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 Mike Mazur, NTPA’s Artist of the Month for January!
Mike is thrilled to be a part of the NTPA family, having worked as a theatrical director, writer, choreographer and educator since earning his Bachelor’s in English, Speech and Drama Education from Bowling Green State University in his home state of Ohio. Since graduating, Mike has taught theatre at the High School, Community College and University level and earned his Master’s in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
He has directed over 60 shows in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, California and Texas. Among his favorites are Rent, Hair, Oklahoma!, The King and I, and Children of Eden. As a writer, his youth theatre piece THE SIXTH DAY has been performed in NYC three times, and he was commissioned to create “Simple Joys,” a revue of the work of Stephen Schwartz at the Cassidy Theatre in Ohio. As a youth, he was a member of The Singing Angels Performing Chorus, an internationally touring show choir based out of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from NYU, Mike became their Artistic Director. Under his direction, the group toured Hollywood, London, Warsaw, and Paris; released two recordings; performed with Nancy Sinatra and Roberta Flack; and was invited to a Command Performance at The Pentagon. He then became a professor of Musical Theatre at California State University, Chico, where in addition to teaching and directing shows, he led the “Off-Broadways” Touring Ensemble in performances in New York and San Francisco.
Mike is a graduate of Leadership Plano (Class 35) and currently serves as the president of the Plano Arts Coalition. He also hosts live trivia every Wednesday in Downtown Plano.
Since joining NTPA, Mike is proud to have directed Peter Pan, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Les Miserables and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; this year he also directed The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the NTPA Repertory Theatre. In addition, he has appeared in Scrooge for the past four years. This month, Mike is thrilled to direct our premiere production of Disney’s new musical “My Son Pinocchio,” which will perform on his 50th birthday. Mike commented: “There is nowhere else I would rather spend my birthday that with my NTPA family!” Happy birthday, Mike from everyone at NTPA!