NTPA students “Explore” their artistic journey through a dynamic and rigorous curriculum designed to unleash and then support the student’s passion and understanding in theatre, dance, acting, voice, video, technical theater and other training.

The Academy Class Offerings are open to all participants within the age limitations outlined (limits on class size and prerequisites may apply) and are taught by trained professionals with degrees in their fields. These classes may last between 50-80 minutes and many class offerings are contributory to an NTPA Conservatory Certification.

For those students with a desire to advance their studies, the NTPA Academy Conservatory offers a two and four-year certification program that will enhance their high school transcript, college applications and professional auditions and interviews. This certificate acknowledges and documents the completion of a body of work that includes classroom, intern, and performance requirements to achieve recognition in the defined certification.


The North Texas Performing Arts Conservatory Certificate of Completion is available to students that fulfill a defined course of study in the following areas.

Most courses in each study area will consist of sixteen-week programs of between 50-80 minutes meeting once or twice weekly with minimum requirements for attendance and testing. Intersession and accelerated classes may also be offered.

Spring 2020 Conservatory Schedule

Note: Classes/Instructors subject to change


Musical Theatre Certification 


Video and Film Certification

Theatrical Professions Certification 

Dance Certification


9:00-9:30 AM
Pi-Yo (DeAnna Stone)

9:30-10:50 AM
Musical Chorus (Kaitlyn Wright)

11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Make Up/Costume (DeAnna Stone)
Voice and Diction (Aaron Arroyo)

1:00-2:20 PM
Theatre Appreciation (Christian Black)
College and Audition Prep (Jacob Hemsath)

2:30-3:50 PM
Musical Theatre Dance (DeeDee Munson)
Improvisation (Denver Danyla)

4:00-5:00 PM
Modern Dance II (DeeDee Munson)


9:30-10:50 AM
Vocal Technique (Kaitlyn Wright)

11:00 AM-12:20 PM
Acting for Film/Video (Aaron Arroyo)

1:00-2:20 PM
Acting I (Caddo Lindsey)
Acting II (Christian Black)
Acting III (Aaron Arroyo)
Acting IV (Morgan Southard)

2:30-3:50 PM
Combat/Special Effects (Mick McCormick)
Script Analysis (Mike Mazur)

Stage Management (Greg McKnight)

4:00-5:00 PM
Improv and Choreo (Alex Langley)


9:30 AM-12:30 PM

Academy Immersive Production – Once Upon a Mattress JR (Hannah Makepeace)

1:30-5:00 PM

Conservatory Play – Our Town (Aaron Arroyo)

Conservatory Musical – 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Morgan Southard)

Class Descriptions

Acting I

This course serves as an introduction to stagecraft, monologue work, performance pieces, and improvisation.  Students will be taught the different styles of acting through various settings and will work on solo and duo scenes for assessment.

Acting II

Acting I is prerequisite The primary focus of this course is how a young actor can get advanced performances out of the basics learned in Acting 1. Students will learn in-depth script analysis and performance styles through scenes and monologues with a heavy focus on inflection, subtext and operatives. Exercises in this course will teach a young actor the differences between comedy and drama and how to affect an audience in a desired manner consistently. Students will also participate in movement exercises to improve listening and clarity in their performances. This course will also include the basics for transitioning stage performances to film. Students will create new plays as well as perform classic stories.

Acting III

Acting II is prerequisite In this course, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of classical text as performance pieces to explore and enjoy rather than obstacles to overcome. Students will leave with confidence in abilities to research, analyze, rehearse, and perform classical roles with eloquence and attention to classic text. Students will expand their understanding and respect for period research, and find joy in playing classical style. As students survey Greek Tragedy and the work of Shakespeare through close readings and viewing of performance through a variety of media, students will also learn to consider the relationship of the text to the cultural contexts in which they were produced. The course is designed to enhance each student’s awareness, development, and capability for heightened performance requirements.

Acting IV

Acting III is prerequisite This course is designed to develop the actor’s skill through scene study and circumstantial improvisations. Emphasizes the actor’s personal input into the process of creating a role. Focuses on the use of intentions and advanced script analysis through the works of modern playwrights (Chekhov, Ibsen, Shaw, Williams, O’Neill)

Acting for Film & Video

This class will examine the fundamentals of acting for the camera including the Hollywood continuity style of shooting, relaxation, believability, stillness on screen, matching actions, emotional continuity and the workings of a real world set. The class will explore single camera shooting technique. Scene work will take up the majority of class time, but there will be a lecture component. Students will shoot two short scenes and take time to look back at the work for analysis.

College & Audition Prep

This class is a culminating course for the Conservatory model of both Musical Theater and Acting. The student will practice interviews, completing applications, write a college essay, practice auditions, and practice presentations of their theatrical work. The student will also develop confidence in the audition process by focusing on cold reads, preparation, presentation, resumes, headshots, choosing the right materials for auditions and representing themselves in a professional manner.

Combat and Special Effects

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. Students will participate in proper stage falls, slaps, and punches through proper technique and safety at the center of the goals. Students will be asked to demonstrate an instructor taught fight, as well as develop their own combinations under the supervision of the instructor. Professional stage combat kicks and sword fighting will be included in the student’s physical development goals and objectives. Students will be assessed by their ability to perform the tasks assigned and their ability to remain responsible to abiding by the safety instructions outlined by the instructor at the beginning of the course. Fundamentals of filming such scenes will be incorporated into the course in order to bring realism to the visual art.

Dance Improv & Choreo

This class will explore the process of spontaneously creating movement. Development of movement material is facilitated through a variety of creative explorations including body mapping through levels, shape and dynamics schema. This course will introduce students to both the exploration of the choreographic process and the basic tools used in choreography. Students will learn through improvisations, assignments, class discussions, and the completion of a final piece that will be presented at the end of the term.


This course covers short-form and long-form improvisation. Students will learn how to make the best of any situation through the philosophy of improvisation by learning the rules, edits, and formats of long-form scenes. Students will gain confidence and experience through short-form improvisation games and activities throughout the semester. The study of improvisation gives an actor the ability to enjoy being on stage no matter the circumstances and uplift the performances of those around them at the same time. Students will learn the building blocks of improvisational formats as well as study nationally and internationally popular formats. Students will develop the ability to improvise a performance on the spot and learn how to apply improvisational principles anywhere in the world. The final project will include the students inventing their own format to be demonstrated to an audience.

Make-up & Costume Design

This course serves as a fashion history and theatrical application course.  By the end of the course students will be able to identify fabrics, styles, and stitches needed to costume professionally.  They will learn basic sewing technique and repair work for costuming. Basic makeup technique for theatre and film will also be covered.

Modern Dance II

This is an advanced study of the principles of Modern Dance technique. Emphasis is placed on advanced phrases and  dance techniques and the application of movement principles essential to the training of the dancer. In this course, different styles of modern dance will be presented with an emphasis on improving anatomical awareness and alignment, developing integrated movement patterns rhythmic awareness and using dance as a form of expression. Dancers will be required to perform at NTPA Academy functions and events. Regular attendance and class participation are required to fulfill all course objectives.

Musical Chorus

 NTPA Academy Musical Theatre Chorus is non-auditioned ensemble committed to the exploration and performance of choral literature and musical theatre ensemble pieces. The main goal of this group is to prepare each piece well, emphasizing accurate pitches, diction, phrasing, musicality, balance, blend, vocal production, and correct musical period practices. In order to achieve this, students are expected to know their individual parts completely and will learn basic music reading and choreography skills. Initial rehearsals will focus on part learning, while subsequent rehearsals will address the other aspects listed above. When possible, students will have access to learning tracks for their part so they can practice outside of rehearsal.

Musical Theatre Dance

This is a study of the principles of Musical Theatre Dance. Emphasis is placed on beginner phrases and dance techniques in the Broadway genre. Students will explore various styles of dance used in musical theatre such as jazz, ballet, and modern dance. Emphasis will be placed upon the use of proper dance technique and performance in telling a story through dance, movement and facial expression. Students will need to complete two semesters of Musical Theatre Dance for certification.


Open to any student! This class is designed to explore pilates and yoga as students build strength, improve flexibility, and tone muscles. Students will become aware of their potential as they embrace the ability to settle the mind, balance breathing and engage muscles. In a world where anxiety and depression are at an all time high, taking a moment to explore awareness, peace and calming the mind, will act as an avenue to redirect the negative effects of stress. This 30 minute class will unleash your ability to tackle any day with strength and flexibility both physically and mentally. 

Script Analysis

Students will journey through a study of different scripts and embrace the culture, history, aesthetics, semantic study and interpretation of various scenes. Through careful and intensive readings, students will break down the text, context, and subtext from the chosen pieces. Definitions of text, context, and subtext will be thoroughly defined. The materials provided will explore how text, context, and subtext can be interpreted differently by the visionary. Students will explore the concept of neutral scenes. Students will be asked to identify the neutral scenes and construct the meaning based on the writer’s degree of freedom allowed in the director’s interpretation. Students will construct, direct, and design the scenes provided. Directors will be responsible for providing the scenes chosen. Students will explore scripts such as Antigone and Nicholas Nickleby. Students will also explore work from Neil Simeon. The director may choose a piece from a current NTPA production and ask the students to attend the production to analyze the message the director interpreted from the text.  All texts chosen are subject to change by the instructor’s vision of the course. 

Stage Management

Stage Management will provide students with a general overview of the administrative and management functions of a performing arts organization as well as an introductory look at the responsibilities and process of stage management. Through readings and videos, interactive discussion forums, research projects, and practical assignments, the student will develop an understanding of the structure and business of the performing arts and its various management positions, translating traditional business practices into the language of the arts.  

Theatre Appreciation

Students will develop an appreciation for theater through analyzing and evaluating different time periods, artists and theatrical pieces of literature as well as taking a journey through a theatrical history timeline. The student will gain an overview of the development of theater throughout history. 

Vocal Technique

This course educates students on the basics of vocal performance, vocal health, and self identification of vocal faults.  Students will study the parts of the human voice and how to maintain vocal health. Once students have a grasp on this, they will work to understand and diagnosis common technique issues in vocal performance in themselves and others.  Students will be able to apply this course to performance and as future vocal educators.

Voice & Diction

This course will guide students to understand the international phonetic alphabet ​to be used to identify proper pronunciation of foreign language words and accents.  Students will apply this alphabet to the study and performance of various accents throughout the course via monologues, scenes, and other performance techniques.

Immersive Musical Production

Open to any student. Take a journey into the world of a Musical Adventure and experience the joy of learning and creating as we dive into the creative process and behind the scenes. Students will not only be able to take part in the creative process such as collaborating on set, costumes, props, choreography, vocal expression, marketing, business planning and t-shirt design, but also experience the adventure of learning the historical background of the musical piece. This production is designed for a JR. Musical for the purpose of allowing time for the students to create and design their masterpiece. This is a full immersion experience through the art of the stage.

Conservatory Play/Musical

Open to Conservatory students only. In order to enroll in and audition for one of the Conservatory Productions, a student must be enrolled as a Conservatory student in at least one class in addition to the Advanced Theatre Production Class. Upon enrollment in the Advanced Theatre Production Class, students will audition for both the Conservatory Play and the Conservatory Musical. The panel of directors hosting the audition will then determine which production will provide the student needed skills and experiences. Each student will then be cast in either the play or the musical production, which will both rehearse at the same time. Students enrolled in the Advanced Theatre Production Class will receive a grade based on participation in this production class. This Advanced Theatre Production Class is designed to grow students in their art both on the stage at NTPA as well as beyond their years with NTPA. This is a unique experience for the Academy Conservatory students and requires a maturity about their desire to improve their art.