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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 Resident Director ACE Coordinators.

New Member Audition and Acceptance Process

The Audition and Acceptance Process will consist of the following:
  • In-Person 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 annual dues ($99)

Live In-Person Audition

ACE/JACE Musical Theatre Emphasis Candidates

  • Prepare 2 Musical Theatre Cuttings (16-32 bars) of Contrasting Styles
    • ACES provide sheet music in the appropriate key for live accompaniment (JACES should sing with an accompaniment track from their own device)
  • Prepare 1 Monologue, Dramatic or Comedic, from any play, Classic or Contemporary.
  • Answer a series of interview questions by a panel of directors

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 Minutes

ACE/JACE Acting Emphasis Candidates

  • Prepare 2 monologues of Contrasting Styles from professionally accepted literature:
    • 1 Classical – from any play/musical written before 1940.
    • 1 Contemporary – from any play/musical written after 1940.
  • Answer a series of interview questions by a panel of directors
  • OPTIONAL: Prepare 1 Musical Theatre Cutting (16-32 bars).
    • ACES Provide sheet music in the appropriate key for live accompaniment. (JACES should sing with an accompaniment track from their own device)

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 Minutes

ACE Tech Emphasis Candidates

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

TOTAL AUDITION TIME: 4 Minutes

ACE Members Annual Critique

Information about critiques for current members can be found on the ACE Google Classroom. All current ACE/JACE students must sign up for an annual critique spot via SignUp Genius.

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

Special Benefits

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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 participation in ACE-ONLY shows
  • Exclusive access to ACE SUMMER TRIP as scheduled
  • Exclusive eligibility to be considered for the Page-to-Stage Summer Touring Shows
  • 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.
  • 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 meetings, events, workshops, and fundraisers.
  • Serve 10 hours annually in volunteer service for any NTPA theatre troupe (to give back to the theatre, not for tuition credit; students may serve more volunteer hours for tuition credit)

Auditions/Annual Critiques

ACE/JACE Auditions

January 9, 2021
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Fairview Youth Theatre

January 10, 2021
3:00-9:00 PM
Willow Bend Center of the Arts

January 16, 2021
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
NTPA – Frisco

January 17, 2021
3:00-5:00 PM
NTPA – Dallas

ACE/JACE auditions take place twice annually. Our next round of auditions will be in August 2021.

Sign up for an Audition Slot
Complete the Online Application Form

Audition Prep

Sign up for ACE Audition Prep Private Lessons