Edison Drama Teacher/Director
Serving as the theatre and film teacher at Thomas Edison High School since 2017, Jeffrey Walker has more than 20 years’ experience as an educator. During his previous years at Edison, he has directed such shows as Mamma Mia, The Laramie Project, Into the Woods, Clue (High School Edition), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, to name just a few.
Since joining FCPS, Mr. Walker has served as a volunteer and steering committee member for Cappies of the National Capital Area (The Cappies – NCA), the student-led organization celebrating high school theatre productions.
Mr. Walker began his teaching career in Culpeper County, serving at Culpeper Middle School and Eastern View High School. Along with beginning to advanced-level theatre courses, Mr. Walker also taught public speaking. Between the two Culpeper schools, Mr. Walker produced and directed more than 40 plays and musicals (one-acts and full-length productions) including Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Grease, You Can't Take it with You, Anime Momotaro, The Crucible, See How They Run, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, The Diary of Anne Frank, Doubt, and West Side Story.
He co-founded Culpeper’s summer musical enrichment program with his wife (a music educator) producing shows such as Les Misérables (school edition) and Hairspray, Junior. Mr. and Mrs. Walker reside in Culpeper where they raised two college-aged sons.
Aside from theatre education, Mr. Walker has also served as a part-time theatre journalist and critic, having written for both print and online publications, such as DC Theatre Scene and Broadway World (.com).
Prior to a career in education, Mr. Walker was active in community and professional theatres in Southwest Virginia for many years, dividing his time between performing and directing. In recent years, he returned to theatre productions outside of school, running summer musical theatre camps, and directing an award-winning production of Noises Off for Fauquier Community Theatre (2022).