Notable Alumni From The Drama Department



After her graduation in 2007 from SCGSAH Danielle Brooks attended the Juilliard School.  She was cast in the Broadway revival of The Color Purple alongside Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo.  She was nominated for a 2016 Tony award for her portrayal of Sophia.  She also appeared as the beloved character, Taystee, in the Netflix original series, Orange Is the New Black, and in Aziz Azari's Master of None.  Danielle is orginally from Simpsonville, SC.


Brandon Hall is a 2011 graduate from SCGSAH.  He graduated from the Juilliard School in 2015 and has appeared in Unforgettable, Broad City and Rookie.  Most recently, Brandon has been cast as a series regular in the new TBS comedy, Search Party.




 2002 alumna, Patina Miller, a native of Pageland, SC, won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2013 for her performance in the revival of Pippin on Broadway.  She went on to perform in the Kennedy Center's Honors Celebration of Shirley McClaine and appeared in her own PBS special, Live at Lincoln Center.  Patina also portrays Commander Paylor in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 and can be seen on CBS's Madam Secretary playing press coordinator Daisy Grant.


Wrenn Schmidt is from Lexington, SC. She graduated from the SCGSAH inaugural drama class in 2001.  She then attended Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts graduating summa cum laude in 2005 with a B.F.A. in theatre studies and history.   Wrenn made her feature film debut in Our Idiot Brother, a comedy-drama starring Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks and Zooey Deschanel. She had a number of recurring roles on television in 2014. She played Kate, on the FX series, The Americans, for six episodes. She also played Jenna Olson on FX's Tyrant, and Dr. Iris Campbell on Person of Interest.  In 2016, she had a role opposite John Krasinski in the Michael Bay film, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.   Wrenn will next be seen with Danna Glover and John C. McGinley in the independent romantic comedy, The Good Catholic, which began filming in January 2016.


Teyonah Parris graduated from SCGSAH in 2005.  She attended the Juilliard School and made her television debut in 2010 with a guest starring role on The Good Wife.   In 2012, she was cast in a recurring role as Dawn Chambers in the AMC drama series, Mad Men.  In 2014, Teyonah landed her breakthrough role in the independent film, Dear White People and in 2015, Parris starred in the satirical drama film Chi-Raq directed by Spike Lee. She received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for that film.


Andrew Pastides graduated from SCGSAH in 2002 and then received his BFA in acting from the university of North Carolina School of the Arts.  He moved to NYC where his professional career began in the theatre both in the city and around the country.  Andrew has acted in over twenty short films, three of which have screened at South by Southwest, fifteen of which he also had a hand in writing and producing.  His television credits include Law and Order, Suits and Blue Bloods among others.  Andrew stared in the feature film Hank and Asha, which won the Audience Award at Slamdance.  His Feature Film 'MA' screened at the 2015 TriBeca Film Festival and recently ‘MA’ was named one of the 20 Best Films of 2016!


John Evans Reese is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford program. John  recently performed as Geoff in A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney.  Directed by Tony-nominee Austin Pendleton, the production ran September 6 through October 16, 2016 at The Pearl Theatre in New York.  John’s film credits include the short film Play House which premiered at the South by Southwest festival, and the full length feature Do Not Disturb with score by Academy Award nominee Danny Elfman.