With poetic movement that is fluid, profound, and complex, this contemporary dance troupe will help us see the beauty within our own hearts. About Naina Dewan Dance Naina Dewan Dance Company (NDC) is a modern dance company that was founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Naina Dewan. Based in Greenville, SC, the company creates and
Painting and music merge in an explosive two-part finale – “Behold the Dreamer” followed by “The Ambiguous Reality.” An original soundscape created just for TEDxGreenville! About Rick A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Ric Standridge has left his mark in Upstate South Carolina’s community as the founder of South Carolina Children’s Theatre and as a
You can't have lived in the Upstate of SC for long without hearing something about the live, local comedy at the Cafe and Then Some. A staple in downtown Greenville for decades, no stone is unturned and everyone is a "target" in their distinct brand of dinner theater. Tent cards on the table give a running history of the characters, parts of town, and situations that may be unfamililar to anyone who didn't grow up off of Augusta Road (and yes, locals will always call it "road"). "Satire," Susan once read from the stage, "is a form of freedom of speech, protected by the First Amendment," and then opened a biting, at times fantastically awkward play about eminent domain and the development along the Reedy River. How these locals -- friends of the community, philanthropists, mother/father/cousin/neighbor -- make a living by poking fun at the very people living across the street, is just this short of a miracle.
Why is humor so important to us? How do we deal with humor in our everyday lives? What if you chose to make a living using humor; your income and livliehood came from making people laugh. Could you do it?
Engineer by day, funny lady by night
Shivani Nadarajah is a local Greenville comedian who was born Canadian, bred Sri Lankan, and raised southern at heart. She began her stand up comedy career in May 2013, sharing stories of her upbringing, transition to southern culture and international travels. Her humor, impressions and crowd work resonates to any and all ethnic groups. She recently placed 2nd in the 2014 SC’s Funniest Comic competition hosted by Alchemy Comedy. Off stage, Shivani works at General Electric in Business Development utilizing her degree in Supply Chain Management from Auburn University.
This duo unzips modern music with soulful, lighthearted timbres of guitar and cello. About WireWood WireWood consists of Laura Koelle Pyle and Keith Groover, a cello/guitar duo from Greenville, SC, specializing in instrumental versions of rock and pop songs. Their shows are light-hearted, creative, and fun, and the music is energetic and beautiful. Laura is
Led by Artistic Director Hernan Justo, Carolina Ballet Theatre is a Greenville-based professional resident dance company that shares some of their most innovative, high-energy choreography on the TEDxGreenville stage. They wow the audience with a modern, truly beautiful interpretive dance. With a graceful, emotional flourish, the finale brought four audience members on stage to blend
A powerful new force in the world of country music, Ella Mae Bowen is a gifted teen from Walhalla, SC, with a beautiful, commanding voice of bold soul and human fragility. She walks on stage toting a brown guitar with a patina well beyond her age (it turns out it was her grandfather’s guitar) and
An artist with a powerful, expressive presence “speaks life” through her poetry. It’s her goal to motivate and encourage people through the multiple facets of life, good or bad. An engineer, Chiccy Baritone’s spoken word performance is about navigating the blurry lines between her profession (engineering) and her passion (poetry). She nobly lays down smooth