Chief Executive Officer
Darrell joined the Board of Directors in 2010 and served pro bono as its Executive Director through 2011, guiding NTPA – Plano through financial difficulties. He was elected Board President for eight consecutive terms leading NTPA – Plano to grow 400% and evolve into the North Texas Performing Arts.
Darrell served the dual role as the chief executive overseeing all operations during 2015-2018. He initiated the creation of a leadership succession plan with the Board of Directors. Darrell took on the CEO role on a pro bono basis reporting to the Governing Board of Directors starting October 1, 2018.
Darrell created the AMP Awards, ACE (Acting Company for Excellence), the North Texas Performing Arts structure, the “Ten Characters,” and the NTPA – Academy. Under his leadership, other new programs were successfully launched including NTPA – Fairview, NTPA – Frisco, NTPA – Dallas, NTPA – Starcatchers and NTPA – Repertory.
Darrell was critical to the creation of the Willow Bend Center of the Arts, working with Starwood Retail Partners to provide the space and negotiated terms. He secured financing, engaged the construction partner and designed much of the facility, serving full-time for almost two years on a pro bono basis as Project Executive. He recruited and worked alongside the incredible “Team of Steel” volunteers who generously contributed their time and talent to design and construction.
Darrell and Lisa Rodenbaugh and their children Chris and Lee donated the largest cash gift in NTPA’s history to help underwrite the Willow Bend effort.
Lisa has served in volunteer roles for a dozen years at NTPA and was the creator of the “Curtain Club”, the precursor to the current NTPA Membership Program and volunteer system. Lisa serves on the NTPA Repertory Theatre Management Board and is its Programming Chair. Chris and Lee were founding members of the ACE’s and together participated in over 70 NTPA productions. Chris is a Junior at Loyola at Chicago, and Lee is a Freshman at Baylor University.
Darrell is a Plano-area investor and volunteer who spent twenty-five years in the high-tech industry in sales, sales management, and general manager roles with IBM, Oracle, Yahoo!, i2 Technologies, and prior to this role was SVP and General Manager for McAfee’s global $300M Mid-Market business division. He went on to create “Champion Life Safety Solutions”, a security and life-safety services company which he sold in 2016. Darrell is a graduate and now Trustee at Washburn University and earned his MBA at the University of Houston.
Vice President of Development, Founder of Plano Children’s Theatre
Sara entered her first talent show in the first grade with a dance routine to “Let’s twist and shout!” She started choreographing dance numbers for elementary class productions in the fourth grade at Walnut Hill Elementary. She continued to volunteer at Walnut Hill Elementary throughout her high school years. It was through her teachers and watching live performances at Dallas Theatre Center that she decided what she was going to do with her life – have a theatre – a place to create.
Sara received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University with a major in Dance and a minor in Theatre. Sara continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Masters of Fine Arts in Children’s Theatre and Creative Drama. During her time at UTA, Sara received the Aurand Harris Playwriting Award and taught on the UTA faculty for two years. In 1981, Sara began teaching Creative Drama and Movement at The Lamplighter School in Dallas Texas, where she taught for 9 years. During this time, she also taught and directed at Dallas Theatre Center, Children’s Arts and Ideas Foundation, and the Junior Players Guild. Sara founded the Imagination Company underneath the umbrella of JPG.
In 1991, Sara founded Plano Children’s Theatre (now North Texas Performing Arts), and has watched the company grow from a small theatre in Plano to a family of theatres covering the North Dallas area. Sara now works as the organizations Executive Director with a focus on fundraising, grant writing, and member development.
Dr. Lisa Hill
Academy Head of School
Dr. Lisa Hill is excited to join the North Texas Performing Arts family as Head of School for the NTPA – Academy. What an amazing opportunity to combine her love of the performing arts with her passion for education.
Dr. Hill graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Educational Administration. She completed a Doctorate in K-12 Educational Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. She holds principal and superintendent certifications as well as teaching certifications in Elementary Education and Reading, with an English as a Second Language endorsement. She has nearly thirty years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, instructional and technology specialist, an adjunct professor, and as a school administrator. During her time serving in the classroom, Dr. Hill created such innovations as an elementary student-led television studio, Professor Dewey’s Book Club, and a puppet who responded to students’ emails about books. She was honored to be selected as Region X Elementary Teacher of the Year. She has presented at local and state conferences and desires to support and equip current and future educators in their endeavors.
Dr. Hill is a life-long resident of Texas. She met her husband, Michael, in an elementary school musical presentation of The Pied Piper. The couple has performed together in other productions such as Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma! through the Irving ISD Summer Enrichment Camps, they directed many children’s productions as well as church youth productions of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and a youth version of STOMP. Additionally, they directed a puppet and performing arts ministry team that traveled around the state of Texas and to schools in Guatemala.
Mike and Lisa will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in 2019 and they have two sons. The oldest is married with a daughter and the youngest is in high school. The Hill family loves all things Disney and spending time visiting new places.
Dr. Hill is a proponent of arts education to reach the whole student and develop strengths and talents in each child. She is delighted to be a part of such an outstanding organization that provides opportunities for youth with a passion for the performing arts. She is committed to providing a safe and supportive learning environment where students thrive and optimal learning occurs. She is very excited about the possibilities for the NTPA Academy!
Senior Marketing Director
Lauren joined NTPA in December 2016. Lauren grew up in Alma, Arkansas, where most of her evenings were spent doing homework and playing the back of the Alma Performing Arts Center, where her mom is the Executive Director. Lauren fell in love with theatre and first took the stage in high school. She continued participating in theatre both on stage and behind the scenes in college. Favorite roles include Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Mary (the tap dancing maid) in The Bald Soprano.
Lauren received her BA in Electronic Media Production from Harding University. Before coming to NTPA, Lauren worked as Marketing Director for the Alma School District, Alma Performing Arts Center, and ChristianWorks for Children. In 2014, Lauren was selected for the NSPRA “35 Under 35” list of top young marketing professionals in the nation.
Lauren is thrilled to be back in the theatre world and working full-time in the performing arts. She hopes that through her marketing more students can be exposed to and find joy in the performing arts at a young age, just like she did.
VISTA Volunteer Coordinator
Abbie is an AmeriCorps VISTA member spending a year of service with NTPA. AmeriCorps envisions a future where America’s impoverished communities have a strong network of organizations to provide them, not only with essentials but supplemental programs to help them escape the cycle of poverty. Abbie’s passion for the arts and dedication to improving the lives of children in poverty is what has led her to NTPA. She believes that a tight budget should not act as a barrier to a child participating in the magic of theatre.
Abbie hopes that while she is serving at NTPA she can help focus volunteer engagement into connecting with the low-income community. Through providing free workshops, scholarships, and hosting events for struggling families, she hopes to make the arts more accessible to all.
Production Design Assistant
Bill grew up in the Dallas-area where he developed an interest in all things art at a young age. In high school, he ran his schools broadcasting program and competed at a National level through the nation-wide organization, Business Professionals of America. Bill also was involved in theatre throughout all 4 years serving in various technical roles and developed a strong interest in set building amongst other skills.
Upon graduating high school, he pursued arts and technology as a career and went to Texas A&M University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies and a minor in New Media Art in 2017. Throughout college, he further honed his design, animation, video production, and photography skills through classwork, organizational involvement, and personal work where he even had one of his photographs featured in an art exhibit consisting of graduate and undergraduate artwork from Texas A&M called Viz-a-GoGo in 2017.
Bill began pursuing design as a professional field after working through Texas A&M’s library system as a student worker creating designs for library events. He has freelance and contracted with various clients and has since joined the staff at NTPA. Bill is excited to bring his versatile background of illustration, branding, design and more to help develop and build the NTPA brand.
Production Services Manager