John-Michael holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Music (Piano/Conducting) from George Mason University. He is a current faculty member and instructor at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School. An award-winning music director, he has worked at the Keegan Theatre (DC), and at Arena Stage (DC) and Round House Theater (MD) as a musical theater and vocal instructor. REGIONAL MUSIC DIRECTION CREDITS include — Cabaret, (The Keegan Theatre, DC); Caroline, or Change, Ain’t Misbehavin’, (NextStop Theatre, VA); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rocky Horror Show, Marat/Sade, Rent, (American University, DC); Nero/Pseudo, (WSC Avant Bard, VA); Violet, (Act3 Productions, GA).
Michelle Davis, Act3's Artistic Director, is an Atlanta native who returned to the city after serving for six years as Programming Coordinator for The Zipper Theatre in New York City that was home to such shows as Here Lies Jenny starring Bebe Neuwirth and Margaret Cho's The Sensuous Woman. She is a Wright State University graduate with a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre Emphasis as well as a proud graduate of Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School. She has performed professionally with theatres including The Human Race, The Atlanta Lyric, and The Belt, and was selected as a featured soloist in concerts for both Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael John LaChiusa. Michelle has appeared locally in numerous Act3 productions including Jekyll & Hyde where she won the MAT Award for Best Major Supporting Actress as well as The Mikado with The Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Henry IV, Part I with North Fulton Drama Club, The House of Yes with Flickering Productions, and as Lucille in the Marietta Premier of Parade at The Blackwell Playhouse. Michelle is the recipient of five Metropolitan Atlanta Theatre Awards including three Moira Thornett Director's Awards for Parade, Into the Woods, and Big Fish as well a Best Choreography Award for Parade. Her productions of Parade and Into the Woods also took home the awards for Best Ensemble and Best Overall Production respectively. She has directed over fifty adult and youth productions over the past fifteen years including an immersive production of Assassins for Out of Box Theatre. Her youth productions have taken home awards for Best in Acting, Best in Dance, and Best in Ensemble at the Junior Theatre Festival. She is passionate about theatre and equally as passionate about preserving it’s longevity by sharing and inspiring younger generations!
A founding member of Act3 Productions/Act3 Academy, Johnna has taught, choreographed, directed and performed in local theater for the past 20 years. The honored recipient of the Metro Atlanta Theater’s distinguished President’s Award, Ms. Mitchell enjoys encouraging youth of all ages to find their voice, on and off stage. Her compassionate teaching style invites students to flourish and grow in their art. She is committed to “meeting the performers where they are” in order to help them reach their performance goals and potential. Nominated for 10 MAT awards, Johnna is proud to be the winner of six: Three for Choreography (Once on This Island, Parade and Side Show), Minor Supporting Actress in a Play (Miep Gies-Diary of Anne Frank), Major Supporting Actress in a Play (Mattie Fae Akin-August Osage County), and Major Supporting Actress in a Musical (Sally Slaton-Parade).