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Meet the Starcatchers: Mavis Scully

Mavis Scully
Mavis Scully

MAVIS SCULLY (CHOREOGRAPHY) teaches Acting and Movement at the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) and Ballet at Samford University. With a BFA in Acting from UArts in Philadelphia, she has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association for more than 20 years and has performed in almost every genre of the performing arts. Mavis studied ballet under Nels Jorgensen of the Joffrey Ballet, Karina Brock of ABT, the School of American Ballet, and was coached for three years by renowned teachers, Bojan Spassoff and Stephanie Wolfe.

She began performing professionally at 14 and during her teen years danced with the Savannah Ballet, Ballet Oklahoma, and the Cincinnati Opera. She was a member of the original improv company at Walt Disney World’s Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island (which evolved into the TV series Who’s Line is it, Anyway?).

Mavis has danced and choreographed for Stage One – Louisville Children’s Theatre, Seattle Opera, WuLi, and Birmingham Music Club. Her national performing career includes plays, musicals, cabarets, performance art, Renaissance faires, industrial films, commercials, voice overs, and staged readings. Favorite roles include: Sally Bowles in Cabaret at the Osceola Playhouse; Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz at 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle; Beehive at the Tacoma Actors Guild; and Look Homeward Angel at Philadelphia’s UA Black Box.

Mavis has written four one-act plays produced in Seattle and was commissioned to write and direct St. George and the Dragon for Red Mountain Community School. Mavis has worked at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and teaches at ASF’s Summer Musical Theater Camp. Mavis has coached professional and aspiring actors, singers and dancers for many years now.

City Equity Theatre’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher is the first Alabama production of the 5-time Tony Winner and opens CET’s tenth anniversary year on July 23, with 19 performances through August 16, (performed at Birmingham Festival Theatre). For tickets and info, call 205/500-2701.

Founded by Jonathan Fuller and Alan Gardner in 2006 and continuing under their artistic direction, CET is Birmingham’s only professional theatre operating under agreement with Actors Equity Association. Peter and the Starcatcher is directed by Michael Flowers with musical direction by Carolyn Violi.