Whitman Drama is an award-winning high school drama program serving Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Md. The company produces at least three shows each year: a fall musical featuring accompaniment by a student orchestra; a winter play; and a student-directed talent show.
Additionally, the program hosts workshops and student-managed theater projects.
The Daryl Shaw Auditorium, home of the Whitman Drama program, holds 1,200 seated audience members.
We are structured like a conservatory program, with its primary focus on the process of artistic development rather than the end-product. Students are responsible for all aspects of show production and handle multiple theater components—everything from on-stage performance to stage design to technical and production management.
Whitman Drama strives to promote intelligence, commitment, diversity and an understanding of the human condition by applying techniques based in realism.
Tyler Herman (he/him/his) grew up in the land not ceded by the Nacotchtank people, or Silver Spring. He is a brother, husband, actor, director, and teacher --and now, a father). Tyler loves board games, watching movies, and playing with his adorable puppy, Covi (@thecovicam on Insta). Tyler's theatrical and educational work has been seen all around the area, onstage, offstage, and through mentorship and work with several synagogues. He is a founding company member of Faction of Fools Theatre Company. Tyler has had the immense financial and logistical privilege of attending Cornell and Brown universities, and having the means and family support to study theatre, dance, life, music, acting, troublemaking, and directing at those institutions. He is so excited to get to know the Whitman community and get our hands dirty asking tough questions and making fun, excellent theatre.
Alex Evans (he/they) is a native of Montgomery County and has been doing technical theatre since he was a sophomore in high school. He received the start of his professional education at Montgomery College, three and a half years worth, including its well loved Summer Dinner Theater. Alex went on to work all over the DMV area, but eventually found a home at the ATLAS Performing Arts Center. After starting out as a basic over-hire (2008 was a bad year), he would go on to become the Production Manager overseeing all 5 of the ATLAS performance/event spaces.
Alex came to Whitman in 2018 with 12 years of professional theatre experience and 5 years experience as a Technical Director. Currently he is in his 8th year of teaching technical theatre to high school students and has also spent 4 years teaching professional development training for adults as part of ATLAS' Stagecraft program. He has enjoyed these past years at Whitman and expects to be here for many more to come. He believes the students are ambitious and creative, and that it is simply a privilege to help them make art.
Whitman Drama is a largely student-run organization. Each staff member undergoes a rigorous assistant-ship and interview process before assuming their positions.
Our 2022-2023 student production staff includes:
Reporting to each student director is a team which is chosen via interview at the start of the production process.
Each Whitman Drama production involves actor workshops, interest meetings and rather intense audition and callback procedures. Our actors range in experience from newcomers to professional performers in the area and beyond. Each actor is trained to grow to his/her/their potential through the creative process.
Elle Woods - Maddie Belanoff
Margot - Sammy Sanders
Serena - Macie Slater
Pilar - Pearl Rehm
Warner - Will Young
Vivienne - Ashley Scharpf
Enid - Leanne Tan
Aaron - Liam Darnell
Padamadan/Kyle - Luciana Leyton
Emmett- Joseph Akinyoyenu
Callahan - Ryan Robbins
Brooke - Kiara Pearce
Paulette - Ellie Arenstein
Naomi Ahrens (Gaelen, Bookish Client)
Georgia Benton (Store Manager, Kiki the Colorist)
Joe Henderson (Dewey, Pfortzheimer)
Adam Browning (Winthrop, Nikos)
Tejis Lodato (Elle's Dad, Harvard Student at party)
Kathryn Edmonds (Chutney, Guard)
Andrea Williams (Grandmaster Chad, Cashier)
Jacqueline Hull (Elle's Mom, TV Reporter)
Tulip Kaya (Girl (a delta nu), H&H salesgirl)
Allison Khani (Kate, Court Stenographer)
Elana Snyder (Leilani, D.A. Joyce Riley)
Clara Cortelletti (Jet Blue Pilot, 2nd Perfume Girl, Saleswoman, Dana)
Anne Heissenbuttel (Whitney, Judge)
Michael Houle (Carlos, Lowell)
Walt Whitman Drama Boosters is a not-for-profit Maryland corporation that supports the Whitman Drama program, including its theatrical productions and related activities. Whitman Drama Boosters supports and promotes the drama program’s mission of educating students in drama, musical theater, vocal performance, dance, technical theater, and production management. The organization coordinates volunteer efforts and raises funds to support the activities of the Whitman Drama program.
Funds support each season’s production costs, new equipment (such as sound and lighting improvements), workshops with local professionals, summer theater opportunities, and other projects for all students interested in the theater–both on stage and in the technical areas.
Whitman Drama Boosters is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law.
2022/2023 Board Members
Elizabeth Benton, Amy Clayman, Rachel Janger, Susan Kulp, Betsy McIntyre, Beth Tello, Heidi Treuenfels, & Miriam Weintraub
Whitman Drama is fortunate to partner with the Whitman Music Program in order to have the luxury of a full pit orchestra for the winter musical! Students audition via video and then a full ensemble is chosen. Our current Pit Orchestra for Legally Blonde has 44 members!