North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment.
Artist of the Month
Congratulations to Bethany Bourland, NTPA’s Artist of the Month for December!
Bethany has been directing and teaching children’s theatre for nine years. Bethany received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama: Acting Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama. Growing up in Katy, Texas, Bethany began her directing and teaching career In 2014 and 2015 at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center, where she worked alongside Cibby Bowden – our Managing Director at NPTA-Fairview. Bethany then interned with Dallas Theater Center in their summer theatre education program. From 2016-2018, Bethany worked in Oklahoma as a Casting Associate for film and television with Freihofer Casting. During that time, she also worked as an on-camera acting coach and as the program director for The Actor Factory Young Performer Academy. Bethany acted as Associate Producer for the OU School of Drama’s theatre-for-young-audiences touring series, Helmerich Literature Alive, since 2015.
Some of Bethany’s favorite directing credits include: The Music Man Jr., Treasure Island, Aladdin Jr., Mulan Jr., The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet, Willie Wonka Jr., Sleeping Beauty Kids., and Alice in Wonderland Jr.
As an actor, Bethany’s favorite roles include: Amy in Little Women, Pennywise in Urinetown, Ado Annie in Oklahoma, The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and Juliet in The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet. This month her production of “THE MAGIC TREE HOUSE: The Ghost Tale of Mr. Dickens” premieres at NTPA – Fairview and she is currently working on INTO THE WOODS, JR at NTPA – Dallas.
Bethany loves spending time with her friends and family—especially her husband, Connor, and dog, Judge, who “pretend” to like her incessant singing, cooking, iced tea, and all things Disney, and all her friends at NTPA who really do like her singing!