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Spotlight: Dillon Giles

A Southern Appalachian Christmas is showing December 8-18, 2022 here at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre!

In this holiday musical set right here in WNC, Sara hasn’t been home for Christmas since she moved to New York six years ago. Now, for the first time in years, Sara is back in her hometown, celebrating with the family and friends she left behind. During this visit, she learns exactly what’s most important to her and gains a new respect for where she came from. It’s a story of love, hope, and cheer during the holiday season.

We reached out to Dillon Giles to find out more about him and his experience working on this production.

What is your favorite part of this show and why?

I love working on original stuff and honestly the big tension scene between me and my sister in this show is a blast to perform!

What have you loved so far about working with SART?

Honestly I love the opportunities presented for growth and the trusting loving community here. Everyone tries to work together to make the best show possible and I'm allowed to stay in tune with my skills on the building side of life by working as their master carpenter this past season along with being an actor in several shows.

Tell us about your character. What’s your favorite thing about them? What do you love about getting to portray them?

Ford is honestly very much like me in his mostly laid back attitude but also has a deep connection to family and doesn't respond well when he feels family has wronged family. I come from a large mix match family that's very close but have felt those intense moments in my real life so it's interesting to be able to portray that in a show especially when you know the actual feeling. Sometimes being only 27 means you're playing into emotions you always haven't experienced and you're going off of what you've heard and seen so it's a different way to work coming from a personal experience and it's really enlightening and fun.

How did you get into theatre?

I have actually been doing theatre since kindergarten when I was the Ringmaster in the ABC Circus! I've always wanted to be a professional actor of any variety but theatre has always been my true passion. Over this past year I realized I had opportunities I was having to pass up to keep a regular 9 to 5 job and decided it was time to take the leap into being a full time professional actor and I couldn't be happier to be doing what I've always dreamed of doing.

What’s your favorite thing to do in the area?

I love going to some breweries and restaurants! It's a great town for that. Also my immediate family lives mostly in this area so I get to do a lot of stuff with my parents when I'm not on out of town gigs!

What about this production are you the most excited about?

Im excited to see the audiences reaction to this brand new Appalachian christmas musical. I think it could be something they all really connect with and love.

What’s your favorite part about performing?

I love the way you can make other people feel. It is honestly one of the most exciting things to see and hear the reactions and comments from people especially when something you do truly moves them.

Do you have any upcoming projects we should check out?

I've got a lot of different auditions and things brewing right now for all of next year so nothing to check out quite yet but I'm on Facebook and out people can find info on what I've got coming up next there. I'm currently working on a website to be able to be a more direct connection to folks that are interested in finding those shows and dates out so more on that in the future!


Dillon Giles is a professional actor based in Asheville, NC. He was last seen at SART as Gabe in First Date. Some of his favorite past roles are Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz and many more. He would like to thank his family, friends, and his partner for all their support in his acting career and life.

A Southern Appalachian Christmas is showing December 8-18, 2022. Grab your tickets here:

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