Carol Cadby has been teaching and coaching for more than two and a half decades at the college, high school and adult levels. She is currently an Adjunct Acting Instructor at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, an Acting teacher at Signature Theatre, Synetic Theatre and The Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts and the Theatre Department Chair at Yorktown High School in Arlington, Virginia. She is also a Leadership Coach with OLA Consulting specializing in voice, speech and leadership presence.

She has conducted workshops for various programs and conferences including: Virginia Theatre Association Staging Tells the Story (2011), Status Games and Tactics in Acting (2010), Stage Combat and Music: The Theatrical Potential of Music and Stylized Movement (2008); Catholic University Masters in Theatre Education Program The Auditioning Process, Writing a One Person Show and Directing (2008-2011) , Signature Theatre Exchange various workshops (2005-2011); Georgetown University's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program Leadership Presence (2007); Southeastern Theatre Conference & American Alliance for Theatre Educator's Conference Self-Discovery Through Acting: Addressing Personal, Social & Developmental Issues in Actor Training (2006 & 2007); and The International Thespian Conference Writing an Original Play – “Subway Dreams” (2001).

Her professional activities include: Arts Commissioner for Arlington County, Board of Directors for Educational Theatre Company in Arlington, VA, Theatre Arts Lead Teacher and Mentor Teacher for Arlington Public Schools and Humanities Program Representative and International Thespian Society Troup Sponsor for Yorktown High School.


She received her Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in 1983 and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts-Based Self Development Education from George Mason University in 2001. She was a professional stage and film actor/director/producer (SAG, AFTRA, SEG, AEA eligible) for ten years based in Miami, Florida, and studied acting at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company and School, Florida International University, and HB Studios in New York City where she studied with renowned teachers and actors, Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. She is also trained in Viewpoints, Laban Movement, Extended Voice and Meisner Acting techniques.

She has directed and produced over 60 plays. Directing credits include: Aida, Bottom's Dream (original adaptation of A Midsummer Nights Dream), Nora's Lost, James and the Giant Peach, The Imaginary Invalid, Dracula (original adaptation), Peter Pan, Animal Farm, Oedipus (original adaptation), Metamorphoses, Seussical, Blood Wedding, East of the Sun, West of the Moon (original production), The Eumenides, Mosquito (original production), The Secret Garden, Carnival, Nevermore: Edgar Allan Poe the Final Mystery, Antigone, Subway Dreams (original production), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar (original adaptation) and The Wizard of Oz. Plays under her direction are highly conceptual and theatrical and have won two Virginia Theatre Association awards (2010 & 2011) and over twenty five Virginia High School League One Act Play Competition awards (1997-2011).

She has received numerous awards including: Wolftrap Scholarship for Performing Arts Teachers (2008-2009), Outstanding Realization of a Movement Concept - Nora's Lost from the South Eastern Theatre Conference (2010), Elizabeth Campbell Award for Excellence in High School Arts from the American Association of University Women (2009), eighteen Virginia Governor’s School Presidential Citations for Outstanding Educator (1998-2007), two Arts Teacher Recognition Awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (1993 & 2001), Outstanding School Award from the Educational Theatre Association (2001), two Yorktown High School Best Teacher of Year Awards (1999 & 2002), Tele Award (2001) Subway Dreams: the Process, a documentary on the Yorktown Theatre Arts program, Outstanding Masters Project Award (2001) and Graduate School Academic Excellence Award (2001), both from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College in 1983 and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.