Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” From ancient Greek tragedy to the contemporary Avant-garde, I adhere to the power of the written word and its transformative qualities when those words and stories are brought to fruition in live performance. Taking from both existing plays and new works, the craft of theatre can alter lives and minds and serve as a powerful critique of human nature, a catalyst for political and social change and, sometimes, just raw entertainment. Through the Proud Mary Theatre Company, I hope to broaden the horizons of what fringe theatre can be and explore topics that are rarely mined in commercial theatre in the Upstate.
Sandy Staggs earned his B.A. in Cinema at San Francisco State University and did graduate work in Communications at San Jose State University. A journalist since the 8th grade at Carver Junior High School in Spartanburg, he has worked in varying capacities as editor, writer and publisher at various publications in California including the San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian, San Francisco Observer, Oakland Tribune, San Mateo County Times. Past famous interviewees include Fay Wray, Belinda Carlisle (twice!), Wanda Sykes, Dominick Dunne, Karen Black, Hal Holbrook, Marga Gomez, Director Julie Taymor and many others.
Locally, Sandy has been published in the Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Hub City Press book “Stars Fell on Spartanburg” (2008). Active in the Upstate theatre community, Sandy has been a theatre critic and arts writer since 1996 and now publishes an online niche magazine CarolinaCurtainCall.com. In August 2017, he founded the Proud Mary Theatre Company, South Carolina’s first LGBTQ theatre company.