Wharton, Julia - drama

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Julia (Julie) Wharton

Julie in NYC

Hello! I am excited about joining the CTKIS community and look forward to sharing my passion for theatre. I have years of full time theatre teaching experience. I have taught theatre in two different public schools in Fairfax County, VA, two different American International Schools (Zimbabwe and Guatemala) and one Cambridge International private school. My diplomat husband and I  have lived in Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala, South Africa and Zimbabwe and moved to Asheville almost two years ago. I am a very proud mom to three adult 'kids', I love to hike, horseback ride, and read on the beach, and I speak Spanish.  

In addition to teaching, I adore directing and have directed 40+ productions. Most recently I directed 'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder at Parkway Playhouse and will be directing 'Little Women' at Asheville Community Theatre in the spring. So I look forward to directing the annual musical production here at Koontz. 

I believe theatre education is an effective AND FUN way to develop vitally important 21st Century skills. My goal is not to train stars of stage and screen (though some may choose to pursue that!) but to challenge students in ways that help them become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, confident communicators, cooperative team workers, wise risk takers, empathetic citizens and more. I work hard to manage a positive process while guiding students towards outstanding outcomes.

The parents, students, teachers and administration of any school working together as a community achieve the best results. I am always happy to hear from parents - please don't hesitate to email me with questions, concerns, information or kudos!  I do my best to answer emails as quickly as possible. Email Mrs. Wharton