Welcome to the North Texas Performing Arts Academy!

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Educate. Explore. Experience.

The North Texas Performing Arts Academy provides a high-quality educational experience in a flexible, supportive learning environment to students in grades 6-12 with a passion for the performing arts.

Students can pursue seven unique certifications that cover the entire breadth of a serious theatrical arts education with our professional team of qualified directors and instructors. We work in tandem with the largest youth theatre in the country, holding classes in real, working theatres, providing training and experiences not typically available to students outside the collegiate and professional world.

The Academy offers a unique model combining its comprehensive performing arts education with a Core Academics Learning Environment. The Academy Core program features credentialed educational staff providing coaching, mentorship and support for students completing their core academic studies through online educational offerings provided in partnership with leading providers. This creates a flexible schedule enabling students to participate in auditions, professional engagements and other skill enhancing programs.

The Academy accepts under 100 students annually through application and audition. Classes are conducted at the NTPA Willow Bend Center of the Arts conveniently located just off of the Dallas North Tollway inside The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano, Texas.

The Academy participates in the Broadway Dallas High School Theatre Awards competition, and has partnered with organizations such as Shakespeare Dallas and The Plano Symphony to enrich classroom experiences. In addition, we offer a Master Class series that connects our students with industry professionals from New York, Hollywood and beyond.

Needs based scholarships are available.

Join us for an Open House!

  • May 17, 5:30-6:30 PM (Includes 2 tickets to the evening show of James and the Giant Peach)
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Recent alumni can be seen at:

  • National Tour of Annie

  • National Tour of Jagged Little Pill

  • Pace University

  • Oklahoma City University

  • Shenandoah University
  • Institute of American Musical Theater

NTPA’s Three-Pillar Education

Drawing on almost thirty years as a North Texas nonprofit educational institution delivering high-quality performing arts training, NTPA Academy combines the best environments to foster a complete educational solution through its “Three Pillars” educational model. The Academy aims to provide a unique educational alternative, offering a bridge to the postsecondary and professional world through a rigorous and comprehensive educational and experiential learning model for students.

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The Core

NTPA offers a flexible approach to support core State of Texas-required instruction through our innovative guided independent study program: The Core. Always staffed by our Core Counselors, this comfortable study environment partners with students on their core education. Licensed educators and guidance counselors walk through your students core curriculum and oversee their progress each week.

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Advanced Performing Arts Classes

Our in-person training boasts a comprehensive and integrated performing arts Academy Curriculum, where students can pursue 7 unique certifications (Theatre, Musical Theatre, Acting, Video & Film, and Theatrical Professions, Dance, and Voice). Taught by degreed professionals and the best teaching artists in North Texas, the curriculum offers a broad and fast-moving performing arts education that will impress college admissions and university theatre departments, as well as professional casting directors and producers.

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Musical and Dramatic Productions

Each semester, Academy students will have unique performance opportunities available only to currently-enrolled students. For almost three decades, NTPA has offered an immersive performance and production experience in the widest variety of dramatic and musical productions offered in Texas. Directed by trained professionals and performing in front of live audiences, no other organization can provide the breadth and depth of real-life performance experience available at North Texas Performing Arts.

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Contact Information

New students: academyadmissions@ntpa.org
Current students: academycore@ntpa.org
Main Phone Line: 972-422-2575

Willow Bend Center of the Arts
(inside The Shops at Willow Bend)
6121 W. Park Blvd. B216
Plano, TX 75093