Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. English and Theatre Endorsement from James Madison University M.A.T. in Teaching from James Madison University
Ms. Nicki Cabaniss
Ms. Cabaniss has been on stage since the age of 3 when she was in her first ballet recital and played a robin. Since then, the theatre bug has always had a hold. Ms. Cabaniss has done all forms of dance from Ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz and Irish. She holds a B.A. in English with Theatre Endorsement and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching specialized in the Theatre and English classroom from James Madison University. Ms. Cabaniss has directed shows such as Cathleen Ni Houlihan, Cinderella, The Pajama Game, Peter Pan and Wendy, Beauty and the Beast, Shrek: The Musical and more. Ms. Cabaniss is a fight choreographer and a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and a dance choreographer. She has also served as a lighting designer and producer for volunteer and hire throughout the community. Ms. Cabaniss's students have won multiple awards from outstanding actor/actress awards, Best Choreography (2018), Best Dance Ensemble (2018) and has been nominated for best direction of a musical (2018) and best direction of a play (2019) as a part of the National Youth Art Awards. Ms. Cabaniss's is also a playwright and has produced two original shows with one show winning Best Storytelling at the Virginia Thespian Fesitval (2020). Ms. Cabaniss also serves on the Secondary Leadership team for the Virginia Theatre Association. Ms. Cabaniss has always wanted to be a teacher and served as Professor of English before taking over the Theatre program at John Champe in 2013.
-Ms. Cabaniss was born and raised in Loudoun County and is a graduate of LCPS.
-She has has three pets: a dog named Lilly, a cat named Maya and a Turtle she has owned since she was five named Ed.
-Favorite Board game is Villanious.
-Favorite food is Seafood.
-Favorite color is green, yellow or light pink.
-Favorite flower is peonies.
-Favorite play is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
-Favorite musical is Ghost: The Musical or Tuck Everlasting
-Favorite book is The Giver.
-Ms. Cabaniss can recite the family tree of the Royal Family by heart and is well-versed in Tudor Lore.
-Hobbies include Dance, Archery, Painting, writing.
-Ms. Cabaniss was a college athlete (JMU Archery)
Ms. Cabaniss 2020-2021 Schedule is still pending