General Manager, Studio 52
Flat Rock Playhouse Artistic Associate, Studio 52
Dave is a diverse Artist, Actor, Director and Teacher.
His credits include the Tony winning, Hal Prince Broadway revival of “Show Boat”, rendering artist “Miss Saigon” Broadway, Costume artesian “Shogun” Broadway, 5 national tours and regional theatre from Brunswick, Maine to Seattle, Washington.
He has had the pleasure of working with some of the best in Theatre and Musical Theatre history including Donald O’Conner, Bob Hope, Cyd Charisse, Elaine Stritch, Susan Stroman, Jean Stapelton, Onna White, Tom Bosley, Jerry Zaks , Casey Nicholaw and yes, Robert Goulet.
As an actor on the FRP stage he has appeared as Julian Marsh (42nd Street), Jud Fry(Oklahoma), Dickinson(1776), Emile de Becque (South Pacific) opposite Lisa K. Bryant, Jonathan( Arsenic Old Lace) and Abel Frake ( State Fair)
After his artistic residency in the Franklyn County, Maine school system , Dave started his fulltime teaching work at FRP in 2008. Here he has had the pleasure of directing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Orphan Train, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr., The Boxcar Children, Disney’s Mulan Jr., Charlotte’s Web, I never Saw Another Butterfly , The Wizard of Oz., James and the Giant Peach, The Trail of Tears and the FRP production of Driving Miss Daisy.
Over the past eight years, He has been privileged to introduce Art and Theatre arts to hundreds of Henderson county students.
Studio 52 Teaching Artist and Administrator
Olivia Palmer is an alum of the FRP Education Program and is thrilled to be working at the Rock. In addition to working at Studio 52, she recently assistant directed Crimes of the Heart (2015) and The Affections of May (2016). She has also worked locally as a teaching artist at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Before returning to the Rock, she worked at Florida Repertory Theatre as an Education Associate, TYA Touring Show Manager, Acting Intern Coordinator, and Youth Production Director. There, she directed Shrek The Musical Jr. (2015) as a part of the audition only Conservatory Program. Previously she has worked as an Assistant Director at The South Carolina Children's Theatre (The Three Billy Goats Gruff), Seattle Children's Theatre (The Odyssey and selections from the Young Playwrights Program), and at Florida Rep (Wizard of Oz Jr. and Beauty and the Beast Jr.).
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Centre College as a double major in Dramatic Arts and History and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at Centre College, she directed two student productions Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco (2014) and Far Away by Caryl Churchill (2013). She also directed the Centre College Family Weekend Production of The Sweetest Swing in Baseball by Rebecca Gilman (2013). Her senior year she participated in the application only John C. Young Scholars Program that concluded in a final research paper and presentation on her work conducting a dramaturgical analysis of online identity expression. She also received the West T. Hill drama award for most influential student over four years.
Her training in the performing arts began at the Flat Rock Playhouse where she took classes for 12 years and began assistant teaching. For her senior project in high school she developed a Theatre of the Oppressed in school workshop for students aged Pre – K through high school and worked primarily with at-risk students in Hendersonville, NC and Greenville, SC. Her junior year of high school, she developed a semester long middle school drama program for a local charter school. At FRP, she also performed in 10+ Youth and Professional Productions as well as countless Christmas Tours and Spring Festivals. The Rock is where she found her voice, community, and calling. She hopes to help students discover their own path while training to be talented, imaginative, and dedicated professionals.