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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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

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.


Building Your Brand Workshop

May 22, 2-4 pm
Willow Bend Center of the Arts

Learn how to find the BEST auditions pieces to showcase YOU. Students will perform current audition pieces for a panel who will help students learn how to find and pick out repertoire that best fits them.

Price: $50

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

Fill out a Lesson Inquiry to Schedule Your Consultation

Voice Studio

Differing from a typical private lesson, the Pursuits Voice Studio will have a team of trained musicians who will work with students to build technique in a college-like voice studio. Monthly lessons ensure growth for the student in a consistent setting. 

  • Students will be assigned a voice teacher that suits their vocal qualities best
  • Voice teachers will assign students a variety of pieces including classical, classical musical theatre, contemporary musical theatre, and pop to expand their range and repertoire
  • All studio members will meet once a month to sing for all voice teachers, get feedback, and perform with a live accompanist

Price: $300 a month for 4 lessons

Professional Dance Intensive

July 19-21

This intensive will push students to grow as dancers by learning different styles, technique, and working on the ability to learn dance in an intensive setting from industry professionals. Students will get feedback on how to grow as dancers and what steps to take to continue their craft.

Price: TBD

Sign Ups Coming Soon

College Audition Prep Intensive

August 1-3
NTPA – Dallas

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

Sunday, August 1
Information Sessions

  • Intro Session – Talk where to start, what the process looks like, Degrees, Programs, Career, Location, Equity and more! 
  • SAT/ACT Info Session
  • Q&A Session with Industry Professional 
  • Q&A with Alumni Parents/Students on their process (Parents with Parents, Students with Students) 
  • Parent Financial Workshop

Monday, August 2
Prep Day


  • Triple Threat – Dance Technique, Warm Up, technique building, then learn a combo in different styles and get feedback

Afternoon Part 1

  • Tech – Work through the steps of applying for technical theatre colleges, different types of programs, putting together a portfolio, how to interview and more with a professional technician 

Afternoon Part 2

  • Split Voice Technique or Acting Workshop w/ Industry Professionals

Tuesday, August 3
Mock Audition Day


  • Mock Dance Call

Afternoon Part 1 

  • Triple Threat and Acting: Mock Auditions for Panel 
  • Tech: Mock Interview

Afternoon Part 2 

  • Audition Feedback**
  • How to Create your Package Session: Filming self tapes, websites, resumes etc
  • Closing Remarks

** All Auditions will be filmed and given to students along with written feedback and edited resume. Rising Seniors will get a chance to film once more if so desired


Triple Threat – $450 Early Bird, $700 after July 4
9 am-5 pm daily with hour lunch break each day

Acting – $300 Early Bird, $500 after July 4
9 am-5 pm first day with hour lunch break, 1-5 pm remaining days

Tech – $250 Early Bird, $400 after July 4
9 am-5 pm first day with hour lunch break, 1-5 pm remaining days


Audition grades: 8-12
Tuition: $550/show

Inaugural Pursuits Production:
Classical Title TBA!

Director: Bethany Bourland
Choreographer: Kameron Knott + special guest choreographer!
Music Director: Valerie Sauter
Audition: Videos due August 19, 5:00 PM
In-Person Callbacks: August 28, 9:00 AM
Rehearsal: Thursdays starting September 2, 6:00-9:30 PM
Rehearsal Location: NTPA – Dallas
Performance: November 18-21

2022 SPRING:
TBA Flashy & Immersive Title

Audition: Videos due February 14
In-Person Callbacks: February 21, 6:00 PM
Rehearsal: Mondays 6:00-9:30 PM starting February 28
Perform: May 20-28 at Willow Bend Center of the Arts, Brodie Copeland Theatre
Rehearsal Location: NTPA – Frisco

2022 SUMMER:

Audition: May 25, 2022
In-Person Callbacks: June 1, 2022, 6:00 PM
Rehearsal: Wednesdays 6:00-9:30 PM starting June 8, 2022
Perform: August 25-28, 2022 at the Courtyard Theatre
Rehearsal Location: NTPA – Plano

2022 FALL:
TBA Envelope Pushing Title

Audition: August 30, 2022
In-Person Callbacks: September 3, 2022 6:00 PM
Perform: November 11-20, 2022
Rehearsal Location: NTPA – Dallas

NTPA Collegiate Pursuits Leaders

Jacob Hemsath
Pursuits Program Director

Jacob Hemsath is the true definition of a triple threat performer and jack of all trades. Jacob graduated top of his class as a Presser Scholar with the highest GPA in his department, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in musical theatre. In addition to teaching at NTPA, Jacob performs professionally as a singer, actor, and dancer.

He was a dancer in the Column Award Winning Best Equity Musical Newsies with Lyric Stage, was featured in Playbill Magazine for his work in Disaster! The Musical in which the show’s writer Seth Redutsky called the show “Mind Blowing” and the best production after Broadway, was in the swing/ensemble for the regional premier of The View Upstairs both with Uptown Players, and originated the lead role of Oliver in Casa Mañana’s world premiere of the Children’s Musical Frank-N-Friend.

Working in many capacities in professional productions some of his other favorites include Grease, Evita, and Spring Awakening. With NTPA some of his favorite productions that he’s directed and choreographed are Newsies, Matilda, Bye Bye Birdie, Camp Rock, Disaster, Heathers and Legally Blonde. Jacob is excited to bring his academic knowledge and professional experience to the NTPA Collegiate Pursuits program and guide students on their college journey.

Bethany Bourland
Pursuits Artistic Director

Bethany has been a wildly successful Resident Director on the NTPA Team for almost three years. During that time she has led NTPA’s ACE Program and Page to Stage Touring Show and has directed some of the best performances to hit the NTPA Stages. She currently serves as the NTPA – Dallas Program Director.

Before joining NTPA, 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.