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Premiere Student Film Production Program

Elevate Your Voice Through Cinema!

At NTPA Studios, we’re all about diving deep into the art of storytelling. Join us in a collaborative film production program where we elevate the voices of students through film. We’re not just making films; we’re crafting diverse tales that resonate.

  • Perform on camera in a real film production!
  • Gain valuable production experience behind the camera!
  • Watch yourself in a premiere showing on the “big screen!”

About Our Productions

Students are integrally involved both behind and in front of the camera as writers, producers, directors, camera operators, lighting/sound techs, editors, and on-screen actors. With the guidance of industry professionals, students produce a film that is premiered in a public screening at NTPA or a local movie theater.

Auditions for actors typically take place 2 weeks prior to the production with a final call back on the first day. For those interested in being behind the scenes, crew positions are usually determined at the first in-person meeting. All students are welcome to participate.

Productions include unique adaptations of classic youth stories, original scripts, and unique work of our students!

Students of all skill levels are welcome. We have a place for you!

What is it like to be in NTPA Studios?

Attend a Film Premiere!

Most NTPA Studios film productions are premiered in a local movie cinema complete with a red carpet entrance for our actors and technicians, screenings of the film, and a meet and greet reception with the cast and crew. Dress up and join us for one of our upcoming Studios premieres!

Teaching Skills That Last a Lifetime

NTPA’s unique “Ten Characters” leadership development model ensures that students are not just honing their artistic skills but are also building essential life values. This dual focus on artistry and personal development is a distinguishing feature of the program.

Life Skills

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility
  • Respect
  • Self-Confidence
  • Integrity
  • Discipline
  • Gratitude
  • Positive Attitude
  • Love One Another

Film Skills

  • Your Content Goes Here
  • Writing/Storytelling
  • Producing
  • Directing
  • Cinematography
  • Lighting and Sound
  • Set building/Props
  • Editing
  • Acting for screen
  • Marketing
  • Film Festivals


What if my child has no experience or doesn’t know what crew position is a good fit?

If you don’t know where you fit in just yet, no worries! We offer monthly 1-hour classes where we discuss what Studios is and the crew positions available. We even help you put together that first audition.


NTPA Studios is geared toward middle school and high school age students.

What is a NTPA Studios Festival Production?

NTPA Studios offers a specific Filmmaking program geared towards those interested in learning what it takes to get a film into the film festival circuit. Very similar to NTPA productions, students lead the production of the film. On screen roles and crew positions may be limited for these productions.

What do the classes/workshops entail and does my child need to take them before doing a production?

Students do not need to take a class/workshop before signing up for their first production. Classes are scheduled occasionally throughout the year and give students the opportunity to take a deeper dive into a specific area of film.

Where can I take NTPA Studios Classes or Productions?

Currently, we offer programs in Plano at NTPA’s Willow Bend Center of the Arts. We will soon be adding classes and productions at our Fairview and Southlake NTPA locations! Stay tuned!

Do the films count as production credit for ACE/JACE?


About NTPA Studios

North Texas Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. Founded in Plano in 1991, NTPA has grown to five locations across the DFW area offering programs through 10 troupes including NTPA Studios.

NTPA Studios continues to build on the original mission of NTPA while focusing on the art of storytelling. We’re not just making films; we’re crafting cinematic stories that represent the diverse voices of our youth. NTPA Studios offers individual classes, filmmaking, acting and tech tracks that focus on building confident leaders in a nurturing environment. Explore, create, and grow with NTPA Studios.