Production Services Manager
Abby joined NTPA in May 2017 and currently serves as the Production Services Manager. She jump-started her career in the entertainment industry as a performer through the Disney College Program and maintained a seasonal status with the company over the course of five years. During the 2016 holiday season, Abby was a featured actor for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando and starred in the Candlelight Processional Cast Choir at Walt Disney World.
Also possessing a profound passion for nonprofits, Abby has extensive experience with organizations who aim to enhance the special needs community and founded the first Special Olympics College chapter in her home state of Mississippi. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State University, Abby worked as a Volunteer Services Coordinator at Give Kids The World, a nonprofit resort that provides cost-free vacations to Central Florida theme parks for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Outside of work, Abby volunteers as a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish North Texas and enjoys supporting her husband performing in NTPA Repertory productions. NTPA equates to be a perfect union of Abby’s enthusiasm for children, nonprofits, and performing arts, and she strives to fulfill the mission of North Texas Performing Arts each day.
Lauren joined NTPA as Marketing Director 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.
Christian Robert Black is an actor & director based in the DFW area. A theatrical veteran of 15 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 Spring 2016. His education and experience at OU led to a year-long artistic fellowship at the Tony-Award winning Dallas Theater Center, where he honed in his casting, administration, and directing skills, while making connections in the industry. An NTPA alum himself, Christian left DTC and returned to North Texas Performing Arts in June 2017, to help guide youth of all ages to experience the same magic he did when he was a student. In August 2017, he joined the NTPA Marketing Staff, where he currently serves as the Marketing Specialist by day. His favorite NTPA directorial credits include “Willy Wonka Kids”, “Mulan Jr”, “The Lion King Jr”, and “Getting To Know: The Sound of Music”. He feels honored and grateful to be a part of the NTPA team, and watch its wonderfully talented students grow each and every day.
Christian is also a professional actor in the DFW metroplex, and oftentimes, around the country; his favorite stage credits include “Mercutio” in Romeo and Juliet, “David Warren” in Dear Delinquent, “Alistair Spenlow” in Move Over, Ms. Markham, “Cory” in Goosebumps: The Musical, “Detective Slater” in Funny Money, and “Colin” in Let It Be Me. He adores his faith, family, friends, students, and beautiful wife, Savannah, for putting up with his shenanigans on a daily basis.
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 Theater.
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.