Arts Academy @ Younts Center Staff

EXPLORE, EXPERIENCE and ENGAGE your imagination!

The Arts Academy @ Younts Center offers classes in the visual and performing arts including:  acting, dance, drawing, musical theatre, music (including voice, piano, flute, trumpet, French horn, violin, saxophone, clarinet), painting, pottery and more for children, teens, and adults.  

The Arts Academy @ Younts Center is located inside the Younts Center for Performing Arts at 315 N. Main Street in the Historic Fountain Inn High School Building in Downtown Fountain Inn.

In its fourth year, the programs have drawn faculty from all over the country who are passionate in their field. Here is a sampling of who you will learn from at our academy:

ARTS ACADEMY STAFF

MACKENZIE PELICANO (Elementary Theater)

Mackensie is an acomplished writer, performer and comic who studied at Converse College, Columbia College and Second City in Chicago. She has appeared in many FIRE productions at the Younts Center including playing Corie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, Truvy in Steel Magnolias and a plethora of female roles in various FIREside Radio productions. This is her third year on staff.

MICHELLE HYER (Art Teacher)

Michelle came to South Carolina in 1996 and opened The Art Haven, School of Art in Simpsonville in 1997. She is now a free-lance Artist and Teacher serving the greater Greenville community. She has a wealth of expertise spanning over a 25 years and a true passion for teaching art. Experienced in all mediums: graphite, pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, hand-built clay and the potter’s wheel she provides a variety of instruction in an open classroom setting for children, teens and adults. This is her fourth year on staff.

SIMONE LITTLE (violin)

Simone is passionate about the violin; she has played for 14 years, and enjoys many different styles of playing. She studied most recently under Nancy Molleson, retired of the Greenville Symphony. She has been concertmaster of Greenville County Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonic. This is her fourth year on staff.

RUTH McDANIEL (piano & voice)

As an active educator and artist Ruth holds a Master’s Degree, Vocal Performance from Winthrop University, Rock Hill S.C., Bachelor’s Degree, Music Education, Vocal Performance from Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C., and Completion of Kodály Certificate in 1991at Converse College, Spartanburg S.C. She has Memberships in NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and Life member of Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity. This is her fourth year on staff.

ZAC PELICANO (Teen & Adult Theater)

Zac is a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and of the Stella Adler School of Acting. His acting credits include Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer, Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park and George Bailey in A Wonderful Life. He is currently the artistic director of the Younts Center and responsible for all of the theatrical productions by both FIRE and FIREside Radio. This is his fourth year on staff.

SUSAN WILSON (Art Teacher)

Susan came to South Carolina in 1996 and opened The Art Haven, School of Art in Simpsonville in 1997. She is now a free-lance Artist and Teacher serving the greater Greenville community. She has a wealth of expertise spanning over a 25 years and a true passion for teaching art. Experienced in all mediums: graphite, pastels, oils, acrylics, watercolors, ink, and hand-built clay she provides a variety of instruction in an open classroom setting for children, teens and adults. This is her fourth year on staff.