Performing & Visual Arts

  • Audience gathers in the First State Bank Center for Performing Arts before a performance
  • Actor and actresses performing on stage
  • Wind Ensemble performing at the Starlite Gala
  • Visual arts student drawing from a still life model


Learn everything involved in Drama production from simple theater appreciation to acting to stagecraft. Then perform on stage at the First State Bank Center for Performing Arts.

The Current Season add

To see what shows are coming up, for auditions and performances, check the Upcoming Events calendar or sign up for the Performing Arts Mailing List.

First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts

  • Corduroy - May 2 & 9 at 7:30 PM and May 10 at 2:30 PM
  • Shrek - June 12, 13, 19, 20 & 22 at 7:30 PM and June 21 at 2:30 PM

Black Box Theater at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts

  • Gifts of the Magi - December 6, 7 & 8 at 7:30 PM
  • The Big Snooze - April 24, 25 & 26 at 7:30 PM

Denton Black Box

  • Be More Chill - October 4, 5, 11, & 12 at 7:30 PM and October 6 & 13 at 2:30 PM
  • The Erroneous Count of Monte Cristo - February 21, 22, 28 & 29 at 7:30 and February 23 & March 1 at 2:30 PM

Performing Arts Calendar  Mailing List  Get Tickets


Guidelines for Auditioning add

An audition can be intimidating for everyone involved, even those who have been working in the theatre for years. The following tips have been put together based on experience from actors, singers, directors, and producers.

 Download and Read the General Guidelines for Auditioning

Scholarships add

The NCTC Best Seat in the House scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in the Arts. Outstanding drama, music, and dance students are awarded this scholarship annually.

The NCTC Foundation offers several other scholarships to students at NCTC. Please also refer to the following link for additional NCTC Foundation scholarship opportunities.

Best Seat in the House Scholarship  Apply for Scholarships 

NCTC Foundation

Rules for Stagecraft (Shop) Areas add
  1. Approved safety glasses are required when using the power tools in the shop or when using portable tools in other areas of the building.
  2. All persons will operate or use a power tool only after having a complete introduction to the operation of that tool by qualified shop personnel.  It is the individuals’ responsibility to inform shop personnel if they are unfamiliar with or unsure of the safe operation of a tool.
  3. Do not wear neckties, scarves or other loose clothing or jewelry when operation power tools.  Long hair should be securely tied back.  Open toe shoes, stocking or bare feet are not permitted in the shop.
  4. Make sure the tool you are using is appropriate for and properly set up for the operation you are performing.  If you are unsure, consult with qualified shop personnel
  5. Make sure all blades, bits or cutting tools come to a complete stop before removing scrap materials or making adjustments to the tool.  Unplug tools before changing blades, bits or cutting tools.
  6. Keep the area around fixed power tools clear of loose material and slip or trip hazards.  After you are finished with a project return tools and hardware to their proper place and police your work area.
  7. Never operate machinery or enter a work area while under the influences of alcohol, drugs or medications that may make you inattentive or drowsy.  Do not operate equipment or tools when you are fatigued.
  8. These rules have been established as a safety guideline for all who use the shop.  Failure to follow these rules or other safety instructions by qualified personnel will result in the loss of some or all lab hours, shop privileges or Work study position.
  9. The Scene Shop at the Center for the Performing Arts is only for use by faculty, staff and students employed by the College or enrolled in classes in the Theatre Department (Volunteers will have special permission).
  10. At the end of each day all tools will be returned to the correct place.   Also the shop will be clean and free of all hazards before class is dismissed.
  11. If you don't know - ASK! There is no such thing as a dumb question, only dumb mistakes and injuries.
Trumpet players at the Starlite Gala


The music department of NCTC offers students a wide range of opportunities in both performing ensembles and academic coursework. Courses of instruction are provided in music theory, music literature and appreciation, music fundamentals, and applied performance that will transfer to other colleges and universities. Performance opportunities are available for students in both choral and instrumental areas.

Choral Music

The NCTC Singers under the direction of Shane Studdard, Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies, regularly perform on and off campus, and they appear frequently at area churches, civic organization meetings, and a wide range of community events. They perform several events at the First State Bank Center for Performing Arts throughout the year and a wide variety of musical styles.

For more information contact the program coordinator.

Shane Studdard
Director of Vocal Music
Gainesville Campus
CPA 2005
(940) 668-3322

NCTC College Singers Information Form add

 If interested in joining the NCTC College Singers, please provide the following information.

Instrumental Ensembles

NCTC offers two instrumental music ensembles, open to students who play wind and percussion instruments.

NCTC Jazz Band add

The Jazz Band perform a varied repertoire, including big band swing, Dixieland, and contemporary jazz, through concerts on campus and at other venues. Members of the band come from throughout the North Texas-Southern Oklahoma area. The Jazz Band has performed at the Crescent City Jazz Festival in New Orleans and has recently been invited to perform at the Jazz Education Network Festival in Atlanta.

Jazz Band meets once per week, 6:00 - 8:30 PM on Tuesday evenings. Scholarships are available! Please register for MUEN 1125-0100 and complete the form below – the band office will contact you with more information.

The Wind Ensemble add

The NCTC Wind Ensemble is devoted to the rehearsal, study, and performance of important band literature. This ensemble is open to all students with interest and experience, by audition. You do not need to be a “music major” to be a member of the group!

Rehearsals are 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM on Tuesday and Thursday at the Gainesville Campus, and two evening performances are scheduled each semester. Scholarships are available!

Please register for MUEN 1131-0100 and complete the form below, and the band office will contact you with more information.

For more information about our ensembles, please contact the director.

Dr. Thomas Singletary
Director of Instrumental Music
Gainesville Campus
CPA 2010

Interested students—please complete the following information:

Applied Music Lessons

We offer private lessons for Brass, Percussion, and Woodwind instruments. Lessons are held on a weekly basis and students choose either a 30-minute lesson or a one-hour lesson.  Areas covered include basic fundamentals, practice routines, performance practice, and appropriate literature.  Students will have the opportunity to perform at student recitals, Jury recitals, and the Honor’s recital.  Applied lessons are open to all students looking to improve skills on traditional band instruments.

Visual Art

The Visual Arts educates students in the language and process of making art. The environment is structured toward art majors as well as non-art majors looking to expand their capabilities and understanding of the arts.

The objective of the program is to prepare students with a foundation in the arts. Students enrolled in the various courses can expect to be engaged in analysis, problem solving, interpretation, and understanding through practice of the arts.

The department is committed to the following beliefs, principles and values.

  • The atelier process of teaching is known for placing the importance of process and learning through practice.
  • The department is committed to talented instructors from a broad range of artistic philosophies allowing for a variety of perspectives regarding the production of art.
  • Support for the individuality of our students and their needs and ambitions.

Accessibility – The Visual Arts Department is committed to maintaining a curriculum, tuition, and facility that remains accessible all students.

Community – The Visual Arts Department is committed to maintaining a sense of community that fosters camaraderie and support for fellow artists. The program values all individuals who pursue art as contributors to the learning environment.

Supporting and encouraging the education, advancement, and enjoyment of excellence in the visual arts.

Performing & Visual Arts Courses

Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

Austin Creswell
Facility Coordinator
Gainesville Campus
CPA 2001
(940) 668-3318
Fax  (940) 668-3317

Thom Talbott
Performing & Visual Arts Department Chair
Gainesville Campus
(940) 668-3324