tragedian, Killing Chickens, Fairgrounds, What Comes Around, Tell, Cowboys, and Waffle Haus Christmas, have been produced in New York City, Seattle, Charlotte, and Charleston.  His short film Downturn appeared in festivals in 2014. Directing credits at PURE include Outside MullingarClybourne ParkGood PeopleTell, Jesus Hopped the “A” Train, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Acting credits for PURE include Glengarry Glen Ross, PenelopeAnnapurnaA Behanding in SpokaneSuperior Donuts, The Trial of the Gentleman Pirate Stede Bonnet, Up, The Pillowman, The Lonesome West, Cloud Tectonics, Underneath the Lintel, Eurydice, and Sic Semper Tyrannis (The Tragedian). Television: One Tree Hill, Medicine BallArmy Wives, and Reckless. Rodney received an MFA in Screenwriting with honors from National University in Los Angeles. He teaches screenwriting at the Carolina Film Institute and facilitates artist development in South Carolina through Artists U.

David Mandel

has been with PURE since Season 2, acting in The Beauty Queen of LeenaneOur Mother’s Brief AffairGlengarry Glen RossOutside MullingarRussian TransportPenelopeClybourne ParkThe Motherf**ker with the Hat, Time Stands Still, Race, AWOL, Low Country Boil, Killer Joe, The Last Five Years, Thom Pain (based on nothing), This Is How It Goes, A Number, American Buffalo, The Seafarer, True West, and Jesus Hopped The “A” Train, among others. He directed PURE’s productions of Annapurna and Grace and has written for the PURE Lab. He worked three seasons with The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, spent a year in residence at George Street Playhouse, and worked for nine years in Los Angeles at venues including The MET Theatre, HBO Workspace, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, LATC, and the Egyptian Arena Theatre. Voted Best Actor in Charleston in 2006 by Charleston City Paper readers, he also serves as PURE’s associate artistic director, resident photographer, and graphic designer. He is a graduate of Drew University’s theatre arts program with minors in writing and literature.

R.W. Smith

has been a PURE Core Ensemble Member since 2004. His PURE acting credits include Glengarry Glen Ross, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeRussian TransportPenelope, Clybourne Park, Good People, A Behanding in Spokane, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), True West, Grace, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Grace, Man From Nebraska, Jesus Hopped the “A” Train, The Seafarer, Shining City, Up, The Pillowman, and American Buffalo. His playwright credits include Sam’s Corner, The Complete History of Charleston for Morons, Horse Tranqs & Carriage People, and Low Country Boil, which won Charleston City Paper’s Best Non-Piccolo Play of 2010. His directing credits at PURE include A Number, Killer Joe, Horse Tranqs & Carriage People, and Low Country Boil.

Mark Landis

has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1978, and his work in the professional theatre has taken him to a number of different parts of the U.S. where he has worked as an actor, director, stage manager, and also appeared in commercials and other projects in front of the camera. He is currently a Professor of Theatre at the College of Charleston, where he teaches acting and other courses and recently directed The Who’s Tommy. As a PURE Core Ensemble member, he has appeared in Glengarry Glen RossA Number, Shining City, The Seafarer, Time Stands Still, Red, and Tribes. He has an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University and has directed the PURE productions of Man From Nebraska and It’s A Wonderful Life and has contributed the sound designs to many PURE shows, including In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Time Stands Still, Tribes, and Penelope. Mark appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Michael Smallwood

Michael Smallwood joined PURE Theatre’s Core Ensemble in 2011. His credits include The Royale, Father Comes Home from the Wars, Marie Antoinette, Failure: A Love Story, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, among many others. Michael is a graduate of the College of Charleston and a two-time KCACTF award-winning playwright. His film credits include the Emmy-winning CBS series The Inspectors, season 2 of the Youtube series The Girl from Carolina, and the Netflix original movie Naked. Michael is also a contributor to the Charleston City Paper and the Post and Courier. He teaches drama and film at Charleston Collegiate School.

Randy Neale

has appeared at PURE in Outside MullingarGlengarry Glen RossKicking a Dead Horse, Superior Donuts, Circle Mirror Transformation, Yankee Tavern, The Seafarer, Killing Chickens, and Man from Nebraska. He became a member of Actors’ Equity in 1974 and appeared with regional theatres in Providence, Rochester, Burlington, Baltimore, and Boston before moving to New York, where he spent 20 years working as an actor, dancer, director, designer, and playwright.  He began his directing career in 1968 and has directed hundreds of productions, including Russian Transport, A Behanding in Spokane, and Time Stands Still for PURE. Among his writing credits is The Fool’s Lear, which debuted at Pure in 2011. His published plays can be found at theplaysthething.info. He appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Cristy Landis

holds an MFA in Acting from The Ohio State University, and is a member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. She has worked professionally with Contemporary American Theatre Company, Total Theatre, Silver Phoenix Theatre Company, Hot City Theatre and others. Recent local directing credits include Tribes (PURE), In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (PURE), The Liar (Woolfe St. Playhouse), and All’s Well that Ends Well (CofC). Recent acting roles include August: Osage County and God of Carnage (Woolfe St. Playhouse); Marie AntoinetteOther Desert CitiesGood People, Faith, Hope & Charity, and Up (PURE).

Brannen Daugherty

PURE credits include Other Desert CitiesClybourne Park, Parhelia, Good People, and Next Fall. Prior to moving to Charleston, Brannen was an actor in Chicago for several years. He served as the general manger for Bailiwick Repertory, where he also performed in several productions, including Parade (Jeff Award Winner for Best Ensemble and Musical Production), 108 Waverly, Southern Baptist Sissies, and numerous cabaret events. Other Chicago credits includeSunset Boulevard and Footloose at Marriott Lincolnshire, and King Lear at Chicago Shakespeare. Brannen was also an Ensemble Member with Hell in a Handbag Productions, a Chicago company dedicated to honoring 20th century film classics through original camp. Handbag productions included Poseidon! An Upside Down Musical, Scarrie!, Judy’s Scary Little Christmas, and the title role in Rudolph The Red-Hosed Reindeer. Brannen received his bachelor’s degree in acting from Marshall University in West Virginia and pursued graduate performance studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Laurens Wilson

is PURE Theatre’s Managing Director and a member of the Core Ensemble. He has appeared in PURE’s productions of Glengarry Glen RossSlowgirlThe Birds, Parhelia, and In the Next Room (or the vibrator play). New York credits include Black Horse (NY Actors Alliance), The Unveiling, Estranged Bird (42nd Street Collective), Moving Targets, and Mother’s Keeper (Playwrights Horizons Winterfest). Chicago credits include Greensboro: A Requiem, Below the Belt (Steep Theatre), Equus (Redtwist Theatre), Betrayal (Village Players), and Hana’s Suitcase (Chicago Children’s Theatre). Regional credits include Venus in Fur, Dinner with Friends, The Crucible (Threshold Rep), The Liar (Village Rep), A Streetcar Named Desire, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Glengarry Glen Ross, Boy Gets Girl, The Laramie Project, The Woolgatherer, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Death of a Salesman, Black Star Rising, Rush Limbaugh in Night School (Trustus Theatre), E/R, Emergency Room, E/R II (OnStage Atlanta), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Southside Theatre), and Ped Xing (Peacemakers). He received his training at Playwrights Horizons Theatre Conservatory (NYC) and Atlantic Theatre Company (NYC). His previous management experience includes serving as Managing Director for the award-winning Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, MD and Pine Box Theatre in Chicago. He also served as Director of Development and Marketing at Trustus Theatre in Columbia, SC.

Erin Wilson

has appeared at PURE in Outside Mullingar, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeGood People, Clybourne Park, and Russian Transport. She directed PURE’s productions of Glengarry Glen RossThe Testament of Mary, and Other Desert Cities. Other directing credits include Boy Gets Girl, Santaland Diaries, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Erin received her training at The School at Steppenwolf; The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC; and HB Studio in NYC, where she studied with Uta Hagen.

David Lee Nelson

is PURE Theatre’s Playwright in Residence. His play Folly Beach had its world premiere for PURE’s 2014 Summer Slam, and he curated and wrote for PURE’s 2014 Holiday Shorts. Solo plays: Silence of Lucky, Status Update, The Elephant in My Closet. NYC acting: Stupid F**cking Bitch by Lucy Alibar (EST/Youngblood), Binge (Slant Theatre Project). Regional acting: Hamlet (Shakespeare Project); The Tempest, Arms and the Man, Merry Wives of Windsor (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Much Ado About Nothing (Warehouse Theatre). Film/TV: Turn (AMC), Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (Sundance, MoMA). In 2013 David received a Young Alumnus Award from The College of Charleston School of the Arts. His solo play, Status Update, was named Best Touring Show of the 2010–2011 Dallas Theatre Season by the Dallas Theatre Critics Forum. BA: College of Charleston. MFA: Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Joy Vandervort-Cobb

is an Associate Professor of African American Theatre and Performance at the College of Charleston who began her career in theatre almost 40 years ago as an actress with the Freedom Theatre in upstate New York. At PURE, she has performed in No Child…Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeThe Mountaintop and The Birds. The 2013 season also found Joy playing Polonius in Hamlet for the 2013 Shakespeare Project. During Piccolo Spoleto 2012, Vandervort-Cobb earned rave reviews for The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. In 2011 she was seen as the Soothsayer in Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra as part of the Shakespeare Project in residence at the College of Charleston. Piccolo Spoleto 2009 & 2010 included productions of her original one-woman show, Moments of Joy. At the College, she has also performed in The Trojan Women, As You Like It, and Fences. Television work includes Army Wives (Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4), a CBS movie-of-the-week called Carriers with Bill Nunn and Judith Light, and a national HUD commercial (with her daughter, Jaymie), among others. She voiced the Emmy Award-winning video documentary Where Do We Go From Here?…the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you happen to be in Washington, DC, at the US Capitol Building tour, you’ll hear Joy’s voice for the first 15 minutes of your tour. Joy’s voice-over work can also be heard at The Gettysburg Visitors Center and The State Museum of Alabama. Recent film credits include locally filmed Angel Camouflaged (2011) and High Heels and Hoodoo (2012). Directing credits include national tours of Jackie, Vi, & Lena; My Soul Is a Witness; MAHALIA, From the Mississippi Delta, Dreamgirls, Purlie, and for colored girls… Regionally her work has included productions at Swine Palace/The Reilly Theatre of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; King Hedley II; and Fences. In 2013, Joy directed a production of Stick Fly by Lydia Diamond with LSU undergrads. Additional credits include Crumbs from the Table of Joy; Having Our Say; Red, Hot & Cole; Gospel at Colonus; Hair; and Ain’t Misbehavin’. At the College, Cobb has directed productions of Flyin’ West; The Lady of Larkspur Lotion; Long Time Since Yesterday; Some Girls; Memory of Water; Funnyhouse of a Negro; Trouble in Mind; Blues for an Alabama Sky; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches, and The Colored Museum. With Crescent Stage, Joy directed productions of Art and Reasons to Be Pretty for recent Piccolo Festivals.

Cynthia Barnett

PURE productions include Outside MullingarOther Desert Cities, Good PeopleBeauty Queen of Leenane, Colder Than Here, and Rabbit Hole. Cynthia’s long, successful career in New York (commercials, soap opera, voice-overs) allowed her to work on new theatre pieces at New York Theatre Workshop, Abingdon Theater Company, and 79th Street Theater Lab, along with continuing her training with Sanford Meisner teachers Robert Patterson and Tim Phillips. After moving to Portland, Maine with her husband, Walt, in the mid-1980s, they became founding members of Mad Horse Theatre Company, which continues today, in its 29th season. A few highlights at MHTC were Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and A View From the Bridge. She also has taught Meisner technique master classes and recently worked with Portland’s Good Theatre’s production of August: Osage County. She and her husband divide their time between Charleston and Maine. Cynthia has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1974.

Camille Lowman

is an alumna of the College of Charleston with a degree in Spanish. Having performed at Charleston’s Theatre 99, Camille moved to Chicago to study improv comedy and performed regularly at iO Theatre. After being accepted to the Atlantic Theatre Company’s conservatory program, Camille moved to Brooklyn, where she became a founding member of the Crashbox Theatre Company. She has been seen most recently in PURE’s production of Marie Antoinette and Hogs at Crabpot Players Theatre. Camille is also a company member at Theatre 99, where she can be seen performing in Improv Riot, Daddy’s Girl, and Team Sound.

Scott Pattison

is a Core member at PURE, originally from Coventry, England. Scott was in drama school by the age of 11 and left home at 15 to play the Artful Dodger in the National UK tour of Oliver! and never looked back! European theatre credits include Shakespeare and Rock n Roll, Blood Brothers, Grease, Tommy and the West End productions of Starlight Express and Tommy. Since moving to the USA 20 years ago Scott has had a variety of gigs, from touring with The Who to skating full contact professional roller derby for the state of Florida on the TNT network. US theatre credits include My Fair Lady, Snowqueen, Brotherwolf for Triad Stage, Greensboro, Blood Brothers at the Walnut St Theatre in Philadelphia, and My Fair Lady and A Christmas Carol at the Flat Rock Playhouse. He has also been seen on One Life to Live (ABC), Eastenders (BBC), and The Bill (Thames TV) as well as many national and regional commercials. He regularly records voice-over spots for radio stations across the country. Scott will be seen as the lead role Mr. Frazier in the upcoming horror movie The Voidfinder. Recent PURE credits include The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence and A Sudden Spontaneous Event.

Paul Rolfes

received his BA in theatre from the College of Charleston and his MFA at Rutgers University. PURE credits include Constellations. Other recent theatre credits include The Understudy, Our Town, and The Debate Over Courtney O’Connell of Columbus, NE.  TV/Film credits include Law & Order, Ashby, and East Bound & Down.

Douglas Scott Streater

Classically trained, Douglas Scott Streater is no stranger to the stage and is happy to be doing what he was born to do. Douglas has played iconic roles from Shakespeare’s Malcolm to Malcolm X all around the world. With a BA in theater from the College of Charleston and having trained under Melvin Williams, Jeffrey Zeiner, and Eli Tray, he feels he has the tools necessary to embody any role. Douglas first appeared with PURE Theatre in The Royale and can most recently be seen in the Lifetime Channel’s Honeymoon from Hell in the role of Walter and IFC’s Commuters in the role of Tommy. Douglas is an original cast member of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment, which won international acclaim. Douglas is grateful to have been a part of the world premiere of Raw Bacon from Poland by Guggenheim resident playwright Christina Masciotti.  Douglas is also thrilled to be back in Charleston, on stage with PURE and looks forward to working in the Lowcountry and being nurtured in the city he calls home.

Joel Watson

is a senior at the College of Charleston majoring in Theatre and Arts Management. Credits with PURE Theatre include The Royale and Father Comes Home from the Wars: Parts 1, 2 & 3. He has performed in Trojan Women, By the Way Meet Vera Stark, and Superior Donuts at the College.

Sullivan Hamilton

Previous productions at PURE include Rapture, Blister, Burn; Bad Jews, Slowgirl, A Behanding in Spokane, Circle Mirror Transformation, Ginger: A Hansel & Gretel Tale, Waffle Haus Christmas (2010 & 2011), HOGS, and Speech & Debate. She has also been seen in More Fun than Bowling at South of Broadway. Film and television work includes the award-winning Wise Kids, The Inspectors, and Standing Up (with Val Kilmer and Radha Mitchell).