The Acting Company for Excellence represents a select group of young actors who have met the rigorous standards established for admittance by the Directors of North Texas Performing Arts.

This company’s primary goal is to distinguish certain students who demonstrate a desire for excellence on stage and off. ACE members are mentored to further enhance leadership skills, hone the craft of acting and performing, improve communication, and learn other valuable skills beneficial to a career in the arts.  Company members will be selected based on their level of experience, talent (via audition), and maturity both on and off the stage.

An NTPA ACE is recognized across the NTPA system, receives a common set of benefits and participates in common activities and requirements.  The ACE program is managed by the NTPA Creative Director and Resident Director ACE Coordinators.

New Member Audition and Acceptance Process

ALL 2020 AUDITIONS WILL HAPPEN VIRTUALLY, OVER ZOOM, WITH A LIVE PANEL OF DIRECTORS.

The Audition and Acceptance Process will consist of the following:
  • Audition or Tech Portfolio (Guidelines below)
  • Completed Online Application Form
  • Two References – one artistic and one academic or professional (located on ACE Application).
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors.
  • Pay 2020 dues ($35)

Live Online Audition

Musical Theatre Emphasis Candidates

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles
    • Provide track in appropriate key for live accompaniment
  • Prepare 1 Monologue, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play, Classic or Contemporary
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors

Acting Emphasis Students

  • Prepare 2 monologues of Contrasting Styles from professionally accepted literature:
    • 1 Classical – Must be written in poetry or verse, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play written before 1940.
    • 1 Contemporary –  Dramatic or Comedic, both from any play written after 1940.
    • OPTIONAL: Prepare 1 Musical Theatre Cutting (16-32 bars).
      • Provide track in the appropriate key for live accompaniment. Your music device should be a different device than the one you are using for Zoom.
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors

Tech Emphasis Candidates

  • Prepare a 10-page sample portfolio for any of the following tech positions:
    • Stage Manager
    • Lighting Design
    • Set Design
    • Costume Design
  • OPTIONAL: Prepare 1 Musical Theatre Cutting (16-32 bars) or 1 Monologue, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play, Classic or Contemporary.
    • Provide track in the appropriate key for live accompaniment. Your music device should be a different device than the one you are using for Zoom.
  • Answer a series of interview questions by panel of directors

ACE Members Annual Critique

We will not be holding critiques for current ACES in 2020. We will not be holding JR ACE moving to ACE auditions in 2020. ALL current ACES and JACES, even those whose critique was due in 2020, will remain active until we can have live critiques and auditions in 2021.

Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles
    • ACES: Provide sheet music in appropriate key for live accompaniment
    • JR: ACES: Provide track in appropriate key for live accompaniment
  • Prepare 1 Monologue, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play, Classic or Contemporary

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes

Non-Musical Students

  • Prepare 2 monologues of Contrasting Styles from professionally accepted literature:
    • 1 Classical – Must be written in poetry or verse, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play written before 1940.
    • 1 Contemporary –  Dramatic or Comedic, both from any play written after 1940.
  • Prepare 1 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles
    • ACES: Provide sheet music in appropriate key for live accompaniment
    • JR: ACES: Provide track in appropriate key for live accompaniment

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 minutes

Probation

In the event that a student does not meet the requirements for active involvement, they will be placed on probation. While on probation, students will not:

  1. be allowed to use any earned tuition credit
  2. be allowed to participate in any ACE public performances
  3. receive ACE accreditation in any playbills

ACE/JACE benefits are limited for 2020 in keeping with the Phase 3 Protocol. 

Special Benefits

For the remainder of 2020, current and incoming ACES will be able to enjoy the following benefits:

  • FREE tickets AT THE DOOR (seats-available basis) for any NTPA youth theatre production (not eligible for advance seating) — Simply show your ACE photo ID and you will be admitted should space allow!
  • FREE VIRTUAL TICKETS for any NTPA youth theatre production with 72 hours: submit a reservation request
  • ACE Photo ID.
  • ACE Membership listed in every youth theatre playbill.
  • Exclusive eligibility to earn tuition credit by serving as a student intern (pre-approval required by a Managing Director)
  • Exclusive student participation in presenting “Curtain Speeches” for any NTPA youth theatre production (provided an ACE is on-hand)

Our goal is for other benefits, as seen below, to recommence in 2021:

  • ACE/JACE exclusive events, parties, and workshops. 
  • ACE/JACE Exclusive fundraisers.
  • ACE 2021 T-Shirt
  • EXCLUSIVE ACCESS to “ACE-Wear” products
  • Exclusive participation in ACE-ONLY shows
  • Exclusive access to ACE SUMMER TRIP as scheduled
  • Participate in the “ACE Ambassadors” Traveling Troupe – an ACE ONLY group of students that represents NTPA in public performance events
  • Exclusive participation in special events and activities
  • Special participation in the “Members Only” Balloting for the Annual AMP Award Program
  • Participation in Acting Company for Excellence advanced acting workshops
  • Priority access to special classes and programs
  • Exclusive eligibility to be considered for the Page-to-Stage Summer Touring Shows
  • Member of the Acting Company for Excellence Student Board to provide input to NTPA show programming and selection
  • Annual critique with panel of directors regarding student progress.

Intern Hours Policy

  • Rate: $6/hour (After first required 10 hours)
  • Hours expire each year on May 31, and may not be carried to subsequent years
  • Students may redeem any amount toward production tuition credit
  • ACE Students – No cap on max hours earned per year
  • JACE Students – $500/year cap on max hours earned

Annual Membership Dues:  $99

(The new ACE benefits are only available to ACEs that have paid their $99 Annual Membership fees, regardless of when they last renewed.)

Expectations

Actors will be held to the standard of the following expectations throughout the course of their membership in the ACE program. In order to be considered an active member, students must fulfill each of the following minimum requirements:
  • Has performed in a minimum of five “major” North Texas Performing Arts productions or equivalent from a comparable theatre.
  • Has performed in at least two NTPA major productions in the past twelve months.
  • Is 6-7th Grade for Junior ACE.
  • Is 8-12th Grade for ACE.
  • Is a Member in good standing with NTPA.
  • Has been nominated by a Director of NTPA.
  • Demonstrates maturity during rehearsal and performance.
  • Demonstrates respectful behavior of theatre staff, director, show parent, and parent volunteers
  • Has paid the annual Acting Company for Excellence dues ($99 which includes membership and audition fees).
  • Successfully completed a Director’s audition, and met the performance standard as set by the NTPA Directors.
  • Receives an audition critique annually.
  • Attend 50% of Local Meetings (held once per month)
  • Attend 50% of Quarterly Meetings (held 4 times per year).
  • Attend 50% of fundraisers.
  • Attend 50% of performance events.
  • Serve on the Plano/Fairview/Frisco ACE Ambassador Team to appear at community events.
  • Serve 10 hours annually in volunteer service for Plano/Fairview/Frisco (to give back to the theatre, not for tuition credit; students may serve more volunteer hours for tuition credit)

Auditions

ACE/JACE Auditions

September 5 and 19, 2020

ALL 2020 AUDITIONS WILL HAPPEN VIRTUALLY, OVER ZOOM, WITH A LIVE PANEL OF DIRECTORS.

These auditions are only for actors who aren’t currently a member of ACE or JACE. All actors auditioning on this date will need to re-audition in 2021 when we can commence live, in-person auditions. 

If you are unavailable to make auditions on September 5 or 19, please contact Bethany Bourland at bbourland@ntpa.org to schedule an alternate audition time.

Sign up for an Audition Slot
Download the Audition Application

Internship Hours

Internship Opportunities
Internship Hours Request Form
ACE Digital Timesheet

Virtual Tickets

Submit a Request for Virtual Tickets

ACE Dues

Pay ACE Dues for 1 Year

ACE Classes and Auditions