Sara Johnson
Sara JohnsonChairperson
Sara Johnson has been involved with NTPA – Dallas since her son auditioned for the inaugural show. Watching him find his “home” in theatre and seeing how it provides a safe welcoming place for kids to grow in confidence and aspire for excellence spurred her decision to join the Dallas board. Sara is a lover of learning. Having already earned a B.S. in Agricultural Journalism from Kansas State University and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University, Wichita, Kansas, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy at the University of Texas Dallas. She’s also a certified running coach, training all ages and levels of runners, and the developer of a program to train five- to twelve-year-old DFW runners to participate in their first 5K or mile run. Some of her other passions are helping her son prepare for shows, traveling with her daughter to figure skating competitions and running with her husband, Jay.
Stephanie Pearson
Stephanie PearsonVice Chair
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.
Connor Bourland
Connor BourlandVice Chair
Connor is an Associate Attorney with the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight in their Trial Section and is the husband of NTPA Resident Director Bethany Bourland. He received his J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2018.
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.
Chuck Harbison
Chuck HarbisonFinance Director
Chuck Harbison joined the NTPA – Dallas Board in 2018, after several opportunities to participate as a volunteer for his daughter Ava Grace’s productions. He has enjoyed seeing his daughter and her fellow performers use their talents through the opportunities provided by NTPA, and he looks forward to the continued growth of the organization. He is currently Vice President of Development for a major healthcare company, and has worked for many years with corporate mergers, acquisitions and business development. He received a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from The University of Dallas. Previous board service has included a local private school and several corporate board positions. Chuck is a Dallas native and lives in North Dallas with his wife Christy where they have raised four wonderful daughters.
Maria Ilarina
Maria IlarinaSecretary
Tiffany Brooks
Tiffany Brooks
Tiffany joined the NTPA – Dallas Board of Directors in 2017, and was an active member of the theater’s Founding Committee throughout 2016. Tiffany is a licensed real estate agent and lover of the arts–holding a BA in Music–and enjoys singing in her husband’s band in her “free” time. Her most privileged profession is mom to Taylor and Grayson, to whom she has passed on her love for the arts. Her daughter, Taylor, has been a proud supporter of NTPA since her very first production. She cherishes the lessons learned–both on and off the stage–with each experience, as well as her theater “family” that continues to expand. Though her son has yet to take the stage, she hopes Grayson–who has never missed a performance of Taylor’s, will one day join the NTPA family with his sister. Because this theater has meant so much in her own family’s life, Tiffany is committed to helping bring these character building, life changing experiences through NTPA to as many children as possible!
Mandy Fritsche
Mandy Fritsche
Mandy Fritsche joined the NTPA board once she saw her daughter, Caroline, thriving in this encouraging and uplifting environment. Caroline’s brothers, Luke and Will, wanted to take part in all the fun as well, and all three Fritsche kids recently shared the stage in the full version of Willy Wonka. Mandy loves serving on the board as NTPA encourages others to grow in confidence through theater. Mandy grew up in Kentucky and Arkansas, but has lived in Texas longer than anywhere else beginning when she moved to College Station to attend Texas A&M. She moved to Dallas where she met her husband while working in marketing for Southwest Airlines. Since then she worked at a small tech start-up, started her own floral design company and had 3 kids! She currently works as a change management consultant for Blankenship Change Consulting. Mandy’s husband, Jeff, serves as the pastor of White Rock Fellowship in Lake Highlands where their family lives. Mandy keeps herself busy by being very involved in her kid’s schools, her church and her neighborhood. On a hypothetical lazy Saturday, you can find Mandy doing a puzzle and warming up her coffee all day.
Lisa Henington
Lisa Henington
Kris Murphy
Kris Murphy
Kris Murphy became involved with Plano Children’s Theatre in 2013 after seeing her child literally grow an inch taller when she took the stage for the first time — she knew she had discovered something pretty magical. Since then, her daughter has continued to grow in her confidence, abilities and love for musical theatre through her involvement with NTPA, and Kris has become more and more involved as a parent volunteer. In an effort to help bring the same incredible performing arts opportunities to Dallas youth, she worked with the team that initiated NTPA — Dallas in 2016 and joined the board in 2017. When she is not volunteering or helping her daughter prepare for a show, Kris works as a copywriter and graphic designer, is the mom of two amazing kids and co-manages her household with her equally amazing husband, Brandon. She graduated with a BFA from the communication design program at the University of North Texas.
Rex Stewart
Rex Stewart
Emily White
Emily White