Residencies-Middle School

6th grade Bret Shuford, December 10, 11, 13, 17, 18

bretsBret Shuford has dedicated his life to creating theatre and helping others do the same. He made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, followed by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Amazing Grace. Most recently, he was seen on Broadway in Cirque du Soleil Paramour, and in the Martin Scorsese feature film The Wolf Of Wall Street.

He has continued to work regionally, and globally, self-producing his solo shows, and YouTube channel. As the Broadway Life Coach, Bret helps actors get more auditions, book more work, and find their self-confidence. For more on his acting, visit


7th grade Jessica Lighthart, Feb. 4-8

IMG_2585Jessica Lighthart is from Boca Raton, FL, where she trained with Boca Ballet Theatre under the direction of Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. While at Boca Ballet Theatre, Jessica danced in Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, La Bayadere, and much more. She has also danced at North Carolina School of the Arts, University of Alabama, and with Ballet Memphis. Jessica, a graduate from the College of Charleston, has been teaching ballet for over twenty years. This is her eleventh year teaching at the Ballet Academy of Charleston! Over the course of three summers, she has completed the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program in New York City, and is certified to teach levels A, B, and C. Jessica lives in James Island with her husband and three children.

8th grade Marlayna Locklear, Jan. 7-11 (after school rehearsal Jan 8 & 9)

Bio to come

Note: All MS dancers take class from each MS guest artist


**TBA: there will be one after school rehearsal for each residency**