SC Arts Commission 40th Anniversary
Forty Lists Project
Your favorite South Carolina artist from the performing arts
The names of these performers were submitted by appreciative fans. Don't see your favorite? E-mail Milly Hough to add your suggestion to the list.
Click on the person's name to read some of the comments submitted with the entries.
Favorite performing artists by county
"Beaufort and Oconee-- she dances, she teaches dance, and most importantly, she shags."
"It is so wonderful to have Bob Ivey teaching in South Carolina. His background (original cast of West Side Story, for example) is extraordinary, and he has done much to bring positive attention to S.C."
"His record is one that speaks for itself. From his initial involvement in Spoleto to the Robert Ivey Ballet to his teaching at the College of Charleston, he is a treasure for South Carolina."
"She currently lives in Charleston County, but Miss Emily is a South Carolina treasure."
"Her poetry at the State Arts Convention (in Newberry) last year was wonderful! She is a master entertainer!!!!!"
"She is well-known for her poetry. Though it seems to be "just fun," it often carries a sly but serious message."
"Robin Zemp, pianist and one of the early winners of the South Carolina Arts Fellowship. His playing is marked by a razor-keen intelligence, a sure touch and wonderful gravitas."
"Gary’s talents and expertise as a musician are evidenced in his local, national, and international performance career. He tours frequently as a soloist and chamber musician and represents CCU and the music department well through exemplary performances and rave reviews. Although he maintains strong ties to our South Carolina community and outreach programs, his international renown as a concert pianist is an impressive “plus” to our growing cultural community."
"She is an amazing soprano with a diverse range."
"Matt started singing with rock bands in the late 1980s. He made the transition to musical theatre and has given outstanding performances as Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar" in 2001 and 2008; Joseph in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoa;t" Juan Peron in "Evita;" and the Padre in "Man of La Mancha." A talented and versatile performer, he has also sung for many community fundraising events, including two years as the baritone for "The Quartet 5," a local gospel quartet."
"Elizabeth is a native South Carolinian who is a talented professional dancer. She has worked with the Morgan/Scott Ballet Company, Los Angeles Dancers, Opus Dance Theater and is currently performing with the Suzhou Ballet Company in China. She has worked as a dancer on many different cruise ship lines. Her early training was in Columbia, S.C. by Ann Brodie. Wherever she works, she brings recognition to S.C. for her artistry and for the quality of dance education in our state."
"When "Miss Naomi" took the stage to dance in a tap recital with her students or in a local production, all eyes were on her. Not only is she a beautiful blonde, with the most gorgeous legs, but her tap dancing skills and stage presence exceed those of any present or former Rockette."
"When one sees a theatre production in Columbia or Charleston with Laurel Posey in the cast, one realizes how blessed we are that she is in our state and not making her living on Broadway; beautiful voice, fantastic actress."
"For presenting both traditional and innovative new ballet productions in Columbia and around the state, as well creating the ongoing series of Educational Outreach productions which to date have reached over 350,000 S.C. children."
"The first time I took notice of Jessica was when she danced Spanish Chocolate in Ann Brodie's 1993 "Nutcracker." I knew then she was one to watch and enjoyed her many performances that followed with Carolina Ballet, most notably "Fiery Angel" and "Lizzy Borden."After many years with the Dutch National Ballet, Jessica now dances with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Jessica is not only a beautiful dancer but in her travels has been a superb representative of South Carolina. In Nicaragua Jessica helped start an International Dance Festival and in Peru and Thailand Jessica has volunteered her time teaching dance. The South Carolina arts community can be proud in their part of contributing to Jessica's success."