Theater Faculty


Sally Anderson
Sally Anderson is an actor, director and teacher of theatre, who has worked all over the world. She was dialogue coach for Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy, Nobody’s Fool, Camilla), and Hume Cronyn (12 Angry Men, Sea People) for many years. 

She was one of the founding members of the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport Connecticut. She won the 1999 NETC Moss Hart Award for her production of Arcadia.  From 1982 -1992, she was a regular actor, director, and stage manager at Vineyard Playhouse in Martha’s Vineyard. Known to local audiences for her performances as Shirley Valentine in Shirley Valentine and Marjorie in The Porch, she appeared as Evelyn in Kindertransport for the Holocaust Conference at Shenandoah University in Virginia.

Sally is a local director (The Jungle Book (SU), The 39 Steps (WLT), Deathtrap (WLT), and occasional stage manager for Shenandoah Conservatory where she has taught theatre (Accents & Dialects, Scene Study and Stage Management) since 2002. Sally has taught PAVAN and SRGS for many years. Discovering film acting in her ‘old age’, she has made three films in the past year!

Her most recent films are Your Last Six Inches (for which she won the WMIFF Best Supporting Actress Award), and Charity, and A Little Off The Top. Sally has also made three videos for the Virginia Dept of Health ‘Healthy Bites’ program. Most recently, Sally was Keynote Speaker at the Lord Fairfax Association for the Education of Young Children (LFAEYC) Fall Conference in October 2012. Anderson’s address was titled CLASSROOM DRAMA: Serving the Whole Child. In the spring of 2013, she will be introducing a new class for Acting Majors at Shenandoah Conservatory called Simulation: the Interactive Actor. The course will train young actors to perform behavioral patterns and deliver specific, realistic interpersonal stimuli in the ‘worlds’ of education, physicians, nurses and first responders.


Tony Cimino-Johnson

Mr. Cimino-Johnson received his Master of Arts from New York University in Drama Therapy and his Bachelors of Arts in Theatre Arts with a minor in Psychology from McDaniel College. Over the past 7 years, Mr. Cimino-Johnson's theatre department have won local, national and international awards. Within the last three years, his students have received over $2 Million in scholarship monies, and five of his students have received full-ride scholarships to prestigious schools to pursue theatre. In 2014-2015, Mr. Cimino-Johnson was nominated for and became a finalist for Loudoun County Teacher of the Year. In 2011 - 2012, Mr. Cimino-Johnson was one of eight finalist for Carroll County Teacher of the year, and received an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. While attending McDaniel College, Cimino was nominated for the Director's Award for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. As a result, his show "The Zoo Story" was chosen for the KCACTF Fringe Festival, as well as receiving awards for Costumes, Stage Management, Acting and Props. In 2009, he received 2nd Place in the "Director's Competition" at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He has also served as an adjunct professor at McDaniel College and has directed at Carroll Community College. In 2008, Cimino-Johnson founded "The Arts Coming Together In Carroll County" in order to unite theatre artists across the region to celebrate in all the performing arts. Within TACTICC, Inc. he founded the impACT Program, an arts education program for children - adults who are interested in developing their skills and spirit as a performer, designer, and creator.