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Mike Mazur – Head of School


Mike has been on the faculty of the Academy since its inception, and was named Head of School in 2019. Mike has an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and a Bachelors in English and Drama Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In addition to his administrative duties, Mike has taught several classes at the NTPA – Academy including Script Analysis, Directing, and College Audition Prep, and recently directed the Academy’s production of the musical CHICAGO.

He has directed over 60 shows in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, California and Texas. Among his favorites are Rent, Chicago, Oklahoma!, The King and I, Be More Chill and Godspell.

As a youth, he was a member of The Singing Angels Performing Chorus, an internationally touring show choir based out of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from NYU, Mike was named their Artistic Director. Under his direction, the group toured Hollywood, London, Warsaw, and Paris; released two recordings; performed with Nancy Sinatra and Roberta Flack; and was invited to a Command Performance at The Pentagon. He then became a professor of Musical Theatre at California State University, Chico, where in addition to teaching and directing shows, he led the “Off-Broadways” Touring Ensemble in performances in New York and San Francisco.

These experiences have led Mike to lecture on the role of theatre in society at both The Sondheim Symposium in New Jersey (where he met Stephen Sondheim) and the International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece. He shares his experiences with the talented youth of the NTPA Academy and empowers them to use the performing arts as a tool to build the self-confidence needed to succeed in any career path they choose.

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Preston Page – Director of Education


Preston is an accomplished teacher, director, accompanist, and arts administrator. He completed his Bachelors’ degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, and studied Musical Theatre at Collin College and with noted industry professionals throughout North Texas. He has years of experience working with children’s theaters and school districts across North Texas, teaching a range of workshops, master classes, private voice and acting lessons, as well as leading teams of other teaching artists. He is the former General Manager of The Acting Studio after working with the Young Artist Training Program and interning at Lyric Stage, and developed the musical curricula for three Montessori schools.

Preston is also a noted performer and director who has worked with many of the professional and regional theaters in North Texas, including Garland Summer Musicals, Our Productions Theatre Company, Theatre Frisco, and many others. He has also been involved in developing new works at WaterTower Theatre and Lyric Stage. Favorite directing credits include Les Miserables, Little Shop of Horrors, and 13 The Musical. Favorite performance roles include Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly!, Man 2 in Songs for A New World, and Leaf Coneybear in Spelling Bee.

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Kaitlyn Barnard – Assistant Head of School, NTPA Senior Resident Director


Kaitlyn Barnard graduated in 2013 Cum Laude from Texas Woman’s University where she performed in both their opera and theater productions.  She has been with NTPA since 2017 and has been a part of the academy team since the first semester, working as a Core Learning teacher and classroom teacher.  She teaches the music theory, music appreciation, and vocal technique courses and co-teaches the musical review course. In the spring of 2021, she music directed Guys and Dolls. Kaitlyn is certified in the Kodaly Method of music education and completed her third level of training in the summer of 2015. For the 2015-2016 school year, Kaitlyn received the Bass Hall Fellowship for excellence in music education and in the spring of that year presented about elementary music at the Texas State Music Education Association conference in San Antonio. Kaitlyn is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, Who’s Who Nominee, Presser Scholar Nominee, and the recipient of the first Lily Mildred Hodges Endowed Scholarship. For the 2016-2017 school year, she was nominated as Teacher of the Year and received the PTA Life Member Award.  She taught music and choir in Plano ISD for five years. Music and theater are her passion and she loves to see children grow through the arts.
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Kerry Murdock – Assistant Head of Admissions and Core Counselor


Kerry has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from East Central University (OK) with a minor in Musical Theatre and an M.Ed. in Multicultural Literature from Xavier University (OH).

Kerry has spent the last 25 years working with children as a teacher, choir director, storyteller, director, costume director, and piano teacher. She currently works in the Core Learning Room assisting students with their online learning. Kerry also serves as Show Manager for multiple shows, including the Immersive Production the students perform each semester.

She has a passion for instilling a love of reading in young students and enjoys implementing her acting skills to bring books and stories to life. Kerry has enjoyed participating in theatre in many different roles across six states. Her favorite memories are sharing the stage with her three children in several productions. Now that they are taking the stage on their own, she is excited to see their love of performing grow.

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Lyz Miller – Core Director and Counselor


Lyz has a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College where she graduated with a double major in mathematics and theater. She also has a masters from the University of Florida and is a certified Mathematics teacher. Lyz spent the last 20 years working as a consultant in HR Benefits Administration while keeping active in Community Theatre and Choirs.

Lyz has had a life-long love of music and theater. She grew up in New England participating in school and community theater. Some of her favorite productions include I Remember Mama, 42nd Street, Guys and Dolls, and her own original One Woman Show. She has also had the opportunity to direct, teach, design costumes and build sets.

Being able to work in the Academy at NTPA is a great way to combine her math and theater skills. These days Lyz can be found in the classroom, audience or backstage, enjoying being a theater mom to her two boys. One of these days you might see the whole family on stage together.

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Kira Kerstine – Guidance Counselor


Kira Kerstine is excited to be join the NTPA Academy family as Guidance Counselor. Kira is a school psychologist who specializes in individual and group counseling, psychoeducational testing, positive behavioral supports, consultation, and classroom-based interventions. A graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Kira has always had a passion for theatre and the arts. Kira completed her undergraduate work at The University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in psychology and minored in child development. Kira earned her masters in school-clinical child psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in her hometown of New York City. While originally planning to move back to Texas right after graduate school, she took a detour to Cincinnati, Ohio after meeting her husband, Jeff.

Throughout her 17 years in Cincinnati, Kira worked with children and adolescents in both the public and private school settings. In 2016, Kira moved backed to Texas with her husband and three children. Her youngest son, Jake, performed in his first NTPA production in 2017 and she and her family have called NTPA home ever since. Kira is thrilled to begin this new journey where she can combine her two passions of helping children become their best selves and her love of theatre.

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Bethany Bourland – Program Director, NTPA – Dallas/Artistic Director, Collegiate Pursuits

Bethany Bourland has been directing and teaching children’s theatre for ten years. Bethany earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama: Acting Emphasis from the University of Oklahoma. Bethany joined NTPA as a Resident Director in 2018 and is now the NTPA – Dallas Program Director and the Collegiate Pursuits Artistic Director. Favorite directing credits include Oklahoma, Tuck Everlasting, A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder, 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.

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Jeff Colangelo – Adjunct Director


Jeff joined NTPA in 2021 to serve as the stage combat teacher for the spring semester. Jeff has been working as a professional fight director in the D-FW area for the last 8 years and his work as a choreographer has been seen across almost every major D-FW stage including Stage West, Trinity Shakespeare, Dallas Shakespeare, Undermain, Water Tower Theater, Cara Mia Theater and the Dallas Theater Center. On top of choreographing for the Dallas Opera and Fort Worth Opera, Jeff’s fight choreography has also been seen all over the country in stunt shows in Georgia and Wisconsin.
While he loves to choreograph sword fights for Shakespeare’s works like Romeo and Juliet and King Lear, some of his favorite fights he’s worked on are the most unusual, like choreographing a Jackson Pollack paint war or a fight with dolphins.
Jeff is also an accomplished writer, director, actor, and artistic director of Prism Movement Theater. His company has won several D-FW critics awards for their movement design and storytelling. He has taught with a number of excellent Dallas school programs like Junior Players, Dallas Theater Center, and School of Yes. Jeffrey graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2013 with a degree in Theater Studies.
Jeff is excited to bring his years of expertise and knowledge in stage combat to the NTPA family and offer some high quality and safe professional courses.
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Denver Danyla – NTPA Senior Resident Director


Denver received his BFA in Acting for Stage and Screen from Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. He found his passion for acting while in Jr. High and High School, landing such roles as Curly in Oklahoma! and Harold Hill in The Music Man. He went on to pursue his study of acting. Stage credits include Lord Goring in An Ideal Husband, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing and several other Indie stage productions. While in college he worked as a counselor at several youth camps including Kanakuk and Forest Home where he then knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life working with students.

Soon after graduating, he began directing children and young adults in the Houston area and is thrilled to continue his love for teaching, directing and mentoring here in the Dallas area, as a Senior Resident Director for NTPA. Some of his favorite works as a Director are Seussical JR, Puffs and Avenue Q: School Edition. Denver was named NTPA Director of the Year for 2019.

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Kally Duncan – Resident Director


Kally grew up surrounded by theatre and started acting at the age of 6. Her first show was “Anything Goes” and once she got a taste of the spotlight she never looked back. She received her BFA in Acting and minor in Directing from Oklahoma City University and studied Advanced Shakespeare in London at Kingston University. She participated with her devised play “Bad Shakespeare”, a play exploring all of the Shakespearean villains and why they are bad, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Kally also performs as a singer, writer, and professional actress around DFW. Some of her favorite stage credits include Morticia in The Addams Family (NTPA Rep), Sonia in Life Sucks. (Stage West), Marian Paroo in The Music Man (Rockwall Summer Musicals), and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible (OCU).
She feels so fortunate to be doing what she loves every single day and to get to share her talents and tricks with the entire family of NTPA.
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Jacob Hemsath – Choreographer

Jacob has loved working with NTPA in many regards 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 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 Instructor Andrew Makepeace at Ouachita Baptist University, Newsies, Matilda, Bye Bye Birdie, and Lion King Jr with NTPA.
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Stephanie Hengstenberg – Instructor

Stephanie knew that dancing was what she wanted to do from the age of 3, and that musical theatre was magical since the age of 13!  After successful training at various north Texas dance schools from elementary through high school, she earned her BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University.  While there and for 8 years after, she made her on stage dreams come true by performing with Norwegian Cruise Line, Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular, various regional, and summer stock theatres.  Her “in front of the stage” dreams came true when she was hired as the casting director for Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America Cruise Line.  Giving young performers their first job was thrilling and has earned the title of “favorite job” within the entertainment industry.  She earned her corporate wings after having two kiddos and moving back to Texas from LA with her husband Bill.  Now she truly enjoys the opportunity to teach her dance fitness and Musical Theatre history classes around North Texas and online, as well as running a thriving wellness business.
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Anthony Holmes – Instructor

Anthony Holmes is an actor-musician, multi-instrumentalist, and music director; in Dallas, Texas. Recent work includes Man of la Mancha (Anselmo/Guitar), A Chorus Line (Guitar), Bridges of Madison County (Guitar/Mandolin), Grease (Guitar), and The Wild Party (Guitar/MD).
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Caddo Lindsey – Director

Caddo is an actor, stage manager, and scenic artist based in DFW. Caddo is honored to be a part of the creative staff at North Texas Performing Arts, where he has the privilege to help cultivate skills in young artists. From a young age, he studied voice, and went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance with a Certificate in Theatre Technologies from the University of North Texas. During his undergrad, Caddo served as a writing tutor, Orientation Leader, and peer mentor. His favorite stage credits include A Charlie Brown Christmas with Dallas Children’s Theatre, The Merry Wives of Windsor with Shakespeare Dallas, Don Giovanni with the Dallas Opera, and Disturbance: An Immersive Theatrical Experience with Arts Mission Oak Cliff at Sweet Tooth Hotel. He has been the lead scenic painter for WaterTower Theatre and Shakespeare Dallas, as well as stage managed for Shakespeare Dallas for three consecutive seasons. Caddo serves as the Assistant Productions Manager for NTPA.

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Cheryl Lowber – Resident Director


Cheryl is a professional actor, director, and acting coach based in DFW as well as an experienced UIL One Act Play adjudicator at both the Middle School and High School levels. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist University, where she taught undergraduate courses in “The Art of Acting.” Cheryl has appeared onstage at numerous venues in DFW, New York City, and as far away as South Korea. NTPA directorial credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aladdin Kids, and The Neverending Story. Favorite regional acting credits include: The 39 Steps (Stage West), Role Play (Stage West), A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center), House and Garden (Theatre Three), and Picnic (Theatre Three). Her absolute favorite roles, however, are those of wife to Adam and mom to Evie (5), Maggie (3), and Andrew (1)!

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Riley Madlock – NTPA Adjunct Director


Riley Madlock joined the NTPA family in the fall of 2020. She teaches dance, choreographs for NTPA shows and is an Assistant Core Learning Counselor for the NTPA Academy.

Riley has a Master of Arts in Teaching Dance from New Mexico State University and a BA in Mass Communications from Ouachita Baptist University. She was adjunct dance faculty at NMSU, co-founder/director of the NMSU Hip Hop company, graduate assistant teaching collegiate ballet and modern, and organizer/creative designer for all NMSU dance performances. Riley danced with Henderson State University Dance Company for three years and NMSU Contemporary Dance Theatre for two years. Riley has choreographed for drill and dance teams around the state of Texas. Her choreography has won numerous awards and been adjudicated at four different American College Dance Association conferences around the south.

Riley has trained and performed with many professionals around the world including Dmitri Roudnev of the Bolshoi Ballet, Gavriel Spitzer of Batsheva Dance Company, George Staib of StaibDance in Sorrento, Italy, and T. Lang Dance in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been the resident choreographer/performer for The Muses Project in Hot Springs, Arkansas since 2017, is an online instructor for Desert Eagle Dance Productions in El Paso, Texas, and is the Designer and Social Media Manager at Amalgamated Toast.

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Gregory McKnight – Technical Director


Gregory is a seasoned theater technician having worked tech at many venues in DFW over the past 18 years. He has found a home at NTPA as the Technical Director and enjoys guiding students and parents to discover the joys of technical theater much like he did when he was younger. He has been a musician since the age of 7 and has played piano professionally for the past decade. You can hear his music on iTunes/Spotify.
Since joining the NTPA team in 2017, Greg has enjoyed music directing many shows and is very grateful to have the opportunity to write two original musicals performed at NTPA; “The Nightshade at Christmas” and “The Adventure of BetaKid”
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Daniel Dean Miranda – Artistic Director, NTPA Repertory Theatre


Daniel Dean Miranda started choreographing for NTPA in the Summer of 2008. From there, he took on shows as director, choreographer, and music director. In 2015, he took a break to explore other ventures, and realized this is where his passion was. After a 3 year hiatus, he is thrilled to return to NTPA to be working with such talented youth, and working with NTPA’s Repertory Theatre, helping bring Broadway style productions to the burbs!

He has been a local actor since the age of six. Some of his acting credits include: Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesus in Godspell, Emcee in Cabaret, Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot, William Barfée in The 25th Anual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, among others. Directing credits include: Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, The Wizard of Oz, Godspell, Little shop of Horrors, Seussical the Musical, Heathers the Musical, among others.

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DeeDee Munson – Choreographer

DeeDee is the Staffing Coordinator and part of the Executive Staff at MA Dance & MA Visual FX and teaches for the North Texas Performing Arts – Academy. She has been teaching & educating students since 1991! She is the former General Manager/Artistic Director for the Power House of Dance. Her credits include Kilgore College Rangerette, Stephen F. Austin Repertory Company Member, Stephen F. Austin Pom Squad member and coach, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, and Dallas Mavericks Dancer. While attending SFA she won two consecutive NCA National Dance Championship titles. She is also a former Walt Disney World Dancer where she performed in The Beauty & The Beast Show, Pleasure Island Explosion Dancers, various conventions and special events, and the Rhythms of the World Show at Tokyo DisneySeas.

DeeDee has taught and choreographed for drill teams and dance teams across the country as well as being a head instructor and adjudicator for MA Dance. She has appeared in Body Wrappers, Dance Spirit, Cheerleader & Danzteam, YM, and Glamour Magazines. She also modeled for Disney Animation where her likeness was used for the image of Princess Kida in Atlantis Milo’s Return. Her television appearances include Good Morning Texas, Good Day Dallas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Salvation Army Halftime with Reba McEntire, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade with Aaron Carter and John O’Hurley, Live with Regis and Kelly, the Oprah Winfrey Show and Street Talk with Wendy Williams. She was also a dancer/actress in the movie Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock and can be seen judging in the documentary Sweethearts Of The Gridiron featuring the Kilgore College Rangerettes. DeeDee has served as a judge for The Dance Worlds held at Walt Disney World. She has served on USASF Dance Worlds National Advisory Board, Power House Dance Foundation, Twelve 12 Ministries & the North Texas Performing Arts Management Board.

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Ruby Pullum – Stage Management Instructor


Ruby Pullum is excited to be joining the NTPA Academy family! Ruby is a certified Covid-19 compliance officer, stage manager, choreographer, director, designer, and performer in the DFW area. She has worked on various shows locally including; The Drowsy Chaperone (NTPA Rep.), Peter and the Starcatcher (NTPA Rep.), a regional premiere of The Residents of Craigslist (Millennial Poison Theatre Co.), A Raisin In The Sun (WaterTower Theatre), In The Heights (NTPA Rep.), and the inaugural live production of As You Like It (Plague Mask Players). She is extremely excited to be teaching what she loves and lives by for the students at NTPA!

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Tonja Rene’ – Film and Television Director


Tonja has a passion for the entertainment industry. Her background as a performer goes back to her early childhood. She did modeling as a teen and has done numerous stage performances as a singer and actor. She travelled extensively as a rodeo queen in her teen years, and she credits that experience to giving her the love of public speaking and performing to all types of people. She has also worked behind the scenes on the details of production. Life drew Tonja away from entertainment for a while, but she was drawn back to it through seeing the gifting in her daughter, Ari, who is also an actor/singer. Tonja is a television and film actor as well as a writer. She has a passion to train up leaders in the industry while she continues working on her own career. Tonja has lived in Los Angeles for five years, enmeshed in the entertainment industry, working with agents, casting directors, acting coaches and more. She works both on secular and faith based projects and serves as a member of the Christian Entertainment Guild in LA and the Christian Filmmakers Network, committed to training up people of faith who are interested in the entertainment industry. Tonja has also used her entrepreneurial and interior design background to plan, design and host many large venue events, including large charity events, as well as assist with set design and staging. She has been blessed to direct and work with post production and writing teams on some amazing projects in Hollywood, including a project of her own that is upcoming. Her eye for excellence and bringing out the best in others is something that has followed her since her days as a regional sales and marketing director in the real estate industry. She has been blessed to raise up many leaders who have excelled in their careers. Tonja and her daughter have recently returned home to Texas to be closer to family while commuting back and forth to LA. Tonja loves being a mom to her two grown sons, teen daughter, numerous grown kids (mostly in entertainment) who call her their “adopted” mom, and her two dog children.

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Malik Victorian – Adjunct Director


Malik Akil Kimani Victorian is an actor and drama instructor hailing from New York City. A Louisiana native, Malik graduated from Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music in 2016 with a degree in Musical Theatre. While in Cleveland, he was heavily involved in the local theatre community performing at theatres such as Cain Park, The Beck Center for the Arts, and Playhouse Square. From there, Malik moved to New York, joined Actor’s Equity, and began working professionally on and off-Broadway. His Broadway credits include Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, Disney’s Aladdin, and Mean Girls. Malik is so excited to join the NTPA family, share his experiences, and continue exploring his passion for arts education and play!

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Jason Villarreal – Resident Director

Jason Robert Villarreal feels ecstatic to be joining the NTPA family. Villarreal graduated with a BFA from UT Arlington and has gone on to perform in multiple national tours and stages across the country.  He now finds home in Dallas where he works with children and uses the art of theater to help develop  social skills. Stage credits include: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Rupunzel, Dora the Explorer, Oklahoma, Urinetown, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Zombie Prom and many others.