The Cast


Eleanor Carney

Eleanor CarneyOriginally from New Orleans, LA, Mrs. Carney began her dance training with Harvey Hysell and Joseph Giaccobbe. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Anthropology. She has danced professionally with Indianapolis Ballet Theater, the Lexington Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Delta Festival Ballet and Montgomery Ballet. Some of Mrs. Carney's principal roles include Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, The Moor's Pavane, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swanhilda as well as Darwin. Mrs. Carney is currently guesting and teaching throughout the United States as well as performing with her husband Ian in their new show, Darwin.

Whitney Popp

Whitney PoppWhitney Popp began her training in her hometown in eastern Washington at the Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet. She trained with the Mid-Colombia Ballet under the direction of Debra Rogo. Whitney later studied with the Pacific Northwest Ballet under the wing of Patricia Barker, leading her to northern California where she spent five years as a Principal dancer with the Sacramento Ballet. There she performed many roles, such as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, and The Cowgirl in Agnes de Milles' Rodeo. After moving to New York, she was discovered by Twyla Tharp and later received honorable reviews for works such as The Fugue and Surfer at the River Styx. Whitney spent three years with Movin' Out dancing the lead roles of Judy and Brenda. Recently she has enjoyed dancing works by Corbian LLC and Twyla Tharp both locally and internationally with her husband Corbin.

Stephen Charles Nicholson

Stephen Charles Nicholson Mr. Nicholson has appeared in many off-Broadway stage productions as well as independent films and is pleased to be joining the cast of Darwin. Education: B.A. from Colgate University in Religion with an Asian Studies minor, MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School. He also has many graduate hours in Elementary Education acquired during his two years teaching grades 2 and 3 with Teach for America in the Louisiana public schools.

Michael Quintana

Michael QuintanaOriginally from Oxnard, California and a recent graduate of Tulane University with a BA in Dance. He has performed in New Orleans for two years with the Anne Burr Dance Company, the Newcomb Dance Company and recently gave his debut performance with D-Project at the Contemporary Art Center. He would like to thank all those who opened doors that would have blocked his way.


Tierney St. John

Tierney St. JohnBorn and raised just outside of New York City, Tierney took an interest in the performing arts and dance at a young age. She received a BA in Dance and Sociology from Tulane University in New Orleans, and immediately began to immerse herself in the dance community and culture. She was a member and choreographer in both the Newcomb Dance Company and Tsunami Dance Company, and also collaborated with the Patrik-Widrig Dance Theatre, John/Allen Project and First Physical Theatre Company. In 2006, Tierney performed Katrina, Katrina: Love Letters to New Orleans at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and in 2007 was invited back for an Amtrak tour of the show that culminated with a Main Stage performance. In 2008, she taught, choreographed, and performed for the National Arts Festival of South Africa. Tierney joined Corbian in 2008 and is extremely grateful to her family and the amazing cast of the show for their unmatched talent and support!

Elizabeth R. Daniels

Elizabeth R. DanielsElizabeth R. Daniels is very excited to be performing with Darwin! Some favorite credits include The Sound of Music (Asian tour), The Music Man, White Widow, The Wild Party, Let Freedom Swing! and the World Premiere of Cold As Ice; the first figure skating musical, co-starring Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul. Elizabeth would like to dedicate this performance to her childhood ballet teacher, Mim. Thanks to Ian and Eleanor for the great opportunity to do what I love and see the country. Love and gratitude to Mom and Dad.

Johnathon Whalen

Johnathon Whalen Johnathon Whalen is a New Orleans native and is excited to be joining the cast of Darwin. He has most recently been seen in Let Freedom Swing! at The National World War II Museum. Johnathon also enjoys set design, having worked on Little Shop of Horrors, The Sound of Music, and Grease, all done locally in New Orleans. He has recently made the leap into film, having worked on Battle: Los Angeles and The Green Lantern. He wants to thank everyone at Corbian for their support and enthusiasm!

Tara Brewer

Tara BrewerTara Brewer is a former dance major at the University of Southern Mississippi where she has recently returned to complete her B.F.A. in dance education. Tara has performed and acted as dance captain in many theatre venues in the Greater New Orleans area including Le Petit Theatre, Tulane Summer Lyric, Jazzland Theme Park, and most recently, the Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum, where she performs regularly as a Victory Belle. Other recent credits include The Apple Tree, A…. My Name is Alice, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She is excited to glow in the dark with Corbian!