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  Peter Duffy
  Head of MAT Program in Theatre Education, Assistant Professor

Peter Duffy heads the Masters of Arts in Teaching degree in Theatre Education at the University of South Carolina. He also serves as the Director of Research for the International Drama/Theatre Education Association and is an Ex-Officio officer on the board as International Relations Liaison for AATE.  Before coming to USC, Peter was the Director of Education and Community Programs for the Irondale Ensemble out of Brooklyn, NY. Peter taught middle level and high school English, German and Drama for a decade in Maine and New Jersey. Additionally, Peter worked as an actor/teacher in New York City schools, most notably with the Creative Arts Team. Peter works mostly with students and teachers infusing theatre in to the basic curriculum both here and abroad. He has served on the international board of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed and is actively involved in AATE. He is the co-editor along with his colleague, Elinor Vettraino, of Youth and Theatre of the Oppressed, published by Palgrave Press. His research interests include the intersection of cognition and theatre, using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques with youth and activating the basic curriculum through theatre. He lives in Blythewood, SC with his actress wife, Patti, and their children Eve and Nolan.

  Meet our 2013-14 MAT Students

Sarah Kate Calcutt

Sarah Kate Calcutt was born and raised in Florence, South Carolina. She recently graduated from the College of Charleston, holding a BA in Theatre for Youth. She preformed in Addict and Letters to Sala (Elfride) while at CofC. She has choreographed a number of middle school musicals, and show choir numbers including Aladdin, Jr. (Blythewood High) and Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (Southside Middle). Sarah Kate is thrilled to be part of the MAT program and is looking forward to combining her love for both theatre and education and sharing this love with all those around her, especially her future students.

Kelsey Gibson

Kelsey Gibson is a recent graduate of the Theatre program at the University of South Carolina. Born and raised in Lancaster, SC, Kelsey grew up performing in local productions in the community. While at USC, Kelsey focused on theatre and its connection to the classroom through her minor in Education. She worked on many shows, includingCompleat Female Stage Beauty, Oleanna, and various performances with the undergraduate theatre company Greenroom Productions.  Kelsey is very excited to embark on this new journey with the MAT program and pursue a life-long dream of creating a respect and love for theatre in the students who will come through her classroom doors.


Gary Dewitt Marshall

Gary DeWitt Marshall's is a professional actor whose body of work reflects a vast array of unique, interesting, and emotionally complex characters that have become a trademark of his work spanning from the Broadway stage, to the silver screen, television, radio, internet, publications and more. Most notably originating the role of freedom fighter Michael Dube in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's  Tony Award nominated drama The Song of Jacob Zulu.  Gary's exposure to interdisciplinary study and theatre has contributed greatly to his professional and artistic development. He is committed to cultural, social, and intellectual enlightenment through performing arts. Among his greatest strengths are his passion for artistic expression and the ability to empower, educate and encourage students of all levels, learning styles, and abilities to help them reach their highest creative potential.  Gary specializes in the monologue to develop self-discovery, self-evaluation and self-expression skills through the art of acting; while emphasizing the performers’ natural abilities, instincts, gifts, and talents. He is dedicated to sharing  the wonderful world of invention and discovery with people from all walks of life – most especially students placed in his “care.” Gary is honored to be a part of the MAT program in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of South Carolina. He is eager to contribute to the great tradition of thinkers, teachers, and innovators in education.

Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in psychology from Erskine College in Due West, SC in May of 2010. While at Erskine, Emily did stage makeup for multiple theatrical and musical performances, as well as contributing in other technical capacities with the Erskine Players and the Rho Psi cast of Alpha Psi Omega. Acting credits at Erskine include a student-directed production of University by Jon Jory; a concert production of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz; “Gladys Maude” in Horton Foote’s 1918; and multiple minor roles in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Emily is very excited to be part of the MAT program at USC and to student teach this year.



Katie Smith

Katie Smith is from Coward, SC. She has a BA in Dramatic Arts & a Minor in English from Coastal Carolina University in Myrtle Beach, SC in 2011. After graduation, Katie worked as an Actress and Assistant Costume designer at Weathervane Playhouse in Newark, Ohio.  Some of her favorite roles include “Maggie” in Dancing at Lughnasa, Betty” in The Great American Trailer Park Musical & “Mrs. Paroo” in The Music Man. Katie has also been involved in numerous Improv comedy groups. She is elated to begin this new journey & cannot wait to instill the love of theatre in young people.