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S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts alum stars in ABC’s “The Mayor” premiering Oct. 3

Brandon Micheal Hall, a graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, will make his primetime television debut in ABC’s new comedy, “The Mayor,” which premieres on October 3, 2017. Twenty-four-year-old Hall plays Courtney Rose, a rapper who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt and unexpectedly wins.

THE MAYOR – ABC’s “The Mayor” stars Brandon Micheal Hall as Courtney Rose. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)

Hall, a South Carolina native from Anderson, attended Pendleton High School before being selected to attend the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities, 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 S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities drama graduates who have been accepted into this highly competitive program since 2003, including “The Orange is the New Black” star, Danielle Brooks and 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.”

Hall is a series regular in TBS’ critically-acclaimed “Search Party”, which releases its second season on November 19, and has also appeared in Comedy Central’s “Broad City.” On “The Mayor,” produced by “Hamilton” Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs and Jeremy Bronson, Hall joins actors Yvette Nicole Brown, Bernard David Jones, Marcel Spears, Lea Michele, and David Spade.

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 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 television 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 Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook via @SCGSAH.

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