David Lussier, Director

In times present and past I’ve been a Dad, Husband, Composer, Bass Player, Avid Reader, Piano Player, Musical Theatre Director, Bike Rider, UMass College Student, Recorder Player, Percussionist, Church Musician, played the roles of Poet, Guitar Player, Mountain Climber, Honorary Polish Citizen, Firestarter, Christian, Choral Director, and School teacher.

DAVID LUSSIER brings over 30 years of musical theatre experience to Taylor Dance. He has worked with all ages from children to adults in schools, community, and professional theatre organizations. A native of New England, he moved to North Carolina to be one of the music teachers at the O’Neal School in Southern Pines. A graduate of UMass Amherst with a masters in music. In the short time he has been here in NC he has worked with Michael Pizzi and Touching Humanity, played bass in the pit at North Moore HS, helped get musical theatre back at O’Neal. David and his wife Heather started ABoyAndATreePublications where they wrote, directed and produced their own musicals for children. Their shows are currently a part of the 5th grade curriculum at the O’Neal. David also serves as the music leader at JFK Chapel on Fort Bragg.

Ian Watson, Director

IAN WATSON, Before moving to the Sandhills, was a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University’s TheatreVCU in Richmond, Virginia where he directed and was a dramaturg professionally. Two productions he considers highlights of his time in Richmond are directing Cheryl West’s Before It Hits Home as part of VCU’s Humanities Research Center’s HIV/AIDs staged readings, as well as assisting Richmond-based playwright, Patricia Corbett, on the development of her play Fall of the House of Snow about HIV/AIDs in the Richmond drag community. It is through these experiences, that he has become even more passionate about the opportunity to direct Rent. He believes that Rent is one of the seminal works of 20th-century theater, especially because the themes are both universal and so prescient. Currently, Ian is the theatre teacher at The O’Neal School where he has directed productions such as the North American premiere of Evan Placey’s Holloway Jones and Lionel Bart’s Oliver! 

Carol Johnson, Choreographer

CAROL JOHNSON holds a BS degree in Dance from Radford University and also studied with the Eglevsky School of Ballet and Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA. Carol has choreographed numerous musicals and industrials for theater companies, schools, and businesses in North Carolina and Virginia.