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Mrs. Shannon Boatwright
A native of SC, I grew up surrounded by the Arts in an amazing, very musical family. Always performing in some fashion, whether in my childhood home front yard, in school talent shows or on stage at the Lexington Village Square Theatre, I have always been attracted to the stage – producing, directing, dancing, singing and acting to bring joy and inspiration to others. I am a graduate of Lexington High School and upon graduating from Winthrop University with a performance degree in theatre and dance, I worked at the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce doing Public Relations. While working for the Chamber, I continued performing onstage and began my acting career in television and film, jumpstarting a successful career in commercials and voice-over work on the East Coast. I moved to Los Angeles, California in 1999 and trained with top casting directors, famous actors, commercial, television & film directors and producers. I performed live theatre throughout Southern CA with award winning directors, performed seasonally with “Telly Award” winning improv/sketch comedy troupe, “The Porkchop Playhouse” and have even headlined at the famous “Magic Castle” in Hollywood, California. I worked at the family owned production company, Gosch Productions, in North Hollywood/Burbank, CA for over 4 years, learning the ins and outs of television and film production, gaining knowledge and experience producing, directing, and editing for film and television. Learning and experiencing firsthand the crucial importance of all that goes on behind the scenes and behind the camera was a huge asset to my career.
While in L.A., I also kicked off a career as a freelance host and entertainment reporter and studied broadcast journalism at UCLA. I was named “The Girl with Something XTRA” working for Los Angeles PR Companies and representing Clear Channel’s KIISFM and XTRA Sports, interviewing celebrities, sports stars and industry people at movie premieres, parties, awards shows, benefits and sporting events. Needless to say, I've got a lot of great celebrity stories!
My mother, Robin Vaughan Parler, is a professional pianist/organist and has taught for over 40 years. I grew up watching my mother inspire and educate her students and even as a child I always took note of the joy that teaching brought to my mother. That priceless gift seems to run in the genes because I recognized the utter fulfillment that comes with teaching at an early age. Along with the attraction to performing, I have always had a passion for teaching the Arts. I have taught privately for years and upon moving back to SC in 2009, was drawn to the amazing world of Arts Integration, training with the Metropolitan Arts Council and SmartArts program in Greenville, SC, and seminars at the Peace Center with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts teachers. Residencies within the local school districts integrating drama and dance brought such joy to me that I decided to apply to SC’s PACE program to get my teaching certification, broaden my reach and pursue my dream of teaching full time.
I am incredibly happy to be back home closer to my family and love being involved in the community. (Interesting tidbit, Shannon’s grandparents, Clark & Juanita Hutchison, were one of the founding members of Chapin Baptist Church. Her father and step-mother are still active members.)
“Applause and admiration from an audience is an incredible thing to experience, but nothing compares to the priceless gift of seeing a precious student be inspired and empowered with knowledge from your own teaching! I am absolutely honored to have the opportunity to teach the young artists at Chapin Middle School!”
- Mrs. Shannon Elizabeth Boatwright