But Connor’s first love is and always has been theatre. A native of Colleyville, Texas, and Wichita, Kansas, Connor grew up performing on stage with Music Theatre of Wichita and Music Theatre for Young People – Wichita. Connor received his B.F.A. in Drama: Acting Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma Peggy Dow Helmrich School of Drama in 2015, where he spent four years music directing the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity in the annual “U-Sing” and “Scandals” musical revue shows. Connor is also a member of the OU Theatre Guild Board of Directors and attributes much of personal and professional growth to his theatre background. Connor truly appreciates the irreplaceable value of youth theatre and theatre education. (And he misses performing a lot!)
Connor spends his free time rooting for OU football and basketball (Boomer!), volunteering as a Music Director for NTPA shows, sailing, traveling, playing with his dog Judge, and listening to Bethany talk about how much she loves her NTPA kiddos.
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, has been featured in several magazines and has had numerous television appearances including Good Morning Texas, Live with Regis and Kelly, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. She was a dancer and actress in “Miss Congeniality” starring Sandra Bullock, has served as a judge for national dance competitions and serves on several advisory boards.
Stephanie Pearson is passionate about education, children and the arts, which all make her a great asset to the NTPA — Dallas board. Her position as the current Associate Director of Auxilary Programs at Parish Episcopal School, gives her unique insights regarding education, programming and working with kids. She also actively volunteers with children’s groups, area non-proﬁts and as a Girl Scout leader. She holds a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University and has a wide range of interests, from outdoor activities to playing the cello and guitar. Stephanie is married to Keith and mom to three beautiful children, two of whom are involved in NTPA — Dallas performances. It has been a joy for her ﬁrst-hand witness to the ways theatre builds a child’s conﬁdence, encourages independence, nurtures creativity and instills an understanding of teamwork.