• Our directors are dedicated to providing a stellar learning environment for students passionate about learning all that theatre has to offer!
    Within GPFAA, students are afforded the opportunity to participate in State, National, and International competitions, as well as have opportunities to gain professional experience in theatre, film, television, and online productions. Throughout the year, they also work with professional guest artists from New York and Los Angeles. Additionally, leadership opportunities are available with the International Thespian Society for students interested in participating.
    Most recently, our students participated in the Texas Thespian Festival in Dallas. GPFAA's very own High School Technical Director, Jordan Fetter, was one of the guest presenters during several workshops. He provided insight into projections, set design, and more.
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Theatre Audition

Audition Requirements and Information

    Incoming students auditioning for Theatre are required to bring and prepare the items listed below.
    Resume and Photo
    The student must present a one-page resume listing prior theatre experience and a current headshot. 
    Monologue Performance
    Students will present a prepared monologue from a play that is 30 seconds to 1 minute long.
     There will also be some improv. games as a group and cold readings from a script.
    Brief Interview
    Students will participate in a brief interview with the panel following their audition.
    ***Please note: resumes and headshots will not be returned to auditioning students.
  • Theatre Awards & Accolades

    Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy Thespian Troupe 8227 had an eventful week at the 2018 Texas Thespian Festival. Over 8000 students were in attendance at the Gaylord Texan November 15-17, 2018.

    GPFAA received the following honors:

    • Performed The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney as part of the festival Play Marathon Series
    • One of 6 schools named as a Finalist for Super Troupe of Texas 2018
    • Joryhebel Ginorio and Bailey James were selected for the ALL-STATE Cast and performed with Broadway star Annaleigh Ashford during the closing ceremonies
    • Zoey Kaps was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Play Marathon
    • Bailey James and Kristina Lenkowsky received a Thespian Scholarship Award to the college of their choice
    • 8 seniors received over 150 college callbacks
    • 32 of 35 students qualified for the International Thespian Festival in June, 2019
      • Bailey James and Hannah Navarro in Duet Acting
      • Joryhebel Ginorio and Madison Moore in Duet Musical
      • Lauren Raymond, Leah Gilliland, Nicolette Doke, Kaleb Godwin, Andres Reyes, Kirsten Mapps in Group Musical
      • Avery Jane Taylor, Darnell Robinson, Spencer Sloan, Fabian Cortina, Ben Sherman, Izzie Yother, Will Jones, Lindsey McCallum, Shyperia Brown, Caden Large, Bailey Arlidge in Group Musical
      • Christian Arruble, Grayson Norman, Kaycee Wiggins, Mallory Stark, Julissa Martinez in Group Acting
      • Kristina Lenkowsky in Stage Management
      • Zaria Brownlee in Set Design
      • Ryan Rodriguez in Costume Design
      • Tiffany Stone in Costume Construction
      • Bailey Gueta in Costume Construction
      • Brazi Beall in Short Film


    *September 2015- Princeton High School Awards: 1 student placed 3rd, 1 placed 7th in Dramatic Interpretation; 2 students placed 1st, two placed 4th in Duo Interpretation; 2 students placed 6th in Duet Acting; 1 student placed 1st in Humorous Interpretation

    *September 2015- Won 1st Place Sweepstakes at UIL Competition; Students won 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 6th in Dramatic Interpretation (with one student qualifying for NIETOC); students won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in Humorous Interpretation (with one student qualifying for state competition and NIETOC); students won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in Duo Interpretation; students won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th in Duet Acting; students won 1st and 6th in Prose

    *October 2015 Houston Competition- GPFAA placed second overall in sweeps, which was the highest of a non-debate school. Students won 3rd & 5th in Duet Acting; students won 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th in Duo Interpretation; students won 1st & 3rd in Humorous Interpretation; Students won 1st & 5th in Dramatic Interpretation (both qualified for State and NIETOC qualification); students won 1st, 3rd, & 5th in Novice Poetry; students won 1st, 2nd, & 3rd in Novice Prose; a student won 3rd in Senior Poetry; a student won 8th in Senior Prose

    *October 24, 2015 Competition- GPFAA won second place sweepstakes overall out of 30 schools. Students won 1st, 4th, 5th, and 6th place in Dramatic Interpretation; 6th place in Oratory; 4th place in Poetry; 4th, 5th, and 6th place in Humorous Interpretation; 1st place in Prose; 4th and 6th place in Duet Acting, with two students qualifying for NIETOC and TFA State; 1st and 5th place for Duo, with two students qualifying for NIETOC and TFA state

    *December 2015 Middle School Tournament-students won 2nd, 3rd, 6th, and 7th in Dramatic Interpretation, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th in Group Improv, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th in Poetry; students won 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in Lip Sync; a student won 5th in Impromptu Speaking; students won 3rd and 5th in Prose; 1sts, 3rd, and 6th in Storytelling; 3rd in TV Commercial; 1st and 6th in Duet Acting; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in Duo Interpretation; 2nd in Original Oratory; 1st, 4th, and 5th in Humorous Interpretation; 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th in Reader’s Theatre; and 3rd and 5th in Poster Design

    *January 2016 Theatre Competition at Coppell High School- Students won 1st, 2nd, and 4th place in Duo; 3rd place in Poetry; 3rd place in Humorous Interpretation

    *January 2016 Celtic Invitational at Holy Trinity Catholic High School- students won 6th, 7th, and 8th in Prose; 3rd in Poetry; 3rd, 5th, and 6th in Duet; 6th in Group Improv; 4th in Storytelling; 2nd in Record Mime

    *February 2016 Royse City Tournament- GPFAA took first place sweepstakes. Students won 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 6th place in Duet Acting; a student won 3rd place in Poetry Interpretation (one student qualified for NSDA); a student won 5th place in Prose Interpretation; students won 1st, 4th, & 5th place in Dramatic Interpretation (one student qualified for TFA State and NIETOC); students won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and 8th place in Humorous Interpretation (one student qualified for NSDA); students won 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 6th place in Duo Interpretation (two students qualified for NSDA);
    *10 students qualified for TFA State/NIETOC in the 2015-2016 school year

    *Participated in the World Premiere of Prospect High: Brooklyn, premiered at WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival

    *Chartered GPFAA International Thespian Honor Society

    *Middle school theatre performed Little Women of Peachtree Street, adapted by Middle School Director Kevin Paris (starring an all African-American cast) celebrating Black History Month and promoting culturally significant pieces.