The overall mission of Shared Radiance Performing Arts Company is to entertain, enlighten, educate and explore experiential and interactive theatre through the works of Shakespeare and beyond. During SRPAC productions, audience members often travel through parks and public places following the actors from scene to scene. SRPAC also produces a 50- minute Shakespeare Compilation that is performed in schools across North Carolina. SRPAC is dedicated to outreach, education, and creating quality experiences for every audience member.
SRPAC is a member of the North Carolina Theatre Conference and the Shakespeare Theatre Association. Administrative offices are located at 609 NC Hwy 62 East in Pleasant Garden with performance sites throughout the Triad and beyond. SRPAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military or veteran status in any of its educational programs, employment practices, and activities.
Sherri Raeford, former Outreach & Education Director for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, founded and became Artistic Director of Shared Radiance Performing Arts Company in 2013. She interned and studied at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London through Shakespeare Lives in 2003 and 2005. In 2016 she returned to the Globe for the International Teacher's Conference for continued work with Globe practitioners. Sherri has continued studies through the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia in 2017 and 2019 through the McMaster Seminar Series at Stratford Shakespeare in Ontario. Sherri continues to explore concepts and methods she learned while working with the master teachers and directors at the Globe, while incorporating rhythm and movement into her work. She has an M. Ed. in Theatre from UNC Greensboro and enjoys working with all age groups exploring the works of the Bard and beyond. She has a strong foundation as an educator and taught public school theatre for over 25 years along with workshops and classes for all ages. Though she loves acting and directing she considers herself an educator first. Sherri is also an avid ballroom dancer and creative movement specialist.
Chappell Upper first joined Shared Radiance as Helena in their 2016 production of A Misdsummer Night's Dream. Fun facts: that's how she met her husband - and she has a dog named for Snug the Joiner. Several shows, workshops, and ShakesCollage tours later, she began working as the company's Assistant Managing Director in February of 2018 before becoming the Assistant Artistic Director in November of 2023. Chappell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the School of Stage & Screen at Western Carolina University where she was also able to study directing and playwrighting. Before college, she began her journey in theatre locally at Weaver Academy. She is perpetually excited for the opportunity to engage audiences through the works of Shakespeare and beyond.
Sarah Wilson is the Assistant Managing Director of Shared Radiance. She has been working with the company for four years in various productions such as Twelfth Night as Signor Fabian, The Merry Wives of Windsor as Stage Manager and Pistol and Richard III as Stage Manager. She is also the Stage Manager for ShakesCollage, our touring Shakespeare show. Sarah graduated from Lees-McRae College with a BA in Theatre Arts Studies with concentrations in Stage Management and Costume Design and a Minor in Technical Theatre.
Shared Radiance's Lead BARDS Practitioner, Eppie Jo Miller, has been with the company since its first production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in 2013. Eppie Jo is also thrilled to have the opportunity to work with both Shared Radiance's adult and teen programs. At UNCG, she continues to work on her degrees in Arts Administration and Technical Theatre. Most recently, Eppie Jo directed 'Romeo and Juliet' through a teen Shakespeare program at the Stephen D. Hyers theatre in downtown Greensboro (Shared Radiance and Creative Greensboro). Her previous production credits include: Resident Designer and Production Manager for 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' (Shared Radiance), Dresser and Makeup Artist for 'Wild Party' (UNCG), Assistant Director and Props and Costume Designer for 'Richard III' (Shared Radiance), Sound Technician for 'Rock of Ages' (Little Theatre of Winston Salem), Stage Crew for 'Sweat' (UNCG), and Assistant Director for 'The Tempest' (Shared Radiance and Creative Greensboro). Outside of theatre, Eppie Jo also runs a photography and video production company, Zinnia Garden Productions, with several long-time friends. Eppie Jo strives to spread the enriching and inspirational power of the arts through her work in film, photography, and nonprofit theatre.
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