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Come EXPERIENCE the NTPA – Academy with our new trial program for prospective students in Plano and Fairview! Step into the world of the Academy and experience classes that are only available to our current Academy certification students. Learn from DFW’s best theatre educators in this free program which allows parents and students to try up to 2 weeks of Academy classes absolutely free of charge.

The North Texas Performing Arts – Academy offers a high quality and challenging educational experience in a supportive learning environment to youth with a passion for the performing arts. Now offering six performing arts certifications, the Conservatory provides a powerful option to traditional public school, private school, and home-school alternatives, preparing for the collegiate and professional world through a rigorous and comprehensive educational and experiential learning model.

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NTPA – Academy Opens in Fairview Fall 2021!

The NTPA – Academy is officially opening its second campus in Fairview fall of 2021. With a full curriculum of classes taught by professional, degreed directors, Fairview Academy students can start earning a theatre certification immediately.

Located at NTPA’s Fairview Youth Theatre, enrollment is now open for both full-time and part-time students. The Academy Experience in Fairview is a perfect opportunity for students in grades 6-12 to try out the Academy classes and explore the Fairview campus.

Sample classes that are available only to certification seeking Academy students.
Learn from the best degreed performing arts professionals in Dallas!
Sign up for 2 days or 2 weeks. Flexible options to meet you schedule needs.
No interviews or auditions required. Just sign up!
Completely free for all students.

Daily Schedule

8:30 AM – Check-In
9:00 AM-12:20 PM – Academy Core Flex
12:20-1:00 PM – Lunch (bring your own)
12:30 PM – Check-In for Class Only Participants
1:00-4:00 PM – Academy Conservatory Class

Students will receive a free ticket to an evening performance the same week.

Registration Options

Students can sign up for Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday or both.

Students can sign up for afternoon classes only, or the full day experience including Core Flex.

Students are welcome to sign up for up to 2 weeks.

This program is free for all families.

Core Flex

NTPA offers a flexible approach to support core State of Texas-required instruction through our innovative “Core Flex.” The Core Flex enables a student to pursue their independent academic study in a safe and flexible learning environment. Always staffed by our “Core Academic Coach,” this high-energy and comfortable study environment helps keep students focused on their middle and high school core education. Students can participate in any online curriculum including virtual public or private school programs.

Academy Experience Class Schedule

Plano

April 12-15

Grades 8-12
Free ticket to Academy production of Noises Off – Thursday, April 15, 7:15 PM.

Date Class Instructor
Mon. April 12 The Whole Actor Bethany Bourland
Tue. April 13 Film and Television Christian White
Wed. April 14 Modern Dance and Improvisation DeeDee Munson
Riley Madlock
Thur. April 15 Explore Acting Caddo Lindsey

April 26-29

Grades 4-8
Free ticket to Academy production of Beauty and the Beast JR – Thursday, April 29, 7:15 PM.

Date Class Instructor
Mon. April 26 Musical Theatre Dance and Ballet Basics DeeDee Munson
Riley Madlock
Tue. April 27 Musical Review Jacob Hemsath
Wed. April 28 Explore Acting Caddo Lindsey
Thur. April 29 Story of the Stage and Creative Characterization Kaitlyn Wright

Fairview

May 3-6

Grades 6-12
Free ticket to Fairview production of Tuck Everlasting – Friday, May 7, 7:15 PM

Date Class Instructor
Mon. May 3 Explore Acting Cibby Bowden
Bethany Bourland
Tues. May 4 Improvisation Denver Danyla
Wed. May 5 Entering the Profession Daniel Dean Miranda
Thur., May 6 Vocal Technique Kaitlyn Wright

May 10-13

Grades 6-12
Free ticket to Fairview production of Tuck Everlasting – Thursday, May 13, 7:15 PM.

Date Class Instructor
Mon. May 10 Explore Acting Cibby Bowden
Daniel Dean Miranda
Tues. May 11 Film and Television Christian White
Wed. May 12 Stage Combat Jeff Colangelo
Thur. May 13 Musical Theatre Dance and Modern Dance DeeDee Munson

Certification Class Descriptions

Entering the Profession

This class will introduce students to the realities of life as a full time theatre professional. Students will discuss their own goals and dreams as actors, and learn the best ways to reach them. They will learn about auditioning for managers and casting directors and building relationships with agents and other industry professionals. They will also build a unique online profile that matches current industry standards. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand tips and tricks to make your own next steps in the industry successful.

Explore Acting

Through ensemble-building exercises, physical awareness techniques, and the use of imagination, students will form the foundation of their acting skills. Students will invest in monologue selection, preparation, and presentation. This class begins the foundational support for their future stage presence.

Film and Television

Students will explore film from behind the camera and in front of the camera. They will prepare a monologue and learn how to create a video audition to present to various agents. 

Improvisation

This class will provide insight to the fundamentals of improvisation such as the basic tools, rules and philosophy. Interactive opportunities will include games, drills and simple scenes.

Modern Dance and Improvisation

Students will embrace the form of modern dance that is expressive in nature through emotions, inspiration from the world around us and is not bound by technique or ballet. Students will continue to express movement through modern dance and find inspiration from color, nature, sound, and various forms of motivation.

Students will discover the process of developing spontaneous creative movement. Improvisation is unstructured and free, develops inspiration from different everyday practices and environmental influences. 

Musical Review

This class is an accumulation of putting a choreographed routine into the context of a musical production. Delving deeper into not just performing choreography but adding the singing and acting elements, this musical theatre scene study will blend all the necessary elements when performing in a musical. Each semester will focus on a different show or style so students will not only learn the dance but the context of why the choreography tells a story, while building the endurance to sing, dance and act completely full out. Each semester will have a different theme from choreographers like Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins, to styles like jazz, ballet and tap”

Musical Theatre Dance and Ballet Basics

Students will explore various styles of dance used in musical theater such as jazz, ballet, and modern dance. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of proper dance techniques and performances skills in telling a story through dance, movement and facial expression.

Students will embrace the foundation of all dance through the basics of ballet. Using precision and formalized movement students will develop an awareness of alignment and basic ballet vocabulary and technique. Students will work on technique through the execution of barre work, center, and across the floor exercises.

Musical Theatre Dance and Modern Dance

Students will explore various styles of dance used in musical theater such as jazz, ballet, and modern dance. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of proper dance techniques and performances skills in telling a story through dance, movement and facial expression.

Students will embrace the form of modern dance that is expressive in nature through emotions, inspiration from the world around us and is not bound by technique or ballet. Students will continue to express movement through modern dance and find inspiration from color, nature, sound, and various forms of motivation.

Stage Combat

This class will teach the different levels of stage combat such as arm to arm combat as well as swords and daggers. Emphasis will be on safety, control and choreography of all stage combat skills.

Story of the Stage and Creative Characterization

Students will embrace the journey of the stage through growing an appreciation of the history of theatrical arts. Through their study of storytelling, literature, and history, the students will create their own short stories, characters, and movements imitating their own life experiences. Students will be able to identify basic theatrical terminology by recognizing and recalling the nine stage directions and eight body positions. 

Students will embrace the study of different characters throughout the adventures of plays and musicals from the perspective of American history. They will create their own characters through movement and physical acting choices using the context clues provided by the time period, location, and environment. They will use given circumstances and events to make decisions for their characters.

Vocal Technique

This class will explore the basic vocal techniques for actors. Breathing, stretching, resonance, range, articulation and the development of a physical and vocal warm up will bring the student to the next level in understanding the importance of voice.

The Whole Actor

Students will explore the concept of self care in a demanding industry. Creating balance, setting goals, self management of time are just a few possibilities.