GREENVILLE, S.C.– A graduate from the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities will make his prime time television debut in ABC's new comedy, "The Mayor," which premieres on October 3rd. Twenty-four year old Brandon Micheal Hall plays Courtney Rose, a rapper who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt and unexpectedly wins.
Hall, a South Carolina native from Anderson, attended Pendleton High School before being selected to attend the Governor's School-South Carolina's only public, residential high school for the arts. There he received the pre-professional drama training that led to his acceptance into the famed Juilliard School's Drama Division, joining the ranks of 11 Governor's School drama graduates who have been accepted into this highly competitive program since 2003, including "The Orange is the New Black" star, Danielle Brooks; actress Teyonah Parris, who recently joined the cast of "Empire"; and actress Nicole Beharie, who starred in the film "42" and portrayed character Abbie Mills in Fox's "Sleepy Hollow".
Through the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, Hall's audition trip to Juilliard, in New York, was funded by support from donors to the school, which is tuition-free for students, but has meal plan costs and other expenses. With donor support, the Governor's School for the Arts Foundation provides scholarships, specialized costuming, and travel expenses for auditions and contests nationwide, where students, like Hall, can compete with the world's top young talent.
Other notable alumni from the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities' Drama Department include Tony Award winner Patina Miller, who portrayed Commander Paylor in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" Parts 1 and 2, and currently stars in the PBS drama "Mercy Street"; and actress Liza Bennett who has appeared in films such as "12 Years a Slave", and "Free State of Jones", as well as televisions series including "Billions", "Blue Bloods" and "Chicago Fire".
The South Carolina Governor's School for Arts and Humanities is currently accepting applications for the residential high school and summer programs. Interested individuals can learn more and apply at www.scgsah.org.
About S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
Located in Greenville, the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) cultivates young artists from across the state through pre-professional training in the areas of creative writing, dance, drama, music and visual arts. As a tuition free, public, residential high school, serving juniors and seniors, students refine their talents in a master-apprentice community while receiving a nationally recognized academic education. Summer programs are available to rising 7th-12th grade students, and SCGSAH serves as a resource to all teachers and students in South Carolina, offering comprehensive outreach programs designed to bring together artists, educators, community organizations and schools. www.scgsah.org