St. John's Welcomes New Director of St. John's Theatre
St. John’s College High School welcomes Whitney Geohagan as the new director of St. John’s Theatre.
Raised in Silver Spring, MD, Geohagan attended the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington and later studied theatre, dance, and performance at the University of Maryland, College Park. While attending UMD, she honed her skills as a poet and playwright, acted in shows, lead student groups, and learned as much as she could about the technical aspects of theatre.
After graduation, she worked as an event coordinator for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in their Arts and Cultural Heritage Division, and as an instructor for their summer playwriting class. Previously Geohagan worked with Adventure Theatre, Olney Theatre, and the Kennedy Center, but her love of teaching started in church, where she often helped with Sunday school and served as a worship leader.
After joining the St. John’s community, she states, “When I first got here, even though I wasn’t yet the theatre director, being around the students was enough to make me feel like I was where I was meant to be.” (Fun fact: as a band member in elementary school, she performed at St. John’s on several occasions, and with an Honors Band co-directed by St. John’s own Mr. Hammann!)
This year, Geohagan organized A Night on Broadway in just four short weeks, which allowed the students to perform for a live audience for the first time in 2021. The students sang, acted, and danced to a medley of songs from Broadway shows. “Despite the challenges of putting on a show in a month’s time, the cast and crew had a great time working as a team to entertain the community. I am so proud of the students and look forward to teaching and mentoring them through the theatre program.”