The fastest growing not-for-profit youth theatre organization in North America based in Plano, Texas, announces today that long-serving Board President Darrell Rodenbaugh will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer on a pro bono basis.

Plano, TX, October 10, 2018 — North Texas Performing Arts announces today that Darrell Rodenbaugh will be assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer overseeing all functions of the largest not-for-profit youth theatre in the country.

Darrell served as President of the NTPA Governing Board of Directors since 2010 and has been serving the dual role as the chief executive overseeing all operations for the past three years. He initiated the creation of a leadership succession plan with the Board over a year ago, and the new Board President will be affirmed in its September meeting. Darrell will be taking on the CEO role on a pro bono basis reporting to the Governing Board of Directors.

“We could not be more pleased to have Darrell’s continued leadership of the NTPA management team,” says First Vice President and President-Elect Steve Flad. “We are grateful for his generosity in taking this on as we mature our organization to bring on a full-time paid operating executive sometime in the future.”

Darrell joined what was then the Plano Children’s Theatre Board of Directors in 2010 and served pro bono as the operational executive through 2011 guiding PCT through financial difficulties. He has since been elected Board President for eight consecutive terms leading its evolution into the North Texas Performing Arts and growth to become the largest not-for-profit youth theatre in the country.

“I am in awe of the work and leadership of the Governing Board, and the herculean efforts of the almost one-hundred members serving on our seven management boards and our exceptional staff making NTPA what it is today,” says Darrell Rodenbaugh. “I have witnessed the profound impact of a child having his voice heard onstage, and want to continue the work to make that opportunity available to more children across North Texas.”

“I am humbled and grateful for Darrell and his family's continued gifts of time, talent, and treasure for our organization as our first-ever CEO for NTPA,” says Sara Egelston Akers, PCT Founder and NTPA Executive Director.

Darrell created the AMP Awards, the ACE’s (Acting Company for Excellence), and the new NTPA Academy. He was critical to the creation of the Willow Bend Center of the Arts and served for almost two years as its full-time Project Executive on a volunteer basis. He recruited and worked alongside the incredible “Team of Steel” volunteers who generously contributed their time and talent to design and construct the facility.

Darrell and Lisa Rodenbaugh and their children Chris (at Loyola of Chicago) and Lee (at Baylor University) have been actively involved with NTPA both onstage and off for over a decade. Lisa has served in volunteer roles for a dozen years at NTPA and currently serves on the NTPA Repertory Theatre Management Board.

Darrell is a Plano-area investor and philanthropist with over 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 and wife Lisa went on to create “Champion Life Safety Solutions,” a security and life-safety services company which was sold in 2016. Darrell is a graduate and Trustee at Washburn University and earned his MBA at the University of Houston.

About North Texas Performing Arts
North Texas Performing Arts is the largest 501(c)3 non-profit youth theatre organization in the country and is dedicated to developing the character of youth through quality performing arts education and family entertainment. Evolving from the Plano Children’s Theatre created almost three decades ago, NTPA is Headquartered at Willow Bend Center of the Arts in Plano and has theatres in Fairview, Frisco, and Dallas. Each year NTPA provides opportunities to more than 5,000 youth ages three to 18 years old to experience the impact of the performing arts through its “learning lab” training process. The NTPA vision is to enable every child, regardless of sex, religion, race, or socio-economic limitation to have the opportunity to enjoy and experience the arts.

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