Lindsey Priester: Owner/Choral director
Lindsey Priester is a former public school choral director in Columbia, South Carolina. She has dreamed of teaching show choir in South Carolina since her college days. She was actively involved in show choir during her high school years, and Carolina Alive vocal ensemble in college. She was a regular participant of the Show Choir Camps of America summer programs, as well as a choreographer for several Alabama show choirs. She studied commercial vocal performance at Belmont University, and danced for the Vanderbilt University dance team before transferring to The University of South Carolina to pursue music education with a choral emphasis. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in music education from the University of South Carolina.
In addition to teaching, Lindsey has performed at Trustus theater in several musicals. Her past theatre credits include RENT (soloist/ensemble), Hair (Shelia) at Trustus Theatre and Rock of Ages (Justice Charlier). She resides in Columbia with her husband, Tyler, and two children.
Sarah Kate Calcutt: Theatre director
Sarah Kate is the Theatre Educator at Lexington Middle School teaching 6th-8th graders in both Theatre and Musical Theatre. She has directed musicals, plays and original pieces while at Lexington including Annie Jr., The Little Mermaid Jr., and The Wizard of Oz. She has also been involved with Workshop Theatre, Assistant Directing Hairspray Jr., and stage-managing Frozen Jr.
Sarah Kate holds a BA in Theatre for Youth with a minor in Dance from the College of Charleston and a Masters in Theatre Education from the University of South Carolina.
You can often find her cheering on her Gamecocks at football games. Some of her favorite things include diet cokes, elephants, and watching Netflix.
Sarah Kate is thrilled about joining the Columbia Show Company and cannot wait to share of joy of theatre with students of all ages.
Katie Tribble: Dance Director
Katie began her dance training at age 3 studying Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, and Modern dance. At age twelve, Katie auditioned and was accepted into the conservatory based ballet and modern dance training program at the residential high school, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (“the Governors School”), in Greenville, South Carolina. There, she received mentoring and coaching in the Vaganova technique system from Stanislav Issaev and Irina Ushakova. Additionally, she studied the Martha Graham Modern dance technique from Miriam Barbosa. After graduation, Katie attended the University of South Carolina and studied Balanchine technique under the direction of Stacy Calvert and Susan Anderson.
Currently, Katie is the Dance Education teacher at Lexington Middle School. There, she teaches Dance and Musical Theatre. She has directed Mary Poppins and Peter Pan and choreographed The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin Jr., Annie Jr., Flat Stanley, Fame Jr., and the Little Mermaid Jr. Additionally, she is the head coach of an award winning competitive dance team, and has provided private coaching to several competitive dance students around the Columbia/Lexington area. She has taught and offered Master Classes with several local competitive studios. Additionally, she choreographed Little Mermaid Jr. and Oliver for OnStage Productions Theatre Company. During the summer, Katie has directs the Lexington 1 Dance Spark program and Kershaw County Arts Arising Dance program.
Katie holds certification from Acrobatic Arts and Yoga Teacher Training. Her repertoire includes La Bayadere, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Serenade, Theme & Variations, the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Gissell, Coppelia and many more.
Katie’s passion is to ignite others’ passions for dance through mentoring and coaching young dancers. She believes every student needs an advocate to reach their highest potential, and is excited to begin working with CSC students.
Tina Sugandh: Director of show and performance
Tina (mom of 3), is a recording artist, VJ/MC, and television personality that is known for her quick wit, and high-spirited, energetic personality.
Tina has done everything from signing with Sony music and Hollywood Records, VJ’ing a worldwide Bollywood entertainment show (reaching over 150 million households) performing with Ludacris, teaching Ringo Starr to play the Indian drums, and having 3 Billboard charting singles and 3,000 concerts under her belt.