Theatre Teacher & Artistic Director
I wanted to take a moment both to introduce myself, and to tell you how excited I am to be in my 2nd year as RIOT Theatre's Artistic Director. I’ve been a Frisco ISD teacher for 16 years. I joined the district in 2008 at Liberty High School teaching English, Theatre, and serving for two years as Tech Theatre Director before transferring to Cobb Middle School in 2013 and serving as their Theatre Director for four years. I joined Trent Middle School in 2018 as the Head Theatre Director as well and was a proud member of the WolfPACK for 4 1/2 years. Outside of Frisco ISD, I've also directed professionally for the Denton Community Theatre, and am a frequent freelance contributor to several Dallas publications.
I count myself lucky to be teaching in such an incredible and supportive district, and my mission is to continue to both take our program in new and exciting directions, and to foster a safe and supportive environment.
I’ve always been a lifelong fan of all things Theatre, both as a kid when I saw the Phantom whisk Christine across the stage to the lyrics of “Music of the Night” to my high school and college years where I digested, and became involved in, every play I could get my hands on. The Performing Arts have always been “in my soul”, as The Bard says.
On the personal side, I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Jodi, for 21 years and we have four equally wonderful kids: Maya, Gavin, Sadie and Nolan. They are my harshest critics, biggest fans, and the heart and soul of everything I do.
To my wonderful new students: I can’t wait to start working with you! I believe in three things: hard work, a healthy respect for yourself and for what you do, and caring for and valuing others. Pure and simple. I think if you can nail those things, most everything else will take care of itself, right?
What are you going to get from me? You're going to grow and thrive in your craft, develop a deep love of our chosen art form, get the tools to carry you forward into college, and you're going to do it all in a culture of positivity, inclusivity, and creativity. I, for one, can’t wait to get started on the 2023/2024 season.
I’m proud and honored to be a Lone Star Ranger, and I can’t wait to see what further adventures await us in RIOT Theatre. The possibilities are endless.
Technical Teacher & Technical Director
My name is John Charron and I'm the Technical Theatre Director at Lone Star high school. This will be my 5th year as a Ranger and my 12th year in the district. I came to Theatre relatively late in school, taking the class as a Junior because I needed the credit, but enjoying it so much that I dove in and did multiple productions my Senior year of high school. After a semester as an Aerospace Engineering major in college, I changed to Theatre Arts with a plan to eventually become a teacher. After graduation, I worked in Technical Theatre professionally around Dallas for 3 years before following through on my earlier plan and getting my teaching certificate.
I have a wonderful wife, Kristen, who is by FAR the best audience member a director could ask for and who is universally beloved by my students ...yes, more than they love me. We have a son named Brady who is two years old and is the absolute light of my life. If anyone asks me who my favorite student is, my answer is always my son.
I am so excited to work with you all this year, producing amazing shows and creating lasting memories for RIOT Theatre!