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Acting II, Actors Ensemble, Costume Design/Technology,
KoKo Thornton – Director – After graduating from the Wake County Public School system in 1993, Ms. Thornton received the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Scholarship to UNC-Charlotte where she received her BCA in Theatre Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1997. While in college, she worked as an actor and professional costumer including being a dresser for the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. After teaching theatre at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte where she was the recipient of an NCTC award for Outstanding Direction, Ms. Thornton returned home to Raleigh and served on the NC Department of Public Instruction’s committee to rewrite the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Theatre Education. The 2014-2015 school year marks her 15th year teaching Theatre at Enloe Magnet High School. Some of her directing credits include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007 Capital Award for Outstanding Musical), Little Women (2008 Capital Award for Outstanding Direction), Once Upon a Mattress (2013 TRS Award for Best Musical), Thoroughly Modern Millie (2014 TRS Award for Best Ensemble), Miss Saigon, and Into the Woods (2016 TRS Award for Best Musical). She is double certified in theatre and music and is a certified mentor teacher. In what little free time she has, she may be found hanging out with her 18 nieces and nephews at Lake Gaston and riding a jet ski. Ms. Thornton is the current President of the North Carolina Theatre Arts Educators and the Enloe Arts Department Chair.
Technical Director, Acting I, Tech Theatre