Biography

Whitney Eads began working at Columbus Academy in the spring of 2016 as Choreographer of the Upper School musical and then moved into her current role as Creative Expressions Teacher that same fall. She is also Director and Choreographer of the Middle School Musical and the Upper School MusicalChoreographer, and will begin teaching acting and movement in the Upper School during the 2019-20 school year. She has also served as an actor, director, and choreographer with Available Light Theatre since 2011, and has been a Company Member of Available Light since 2016. Whitney has an extensive background in performing arts, including Artist Educator with CATCO, Choreographer at The Wellington School, Teaching Artist with the Theatre Action Project,Managing Director of Vortex Theatre, and Assistant Director of the Big Thoughts program through Creative Solutions in Dallas, Texas. Whitney has a B.A. inTheatre (acting/directing) from Hope College where she graduated summa cum laude and also earned the Junior and Senior Theatre Awards. She is also the recipient of the Williams College Book Award, Delta Kappa Gamma Future Teachers Scholarship, is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, and co-authored an article published in the Ohio Journal of English Language Arts. As Director of Every Brilliant Thing (Available Light Theatre), Whitney was nominated for a Jebby Award for “Best Production” and the production was voted “Best Productions of 2018” by The Columbus Dispatch. Whitney and her husband, Clay, have a son, Henry ’33.

Whitney’s favorite thing about Columbus Academy
“The support and friendship I feel from my colleagues. The encouragement to pursue my ideas and plans for professional development.”

Favorite sports team
Not a sports team, but my favorite theatre company is Available Light Theatre (I'm biased, I know).”

Education
  • B.A. Hope College , Theatre; Acting/Directing