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John R. Coles

John R. Coles is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he earned a master’s degree in Media Arts.

After four years in the United States Air Force, he worked as a film animator for South Carolina Educational Television in Columbia. In 1970, he became Director of Media for the Chester County Schools.

In 1973, he began teaching in the Media Arts Department at the University of South Carolina. During his college years, he was a member of a locally successful rockabilly band, Uncle John’s Band. In 1980, he moved to Charleston, where he managed The Charleston Adventure Theatre, a multi-media theatre for tourists.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of “Friends of The Riviera,” a group formed to save the art deco Riviera Theatre in Charleston. His book, “Movie Theaters of Charleston: Hollywood Meets the Holy City” was published in 1994. A revised edition co-written with Mark Tiedje, was published in 2009. John's most recent book is a memoir of his first thirty-seven years entitled: "Leave a Trail."



Mark C. Tiedje

Mark C. Tiedje is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he earned a degree in technical theatre.

He worked as Technical Director at WFTV, Channel 9, in Orlando, Florida. During his college years, he worked in summer stock with The Valley Players, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, and as an usher at the Daytona Theatre in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In 1970, he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he was Director of Promotion and Publicity at both WCBD-TV, Channel 2, and WCIV, Channel 4. He recently retired from the College of Charleston, where he was Media Relations Coordinator for the School of the Arts.

He is a member of the Theatre Historic Society (THS), American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS), and a former member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) for sixteen years.

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