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Nichole Cabaniss

Theatre Director
Ms. Cabaniss has been on stage since the age of 3 when she was in her first ballet recital and played a robin. Since then, the theatre bug has always had a hold. Ms. Cabaniss has done all forms of dance from Ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz and Irish. She holds a B.A. in English with Theatre Endorsement and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching specialized in the Theatre and English classroom from James Madison University. Ms. Cabaniss has directed shows such as Cathleen Ni Houlihan, Cinderella, The Pajama Game, Peter Pan and Wendy, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek: The Musical and more. Ms. Cabaniss is a well-know fight choreographer and a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and dance choreographer for local theatre companies and private projects. She also serves as a lighting designer and producer for volunteer and hire throughout the community. Ms. Cabaniss's students have won multiple awards from outstanding actor/actress awards, Best Choreography (2018), Best Dance Ensemble (2018) and has been nominated for best direction of a musical (2018) and best direction of a play (2019) as a part of the National Youth Art Awards. Ms. Cabaniss also serves as a social media director for the Virginia Theatre Association's Secondary Division. Ms. Cabaniss has always wanted to be a teacher and has served as both a Professor of English and as the Theatre Director at JCHS.