The North Texas Performing Arts Academy has become one of the largest and fastest growing non-profit performing arts conservatories in the state with certifications in Acting, Music Theatre, General Theatre, Technical Theatre, Video & Film and Dance and core academic studies for full and part-time students taught by a deeply credentialed and highly skilled performing arts faculty.
With the continued growth and success of the Academy, NTPA announces its exciting new high-caliber Academy Management Team that will lead it to become the premier performing arts conservatory in the Southwest.
Head of School, Mike Mazur:
Since its opening, Mike has played a key role in the day-to-day operations of the Academy, teaching classes and stepping in as a substitute for classes and our Core Café, and assisting in student matters. Mike will continue in his role as Managing Director of NTPA’s Plano youth theatre operations.
Mike brings to this role a decade of teaching performing arts at the collegiate level in the California State University system and has spent decades teaching students at the high school and collegiate level. Mike received his BFA from Bowling Green and Master’s at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
Managing Director, DeAnna Stone:
DeAnna Stone continues as the Managing Director of the Academy and has been a leader of the school’s success since its inception. After her collegiate theatre work, she went on to serve almost two decades with the McKinney Area Christian Homeschoolers (MArCH) in the roles of President, Vice President and Enrichment Theatre Department Managing Director. During that time, she has been directly involved with teaching and directing children with a passion for theatre between the ages of 3 and 18. DeAnna will continue to drive curriculum development and recruitment for the NTPA Academy.
Assistant Head of School, Cheryl Greif:
Cheryl joins the NTPA Academy team having graduated from Southern Methodist University with bachelor degrees in French, Political Science and Education going on to teach upper elementary and middle school students History and Integrate Language Arts for Gifted and Talented in Frisco and Dallas. During her ten years in the profession she worked in curriculum writing, vertical curriculum planning and serving as a History Department Chair. She left teaching to develop and deliver homeschooling curriculum for her daughters and worked for three years as a program manager for a non-profit where she wrote camp curriculum, trained camp teachers and college interns while leading teams to Zambia, Africa to serving orphans and widows.
Core Academic Studies Coach, Rare Orion:
Rare Orion holds a Neuroscience degree and a Cardiopulmonary degree and has held multiple medical professional roles. Rare taught STEM courses in the Plano ISD Middle Schools for over five years and tutors in math, sciences and the performing arts.Rare is also an artist having attended Art Institute of Dallas for video and audio engineering. He is currently the lead singer of a band called Rare Savant, and has performed onstage with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Uptown Players, Firehouse Theater, NTPA, Greater Lewisville and other performing arts troupes.
Rare will be leading the Academy’s Core Academic Support program, providing coaching, tutoring and mentoring to students taking advantage of its Core Café offering and private tutoring.