Whitaker Gannon (she/her) is a proud Theatre Director, Performer, Multi-media Artist, and Activist, whose love for the arts started during her time as a lifer at HHP, performing in several theatre productions and taking music and arts classes over the years.
After graduating in 2015, she went to undergrad at Wake Forest University as a Presidential Scholar for Visual Arts for her photography (shout out to Mrs. Ram!) and majored in Communications with a concentration in Film/Media Studies. Whitaker continued her acting career at Wake, performing in productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Bright Room Called Day, Spring Awakening, and Caucasian Chalk Circle. Additionally, Whitaker discovered a love of directing, and subsequently directed several works including Us/Them, In on It, and Laughtracks (an annual sketch comedy production).
After graduating from WFU, Whitaker came back to HHI and became the Resident Assistant Director at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, where she was AD for several productions (Legally Blonde, Murder on the Orient Express, Kiss Me, Kate, and Neil Simon’s Rumors). During the COVID shutdown, Whitaker got the opportunity to be the director, cinematographer, and video editor for a streamed production of the play ChipandGus. After its success, she was asked to direct her first professional production, RED, in April 2021, and most recently directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both on the Arts Center Stage.
Outside of her theatrical pursuits, Whitaker has held leadership positions on various committees both at WFU and in the community, gave a TEDx talk about neurodiversity and autism acceptance, was a speaker at the Stories of Dreams and Social Justice: Women & Gender Studies Symposium, and helped found the inaugural Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion round table at the Arts Center.