Darrell Rodenbaugh

Chief Executive Officer


Darrell has served the role of operating executive since 2015 and was named Chief Executive Officer in 2018 and during his dozen years of leadership on behalf of NTPA has served on a pro bono basis and without compensation, donating his time to a cause he believes in … providing to as many children as possible the profound experience of taking the stage and having their voices heard.

Darrell and his family are the largest private financial and in-kind contributors to the North Texas Performing Arts in its thirty-two year history.

Darrell joined the Plano Children’s Theatre Board of Directors in 2010 and served pro bono as Executive Director through 2011, guiding it through financial difficulties. He was elected Board President for eight consecutive terms leading the organization to over 10X growth and to evolve into the North Texas Performing Arts.  Darrell served the dual role as Governing Board President and the chief operating executive overseeing all day-to-day operations for three years, and left the board in 2018 to assume the full-time role of Chief Executive Officer.

Darrell created the AMP Awards, the ACE (Acting Company for Excellence) Program, the North Texas Performing Arts organization and structure, the “Ten Characters,” and the NTPA Academy. Under his leadership, other new programs were successfully launched including NTPA – Fairview, NTPA – Frisco, NTPA – Dallas, NTPA – Starcatchers and NTPA – Repertory, and the NTPA Community Theatre, Collegiate Pursuits and NTPA Studios.

Darrell is responsible for the creation of the Willow Bend Center of the Arts, convincing Starwood Retail Partners to provide the space on favorable negotiated terms. He negotiated and secured bank financing, engaged the construction partner and designed much of the facility, serving full-time for almost two years on a full-time uncompensated basis as pro bono Project Executive. He recruited and worked alongside the incredible “Team of Steel” volunteers who generously contributed their time and talent to design and construct the mainstage theatres.

Darrell and Lisa Rodenbaugh and their children Chris and Lee contributed the largest private cash gift in NTPA’s history to help underwrite the Willow Bend effort.

Lisa has served in volunteer roles for a dozen years at NTPA and was the creator of the “Curtain Club”, the precursor to the current NTPA Membership Program and volunteer system. Lisa serves as Chairperson of the NTPA Repertory Theatre Management Board and is its Programming Chair. Chris and Lee were founding members of the ACE’s and together participated in over 70 NTPA productions. Chris completed his BBA and MBA at Loyola of Chicago and is studying law at Northwestern Law School, and Lee completed her BS in Neuroscience from Baylor and is pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Texas Women’s University in Houston.

Darrell is a Plano-area investor and volunteer who spent twenty-five years in the high-tech industry in sales, sales management, and general manager roles with IBM, Oracle, Yahoo!, i2 Technologies, and prior to this role was SVP and General Manager for McAfee’s global $300M Mid-Market business division. He went on to  build a security and life-safety services company and residential services company, and currently serves on other company boards.

Darrell is a graduate and now Trustee at Washburn University and earned his MBA at the University of Houston.

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Lauren Boykin

VP of Sales and Marketing


Lauren joined the NTPA team 2016. Growing up in Arkansas, most of her evenings were spent in the back of the Alma Performing Arts Center, where her mom was the Executive Director. Lauren fell in love with theatre and first took the stage herself in high school. Theatre was one of her biggest passions, and she even skipped the first two weeks of college to perform at the Edinburg Fringe Festival in Scotland. She continued participating in theatre both on stage and behind the scenes in college and throughout her professional career.

Lauren received her BA in Electronic Media Production from Harding University. Before coming to NTPA, Lauren worked as Marketing Director for the Alma School District, Alma Performing Arts Center, and ChristianWorks for Children. Lauren was selected for the inaugural PRSA Dallas “40 Under 40” list of top marketing professionals in 2021.

Lauren is thrilled to bring her communications skills to the theatre and is grateful for the opportunity to work full-time in the performing arts. She hopes that through her marketing more students can be exposed to and find joy in the performing arts at a young age, just like she did.

Seth Davidson

Seth Davidson

Business Manager


Seth Davidson assumed the role of NTPA Business Manager in December of 2021, and has been a member of the NTPA financial management team for over two years.  Seth oversees most of NTPA’s “back office” operations including all financial and office management functions.

Seth has over twenty years of financial management and business administration experience.

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Donovan Lawson

Director of Marketing


Donovan Marie Lawson graduated from Oklahoma City University where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences with a Directing Minor. She started performing at a young age at Miss Persis Studio and Theatre Arlington, and continues to perform around the DFW metroplex today. Her favorite stage credits include Miriam in Fly By Night, Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Rusty in Footloose earning her the Best Actress in a Musical at the 45th Annual Stony Awards, Reno Sweeney in Anything Goes, Rita La Porta in Lucky Stiff, and Dorothy in Oz! Discovering her love for the arts and children, she decided to combine the two and work in children’s theatres across North Texas.

Donovan joined the NTPA staff in 2017 as an Adjunct Director, and she has directed dozens of shows, classes and camps at NTPA. In 2018 she also began serving on NTPA Vice President of Marketing & Sales Lauren Boykin’s Marketing team during her tenure as one of NTPA’s inaugural Resident Directors. Donovan’s favorite NTPA directing and choreography credits are Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr, High School Musical Jr, Annie Jr, Alice in Wonderland, and Once on This Island, Jr. Donovan is thrilled to be a part of the NTPA family where she has the wonderful opportunity to share her knowledge as a theatre artist, director, designer, marketer, and arts advocate helping to enrich the lives of children!

Orit Chaim Gerstner

Orit Chaim Gerstner

Development Manager

Orit Chaim Gerstner is a seasoned professional in the film and television industry, with a wealth of experience as a director, producer, and screenwriter. Throughout her career, she has worked on a diverse range of projects, including commercials, sitcoms, documentary series, and movies in Israel. In addition to her work in the entertainment industry, Orit has also been deeply committed to non-profit organizations, dedicating over two decades to working and volunteering her time and expertise. She holds a degree in Film and Television from Minshar School of Art in Israel. Recently, Orit relocated to Texas with her husband and son, and since then she has been actively engaged in various non-profit organizations in the DFW metroplex area.

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Jenna Moore

Production Services Manager

Andrew Evans

Technical Director

Emily Hamm

Ad Marketing Manager

Trysh Pope

Development Manager

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Paige Price

Director of Special Projects

Wendy Zeigler

Business Office Staff

Jo Alamares

Set Build Administrator, Team Lead

Phil Hardy

Set Build Administrator, Team Lead

Jody Dulberg

Set Build Administrator

Casey Brumbaugh

Set Build Administrator

Fritz Wichern

Set Build Administrator