Carol Cadby has been a theatre educator for 30+ years working on the secondary, college and professional level.  At Yorktown High School, she has been the Theatre Arts Department Chair for 23 years and has created a cutting-edge program that focuses on ensemble, self-development, experimentation, and original work.


In addition to teaching at Yorktown, she teaches at George Mason University and The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, Honors Conservatory.  She has a B.A. (Art) from Grinnell College and an M.A.I.S. from George Mason University (Arts-Based Self-development Education).  She studied withrenowned acting teachers Uta Hagen and Herbert Bergof and is trained in Viewpoints, Laban Movement, and Meisner Acting Technique.  She was also a professional stage and film actor based in Miami, Florida. Her professional activities have included Arts Commissioner for Arlington County, Board Member of Educational Theatre Company, Theatre Arts Lead Teacher and Mentor Teacher for Arlington Public Schools.  She is also an Executive and Leadership Coach working with professionals on vocal and physical presence with OLA Consulting.

Carol’s numerous directing and teaching awards include two Outstanding Theatre Program Awards from the Educational Theatre Association, two Elizabeth Campbell Awards for Excellence in the Arts for The Imaginary Invalid and The Girls Who Glow; and representing Virginia at SETC with Nora’s Lost.  She has also garnered 23 Virginia Governor School Educator Citations; four Arts Teacher Recognition Awards from the Educational Theatre Association and the Nat’l Foundation for Advancement of the Arts; two Yorktown Teacher of the Year Awards, and has been nominated for a Tony Award in Theatre Education.

Most recently, she received the 2017 F. Loren Winship Secondary School Theatre Award from the American Association of Theatre Educators, nationally recognizing her long-term contribution as a pioneer in secondary education.