The Crabpot Players was founded in the fall of 1993 to with a simple goal:  to bring community theatre to the East Cooper area and provide opportunities for actors of all ages to expand their skills.  We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) community theatre company with over 20 years of professional theatre experience in the Charleston area and Southeast USA.  


Throughout the past two decades, we have entertained tens of thousands of patrons and provided theatre training to hundreds of actors.  Today, as we open our permanent "home" in Mount Pleasant, we look to the future and see many more successful years.  


Mission Statement


To encourage and promote live theatre through the medium of acting and to provide educational opportunities for emerging performing artists of all ages throughout the Charleston area.


Board of Directors


Jimmy Ward (Executive), Daniel Prentice (Operations), Sandy Ferencz (Fundraising), and Mariana Hall (Marketing)


Jimmy Ward
Artistic Director

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Daniel Prentice
Operations Manager

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Jimmy Ward is the founder and Artistic Director of the Crabpot Players. Jimmy founded the company in the fall of 1993 and ever since, the Crabpot Players have produced over 160 shows locally and around the Southeast USA.  Jimmy has written and produced many of his own works as well, including Malibu East, Red Right Returning, Mayberry by the Sea, and many more.  When not directing or managing Crabpot, Jimmy works from his island home as a self-employed CPA and serves as a councilmember on Isle of Palms City Council.  


Daniel Prentice has worked with the Crabpot Players since 2008, where he began as a sound and light designer.  Now, as the Operations Manager and a senior Accounting major at the College of Charleston, Daniel continues to assist with all aspects of Crabpot Players productions.  When he is not working on a production, he manages day-to-day company operations and maintains the website.  


Gabrielle Wolfe
Design Consultant

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Jennifer Proveaux
Musical Theatre Director

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Gabrielle Wolfe attends Winthrop University and is studying fine arts with a concentration in painting and printmaking.  Gabrielle joined the Crabpot Players in May 2009 to assist with the design and painting of the set for The Wizard of Oz and has designed many sets since that time. She also serves as the photographer for all Crabpot Players events.  

Origanlly from Houston, TX, Jennifer made her way to Charleston from Atanta, GA.  She is a performer, director and entertainer throughout the Lowcountry. Her vocal accomplishments include solos in Piccolo Spoleto, recitals in the internationally renowned Spivey Hall, and performances with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus under the direction of Robert Taylor of the College of Charleston. 

Ally MacDonald
Guest Services Assistant

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Madeline Chitty
Musical Theatre Instructor

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Madeline is so excited to begin working with Crabpot Players this summer as the Musical Theatre Intern. She is currently a junior BFA Musical Theatre major at Ohio Northern University where she has recently appeared in Footloose and Zombie Prom. Madeline is also attaining a minor in art and design. She is looking forward to working with children in the Musical Theatre camps as well as working in the Crabpot box office. 

Ally began with the Crabpot Players in 2009 when she attended an acting intensive. She was in the ensemble and crew of Our Town and played Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan. Ally is currently working towards her B.A. in Theatre at The SC School of the Arts, Anderson University. During the summer, she manages the box office and the day-to-day responsibilities of keeping the theatre running.


The Lobby of the Crabpot Players Theatre features a full bar, comfortable seating, and an open floor plan.  This area is available to rent for small corporate gatherings or parties and accomodates 40 people.