Kimilee Bryant

     Kimilee Bryant (Founder and Artistic Director of PART), native of Greenville and Miss South Carolina 1989, has performed the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Webber’sThe Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, in Switzerland, Toronto, and to critical acclaim on the US tour.  She’s also taken a turn as diva La Carlotta and the Ballet Mistress, Madame Giry - the only former Christine to return to play all three roles.  Other NYC credits include: Broadway’s The Pirate Queen, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and Casilda in The Gondoliers at NY City Center, Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Angelina in Trial by Jury, and Aline in The Sorcerer at Symphony Space.  She has appeared as a soloist with the National Chorale at Avery Fisher Hall. 
     Ms. Bryant made her operatic debut with Portland Opera as Frasquita in Carmen, and sang Micaela for the previews.  She has appeared with the Brevard Music Center Opera, Aspen Opera, Greenville Symphony, Spartanburg Symphony, Piedmont Opera (NC), Opera East Texas, and Opera Ontario.  Her Zerlina in Don Giovanni for The Boheme Opera of New Jersey won her rave reviews.  She was a featured soloist in a staged production of Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center, which she also performed at The Utrecht Early Music Festival in Utrecht, Holland. 
      Other favorite roles include: Maria/West Side Story, Eliza/My Fair Lady, Julie/Carousel, Laurey/Oklahoma!, Sharon/Master Class, Betty/Landscape of the Body, Sally/Talley’s Folly, and Stage Manager/Our Town. She was most recently seen as the Witch in PART'S premiere production of Into the Woods.
     Kimilee was a regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions winner and earned her Masters of Music in voice performance from Manhattan School of Music.  She was a preliminary Talent winner and George Cavalier Talent winner at The Miss America Pageant.  She regularly performs concerts and recitals worldwide and is president and executive producer of Rubylee Productions, producing concerts, new musicals, and Master Classes/Seminars.  Kimilee is on the voice faculty at Converse College (her Alma Mater) and Anderson University.  More information can be found at www.kimileebryant.com.  Ms. Bryant now resides in Greenville (after many years of living in NYC) and is playing the greatest role of her life as “Mom” to her son, Aidan.

Candice Bryant

     Candice Bryant (Founder and Artistic Director of PART) is a recent summa cum laude graduate of USC Upstate where she earned her BA in Theatre. She was the vice president of Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society and on the Chancellor’s List for her 4.00 GPA, earning admission into Gamma Beta Phi, the national honors and service society. As an actor, Candice was most recently seen as the Baker's Wife in PART'S premiere production of Into the Woods and as Martha in The Children's Hour with the Shoestring Players at USC Upstate. Last summer, she flew on stage in Anderson as Peter Pan in the musical Peter Pan. Also in 2015, she performed at USC Upstate as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Margot in Legally Blonde the Musical, Emilia in Othello, Eileeen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, and Jo in Little Women. Candice was raised in her mother’s dance studio in Greenville (Karen’s Dance Academy) and graduated as a theatre student from the Fine Arts Center. Locally, she has also worked with The Warehouse Theatre, South Carolina Children’s Theatre, and Flat Rock Playhouse. Candice has studied theatre and dance in New York City and performed at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre in the English-Speaking Union’s Shakespeare showcase as a student representative from South Carolina. Some of her other favorite stage roles have been Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker, the Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (a magical musical trip), and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Candice has appeared in film and television productions such as Unforgettable, The Bedford Diaries, Frasier, and Rob Reiner’s And So It Goes.  She is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.
     Candice has extensive experience with arts education, teaching all styles of dance and theatre to students of all ages. She started as a student teacher at Karen’s Dance Academy and began to choreograph for productions at the age of thirteen. Candice continued to teach and choreograph, moving into co-directing and eventually taking over the family business. This new role of business owner combined with full-time teacher, artistic director, and performer created a vast array of creative opportunities to expose students to all of the performing arts and foster an atmosphere of love and appreciation for the theatre. Candice now takes her role as an arts educator into Greenville’s public schools, conducting theatre and dance courses which give students the chance to expand their horizons and gain valuable confidence through public performance.