MEET ANGIE STAHELI
Finding Patience Playwright and Director
Local History Theatre has been Angie’s passion for the past decade and a half as she has written and directed historical fiction plays and musicals which have been performed in Texas, Pennsylvania, Utah (at the General Conference Theatre in Salt Lake City), Washington, North Carolina and other locations across the country.
With degrees in Theatre and Sociology, Angie is passionate about creating works that can help bring a community together. After writing and directing the first iteration of the sold-out Finding Patience – The Story of Holly Springs in 2017, she was so touched by the cast, crew and the audience members’ connection to the stories in the play, that she wanted to share the power and potential impact of Local History Theatre on a broader scale.
In 2018, Angie had the honor of giving a TEDx Talk at Duke University entitled Local History Theatre: Empowering Places and Growing Economies, where she compared moving to a new town like starting to read a book in the middle of the story. Much like a book, to truly understand and appreciate a place, we must look to its beginning chapters. Understanding the history of a place connects us to it and provides a sense of belonging.
Angie was thrilled to write and direct the sold-out Holly Springs Haunted History Walking Tour in 2018, as well as helped to plan the North Carolina Night Out at Adams Farm for Amazing Place Productions, which she was formerly involved in as Co-Founder.
In 2019, Angie was privileged to be commissioned by the Museum of the Albemarle to write and direct Northeastern North Carolina’s Underground Railroad, a documentary about the courageous freedom seekers who participated in the underground railroad in North Carolina.
2020 provided inspiration and time for Angie to take on the challenge of turning Finding Patience into a musical. She began writing lyrics and working with Jeremy Phillips, a talented Composer. Angie also spent 2020 focused on finding more Black heroes hidden in Holly Springs history. After thousands of hours of research, interviewing, writing and collaborating, Finding Patience – The Musical was created.
Angie is also an actress and is represented by KU Talent Agency. She has had the opportunity to appear in several regional and national commercials and short films. She starred in the viral short You Never Know How Much Good You Do, which has over 3.1 million views on YouTube. She also has loved being part of several exhibit films at the North Carolina Museum of History, portraying women from the past.
Angie is an Intro to Acting for the Camera instructor at Carolina Academy of Performing Arts where she teaches the basics of auditioning and acting for commercials and film.
Angie loves acting in the theatre as well, although the time commitment is sometimes difficult to balance with motherhood. Her favorite previous roles include Rosalind in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, for which she won a Best Actress Award, and Emily Webb in Our Town. She also loved starring in a production at the renowned Hale Center Theatre in Orem, Utah. Her dream role would be playing Jo March in Little Women.
Angie loves to choreograph music from around the world. She is a licensed Zumba instructor and has taught at 02 Fitness, Yong-In and Dragonfly Fitness. She currently teaches Dance Fitness and uses her choreography for GatHER Fitness, a free, community-based exercise class for women.
Angie has spent the past three years serving in a leadership role in the Relief Society, a women’s service organization in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoys learning from other women whose strength and faith have been a great example to her.
Angie had the opportunity to work with Stella Award Nominee Mr. Gerald Hinton to assist in organizing the Holly Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth (Virtual) Choir during the pandemic, which performed virtually at the Holly Springs MLK Celebration.
Angie has the pleasure of being on an advisory committee for Love Is A Parable, an impactful organization led by J Dwayne and Lalita Garnett. The focus of this far-reaching organization is love, acts of kindness and recognizing our own implicit biases.
Angie also enjoys serving on the North Carolina Forgotten History Committee, led and created by Local Historian, Mrs. Doris Battle. The committee is centered on bringing unrecognized and forgotten history to the forefront.
As the mother of three amazing boys (Parker, Lincoln & Ander) and a wonderful, brilliant, supportive husband (David Staheli), Angie feels incredibly blessed and grateful. Being a mom and wife are her most treasured roles in life.