The Theatre Certification is the North Texas Performing Art’s basic certification program, and all other certificates include this course of study as their foundation.

The Theatre Certification is intended to provide an intensive two-year study to provide a solid theatre understanding.  Students beginning their certification journey in their latter high school years may choose this course of study to complete a certification prior to high school graduation.


Requirements to be eligible of recognition with a North Texas Performing Arts Theatre Certification are as follows:

  • Technical Theatre
  • Acting I
  • Acting II
  • Musical Theatre Dance I
  • Musical Theatre Dance II
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Professional Theatrical Concepts
  • College and Audition Prep
  • Experiential Requirements:
    • 60 Hours of Qualified Production Internship
    • Two qualified NTPA Major Productions

Except where specific perquisites are noted, courses may be taken in any order.  Each class is a full-semester of study, usually fifty to seventy-five minutes per session, two times per week.  Other schedules may be offered from time to time.  Courses may not be offered each semester.

All Internships and production qualifications must be approved in advance and qualified programs must be NTPA theatre productions.

The classes required for this certification may be changed and upgraded as recommended by the NTPA Academy Board of Directors and approved by the Governing Board of Directors.  Classes may be offered during regular Academy hours, at night or weekends.  All students that are approved for a course of study toward a Certification are considered “Conservatory Students” and are not required to be full or part-time Academy students or participate in the Core Flex or Conservatory Production in order to complete their Certification.

Individual classes may be “tested out” or waived in lieu of performance or other experience or study at the sole discretion of the NTPA faculty.