At Johnson High School, we push ourselves to create a program that is accepting and loving for all of our students, teachers, parents and alumni. Between performances, rehearsals, work calls, and trips we are together for the majority of our time. With the help from our Director, Student Leadership team, Drama Parents, and Faculty and Staff, we are excited for the future of our troupe!
Dakota Stockton is no stranger to the Gainesville, and Oakwood Areas. He grew up in Braselton, frequenting places like Nichol's Diner, Loretta's, Cook Out and Ollie's. Dakota attended Piedmont University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama Education. While at Piedmont, Dakota had several opportunities to further his passion for theatre including acting, designing, stage managing, and directing. Upon his graduation in December of 2020, Dakota accepted a job teaching Middle School Theatre in Gwinnett County, and taught there until May of 2022. Dakota has also worked professionally as a Production Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Master Carpenter, Actor, and Technician at Regional Theatres such as The North Georgia Theatre, The Sautee Nacoochee Cultural Center, and The Lost Colony.
Dakota is a Member of EdTA, International Thespian Society, and Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society
Rachel Mayo is a professional singer, voice teacher, and choral director in the Greater Atlanta area. She is entering her 5th year of teaching middle (and now) high school chorus, and she currently directs the adult and children's music ministries at her church in Lawrenceville, GA. Ms. Mayo received her Bachelors in Music Education from Berry College and is currently working toward a Masters in Music Education from Georgia College and State University. Prior to college, Ms. Mayo starred as the role of "Belle" in her high school's production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Mayo conducted the Berry Singers on their international tour to the Czech Republic and Austria. Her passions include choral music, vocal pedagogy, and helping students to become the best people and musicians they can be. Ms. Mayo lives with her orange tabby cat, Simba.
Ms. Mayo is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, and National Association for Music Educators.