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 having their voices heard onstage.
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 600% 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.
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, and continue as NTPA’s largest private donors.
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 is completed his BBA and MBA at Loyola of Chicago and is studying law at Northwestern Law School, and Lee is a pre-med student at Baylor University.
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.
Vice President of Community Outreach, Founder of Plano Children’s Theatre
In 1991, Sara founded Plano Children’s Theatre, and has watched the company grow from a small theatre in Plano to a family of theatres covering the North Dallas area. Sara now works as the organization’s Vice President of Community Outreach and is responsible for NTPA’s Diversity and Inclusion Program, member development, and other special proejcts.
Sara received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University with a major in Dance and a minor in Theatre. Sara continued her education at the University of Texas at Austin where she received her Masters of Fine Arts in Children’s Theatre and Creative Drama. During her time at UTA, Sara received the Aurand Harris Playwriting Award and taught on the UTA faculty for two years. In 1981, Sara began teaching Creative Drama and Movement at The Lamplighter School in Dallas Texas, where she taught for 9 years. During this time, she also taught and directed at Dallas Theatre Center, Children’s Arts and Ideas Foundation, and the Junior Players Guild. Sara created the Imagination Company underneath the umbrella of JPG.
VP of Sales and Marketing
Lauren joined NTPA in December 2016. Lauren grew up in Alma, Arkansas, where most of her evenings were spent doing homework and playing the back of the Alma Performing Arts Center, where her mom is the Executive Director. Lauren fell in love with theatre and first took the stage in high school. She continued participating in theatre both on stage and behind the scenes in college. Favorite roles include Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof and Mary (the tap dancing maid) in The Bald Soprano.
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. In 2014, Lauren was selected for the NSPRA “35 Under 35” list of top young marketing professionals in the nation.
Lauren is thrilled to be back in the theatre world and working 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.
Senior Director of Development
Patricia Gregory is excited to join North Texas Performing Arts after most recently serving as the Director of Development for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of North Texas. In addition to UNT, Patricia has served on the development staffs of the Collin College Foundation as well as numerous nonprofits in both North Louisiana and Dallas, and has a heart for connecting donors with organizations that provide cultural enrichment and unique artistic experiences, improve the lives of women and children, and provide support to the best and brightest young people in our community through the gift of scholarship.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Louisiana State University in Shreveport. Patricia’s love for the theatre began in her early-teens when she enrolled at Caddo Parish Magnet High School, an arts and sciences magnet school in Shreveport, Louisiana. Patricia has spent summers in residency in New York City as well as studying Shakespeare at Oxford University in England. She spent time throughout college performing with a professional theater troupe, The Company Repertory Theatre, and teaching high school students about William Shakespeare through The Company’s “Shakespeare in the Schools” program. She and her husband, Clay, have lived in Frisco for 14 years and have two daughters in Frisco ISD.
Senior Director of Facilities and Technology
Christian White graduated Baylor University with a BFA in Theatre Studies. In addition to acting as a Technical Director, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer and Production Stage Manager for multiple theatres in the DFW Metroplex, he also owns and operates his own professional recording studio in Grand Prairie. His company, Studio 147, has provided design consultation and staffing for hundreds of shows, theatres and companies in the DFW metropolex. Christian worked as the Theatre Coordinator at the Uptown Theatre in Grand Prairie, acting as an in-house technical director, production stage manager and front of house manager before becoming a “Crew Lead” at the Irving Arts Center. Studio 147 is currently hosting their own season of concerts as well as booking shows and producing events for other production companies in the area. Although most of his work has been seen backstage, or in the booth, Christian also enjoys acting both onstage and in film. Christian is currently studying the business of concert touring and artist management while writing a play of his own.
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.
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, Theatre Arlington, and around the DFW metroplex. Her favorite stage credits include 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’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, and arts advocate helping to enrich the lives of children!
Jacob has loved working with NTPA in many regards since 2018. He enjoys being both on the creative staff as well on the marketing team and through such has grown to appreciate every aspect of working at NTPA. 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, and has worked as a marketing intern for the OBU department of fine arts. Aside from college, he’s worked as a freelance social media coordinator and creator for companies such as State Farm and Social Media Insite.
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.
Production Services Manager
Riley Madlock joined the NTPA family in the fall of 2020. In addition to teaching dance, choreographing, and working in the NTPA Academy Core, Riley serves as Graphic Designer in the NTPA Marketing Department.
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 the organizer/creative designer for all NMSU dance performances and is the Designer and Social Media Manager at Amalgamated Toast.
Hannah Brewer started with North Texas Performing Arts as a sophomore in high school, beginning as an actress and now as a Director. Her acting career began when she was 6 years old in the homeschool community, and she has never looked back. Some of her most favorite roles include Sarah Brown in “Guys & Dolls”, Rosie in “Bye Bye Birdie”, and Ms. Darbus in “High School Musical”. Currently, she is attending Texas Woman’s University and working toward her B.A. in Child Development.
Much of her experience includes several years of working along side the other Directors at North Texas Performing Arts in performances such as “The Jungle Book KIDS”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Aladdin KIDS”, and “The Hobbit”. Hannah has also taught many camps, classes, and audition privates. She has directed students ages four to eighteen in major productions such as “High School Musical”, “Stuart Little”, “Mystery at Shady Acres”, and more. Beyond theatrical training, she is passionate about educating the students in NTPA’s 10 Characters and using them to advance in performing arts, education, or wherever else life may lead.