Theatre Education programs for students in Grades 1-8​


Directed by John Whapham

John Whapham, Director

Mr. Whapham has been the Theatre Director at Sycamore High School since the fall of 2005. He teaches Acting, and Technical Theatre courses.  In 2012, Mr. Whapham received the Outstanding Theatre Educator Award from the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mr. Whapham earned his bachelor's degree focusing on Acting, Directing, and Management at Miami University.  He studied Voice and Music at Kent State University and Education at the University of Virginia.  Mr. Whapham received his Master's degree in Education from Xavier University in January of 2007. He is licensed in Theatre, Music and Administration K-12 by the State of Ohio.

Before coming to Sycamore, Mr. Whapham was the Theatre Director of Herndon High School, a 2500-student Fairfax County public school, just outside of Washington, D.C.  In 2004, Mr. Whapham served as the Technical Director for the Cappies National Theatre Program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Under Mr. Whapham's Direction, AVES Theatre and its students have won numerous awards including Superior Ratings by Greater Cincinnati High School League,  Best Musical by The Greater Cincinnati Cappies program in 2006 & 2012 and several Overture Award Finalists and Winners. Several of Mr. Whapham's students have gone on to professional careers in film and on stage.

Mr. Whapham founded Sycamore Summer Theatre, LLC in 2006.  The program serves over 100 students annually.      

Mr. Whapham can be reached via e-mail at