JOHN GRIMMETT, HEAD THEATRE DIRECTOR
JOHN GRIMMETT is a composer, writer, and director.
His work has been performed internationally as well as at universities and conservatory training programs, among others. You can read more about his professional career here.
Mr. Grimmett’s mentors include Edward Albee, Jake Heggie, and David Ashley White. A graduate of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, he received an M.F.A. at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University, where he was a recipient of the Max Dreyfus Scholarship from the ASCAP Foundation in recognition of his talent as a musical theatre composer. In addition to a non-profit management certificate from Molloy College, he is certified to teach Music (K-12), Theatre (K-12), Art (K-12), and English Language Arts and Reading (7-12).
Now entering his fifth year in Pearland ISD, Mr. Grimmett leads the theatre program at Dawson High School where he co-directs and designs all mainstage theatre productions as well as leads the curricular and programmatic vision for the department. In his time at Dawson, he has launched a new works festival where students write, direct, and produce their own short plays in a twenty-four hour period as well as sponsor the first UIL Theatrical Design State Qualifier in the school’s history. In 2019, Mr. Grimmett helped form the school’s first International Thespian Society Troupe (#8922) with over 45 charter members.
Mr. Grimmett is a proud member of the Educational Theatre Association, Texas Educational Theatre Association, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild of America. When he’s not at school, he lives in Friendswood with his husband, Edgar, who is an artist, and his dog, Pilsner, who is a lot of trouble.
And he would like to publicly thank his mother, who still comes to every performance.
CODY EDGAR, ASSISTANT THEATRE DIRECTOR
CODY EDGAR is a Houston native and lifelong theatre practitioner. He attended the University of Texas at Austin where he performed in many mainstage plays and short films. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Studies. He student taught at Round Rock High School in his final semester at the University under the mentorship of widely regarded theatrical educators Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, Joan Lazarus, Deb Alexander, Charles Hobby, and Johanna Whitmore.
Upon graduation he performed in plays and various improv troupes across Houston before leaving the city to lead the theatre program at Copperas Cove High School in Central Texas. While there, he founded Dawghouse Theatre which had tremendous success in the UIL One Act Play Competition, fall musicals, and improv shows.
Mr. Edgar is thrilled to be heading back to the area, and even more thrilled to be joining such a prestigious and important program as Ovation Theatre.
In his free time, Mr. E loves going to the movies (recent favs: Eighth Grade, Us, Won't You Be My Neighbor, Endgame), watching sports (Rockets, Astros, Texans, Packers, Longhorns), spending time with his family (Nieces: Emily, Reilly, Megan, Molly Nephews: Alex, Hudson, Mason, Camden), performing improv (Nobody's Yeti, Outside Skin), eating food (all), and listening to music (Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Billy Joel).
DEVIN NORWOOD, CHOREOGRAPHER
DEVIN NORWOOD is a professional actor, educator, and choreographer who enjoys teaching, laughing, and dancing through life. A 2016 honor graduate of the Sam Houston State University’s Department of Theatre in Musical Theatre, Devin has spent the last few years choreographing and performing in a number of regional, educational, and children’s theater productions. His favorite acting credits include: Cabaret, Damn Yankees (Sam Houston State University); Grey Gardens (River City Repertory Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White Goes West, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland (Unity Theatre); Mockingbird, Akeelah and the Bee, and Holes (Main Street Youth Theatre). His choreography credits include: Rocky Horror Show, Green Day’s American Idiot, Spring Awakening (Lone Star College Montgomery); Honk! Jr. (Unity Theatre); The Pajama Game, and Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and In the Heights (Dawson High School Ovation Theatre).