Staff

IYT JR, Lion King, Jr. Experience, Fall 2020

CAROL JOHNSON, Director/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. Carol has been directing and choroegraphing for IYT since its premiere.

cjohnson@taylordance.org

JORDAN CRANFORD, Music Director

Jordan Cranford, Music Director, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a also a Sandhills Community College alumnus and spent four years with the choir and studying vocal performance. Jordan performs throughout the Sandhills is a lover of music and musical theatre and has performed in numerous regional musical theatre productions throughout the area.

IYT CHICAGO (High School Edition), Fall 2020

CLIFTON SAMUELS , Director

CLIFTON SAMUELS is “stoked” to be making his directorial debut with Imagine Youth Theatre.  Originally from Swansea, SC he has appeared on Broadway in the multi Tony/Grammy nominated Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies (w/Bernadette Peters) and most recently in the original Broadway company of Amazing Grace at the Nederlander Theatre.  He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA and is a graduate of Oklahoma City University.

Clifton has a great passion for teaching young artists.  He has taught master classes in all mediums of dance & acting throughout the country. cliftonsamuels.com

Credits:

Broadway Tours:  A Chorus Line, Urban Cowboy-The Musical.  

Off Broadway:  The Beast in the Jungle (Vineyard Theatre-Dir:  Susan Stroman), The Crusade Of Connor Stephens (Jerry Orbach Theatre), STIFF (Barrow Group), Storyville (York Theatre Company, Nomination 2014 Outer Critics Circle for Best New Off-Broadway Musical),Twilight-The Unauthorized Parody (New World Stages).  

Selected Theatre:  World Premiere of Beaches-A New Musical (Signature Theatre) & Amazing Grace (CIBC Theatre, Chicago).  Also multiple shows at The Kennedy Center (Follies), Ahmanson (A Chorus Line), Northshore Music Theatre (Guys & Dolls), Theatre Under The Stars (How to Succeed…./A Chorus Line), Papermill Playhouse (Holiday Inn), Gateway Playhouse (Urban Cowboy), Goodspeed Opera House (Carnival).

Principal Singer: Radio City Christmas Spectacular & The Omaha Symphony.  

Film:  Upcoming- WORTH (opposite Michael Keaton-Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2020), Coen Bros., Hail, Caesar! (opposite Channing Tatum), Annie (2014), The Unborn, I Fell in Love with the World & Giving Birth to a Butterfly.  

TV:  “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Younger” (TV Land) , “Friends of the People” (TruTV), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) & Web Series “Alphabet Boys” & “One Degree Of Ms. D”.

DAVID LUSSIER, Music Director

David Lussier brings over 30 years of musical theatre experience to Imagine Youth Theater. He has
worked with all ages from children to adults in schools, community, and professional theatre
organizations and is a music teacher at the O’Neal School in Southern Pines. David has directed numerous IYT performances over several season and also served as music director for “Rent” (Dec 2019).

dlussieriyt@taylordance.org