North Texas Performing Arts proudly announces that Ashlee Elizabeth (Lizz) Bashore has been appointed as the new Artistic Director for NTPA Repertory Theatre. In this critical role, Bashore will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of NTPA’s adult theatre programs, including NTPA Repertory Theatre, NTPA Community Theatre, and other adult offerings. Lizz will also be directing and producing the NTPA Summer Musicals productions of Grease and Pippin!

Grease the musical

Lizz received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a minor in Dance and Musical Theatre from Temple University, then went on to complete her Masters in Fine Arts in Acting from Southern Methodist University.

Her experience as a performer and director in Philadelphia, New York, and Dallas, combined with her position as a professor of theatre at various DFW colleges and universities, makes her a valuable addition to the NTPA team.

“Lizz brings a whole new level of professionalism, quality, and storytelling to our Repertory Theatre, and this appointment is great news for our audiences, actors and directors. After an extensive search that introduced us to excellent candidates both local and across the country, she was the unanimous choice of our selection team.” CEO Darrell Rodenbaugh 

“NTPA Repertory Theatre is truly North Dallas’s ‘hidden’ gem in live onstage performance, and I am excited about our plans to take Repertory to a new level of professional work,” says Lizz. “Our program strategy will be to bring high-quality and impactful productions to North Dallas and its patrons.”“I’m excited to bring Grease and Pippin to life in our Summer Musicals program. These shows combine fast-paced, fun and classic music traditions with thought-provoking drama that will illustrate how classic works can be just as powerful and evocative now as they were in their conception,” continues Bashore. “We are excited to announce our 2024 Season soon which will provide excellent entertainment for our audiences and challenging assignments to our actors.”

Auditions for Grease are now open. Those interested in participating and want to learn more about upcoming auditions, shows, ticketing, and other exciting opportunities, please visit

NTPA Repertory Theatre is the recipient of two Column Awards and fifteen nominations, was named “Best Adult Theatre Company” in 2019, and this year NTPA was named by Broadway World as the Dallas area’s “Favorite Local Theatre.

Congratulations and Welcome to Lizz Bashore!