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.

Certifications

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.

Meet Our Instructors

Fall 2020 Conservatory Schedule

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Note: Classes/Instructors subject to change

Theatre Certification 

Acting
Certification 

Musical Theatre Certification 

Theatrical Professions Certification 

Dance Certification

Film and Television Certification

Core Library
Open Monday – Thursday 8 am – 4 pm
Friday 1/2 day AM or PM available for students participating in Immersive or Advanced Theatre Productions

Mondays/Wednesdays

11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Scene Design (Jason Villareal/Greg McKnight)

*Musical Review (Jacob Hemsath)

1:00-2:20 PM

Music Appreciation (Kaitlyn Wright)

Mime and Movement (Caddo Lindsey)

2:30-3:50 PM

Musical Theatre Dance (DeeDee Munson)

Film Industry Prep and Social Media (Tonja Rene)

4:00-5:00 PM

*Jazz Technique (DeeDee Munson)

Tuesdays/Thursdays

10:30 AM-12:20 PM

Music Theory/Musical Chorus (Kaitlyn Wright)

11:00 AM-12:20 PM

Professional Theatre Concepts (Aaron Arroyo)

Directing I (Morgan Southard)

11:30 AM-12:20 PM

*Musical Chorus (Kaitlyn Wright)

1:00-2:20 PM

Acting I (Christian Black)

Acting III (Morgan Southard)

Shakespeare Text (Aaron Arroyo)

2:30-3:50 PM

Improv (Denver Danyla)

*Ballet Basics (Hannah Makepeace)

Commercial and Media (Tonja Rene)

4:00-5:00 PM

*Tap Technique (TBD)

Fridays

9:30 AM-12:30 PM

*Conservatory Musical – Chicago (Mike Mazur/DeeDee Munson)

1:30-5:00 PM

*Conservatory Play – Twelfth Night (Morgan Southard)

*Academy Immersive – Title TBD (Hannah Makepeace)

*Represents classes that can be taken multiple times to continue to grow in craft

Class Descriptions Fall 2020

Theatre Certification

Acting I

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.

Music Appreciation

Emphasis on learning the history of music, exploring music theory and different genres of music. Students will explore the relationship between music and social movement as well as engaging in genres such as Latin, folk, gospel, hip hop, classical and jazz.

Musical Theater Dance I

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.

Acting Certification

Mime and Movement

This course is an overview of the movement side of acting. This course will explore the basics of the importance and technique behind the body when acting, and delve into specific movement storytelling styles such as mime, comedia del arte, and human video.

Shakespeare Text

Grades 8th-12th While exploring the deep layers of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets, the students will journey through Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, romance and history. (This class is a highly recommended pre-requisite to Acting III and Acting IV)

Acting III

Grades 8th – 12th This course is a study of performing Shakespeare and other classic texts through sonnet, monologue, and scene work. Additional work will be on the many techniques used in verse. (It is highly recommended that student has taken Shakespeare Text or is taking course simultaneously to ensure greater success)

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

Musical Theatre Certification

Music Theory/Musical Chorus

Students will explore various concepts of music such as scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases, cadences and basic harmony in the Music Theory portion of the class. Musical Chorus will emphasizes the learning of basic music reading skills in an ensemble setting. Students will learn the fundamentals of octavo reading, ensemble singing and ensemble dance skills through several arrangements of musical theatre pieces.

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”

Theatrical Professions Certification

Scene Design

This class will take a hands-on approach to developing and constructing a set for a various scene. Students will create a model example and present the concepts for the instructor and class. Scene Design I will explore simple sets with ease and how to maximize the budget and create fabulous sets for all levels of theatre.

Professional Theatrical Concepts

Study of the business of theater and theatrical organizations. Students study the various aspects of theater such as a mission statement, non-profit status, and funding. Students will develop a Cost of Living Project and include all the components of life as a theatre professional. Students will develop a marketing and funding plan for their proposed careers.

Directing I

This course explores the process of directing plays for the stage. Exercises develop skills in key areas: interpretation of form and artistic intent; perception and sensibility in rehearsal; effective communication with actors; and balancing the interplay between action and text. Students will stage scenes in distinct categories. Special emphasis is placed on the role of dramaturgical understanding in the creation of meaningful stage action.

Dance Certification

Ballet Basics

Ballet Basics is an introductory course in Ballet technique. Students will learn basic Ballet positions, movements, and terminology in order to increase their technical proficiency and prepare them for further dance study. Class will include exercises at the barre and in the center, providing students the opportunity to gain physical strength and a deeper understanding of the body.

Tap Technique

Tap Technique focuses on creating a strong foundation in rhythm, footwork, and style. Students will gain strength, coordination, speed, and clarity through basic footwork, drills and repetition in order to lay a groundwork for more advanced practice.

Jazz Technique

Jazz Technique focuses on providing a strong base in stylized jazz movement. Students will gain strength in body isolations, performance quality, musicality, and movement memorization. Through foundational exercises, progressions across the floor, and stretching, students will gain the knowledge, strength, and experience they need to progress to more advanced forms of Jazz.

Musical Theatre Dance

Musical Theater Dance focuses on learning stylized, Musical Theater choreography. Students will be challenged to learn detailed choreography at a quick pace in order to better prepare them for an audition setting. Students will also focus on creating their own Musical Theater piece.

Film and Television Certification

Film Industry Prep & Social Media

Film Industry Prep and Social Media helps the actor to prepare for a life in film & tv at a higher level. It provides basics to understanding the process, preparing for interviews, events, and more that will make the performer look good at auditions, on set, and in front of casting/producers. It will also help the performer prepare to be marketable to a quality talent agent. Social media is an integral part of the film and tv actor’s world. We will learn the ways to use social media as well as important safety measures to know and put in place in order to help keep a performer safe.

Commercial and Media

In this class, students will work on key elements to prepare for commercial work as well as media and hosting opportunities. The students will work on and prepare commercial, news, social media and hosting projects, use the green screen and learn how to use a teleprompter.

Conservatory Productions

The Academy 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.

Advanced Theatre Production Class

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 before a panel of directors. If scheduling allows, students may participate in both the play and the musical. 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.

Theatre
Certification 

Acting
Certification 

Musical Theatre Certification 

Theatrical Professions Certification 

Dance Certification

Film and Television Certification

Core Library
Open Monday – Friday 8 am – 1 pm

Mondays/Wednesdays

1:00-2:15 PM
Theatre Appreciation

2:30-3:15 PM
Musical Theatre Dance

Tuesdays/Thursdays

1:00-2:15 PM
Acting I

2:30-3:15 PM
Improvisation

Fridays

9:30 AM-12:30 PM

*Conservatory Musical – Chicago at Willow Bend (Mike Mazur/DeeDee Munson)

1:30-5:00 PM

*Academy Immersive Play – Title TBD (instructor TBD)

Class Descriptions Fall 2020

Theatre Certification

Theater 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 should gain an overview of the development of theater throughout history.

Acting I

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.

Acting Certification

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.

Dance Certification

Musical Theatre Dance

Musical Theater Dance focuses on learning stylized, Musical Theater choreography. Students will be challenged to learn detailed choreography at a quick pace in order to better prepare them for an audition setting. Students will also focus on creating their own Musical Theater piece. 

Conservatory Productions

The Academy 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.

Advanced Theatre Production Class

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 before a panel of directors. If scheduling allows, students may participate in both the play and the musical. 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.