Welcome to Ovation Theatre!

Ovation Theatre
  • Ovation Theatre at Dawson High School has a proud history of accomplishments. It is our responsibility to build upon these successes and set higher standards for this year and for the future. We are privileged to have parents, teachers, administration, and a school board who are committed to having a quality theatre education program in Pearland ISD.

    Our educational goals are to develop competent theatre performers, promote theatre appreciation, enhance the development of responsibility as a citizen, and foster good self-discipline in members of the Ovation Theatre program.

  • Contact Information

    Email: grimmettj@pearlandisd.org
    Office Phone: 281-412-8827

    Students - please contact me via the Canvas inbox!


    Students may schedule tutoring sessions with Mr. Grimmett as needed. Open tutoring sessions will be held on Tuesdays during Eagle Hour (A).

    Conference Requests

    Conferences between the teacher and parents may be scheduled at any time. Phone conferences may be scheduled via e-mail -- please include your most convenient time for a phone call upon your request. Responses to voicemail, e-mail and conference requests will be made within 24 hours of the official request or the following Monday if the request is made on Friday after 12:00pm.

Phone: (281) 412-8827


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music, University of Houston Master of Fine Arts, New York University Certificate in Non-Profit Management, Molloy College Teaching certification in Music (EC-12), Theatre (EC-12), Art (EC-12), and English Language Arts & Reading (7-12) Pearland ISD Aspiring Administrators Academy (2018-2019) Dawson HS Teacher of the Year, Pearland ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, Region 4 Teacher of the Year Finalist (2019-2020) TxETA K-12 Committee, High School Member At-Large (2021 & 2022) TxETA DesignFest Chair (2021) Texas Thespians Advocacy Network Committee (2021) ADDITIONAL DUTIES: Dawson HS Performing Arts Center Manager District 23-6A UIL OAP Chair District UIL Jr. High OAP Coordinator District Theatre Curriculum Committee Chair

John Grimmett

JOHN GRIMMETT is a composer, writer, and director.

A graduate of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston where he studied playwriting with Edward Albee, he completed graduate studies at the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University. Since 2010, his work has been performed internationally by the Washington National Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and Houston Grand Opera, as well as at universities and conservatory training programs at the University of Houston, New York University, and Indiana University, among many others. Additionally, his work has been published by G. Schirmer and recorded by Angels Share Records. In 2015, he was the runner-up for the American Prize in Composition (Opera, Theater, and Film Division).

Since 2017, Mr. Grimmett has lead Ovation Theatre at Dawson High School as the Head Theatre Director where he co-directs and designs all mainstage theatre productions as well as leads the curricular and programmatic vision for the department. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Film at San Jacinto College-Central where he teaches courses in Stagecraft. At Dawson, Mr. Grimmett helped form the school’s first International Thespian Society Troupe (#8922) with over 45 charter members. Recent student achievements include six National Qualifying students in the category of solo musical performance and a State Semi-Finalist Improv Troupe at the 2019 Texas Thespians Festival, and eight National Qualifying students in the category of solo musical performance and monologue as well as a State Scholarship Recipent at the 2020 Texas Thespians Festival. He has also launched a new works festival where students produce their own short plays and mentored the first UIL Theatrical Design State Qualifier in the school’s history. In 2019-2020, he was named the Glenda Dawson High School Teacher of the Year and the Pearland ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, advancing as one of five finalists for Region IV Teacher of the Year. In 2020-2021, he lead Ovation Theatre to its fourth state appearance at the UIL One Act Play 6A State Meet since the school opened its doors in 2007.

A resident of Brazoria County most of his life, Mr. Grimmett lives near Independence Park in Pearland with his husband, Edgar, who is a professional illustrator and graphic designer, and his Australian cattle dog (blue heeler), Pilsner, whom he rescued in 2018 at the K-9 Angels Rescue in Houston. A member of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), the Texas Educational Theatre Association (TxETA), and the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), Mr. Grimmett is an active advocate for arts educators and students in his community and state, serving on the TxETA K-12 Committee as the High School Member-At-Large following his election to the position in September 2020 and the Texas Thespians Advocacy Network. He is also a member of Keep Pearland Beautiful and encourages all of his students to volunteer for and engage with organizations that promote civic involvement (including high school voter registration) so that we can build stronger relationships with our neighbors and sustainable communities for our collective future.

Dramatists Guild of America
Educational Theatre Association
Texas Educational Theatre Association
Texas State Teacher Association (TSTA-NEA)

Pearland ISD Education Foundation
Glenda Dawson High School PTA


  • “The Director-Designer's Toolkit.” TxETA TheatreFest Master Teacher Presenter. September 2021.
  • “Technology in the Fine Arts Classroom.” Professional Development Seminar, Dawson High School. August 2021.
  • “The New Director's Notebook.” TxETA SummerFest Master Teacher Presenter. July 2021.
  • “Creating a Musical Production Team.” TxETA SummerFest Master Teacher Presenter. July 2021.
  • Featured Teacher, CEDFA Texas Fine Arts Summit 22: Leading Resilience & Recovery through Fine Arts, June-August 2021.
  • “Rehearsal Techniques.” Professional Development Seminar, Dawson High School. June 2021.
  • “Beyond the Smoke & Mirrors: Techniques for Cohesive and Conceptual Storytelling.” TxETA TheatreFest Master Teacher Presenter. September 2020.
  • Playwriting Workshop. Greater Houston Puppetry Guild. August 2020.
  • Guest, Minor Wisdom Podcast. July 2020.
  • Playwriting Workshop for Educators. Two Chairs and a Lightbulb. June 2020.
  • “Careers in Composition: Freshman Seminar.” University of Houston. October 2019.
  • “Careers in Composition: Freshman Seminar.” University of Houston. October 2018.
  • Scene to Song Podcast, Episode 7: The Opera Libretto vs. the Book in Musical Theater. September 2018.
  • “Careers in Composition: Freshman Seminar.” University of Houston. November 2017.
  • Guest artist and speaker. MTNA National Conference, Baltimore, MD. March 2017.
  • Masterclass for student composers. University of Houston. February 2017.
  • Keynote speaker, Moores Society Gala. January 2017.
  • “Are Your Students Ready for High School Theatre?” TxETA TheatreFest. January 2017.
  • Masterclass with Jake Heggie. University of Houston. December 2016.
  • “Remembering Edward Albee.” University of Houston. November 2016.
  • “Careers in Composition: Freshman Seminar.” University of Houston. November 2016.
  • “Creating Original Music for UIL One Act Play.” TxETA TheatreFest. January 2016.
  • “Careers in Composition: Freshman Seminar.” University of Houston. December 2015.
  • Masterclass for MFA Playwriting students. Indiana University. April 2015.
  • Masterclass for BFA Musical Theatre students. Indiana University. April 2015.
  • “Entrepreneurship and the artist.” New York University. May 2014.
  • Student Speaker, NYU Tisch School of the Arts Commencement. May 2013.
  • Odette and social responsibility in art.” The City College of New York. May 2012.
  • “A conversation with Edward Albee.” New York University. March 2012.