is to produce professional style productions for our community at large including educational presentations while giving local talent ages 6 to 21 an opportunity to gain professional experience through working with established actors. directors, choreographers and/or composers from beyond the greater Western Carolina Region.

Our Mission

Lesia Kaye - Executive Director

Robert Clater - Producing Artisitc Director

Nisreen Patiwalla - President

Melissa Painchaud - Vice President

Dr. Steve Farris - Secretary

Mike Barnett

Brenda Bush

Jeri Lemke

Jenny Parker


Dancing For The Stars Coordinator

Laura Levinson

DFTS Silent Auction Co-ordinator

Lori Anne Whitman

Hank Weddington - Treasurer

Board of Directors

***Check out the performing arts school and training program CKT


Carolina Broadway Theatre Company (CBTC) is a 501c3 theatre company headquartered in Hickory, NC. CBTC performs locally providing performance opportunities with theatre pros for local youth. CBTC provides a transition into the professional world for aspiring artists. Productions have involved guest stars and artistic staff selected from LA & NY, who become mentors and business contacts for these young aspirants.

CBTC is proud to be home the only SDC Director and Choreographer in the state of North Carolina.


Thanks to our exclusive partnership with Clater-Kaye Theatreworks which matches our financial assistance scholarships dollar for dollar, each scholarship is doubled for qualified applicants. 


Past participants include: Stephen Schwartz: Winner of 3 Oscars, 4 Grammys, Multiple Tonys for Wicked, Godspell, Pippin, Pocahontas, Enchanted & more Paul Kreppel: SAG Board Member, Tony Award, TV Star, Megan Larche: Casting Director/Broadway Producer, Bring It On, Hairspray, Its Complicated, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Darren Ledbetter: Musical Director/Production Music Associate, Dreamgirls, Motown, Grease, Rock of Ages, Chicago, Footloose

From the Executive Director, Lesia Kaye

Having grown up in North Carolina, I wanted to share my experiences in the Professional Theatrical world with other kids who I knew were hungry for it just like I was.  Robert Clater and I founded CBTC in order to open doors and opportunities to fellow North Carolinians who dare to dream of a bigger and brighter future full of passion and song!

Contact Info



Phone: 828-330-0182