North Texas Performing Arts announces that it has selected DFW-area educational professional Dr. Lisa Hill to lead the NTPA Academy as its “Head of School.”
Dr. Lisa Hill brings almost three decades of professional educational expertise in and outside the classroom, with broad experience teaching elementary to collegiate levels of students. Dr. Hill served most recently as principal with Irving ISD and a DFW-area Charter school.
North Texas Performing Arts draws on three-decades of experience in offering performing arts training, and aims to become the preeminent performing arts educational institution in North Texas. The Academy offers a bridge to the postsecondary and professional world. Students age 11 and older are able to join the program which features a rigorous and comprehensive educational and experiential-learning model. The Academy offers full and part-time programs enabling students to earn performing arts certifications in Acting, Musical Theatre, General Theatre, Technical Theatre, and Video and Film.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to have this incredible firepower lead the NTPA – Academy to a whole new level of excellence and value,” says Darrell Rodenbaugh, NTPA Chief Executive Officer. “We want to cultivate the creativity and talent of North-Dallas’s most-gifted performing arts students, and we know her passion for the arts and leadership strengths will make a huge difference for our students.”
“I’ve had the opportunity to watch Dr. Hill as she progressed through teaching to Principal roles and receiving her doctorate,” says Dr. Neil Dugger, who served as Superintendent of Schools in Irving ISD before becoming Dean of the College of Education at Dallas Baptist University. “Her love and care for her students, and passion for excellence will have a huge impact on helping her students reach their highest educational and professional potential.”
The NTPA – Academy offers classes at Willow Bend Center of the Arts in Plano, Texas and intends to extend into its Fairview and Frisco campuses in coming years. These multiple campuses offer modern facilities with three mainstage and three black box performance theatres, eight rehearsal studios, five dance studios and private practice rooms in 40,000 square feet of space. The Academy offers core educational support to satisfy Texas State requirements, performing arts classes and production experience between the hours of 8:00 AM-5:30 PM.
“North Texas Performing Arts is uniquely qualified to provide this exciting educational alternative,” says NTPA Academy Head of School, Dr. Hill. “I am tremendously excited about further developing the innovative and flexible learning environment offered by NTPA. My goal is to deliver the most comprehensive performing arts curriculum available in North Texas.”
The NTPA Academy will be conducting “Academy Roundtable Briefings” in the coming weeks for parents and students weighing public, private, homeschool and other academic alternatives. Fall 2019 Admissions will be selected by competitive audition and will be limited to no more than 100 students.
“This is a natural evolution for North Texas Performing Arts,” continues NTPA CEO Rodenbaugh. “For decades our students have gone on to find success and fulfill their passion in the performing arts. This program will be able to offer an impressive record of achievement to college admissions, theatre department heads, and talent scouts and casting directors.”