Who We Are
representing all voices
Charleston Playhouse supports the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in its programming choices, color-conscious casting decisions, and employment practices. Our artistic aim is to provide quality theatre experiences that tell stories with fidelity, and transparency. Certain stories require the ability to call upon the life experiences of performers who can faithfully portray a character’s individual ability, ethnic background, or cultural expression; when these instances arise, we will act with respect and consideration for all involved stakeholders. We choose programming reflective of our desire to share works with the public that represent the curiosities, interests, and narratives of our surrounding community. Our production casting is culturally diverse by design, bringing together a blend of collaborative humanity that benefits the company, audience, and the Charleston arts community. Charleston Playhouse values artistic leadership that is equitable for people of all backgrounds, actively seeking to partner with directors, choreographers, designers, and other theatre professionals from all walks of life. Employment opportunities within our company are inclusive of people of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, and cultures, creating an environment of acceptance and growth for all.
Meet The Team
Founding Artistic Director
Danielle made her way from NYC to Charleston in 2017 and absolutely loves living and working in the Lowcountry! She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the University of Florida and has performed in leading roles at many professional Equity theatres around the country, as well as spending a year at sea as the Lead Female Vocalist on Holland America Cruise Line. Danielle previously lived in New York City where she continued her career directing, teaching and performing at venues and major events, while also performing part time at Ellen’s Stardust Diner in Times Square. Danielle also wrote, directed, produced, and starred in her own one woman show featured at Feinstein’s 54 Below in the Broadway district of NYC, and has recorded and released two albums. After moving to Charleston, Danielle continued teaching Private Voice and directing musical theatre troupes through her established company, Danielle LaVia’s Voice Studio. She is thrilled to finally bring her vision of Charleston Playhouse to life and bring the community its first Equity Musical Theatre Company! Danielle is also a proud wife and mama of a sweet baby boy.
Thomas Keating has been part of the Charleston theatre community since his arrival here in 2007. He has spent many years as the Coordinator of the Theatre Program at Charleston Southern University regularly directing productions in addition to directing and performing at other theatres in the community. Thomas has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) since 1993. As an Equity guest artist, he has appeared on local stages with College of Charleston and Midtown Productions. Prior to his arrival in Charleston, Thomas worked as an actor in Boston (Lyric Stage Co.), New York (Public Theater/NYSF/Under the Radar), and Atlanta (Fox Theatre), in addition to touring the U.S. Thomas holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University in the City of New York and BA in Drama from The University of Georgia. In addition to his acting and directing work, Thomas also writes and voices characters for local animation company, Moondog Animation Studio.
Latanya Mueller is a theater educator, director, designer, and performer from Baltimore, Maryland, who has proudly made Charleston her home for more than a decade. She has her B.F.A from Goucher College, an MaEd in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Masters Certificate in Arts Management from College of Charleston. She has proudly performed in numerous professional and community productions since her stage premiere in her sixth-grade production of King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table, including Deena Jones in Dreamgirls, Sarah in Ragtime, and Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Latanya worked as a theatre and English educator for Charleston County Schools for ten years and is the proud mother of two loud, rowdy boys.
Danny is a global citizen who now proudly calls the Lowcountry home after a decade long courtship with Charleston. A native of Cleveland, Danny earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles and his creative career has lead him to the U.K., Asia, the Southern Hemisphere, Hawai’i, NYC, and Nashville, working with many nonprofits. Danny is a jack of all trades and master of fun, which has allowed him to try on many different hats including director, writer, producer, cinematographer, editor, actor, LGBTQ rights advocate, endangered animal rights/environmental activist, and proud uncle. Danny is on his journey to becoming a Certified Fund Raising Executive and is committed to creating accessible, inclusive coalitions, supporting emerging leaders from diverse backgrounds. With a passion for building community relationships through an arts lens, Danny is focused on bringing philanthropic donors pride to ensure an equitable future for Charleston Playhouse and its players. In his free time, you can find Danny surfing, teaching yoga as his hobby job, and getting his passport stamped.
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