Creative Management Team
Lindsey Lederer – Vice President of Youth Theatres
Lindsey Lederer joined the NTPA creative team in 2011 as a summer camp teacher, but that was not her first exposure to North Texas Performing Arts. She started with the organization, taking the stage, as a student and attributes her success thus far to the training she received at NTPA. She has served as a Summer Intern, a Director, an assistant in the Development Office, NTPA-Frisco’s Managing Director, NTPA-Dallas’ Managing Director, and now takes on the opportunity to lead all NTPA Youth Theatre’s to a bright future as the VP of Youth Theatre Operations. After igniting her passion for the theatre arts, Lindsey graduated from the NTPA program and went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theater and minor in psychology from Ouachita Baptist University. She has performed with major entertainment corporations, such as Walt Disney World and Six Flags over Texas. She also previously served as the Children’s Creative Arts Coordinator at Prestonwood Baptist Church and as a wedding and event planner. Her favorite NTPA directorial credits include “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” “Legally Blonde Jr.,” “Elf Jr.,” “High School Musical Jr.” and “Junie B Jones.” Lindsey strives to instill a great passion for the arts in all of her students and to make a difference in the lives of youth through the artistic process. She wants to thank her NTPA students, families, and peers for making her job incredibly rewarding!
Mike Mazur – Managing Director, NTPA – Plano/Head of School, NTPA – Academy
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 and California. 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.
These experiences have led Mike to lecture on the role of theatre in society at both The Sondheim Symposium in New Jersey (where he met Stephen Sondheim) and the International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece. He shares his experiences with the talented youth of North Texas and empowers them to use the performing arts as a tool to build the self-confidence needed to succeed in any career path they choose.
Cibby Bowden – Managing Director, NTPA – Fairview
Cibby Bowden joined the NTPA team in 2017 to serve as Director and Managing Director of NTPA – Fairview. Cibby has worked in the industry as a director and actress for over 35 years. She previously worked as Theatre Production Manager, Resident Director and Acting Instructor at Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center and as Theatre Director at Faith West Academy both in Katy, TX.
Favorite director credits include; Little Women, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, Oklahoma!, Once Upon a Mattress, A Christmas Carol, Annie Get Your Gun, Oliver Twist, Willy Wonka, Beauty and the Beast, Annie, Honk!, Legally Blonde, High School Musical 1 and 2, The Wizard of Oz, Shrek and Xanadu. She has also appeared in many of KVPAC’s Encore Players productions including Joanne in Sondheim’s Company, Mistress Paige in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Betty Meeks in The Foreigner, Mrs. Trotsky in All in the Timing and Effy in The Spitfire Grill.
In her twenties, Cibby worked as an actress in Hollywood and can be seen (in re-runs!) on Full House, Cheers, Married with Children, Night Court, Star Trek the Next Generation, Days of our Lives and several films including Ghostbusters 2 and Maid to Order.
DeAnna Stone – Managing Director, NTPA – Academy
DeAnna Stone serves as the Managing Director for the North Texas Performing Arts Academy. She began her adventure on the stage at the young age of six years old and continued to pursue the stage throughout college. After college, she continued her theatre journey within the homeschool community. As a homeschooling mother of four children, she has a passion for creating opportunity for students that desire an alternative style in education. She has a passion for motivating the youth and inspiring others to achieve their best. The North Texas Performing Arts created opportunity for her own personal family and upholds the values that she deems important is growing future leaders.
Over the past 14 years, she has served the McKinney Area Christian Homeschoolers (MArCH) as President, Vice President and Enrichment Theatre Department Managing Director. During that time, she has been directly involved with teaching and directing children with a passion for theatre between the ages of 3 and 18. She has directed productions such as Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka, Jr., The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe as well as worked as the choreographer for high school and middle school casts in productions such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Tom Sawyer” and many others.
She has served as a leader in the Home School Athletic Association for the last 8 years. In working with youth on the stage or on the court it all translates to where she finds her passion which is investing in the youth. She has also taught group fitness for over 20 years that has provided the opportunity to coach, mentor, encourage and inspire others in setting and accomplishing goals. It is an honor for her to serve the North Texas Performing Arts families and continue the quest in developing character in the youth through the amazing journey of the stage.
Morgan Southard – NTPA Creative Director
Morgan Southard is an actor, director and teacher who is thrilled to be making a difference in the lives of our youth! She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville in 2007 and her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from Southern Methodist University in 2010. She taught at Southern Methodist University 2008-2010 and has been teaching and directing professionally in the area since 2013.
Other experience includes time spent at Les Subsistances Theatre Performance Program in Leon, France where she received training in acrobatics, improvisation, play, masks and puppets. Professional stage experience includes roles in A Bright New Boise (Circle Theatre), Mrs. California (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas), Arms and the Man (Stage West), Macbeth (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), As You Like It (Trinity Shakespeare Festival), Boeing-Boeing (Circle Theatre/WaterTower Theatre), Donʼt Dress For Dinner (Theatre Arlington) and Bright Ideas (Circle Theatre). Favorite directing credits include The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, School of Rock, The Addams Family and Mary Poppins. She loves her boyfriend Cesar, her dog Bandit, and her NTPA family more than words can say!
Hannah Makepeace – Program Director, NTPA – Frisco and Resident Director
Hannah earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Ouachita Baptist University. She grew up training in many forms of dance and getting involved in every performance opportunity she could.
Hannah participated in competitive dance until the age of 12, where she became a full-time ballerina as a member of the pre-professional ballet company Arkansas Festival Ballet. She also directed and performed in an improv troupe called Off the Top, which traveled the state of Arkansas. At her university, she had the opportunity to perform, write, design and direct for several opportunities, culminating in the opportunity to direct a MainStage production that she developed. Following graduation, she moved to Orlando, where she worked and performed at Walt Disney World before moving to the Dallas Area!
Some of her favorite directing credits include Not a Clue, Wanda’s Visit, Junie B. Jones and Annie Kids. She also has choreographed for many NTPA productions, some of her favorites including Legally Blonde Jr, Hello Dolly, Once on this Island, Beauty and the Beast and Matilda. Hannah has a true passion for the theatrical arts, and loves being able to see the students she works with grow in their skills and challenge themselves to be daring in their pursuits. She loves her husband Andrew, her two cats, her friends, family, and NTPA family so dearly, and is thankful for all of their support and encouragement.
Christian R. Black – Senior Resident Director and Program Director, NTPA – Dallas
Christian Robert Black is an actor and director based in the DFW area. A theatrical veteran of 17 years, he earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Drama: Acting Emphasis from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma in 2016. His education and experience led to a year-long artistic fellowship at the Tony-Award winning Dallas Theater Center. An alum, Christian returned home to NTPA in 2017, to help guide youth of all ages to experience the same magic he did when he was a student. His favorite NTPA directorial credits include: Les Miserables, Into The Woods, Matilda: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Romeo & Juliet, and The Little Mermaid. In 2018, he was honored with the NTPA Resident Director of the Year Award, and in 2019, he was promoted to Dallas Program Director and Senior Resident Director. He adores his faith, family, friends, students, and beautiful wife, Savannah, for putting up with his shenanigans on a daily basis.
Danny Miranda – Artistic Director, NTPA Repertory Theatre
Daniel Dean Miranda started choreographing for NTPA in the Summer of 2008. From there, he took on shows as director, choreographer, and music director. In 2015, he took a break to explore other ventures, and realized this is where his passion was. After a 3 year hiatus, he is thrilled to return to NTPA to be working with such talented youth, and working with NTPA’s Repertory Theatre, helping bring Broadway style productions to the burbs!
He has been a local actor since the age of six. Some of his acting credits include: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesus in Godspell, Emcee in Cabaret, Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot, William Barfée in The 25th Anual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, among others. Directing credits include: Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Little shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Heathers the Musical, among others.
Riley Gray – Managing Director, NTPA – Starcatchers
Riley joined the NTPA staff in May 2020 and is ecstatic to be working with the Starcatchers! Riley graduated Cum Laude from Ball State University in 2016, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychological Science and a minor in Theatre. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University in 2018.
Riley worked on a geriactric behavioral unit in Kansas City, Missouri before relocating to Plano, where she is now one of thirteen Drama Therapists in all of Texas! She is now pursuing her Registered Drama Therapist credential through the North American Drama Therapy Association. In her undergraduate training, Riley has performed as an actor and had the privilege of working with Sutton Foster, Jonathan Groff, Jennifer Blackmer, and David Strickland. She has also trained under notable drama therapists Sally Bailey, Paige Dickinson, and Tracena Marie. Riley has provided programming and engagement for children and adults with various disabilities for over ten years through adaptive recreation summer camps, residential services, therapy services, in-patient hospitals, and community theatre programs. Her past favorite credits with this population include three Barrier-Free Theatre productions (Super Ability, Achilles Under the Sea, and Monster M.D.) and If By Yes.
Riley uses a strengths-based, student-focused approach in her programming and she seeks to instill empathy, engagement, and empowerment in all Starcatchers programs. She is looking forward to directing Starcatchers shows and helping build the Therapeutic Theatre Program to even greater heights!
Lindy Waldmeier – Therapy Programs Assistant
Lindy Waldmeier is the Therapy Program Assistant Director for the Starcatchers program, as well as an Adjunct Director at NTPA. She obtained a Masters of Music in Voice Performance and Vocal Pedagogy from University of Louisiana, and a Masters of Arts in Music Therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Lindy has performed as a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the Lake Charles Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in various Opera and Musical Theater productions. Most notably, Lindy played the principle role as Marcelina in Le Nozze di Frigaro, and Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Lindy has performed internationally at the Real Conservatorio de Musica in Granada, Spain, under the tutelage of world-renowned opera singer Teresa Berganza. For over 15 years, Lindy has enjoyed her career as a music educator both in the classroom, and as a private voice and piano instructor. As music therapist, Lindy currently works in Azle ISD, and continues to work in diverse clinical settings with children and adults, with varied physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.
Gregory McKnight – Technical Programs Director
Denver Danyla – Senior Resident Director
Denver received his BFA in Acting for Stage and Screen from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. He found his passion for acting while in Jr. High and High School, landing such roles as Curly in Oklahoma! and Harold Hill in The Music Man. He went on to pursue his study of acting. Stage credits include Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and several other Indie stage productions. While in college he worked as a counselor at several youth camps including Kanakuk and Forest Home where he then knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life working with students.
Soon after graduating, he began directing children and young adults in the Houston area and is thrilled to continue his love for teaching, directing and mentoring here in the Dallas area, as a Senior Resident Director for NTPA. Some of his favorite works as a Director are Seussical JR, Puffs and Avenue Q: School Edition. Denver was named NTPA Director of the Year for 2019.
Nick Mann – Resident Director
Nick grew up in the towns of Bowie, TX and Carlsbad, NM. Even as a child, Nick was always interested in drama. He recalls the very first musical he created with stuffed animals and a tape recorder when he was in the 4th Grade! Nick graduated from the University of North Texas earning a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Education. His advanced training includes Song Interpretation with Tony Award-Winning Actress Betty Buckley, Meisner Acting Technique with Terry Martin and Improv and Sketch Comedy at The Second City Training Center.
Nick is also a Stand-Up Comedian and playwright. His play, Baby of Mine, was a semifinalist for the 2012 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Nick’s special talent is that he can name all the winners of every Academy Award in the Picture and Acting category (Hopefully that means he will win one)!
Nick was honored as NTPA’s Director of the Year for 2017. His all-time favorite directing credit is 2019’s “Les Miserables”, which took home the honor “Outstanding Musical” at the inaugural Senior AMP Awards. Other favorite directing credits include “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Drowsy Chaperone”, “Little Women”, “Hello, Dolly!”, “Into the Woods”, “Newsies”, “Shrek the Musical”, “The Lion King,” “Guys and Dolls,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Sound of Music,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Anything Goes” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
Bethany Bourland – Resident Director
Bethany Bourland 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 with the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center. In 2014 and 2015, Bethany interned with Dallas Theater Center in their summer theatre education program. From 2016 to 2018, Bethany worked in Oklahoma as a Casting Associate for film and television with Freihofer Casting. Favorite directing credits include: 13, Freaky Friday, Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr, Legally Blonde Jr, The Wizard of Oz, and Little Mermaid Jr. Bethany would love to thank her husband, Connor, for his never-ending love and support.
Kaitlyn Wright – Resident Director
Kaitlyn Wright graduated in 2013 Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University where she performed in both their opera and theater productions. She has been with NTPA since 2017 and has directed and music directed with the organization on many occasions. Some of her favorite titles have been: Elephant and Piggie (director), Sleeping Beauty KIDS (director), and Little Women (music director). She taught music and choir in Plano ISD for five years. Kaitlyn is certified in the Kodaly Method of music education and completed her third level of training in the summer of 2015. For the 2015-2016 school year, Kaitlyn received the Bass Hall Fellowship for excellence in music education and in the spring of that year presented about elementary music at the Texas State Music Education Association conference in San Antonio. Kaitlyn is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, Who’s Who Nominee, Presser Scholar Nominee, and the recipient of the first Lily Mildred Hodges Endowed Scholarship. For the 2016-2017 school year, she was nominated as Teacher of the Year and received the PTA Life Member Award. Music and theater are her passion and she loves to see children grow through the arts.
Aaron Mateo Arroyo – Resident Director
Aaron Mateo Arroyo comes to NTPA after working on stage and video in Los Angeles earning his Actor’s Equity status. Aaron grew up in Texas earning his BA in Acting and Directing, then went on to earn his Masters in Fine Arts in Drama from the prestigious Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine, one of the nation’s top theatre and film acting universities. Aaron’s lovely wife Sterling also holds a BA in Acting and Directing.
Aaron brings his passion for teaching and extensive on stage acting and dramatic talent to expand NTPA’s offerings of non-musical/play productions. Aaron has extensive experience in multiple acting methods and genres including Shakespeare, modern drama and comedy and a long list of equity and non-equity roles to his credit. He also provides individual instruction in the NTPA Private Lesson program in the areas of Audition Prep, Acting, Stage Combat and more.
Favorite gigs include: Pizza Chapel Theatre CO., Shakesepare in the Bar, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, touring with Missoula Children’s Theatre, performing at the beautiful Irvine Barclay Theatre and, NTPA Rep. A few favorite acting credits include Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, Hook in PAN!, Jonathan Waxman in Sight Unseen, Abram Baker in Our Class, and Freddie Trumper in CHESS: The Musical. Aaron is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be working with the strong talent pool of artists in North Texas. He firmly believes theatre can shape young actors into outstanding adults. His favorite works as a director so far are: Los Vendidos, Quoth the Raven, The Crucible and Shakesepare in Love. Aaron is represented by RPM Talent.
Cheryl Lowber – Resident Director
Cheryl is a professional actor, director, and acting coach based in DFW as well as an experienced UIL One Act Play adjudicator at both the Middle School and High School levels. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist University, where she taught undergraduate courses in “The Art of Acting.” Cheryl has appeared onstage at numerous venues in DFW, New York City, and as far away as South Korea. NTPA directorial credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aladdin Kids, and The Neverending Story. Favorite regional acting credits include: The 39 Steps (Stage West), Role Play (Stage West), A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center), House and Garden (Theatre Three), and Picnic (Theatre Three). Her absolute favorite roles, however, are those of wife to Adam and mom to Evie (5), Maggie (3), and Andrew (1)!
Kally Duncan – Resident Director
Kally grew up surrounded by theatre and started acting at the age of 6. Her first show was “Anything Goes” and once she got a taste of the spotlight she never looked back. She received her BFA in Acting and minor in Directing from Oklahoma City University and studied Advanced Shakespeare in London at Kingston University. She participated with her devised play “Bad Shakespeare”, a play exploring all of the Shakespearean villains and why they are bad, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.
Jason Villarreal, Resident Director
Jason began his journey with the performing arts studying the dance Ballet Folklorico in his hometown and Texas border city, Edinburg. In 2006 he moved to Dallas to attend The University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated with a BFA in Theatre Performance. After graduation, Jason received roles performing in several national tours including Dora The Explorer (Tico The Squirrel), Rapunzel, A Very Hairy Fairy Tale (Socretese), and A Christmas Story.
Jason now resides in Dallas where he enjoys working with youth and using the art of theater to help develop social skills in young children and teens. Jason joined the NTPA Creative Staff in 2019. He has performed in numerous shows all over DFW. Some of his favorite roles include, (Molina) Kiss of the Spider Woman, (Hotblades Harry) Urinetown, (Baker) Into the Woods, (Edgar) Rapunzel, A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, and (Will Parker) Oklahoma.
Hannah Brewer – Associate Resident Director
Hannah Brewer started with North Texas Performing Arts as a sophomore in high school, beginning as an actress and now as a Director. Her acting career began when she was 6 years old in the homeschool community, and she has never looked back. Some of her most favorite roles include Sarah Brown in “Guys & Dolls”, Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie”, and Ms. Darbus in “High School Musical”. Currently, she is attending Texas Woman’s University and working toward her B.A. in Child Development.
Much of her experience includes several years of working along side the other Directors at North Texas Performing Arts in performances such as “The Jungle Book KIDS”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Aladdin KIDS”, and “The Hobbit”. Hannah has also taught many camps, classes, and audition privates. She has directed students ages four to eighteen in major productions such as “High School Musical”, “Stuart Little”, “Mystery at Shady Acres”, and more. Beyond theatrical training, she is passionate about educating the students in NTPA’s 10 Characters and using them to advance in performing arts, education, or wherever else life may lead.
Cassidy Crown Confer – Senior Director
Cassidy has been a director with NTPA since 2004. She is also an actor herself in the DFW metroplex but taking a small hiatus till her little star, Keaton Gail, grows up a little more. Some of her credits include, “The Sound of Music” with Garland Summer, “Of Mice and Men” & “Ten Nights in a Barroom” with ICT Mainstage, “Beauty and the Beast” & “Footloose” with Garland Civic, the regional premiere of “Legally Blonde” and “The Boxer” at the Fringe Festival in New York. Cassidy holds a degree in opera performance from Baylor University where she studied abroad & performed in the ruins of Pompeii Italy! She is so thankful to have NTPA – Plano as her long-lasting extended family. But of course, would not be where she is today without the loving support of her husband and family.
Charlotte Forcht – Adjunct Director
Charlotte has been a Director at NTPA since 2013. She has a B.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. She has performed in theatre, stand-up comedy, improvisation, film, and television productions in Boston, New York, Providence, Dallas and other parts of the country for over 18 years, and she continues to perform throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Seth Nelson – Adjunct Director
Seth Nelson is a proud Adjunct Director with NTPA and has been directing here since 2017. Seth graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SMU in Theater, with a focus in acting and directing and has performed in both Theatre and Film across the DFW area. Seth is profoundly grateful for the opportunity to help young artists flourish, and hopes that through theatre, each student who comes through our doors can grow themselves both as an artist and as a person. Some favorite directing credits include: Anne of Green Gables, Fools, Mauritius, Rozencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Julius Caesar and She Kills Monsters.
Mick McCormick – Director
Mickaléan ”Mick” McCormick is a first-generation Irish-American. He grew up in the New England area. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BFA in Film and Theatre. He is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors and The Screen Actors Guild. He spent 16 years in Hollywood working as an Actor, Director and Producer on stage, screen and television. He gave up his career in California and moved to McKinney to be in his children’s lives. He now works as a Freelance Producer, Director and Fight Choreographer while teaching and directing for North Texas Performing Arts. Mick also serves as NTPA’s House Manager, Volunteer Coordinator and Facilities Manager.
Hayley Grafflin – Choreographer
Hayley started dancing at the age of two and has never stopped. She began her training at Riley’s Dance Center in Irving and then continued her studies at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. She further studied dance at Stevens College in Columbia, MO, and in 2006, graduated from the University of North Texas studying Dance, Kinesiology, and Business.
After college, Hayley worked as an expert pointe shoe fitter and store manager at Suffolk Dance Boutique in Lewisville. Hayley has performed professionally with Beckles Dancing Company in Dallas and Momentum Dance Company in Irving. Hayley is currently on staff at The Dance Movement studio in Plano, having taught all ages and styles of dance.
She has always had a passion for dance and for sharing that love with her students. Hayley lives in Plano with her wonderful husband Ron and their two beautiful children, Jackson and Marley Jean.
Trisha Martin – Choreographer
Trisha Martin has been a part of the NTPA family since 2017, serving as an Adjunct Director, Choreographer and Theatre Educator. Since childhood, Trisha has been educated in dancing, singing and acting in the Texas panhandle with over 30 years of performance experience. She earned her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre with a Dance Emphasis at West Texas A&M University. Royal Brantley gave her a unique experience as a student choreographer at WTAMU where she discovered her love for creating dance movement. Her most memorable works are Urinetown at WTAMU and Suessical Kids, Bring It On, Mulan Jr and Scrooge at NTPA. Her favorite roles here at NTPA are Madame in Hunchback of Notre Dame, Helen in Scrooge and Turtle/Young Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad. Ms. Trish has a passion for teaching performing arts to young and old, and is grateful for every opportunity to direct, choreograph, teach and perform in NTPA Youth and Repertory productions. When not busy with her work, she dedicates her time to her three girls Nora, Abbigayl and Natalie who are her light, joy and grace.
Nancy Devine – Visual Art Instructor
Nancy Devine has a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. She started teaching art and drama at 17 years old for an after-school program at Hamilton Park Elementary School in Richardson. This sparked her passion for teaching art and she has done it “forever.” She has taught art with Capers for Kids Drama and Art School for over 25 years. She has also taught for the Young Artists’ Program, the Fairhill School, Yavneh Academy, Vanguard Preparatory School, Oak Hill Academy, and New Century Montessori Academy (where she teaches presently).
DeeDee Munson – Choreographer
DeeDee is the Staffing Coordinator and part of the Executive Staff at MA Dance & MA Visual FX and teaches for the North Texas Performing Arts – Academy. She has been teaching & educating students since 1991! She is the former General Manager/Artistic Director for the Power House of Dance. Her credits include Kilgore College Rangerette, Stephen F. Austin Repertory Company Member, Stephen F. Austin Pom Squad member and coach, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and Dallas Mavericks Dancer. While attending SFA she won two consecutive NCA National Dance Championship titles. She is also a former Walt Disney World Dancer where she performed in The Beauty & The Beast Show, Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, various conventions and special events, and the Rhythms of the World Show at Tokyo DisneySeas.
DeeDee has taught and choreographed for drill teams and dance teams across the country as well as being a head instructor and adjudicator for MA Dance. She has appeared in Body Wrappers, Dance Spirit, Cheerleader & Danzteam, YM, and Glamour Magazines. She also modeled for Disney Animation where her likeness was used for the image of Princess Kida in Atlantis Milo’s Return. Her television appearances include Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Salvation Army Halftime with Reba McEntire, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade with Aaron Carter and John O’Hurley, Live with Regis and Kelly, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Street Talk with Wendy Williams. She was also a dancer/actress in the movie Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock and can be seen judging in the documentary Sweethearts Of The Gridiron featuring the Kilgore College Rangerettes. DeeDee has served as a judge for The Dance Worlds held at Walt Disney World. She has served on USASF Dance Worlds National Advisory Board, Power House Dance Foundation, Twelve 12 Ministries & the North Texas Performing Arts Management Board.
Andrew Makepeace – Lighting Designer/Director
Andrew graduated from Ouachita Baptist University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in technical theatre. His love of technical theatre began when he worked part time in high school as a stagehand and follow-spot operator at his local community theatre. This passion brought him to Ouachita, where his favorite credits were designing lights for an original project by his wife Hannah, called Not A Clue, and assistant directing Seussical the Musical.
In college, he and two of his classmates created an original main stage production titled Painting the Roses Red, a story acting as a prequel to the story of Alice in Wonderland. Andrew continues to enjoy directing, designing lights, and honing his technical skill.
Jasmine Mathew, CTRS – Starcatchers Choreographer
Jasmine Mathew was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. Growing up, Jasmine has dance knowledge and experience performing Bharatnatyam, a classical Indian dance form, through M.G. Dance Institute. She was also active and heavily influenced by theater during high school in Drama Club and performing in musicals. Jasmine graduated from Temple University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and has been an active Recreation Therapist since 2001. She has worked in the states of PA, CT, NY, and now TX. The populations that she worked with included children, newborn to teens, with various special needs, including anywhere from Traumatic Brain Injury to Autism. She also has worked with the elderly sub-acute rehab patients of nursing homes. While working with various populations, she also worked for Arya Dance Academy, teaching Bollywood dance to kids, ages 4 to teens. She since started her own dance business named “Jasmine’s Beat” and has taught Bollywood Fit and Bollywood dance to students, ages 4 to adult. While in TX, she also trained and worked for Stretch-n-Grow, teaching ballet and jazz classes to preschoolers in the North Texas area. In 2018, Jasmine combined her love of working with people with disabilities and her love of dance. “Jasmine’s Beat” is now an Adaptive Dance Company that provides inclusive fusion dance classes for people of all abilities. She currently teaches an Adaptive Dance class at Next Step Dance at The Star in Frisco, TX. Jasmine is excited to partner up with NTPA to provide quality dance classes in their Starcatchers program! Jasmine is happily married and mom to three beautiful kids, TJ, Arielle and Leo. Her hobbies include dancing, watching movies with friends, and hanging out with her kids.
Jacob Hemsath, Choreographer
Dr. Robert Gross, Starcatchers Instructor
Dr. Robert received his DMA in music composition at University of Southern California where he also received a graduate certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television, and was the first person to complete two graduate-level programs in music at USC simultaneously. He also received an MA in Music for Film, Television and Theatre from the University of Bristol in England; an MM in Music Composition from Rice University; and a BM in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory. He has taught graduate and undergraduate level music theory at Rice University, and is currently a graduate student in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University and formerly in intern at Haven Behavioral Health in Frisco, TX.
He co-wrote the musical Yeehad! produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and is the former composer-in-residence of the Relevant Stage Theater Company in Los Angeles. He was half of Blind Labyrinth with the late Kenneth Downey, an experimental electroacoustic music duo, whose CD Blasted Light was released on the Beauport Classical label in 2014. He has presented papers at the national Society for Music Theory conference, the Texas Society for Music Theory Conference, the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis, and both national and regional chapters of Society of Composers, Inc. His post-tonal analyses have been published in Perspectives of New Music and Journal of Schenkerian Studies, and his music therapy analyses published in Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy and Voices: An International Forum for Music Therapy. Awards and honors include winner of University of Georgia Arch Composition Award for Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments; special recognition award, First Music Competition, New York Youth Symphony; winner of tri-annual Inter-American Music Awards Composition Competition, with publication of winning piece by C. F. Peters; twice Margaret Jory Grant from American Music Center; ASCAP Grants to Young Composers Honorable Mention; orchestra work Halcyon Nights chosen for Whitaker New Music Readings by American Composers Orchestra; twice ASCAP Victor Herbert Award winner; twice ASCAP Grants to Young Composers Finalist.
Abigail Doust, Adjunct Director
Alina Cho, Starcatchers Instructor
Caddo Lindsey, Adjunct Director
Caddo is an actor, stage manager, and scenic artist based in DFW. Caddo is honored to be a part of the creative staff at North Texas Performing Arts, where he has the privilege to help cultivate skills in young artists. From a young age, he studied voice, and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance with a Certificate in Theatre Technologies from the University of North Texas. During his undergrad, Caddo served as a writing tutor, Orientation Leader, and peer mentor. His favorite stage credits include A Charlie Brown Christmas with Dallas Children’s Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor with Shakespeare Dallas, Don Giovanni with the Dallas Opera, and Disturbance: An Immersive Theatrical Experience with Arts Mission Oak Cliff at Sweet Tooth Hotel. He has been the lead scenic painter for WaterTower Theatre and Shakespeare Dallas, as well as stage managed for Shakespeare Dallas for three consecutive seasons. Caddo serves as the Assistant Productions Manager for NTPA.
Will Stotts, Adjunct Director
Will is a professional actor and singer originally from Arkansas. He, along with his wife Alexis and their dog Lily, moved to DFW in the summer of 2019. Will holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Ouachita Baptist University. His professional acting credits include Gaston in Beauty and the Beast and Tom in Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Dallas Children’s Theater) Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), Joey in Sister Act (Murry’s Dinner Playhouse) and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown (Red Barn Theatre). Will recently signed with The Linicomn Agency, and is a proud member of the Actors’ Equity Association. He’s very proud to be working for NTPA as well!
Valerie Sauter, Adjunct Music Director
Valerie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Brigham Young University. She has performed on and off the stage in works such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oklahoma!, Crazy for You, and more. Her first experience as a Music Director came as a Junior in High School when she stepped into the role for Guys and Dolls. As a private piano teacher for over 15 years, Valerie has worked with students of various ages and abilities. Returning to the theater with her children, Valerie is delighted to be working with the NTPA artistic staff. Her favorite NTPA credits include Newsies! and Mary Poppins Jr. Valerie loves helping people increase their musical talents, and discover the joy that music brings.
Sterling Arroyo, Adjunct Director
Sterling Shea Arroyo is delighted to join the NTPA family! She has a BA in Theatre from Texas A&M- Corpus Christi. Favorite credits include NOMAD MOTEL with South Coast Repertory, THE WINTER’S TALE with Shakespeare in the Bar, and a sketch comedy show at Stomping Ground Comedy. Other favorite gigs have been a tour with Missoula Children’s Theatre and a staged reading for the Pacific Playwrights Festival. She also recently trained at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles. Sterling is represented by RPM Talent Agency. Other fun facts: Sterling hosts podcast, she was named after a football player, and both her husband and her dog have been in shows at NTPA!
Jennifer Yoch, Adjunct Director
Linda McAdams, Adjunct Choreographer
Linda has a B.A. in psychology and a Master’s degree in education. She has been involved with NTPA since 2004. Being a first-grade teacher in Plano ISD was one of her favorite experiences. She has served on the executive board for several PTAs, chairperson for a cub scout pack in Plano, Service Unit Cookie Coordinator for Girl Scouts and on the NTPA – Dallas board. Linda has assisted in many shows as the Show Manager and helping with choreography, sound and sets. Favorite choreography credits include Shrek the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, and Mary Poppins Jr. Having seen firsthand the incredible growth in her own children through theatre, she loves working with the parents and children at NTPA and being a part of their dreams.
Jeff Swearingen - Senior Guest Director
After having been on the NTPA Director team for almost two decades, Jeff left to take his own production to off-Broadway which finished a successful run in the spring of 2018. Jeff is a highly regarded DFW actor/director with Column Awards (DFW’s equivalent to the Tony’s) for Revolutionizing Children's Theatre, Best Director of a Play Non-Equity, Best Actor in a Play Non-Equity, Best Featured Actor in a Play Non-Equity, and Outstanding New Work by Playwright. He also received several awards from the Best of Dallas and Critics Forum including The Best of Dallas Award for Best Theatre Teacher and The Mastermind Award for his new approach to teaching the craft. He has also received professional awards for many of his original children's plays. He has performed for many local theaters including Kitchen Dog Theatre, Theatre 3, Shakespeare Dallas and others. He has been featured in commercials and on television shows for NBC, ABC and other stations in Europe and Asia. He has performed long form improvisation all over the country and around the world. He is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.