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Welcome Darrel Whitney!
Darrel is thrilled to be the newest member of The Academy Theatre Team! Darrel hails from Erie, where he attended McDowell High School. He studied Music and History at Edinboro University, where he graduated with both degrees. After college in 2001, he was cast as Caiaphas in The Academy’s summer production of Jesus Christ Superstar, sparking a love affair with the theatre. In the following years, he performed the roles of Father in Children of Eden, Che in Evita, and Sweeny Todd in Sweeny Todd. In 2004, he relocated to New York City where after some years there was cast as Caiaphas in the four year long North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar starring Ted Neeley. His most recent production at The Academy was the reprise of his previous role of Sweeny Todd in Sweeny Todd, where he performed next to the incomparable Julia Kemp. As Administrator, Darrel is excited to give back to the community and theatre that inspired him to live his dream!