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Incubating Theater Careers

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Theater careers are often incubated in children, either by an interest in TV shows or movies, but also sometimes by in-person town theaters. Founded in 2005, our next guest’s children’s theater is our state’s only professional resident theater for young audiences, i.e. professional adult actors performing for children and families.

Mike Switzer interviews Jerry Stevenson, co-founder and artistic director of Columbia Children's Theatre in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.