About Us

FAME Performing Arts is a locally-owned studio striving to create an inclusive environment for students to attend music lessons, performing arts classes, instrument lessons, and summer camps to become confident, self-aware, and comfortable in their own skin.

Scroll down to get to know the amazing team of teachers working to make that happen! 

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JEN BLANTON

Founder, Voice & Piano Teacher

Our studio owner is a down to earth voice and piano teacher ready to take focused students to the next level!

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ADRIANNE DUKES

Troupe Director

Adrianne joins the FAME team after changing careers. As a former public school teacher and community theatre actor/director/instructor, she is excited to combine her love of working with children alongside her love of the arts.

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CHELSEA LOEW

Piano & Music Theory Teacher

Chelsea is an extremely accomplished young composer with high expectations for her talented students. 

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HEATHER HAMMOND CAFFAREL

Pop Glee Director

Heather Hammond Caffarel is an award winning teacher in her tenth year as co-director of the Charleston School of the Arts Vocal Program. New to FAME, Heather will be directing the Pop Glee group classes! 

LAUREN CRAWFORD

Voice Teacher

Lauren has a diverse vocal background and is passionate about teaching healthy vocal techniques that will last a lifetime and can be applied to any genre. She loves working with singers of all ages and strives to create an encouraging environment where students can really grow and build confidence.

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NIKKI FREEMAN

Troupe Director

Ms. Nikki fell in love with Shakespeare at 12 years old while watching Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and, fifteen years later, got the chance to play her heroine, Beatrice! She encourages her students to “play” and teaches them that theatre – even the classics – can be accessible for everyone! Ms. Nikki teaches the Troupe acting classes. 

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SARAH CALLAHAN BLACK

Troupe Director & Choreographer, Dance Teacher

Sarah Callahan Black is a Charleston-based actor, singer, dancer, and choreographer who loves makeup, animals, and 80s music. Sarah has taught several different classes and age groups at FAME, and is currently directing/choreographing our Kids Troupe.

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KEDZIE THOMPSON

Lesson Coordinator

Kedzie is your go-to for questions related to our programs and classes as well as billing. Click below to send Kedzie an email. 

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JESSE SMITH

Virtual Voice/Acting Teacher

Jesse's love for music began in High School when he was encouraged by his chorus teacher to pursue a career in performing - a choice he will never regret.

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ED BLANTON

Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele Teacher

Troupe Tech Director

Ed Blanton is a Charleston-based live sound engineer and professional guitar player. His love for guitar started as a teen and grew in to a life long passion. He is kind and patient with young players. Ed's goal as a teacher is to foster a love of music and guitar in his students that will stay with them for a lifetime, as it has for him.

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ANGIE CIRNIGLIARO

Troupe Director, Choreographer, &

Dance Teacher

Angie is a masterful and enthusiastic dance instructor bringing over two decades of experience teaching all ages, and three decades of intense study in all styles. Angie teaches our Troupe dance classes. 

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EMMA SCOTT

Director of Operations

Acting & Strings Teacher

Emma is an energetic and knowledgeable instructor with over 35 years of professional performance experience. She is excited to be teaching Troupe acting classes at FAME in addition to costuming all Troupe musicals. 

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KEESHA GLASS

Voice & Piano Teacher

Keesha is a singer-songwriter with over 20 years experience teaching choirs, ensemble groups, individuals, and worship groups. 

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MELANIE GRACE MORTON

Voice, Beginning Piano, & Ukulele Teacher

Melanie is outgoing and friendly and loves to talk about all things music, theatre, and dance. She has an extensive background in performance and pedagogy. 

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REGINA HELCHER YOST

Flute Teacher

Regina Helcher Yost is nationally renowned as both an orchestral and chamber music musician, as well as an acclaimed teacher of the flute and piccolo pedagogy.

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SHANELLE WOODS

Virtual Voice Teacher

She's back! Shanelle was on staff at FAME for 5 years before moving to NYC to pursue her career. She is currently offering online lessons. 

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TARYN WETHERINGTON

Voice Teacher

Taryn has an energetic spirit and loves working with students of all ages to help them pursue their passion!