Charlotte Area Theatre Professionals

Our Panel of Theatre Professionals

Tom Hollis, CPCC Theatre

CPCCTom Hollis is in his 33 rd  year at CPCC. He serves as Chair of the Drama Department and Artistic Director of CPCC Summer Theatre. He teaches Acting, Acting for the Camera and Theatre Appreciation. Tom has  directed and performed in over 200 plays and films in his career. He has a BA with a double major in English/Theatre from Pfeiffer University and an MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. Tom is a member of NCTC and SETC.

Kim Parati

Director, performer and writer, Kim Parati is a Charlotte native and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill. She lives in Historic Wesley Heights with her husband, Tim and their cat, Simoon.  Kim served as a proud member of the WFAE NPR News Talk Corporate Development team for more than 10 years. Her writing was featured on NPR’s The Moth, in a WFAE commentary and as part of a Charlotte Arts and Journalism Alliance piece on a couple who set the foundation for NoDa’s arts district.  Kim has performed as an Equity actress for more than a decade, starring in shows such as Charlotte Rep’s JAR THE FLOOR, Collaborative Arts’ one-woman show BAD DATES and Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s YANKEE TAVERN, GEM OF THE OCEAN, INTIMATE APPAREL and BUG.  She began her directorial debut with Paperhouse Theatre’s A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, named Creative Loafing’s 2015 Production of the Year. Kim recently directed Three Bone Theatre’s MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD and On Q Productions’ THE BLUEST EYE. Her next project will be directing Theatre Charlotte’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN this spring.

Donna Scott, Donna Scott Productions

donnascottprodDonna Scott has been a working actor in Charlotte for over 15 years and a producer of film and theatre for 10. She has produced the award winning theatre shows The Body Chronicles, The Fairy Tale Chronicles, The Dixie Swim Club among others and is a part of the team that produced the short film Aphasia which premiered in NYC and LA and still tours today with star Carl McIntyre. She was named one of 15 to watch in 2015 by Creative Loafing for the DSP Project to Bring Theatre back to South End. In 2015 Donna Scott productions produced 4 successful pop-up theatre events in non-traditional spaces with her two producing partners; their recent August production of The Book of Liz won best show of 2015 .


Susan Cherin Gundersheim, The Jewish Community Center, Department of Performing Arts

JCC-LogoSusan has spent the last 25 years working as a performer, director, musical director, choreographer, private voice coach and teacher in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Boston and now Charlotte. Local audiences may recognize Susan from various performances at Children’s Theatre, CPCC Summer Theatre and Actor’s Theatre. Susan has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Winthrop University, teaching Acting, Voice & Movement, Improv, Theatre Ed and Theatre Appreciation and is now the Director of Visual & Performing Arts at the Jewish Community Center. One of Susan’s specialties and favorite aspects of her work is coaching students on Acting and Musical Theatre auditions, career and college counseling, and especially how to wow your audience with true and real emotion during a 90 second audition. .

Ron Law, Theatre Charlotte

TheatreCharlotteLogoIn his 11th season as Executive Director of Theatre Charlotte (Charlotte, NC), Ron has taught theatre at High Point University (High Point, NC), Marymount Manhattan College (New York City) and East Stroudsburg University (Pocono Mountains of PA). He served as Program Director of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) in NYC, providing orientation to US theatre for international theatre professionals and coordinating workshops at La Mama and Lincoln Center with artists such as Peter Brook and Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka. He had observer status at Actors Studio, under the leadership of Lee Strasberg and studied at HB Studios. Ron also served as Producing Director of The Tanglewood Barn Theatre, an Equity summer stock company that was located in Clemmons, NC. A director of 76 productions in professional, educational and community theatre, Ron holds a MFA in acting and directing from the University of NC Greensboro. Ron was awarded the NCTC Herman Middleton Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and the Metrolina Theatre Association Theatre Person of the Year for 2012-13.


Stephen Gundersheim, Theatre Professor, Winthrop University

Stephen Gundersheim received his B.S. in theatre from Northwestern University with a concentration in acting and musical theatre and earned his M.F.A. is in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University with an emphasis in theatre education, directing, and creative drama.   He is an associate professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Stephen teaches Directing and Acting and directs productions for the department. Before working at Winthrop, Stephen taught theatre at Pentucket Regional High School in West Newbury, Massachusetts, where he directed and choreographed over twenty-five productions. He also worked as a freelance director and choreographer and co-founded and served as the Co-Artistic Director of SPiNN, a jazz dance company in Methuen, Massachusetts where he choreographed and performed. Before that, Stephen performed in plays, musicals, television and film in California, Georgia, Arizona, Chicago, West Virginia, and Massachusetts as well as on cruise ships. At Winthrop Stephen enjoys working with the Theatre Education majors as they study to become theatre teachers. While at Winthrop, Stephen has directed multiple plays and musicals. He has also directed in the Charlotte area at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Theatre Charlotte and at the Jewish Community Center of Charlotte. Stephen is a member of AATE, SETC, SCTA and EdTA and lives in Charlotte and has three theatrical children, Hannah, Rebecca, and Doron.

About This Session

Session A — 9:00 am     •     Session B – 11:00 am

DONATION: $25/Student  —  $10/Parent

Students will be given the rare opportunity to audition for some Charlotte area Theatre Professionals and get constructive feedback.

How to Prepare For This Workshop

Students should prepare a ONE MINUTE monologue OR musical theatre song*. Because of time constraints, we may not be able to have all students audition. Students will be picked by lottery to audition.

* Bring your audition notebook with your sheet music and be prepared to perform 16-32 measures (no longer).  Please prepare your music with an indication for the accompanist of where to start and where stop playing.

Online Registration is closed.
If sessions have availability, we will take on-site registrations.

Online Registration is closed.
If sessions have availability, we will take on-site registrations.