North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment.


We have classes, auditions, camps and productions in Dallas, Fairview, Frisco and Plano.

Willow Bend Center of the Arts
6121 W Park Blvd., Suite B216
Plano, TX 75093

NTPA – Frisco
6500 Preston Road, Suite 101
Frisco, TX 75034

Fairview Youth Theatre
302 Town Place
Fairview, TX 75069

NTPA – Dallas
12300 Inwood Rd. #112
Dallas, TX 75244

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cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


Historical Moments

  • 1991 – North Texas Performing Arts (formerly Plano Children’s Theatre) founded by Sara Akers and three founding board members: Rebecca Egelston Caso (an attorney who wrote the bylaws), Dick Anthony (who developed the budget) and Lanny Wren (a CPA who served as business manager).
  • 1992 – Classes start in the spring. That semester there were 50 students. By the summer there were 175!
  • 1994 – Rented rehearsal space at 15th and Custer. Space was so tight parents had to wait outside and dance numbers were taught in the parking lot where cars would pull over and watch.
  • 1995 – In cooperation with Plano Parks and Recreation, began offering acting classes for youth with special needs.
  • 2005 – City of McKinney provides funding for the McKinney Youth Theatre.
  • 2007 – Bursting at the seams, rehearsal space is renovated as a result of generous gifts from UPS, Weingarten Realty and other sponsors.
  • 2012 – Began offering programs in Frisco which became Frisco Youth Theatre and then North Texas Performing Arts – Frisco. We began with the same production that started it all, The Wizard of Oz.
  • 2016 – Began offering programs in Dallas which became North Texas Performing Arts – Dallas.
  • 2017 – Opened two new facilities to provide more space for educating students than ever before! Fairview Youth Theatre opened at Fairview Town Center, and Willow Bend Center of the Arts opened inside The Shops at Willow Bend.
  • 2018 – Opened North Texas Performing Arts – Frisco, our first permanent location in the Frisco area!
  • 2018 – NTPA – Academy Conservatory opens with 50 full-time students!
  • 2019 – Opened North Texas Performing Arts – Dallas, our first permanent location in the Dallas area!
  • 2020 – Launched a Virtual “Giga-Center” in response to COVID-19 featuring over 50 virtual classes, the world largest all-ages online talent contest, online rehearsals, virtual summer camps, and new online NTPA – Academy certifications!

cast of Fame Jr.

Theatre Builds Character

At NTPA, we believe that theatre changes lives. We strive to teach all of our students not only how to act, sing or dance, but also how to be better human beings. Students who participate in our programs will be taught the 10 Characters of North Texas Performing Arts.

  1. Teamwork: Be a team player. Everyone has an important role to play, and every role, large and small is critical to the team’s success.
  2. Leadership: Be a role model for others on and off the stage.
  3. Responsibility: Be accountable for your actions, for delivering on your commitments, and be willing to admit it when things go badly.
  4. Respect: Show respect for others and their gifts. Respect for teachers, parents, and one another, and celebrate our differences.
  5. Confidence: Believe in yourself and your abilities, and communicate like a winner. Know you have a gift to share.
  6. Integrity: Be honest, trustworthy and demonstrate strong moral principles.
  7. Discipline: Stay focused on what you are trying to accomplish, and show obedience to those trying to instruct and guide.
  8. Gratitude: Give thanks and appreciation through words, actions and thought for the many gifts we have been given.
  9. Positive Attitude: Be positive about a wonderful future, and pass along your bright outlook.
  10. Love One Another: Show kindness and patience, and be inclusive and accepting of others and build lasting relationships.

Community Involvement

Because all the world truly is a stage, it makes it that much more important that the world’s players influence the community around them. NTPA maintains a giant footprint in the community and a strong reputation for giving back.

These are just some of the ways we’re making a difference in our community.

  • Giving full-ride scholarships to talented and less privileged children
  • Providing complimentary tickets to charitable organizations, teacher groups, and school fundraising events
  • Offering free programming at local community centers
  • Participating in more than 20 local events and festivals annually, promoting the creative arts


  • “2019 Non profit of the Year” by For the Love of Art
  • “2019 Best Adult Theatre” by readers of Plano Magazine
  • “2018 Youth Organization of the Year” by Junior League of Collin County
  • “2016 Athena Award” to Sara Akers from Plano Chamber of Commerce
  • “2016 Arts Leadership Award” to Darrell Rodenbaugh from Business Council of the Arts
  • “2015 Best Playwright in DFW” to Jeff Swearingen by Dallas Observer
  • “2015 Volunteer of the Year” to Board Member Elly Marsh – From For the Love of Art
  • “2015 Top Twenty-Five Women in McKinney” to Sara Akers by McKinney Magazine
  • “2015 Top Ten Women in Collin County” by Neiman Marcus Willow Bend – Honoree Lisa Rodenbaugh
  • “2015 Small Business Volunteer of the Year” to Champion Fire and Security for their gifts of resources and service to NTPA from Junior League Advisory Board
  • “2014 Leadership Award” by the Art Centre of Plano “For the Love of the Arts” for Board President Darrell Rodenbaugh’s Gifts of Service to NTPA
  • “2013 Lifetime Achievement Award” – by the Junior League of Collin County for Rebecca Egelston Caso’s gifts of service to NTPA
  • “2013 Best Theatre” in DFW by the Dallas Observer for our Fun House Theatre and Film
  • “2012 Best Community Organization” by the Junior League of Collin County
  • “2012 Best Community Partner” by the Plano Chamber of Commerce