By Angela Lambinus
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – As adjunct professor, massage therapist, director and more, Curt Whipple has plenty of accomplishments to be proud of.
Whipple grew up looking up to his parents as his mentors to become the person he is today. His father, an opera singer, and mother, a painter and nurse, he knew he was following in good shoes.
Whipple says he knew growing up he wanted to be in the acting industry, even pursuing a major in education at Penn State, Whipple changed his plans when his father told him to do what he loves to do. Whipple graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor in fine arts, followed by two years post-graduate in professional acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in NYC under Sanford Meisner, who became another mentor in Whipple’s life.
As an adjunct professor at Camden County College for 18 years and Rowan University for 22 years, Whipple teaches public speaking, acting and voice articulation. As a director, Whipple directs “Spoon River Anthology” for Camden County College and has directed in Philadelphia at the Walnut St. Theater for plays including “Savage in Limbo,” “Women of Manhattan” and “Hurley Burley.” Before his directing came along, Whipple was an actor since the age of 7, including acting in New York City for 15 years in soap operas such as “Another World” and “All My Children.”
Aside from all of these accomplishments, Whipple also has been a massage therapist for 15 years, taught massage therapy for seven years and is working at his private practice.
When asked what he likes to do on his down time away from teaching, directing, acting, etc., he says he likes to go to the shore and loves to go to restaurants and try new food. Whipple also loves to travel, having been all over to places like England, Germany, Italy, China, Switzerland and Peru.
Describing himself as spontaneous, humorous and “a bit devilish,” Whipple states, “I love new adventures in learning and travel,” and says there is not much in his life he would change. As to what’s next for him in life, he replies, “Everything. Developing interior design, shore time, travel.”
Michael Avery, a student in Whipple’s public speaking class, says the one thing Whipple has taught him that he’ll hold onto for the future is, “Never be afraid to step up to the plate. You’ll succeed when you do. When you hide, you’ll accomplish nothing.”
Whipple adds, “You have to be careful of following the mentality of the herd. Don’t do what others say you should, as opposed to making choices for yourself.”