Introducing Collegiate Pursuits!

Training for a superior future!

North Texas Performing Arts is thrilled to announce the launch of its new college prep program for students in grades 8-12! 

NTPA Collegiate Pursuits offers a bridge to the collegiate and professional world through productions, special workshops, 1-on-1 training and summer college prep camps. These programs are perfect for any young adult who is preparing to join a collegiate performing arts program.

NTPA Collegiate Pursuits will be your one-stop shop for all of your theatre college prep needs with educational workshops including parent guidance, college audition training, and pre-screen filming, as well as productions that will train your student for the professional expectations they will encounter in the collegiate and professional world.

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Collegiate Pursuits is a specialty program and does not qualify for promotional or membership discounts.

What You’ll Gain Through NTPA Collegiate Prep

College Preparation

1-on-1 Counseling to Guide you Through the College Audition Process
Help finding the PERFECT College Audition Pieces
Cleaning and Working Your Audition Package
Mock Auditions and Preparation
Workshops with Industry Professionals
Resume Help
Filming for Common Prescreens
Professional Headshots
Parent Workshops in Financial, Academic, and Audition Guidance
Bonding with Fellow Students Going Through the Same Process
And So Much More!

Collegiate-Level Productions

4 Show Season, featuring a range of styles for growth and resume expansion exclusively for 8-12 graders
Competitive casting, with single casting and limited cast size for some shows
Personalized audition and post-show feedback in a one-on-one setting
Work with industry guest artists and NTPA artistic team
Increased budget for set, prop, and costumes and top-tier production designers
Expanded rehearsal time for advanced show quality
Premium NTPA spaces & off-campus performance venues
Actor’s Equity-style rehearsal and production methods
In-rehearsal training in collegiate verbiage, methods, and lessons

College Audition Prep Intensive
August 1-3 at NTPA – Dallas

This 3-day intensive will prepare incoming 9th-12th grade students for auditions required for entrance into college performing arts programs.

You will bring in an audition package based on the common prescreen most theatre schools across the country use:


Regular Pricing

Triple Threat – $450, Acting – $300

NTPA Academy Student Pricing (discount applies automatically at checkout)

Triple Threat – $250, Acting $150

Sunday, August 1
Information Sessions – 12-4 PM

  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm Intro Session with Jacob Hemsath – where to start, what the process looks like, Degrees, Programs, Career, Location, Equity and more!
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm Q&A Session with Industry Professional
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm Q&A with NTPA alumni who have been through it all!
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm- SAT/ACT Info Session and Parent Financial Workshop

Monday, August 2
Prep Day – 9 AM-5 PM

Morning – 9 AM-12 PM

  • Triple Threat – Dance Technique with Stacy Hawking – Texas State Directing MFA Candidate, Warm Up, technique building, then learn a combo in different styles and get feedback


Afternoon – Acting 1-4 PM

  • Audition Package Cleanup – Act the Part with Lizz Bashore SMU MFA Graduate – Work on your college audition package and learn to further in depth with your acting work in a masterclass type setting

Afternoon Triple Threat – 1-5 PM

  • Triple Threat will start with Act The Part with Lizz Bashore SMU MFA Graduate then split off around 3pm to work with Vocal Coach on proper voice technique, and using musicality to your advantage and to sing with an accompanist!

Tuesday, August 3
Mock Audition Day – 9 AM-5 PM

Morning – Triple Threat – 9 AM – 12 PM

  • Mock Dance Call


Afternoon 1-3 PM – Acting and Triple Threat 

  • Mock Auditions for Panel – Verbal feedback to follow

Afternoon Part 2 – 3-5 PM – Acting and Triple Threat

  • How to Create your Package Session with Christian White and Bethany Bourland: Filming self tapes, websites, resumes etc.
  • Closing Remarks – Jacob Hemsath 

Meet the College Audition Prep Intensive Staff

Jacob Hemsath

Jacob has been working with NTPA in various roles since 2018. Jacob grew up close by in Wylie, Texas and is a graduate from Ouachita Baptist University graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theater. With an emphasis in both Musical Theatre, and Classical Music, Jacob has trained under top notch instructors, including a leading tenor from the Metropolitan Opera.  Not only trained as a triple threat performer, Jacob has also trained in college as a triple threat educator/director/choreographer.

Since graduating he has performed in multiple professional productions in and out of the DFW area. Some favorites have been Evita and Newsies with Lyric Stage, which won the Column award for best equity musical in 2018,  Spring Awakening, The View Upstairs and Disaster with Uptown Players, and originating the role of Oliver in Frank-N-Friend at Casa Mañana. As a Director/Choreographer some of his favorite shows he’s worked on are an original show called Painting the Roses Red co-written by himself, Libby Villegas and fellow NTPA Staff Member Andrew Makepeace at Ouachita Baptist University, and Disaster, Heathers, Newsies, Matilda, Bye Bye Birdie, and Camp Rock with NTPA.

Jacob currently serves as Program Director for NTPA Collegiate Pursuits in addition to working as a Director and Choreographer for youth theatre productions and serving as a Production Assistant on the NTPA Marketing team.

Bethany Bourland

Bethany Bourland has been directing and teaching children’s theatre for nine years. Bethany received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama: Acting Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama. Growing up in Katy, Texas, Bethany began her directing and teaching career with the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center. In 2014 and 2015, Bethany interned with Dallas Theater Center in their summer theatre education program. From 2016 to 2018, Bethany worked in Oklahoma as a Casting Associate for film and television with Freihofer Casting. Favorite directing credits include: A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder, Tuck Everlasting, Mamma Mia, Little Women 13, Freaky Friday, and The Wizard of Oz. Bethany would love to thank her husband, Connor, for his never-ending love and support.

Bethany currently serves as the Artistic Director for NTPA Collegiate Pursuits and the Program Director for NTPA – Dallas in addition to being an NTPA Resident Director.

Lizz Bashore – Acting

Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore, better known to most everyone as Lizz, is an actor, director, and educator currently based in Dallas, TX. Her passion is to explore the depths of the human condition in the classroom with her students as well as on stage and film. On stage, Ashlee has performed in over 40 regional theaters from the Philadelphia Tri-State area, Michigan, and across the Dallas-Fort Worth theater community. Before moving to Dallas to work on her MFA in Acting at Southern Methodist University, she founded 23 Piece Productions, a production company focusing on bringing all mediums of art together to explore the human spirit. During her time working with 23PP, she directed and produced two shows as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She is an adjunct faculty member at University of Texas at Dallas, The Dallas Conservatory, KD Conservatory College, The Art Institute of Dallas, voice, acting, movement and the theater studies. In her spare time she is typically found teaching Hip-Hop and Shakespeare to America’s Youth. In her other, copious amounts of spare time she enjoys writing and working with her LABrynth Workshop Studio Students.

Jessie Booth

Jessie Booth is brand new to NTPA and is excited to be a part of the Family. Jessie holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts as well as a minor in NonProfit Management from the University of Central Florida. She is a trained triple threat and has performed in many impressive roles in professional theatres across the country and even internationally. Some of her favorite roles include Audrey in The Little Shop of Horrors, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Jovie in Elf: The Musical, and Lucy in Jeckle and Hyde. Jessie has not only had success onstage but behind the scenes as well. She has worked as a professional Director, Stage Manager, Company Manager, and has worked directly with Broadway Producers. Jessie’s industry knowledge goes beyond the stage and gives you the entire experience on all sides of the table

Stacy Hawking – Dance

Stacy Hawking is a director and choreographer based in San Marcos, Texas.  Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Stacy grew up in theatre and dance, providing choreography for multiple shows at the Arkansas Repertory for their Summer Musical Theatre Intensive. She graduated with her BFA in Musical Theatre in 2016 from Ouachita Baptist University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she had the opportunity to choreograph many shows including Hello, Dolly! and James and the Giant Peach and direct new works in her senior year. After graduating, she worked for OBU as their Fine Arts Administrator and Choreographer. Her favorite OBU credits include: Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!, and Cats. Stacy was also the lead dance instructor at DancePraize located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas while working at OBU. She is currently a second-year MFA Directing candidate at Texas State University where she will be directing Teen Dad and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime in their 2021-2022 season. This past season, she had the opportunity to direct The Last 5 Years as well as serve as the assistant director for Spring Awakening and Mazkapan, A New Magical Musical.

Kelley Poché Rodriguez

Kelley Poché Rodriguez is a collaborative pianist, music director, arranger, clinician, researcher, and educator. She holds a PhD in Fine Arts / Music Education from Texas Tech University (where the focus of her dissertation research was on the training of music adjudicators); a MA in music education from Texas Woman’s University (where the focus of her thesis research was on middle school UIL tenor bass sight-reading repertoire); and a BM in music education with a certificate in piano performance from The University of Texas at Austin. Other research interests include music theory pedagogy, music of the Holocaust, and choral sight-reading. She has presented her research at conferences for Texas Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Society for Music Teacher Education, National Association for Music Education, and American Musicological Society.

Do You Know What You Don’t Know?

Watch our FREE Parent informational meeting to learn how NTPA Collegiate Pursuits can be your one stop shop to help guide you through the daunting process of selecting and applying to collegiate performing arts programs.

1-on-1 Consultations

Students and Parents will meet 1-on-1 with a college prep specialist. This personally tailored consultation can cover how to get started with college selection/applications, career goals, review of different school programs and other information a student and parent will need to prepare for the college application and audition process.

Price: $45 – 30 min, $75 – hour

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