MEET OUR TEAM
Passionately committed to growing young artists in New Braunfels and surrounding communities
Artistic Director: Sherry Bettersworth
Sherry has a Bachelor's Degree in Dance/Secondary History Education/History from Texas State University in San Marcos. While attending Texas State University she was a member of the award winning Strutters dance team for 4 years, serving as lieutenant for 2 years. The Strutters performed around the world including performances in China, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She has been a lead vocalist/guitarist in bands as well as other performances through the years. She served as Dance Director at the high school level for 18 years.
Vocal Coach/Music Director: Carrie de Lemos
Carrie Bretzke de Lemos is from New Braunfels, TX. She has a degree in Music performance from Texas State University, and has done graduate work at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and at SMU. She has also studied and performed in Germany, Ireland, and Italy. Carrie loves working with children. While in Houston she got her Kindermusik certificate and taught Kindermusik. She has directed children and adult choirs in New Mexico, Houston, and New Braunfels. She has taught private voice lessons to all ages for 15 years. Carrie is mom to Samantha and Emma and step mom to Breauna. It is a thrill to work with the talented students of the New Braunfels Performing Arts.
Vocal Coach/Music Director: Ashley Meade
Ashley Meade resided in Waco, TX for 27 years where she was very involved in Waco Civic Theater and the musical theater community since 2006. Ashley was a music and theater major at McLennan Community College where she obtained an AA in Music. She also obtained a BS in Management from Grand Canyon University with a focus in classroom management. Ashley studied under Dr. Karen Albrecht (who recently was seen off Broadway in “Mary Poppins”) and Jerry McLaughlin (who worked under Bob Fosse in Broadway’s original “Pippin!”). Just a few of her notable roles on the stage include, Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”, Cinderella in “Into the Woods”, Laurie in “Oklahoma!”, and Fantine in “Les Misérables”. Ashley has taught children for 9 years with a focus in musical theater, as well as how to perform and audition. Ashley also maintains a dance background and has served a Choreographer for Waco Cotton Place Productions since 2009. She was thrilled to jump start her Musical Theater experience here in NB as a performer as “Mrs. Potts” in New Braunfels Performing Arts “Beauty and the Beast” and was last seen Music Directing “CATS the musical”. Ashley is thrilled to work with the talent that is New Braunfels Performing Arts. Let’s sing!
Dance Instructor/Choreographer: Renee Scheel
Renee started her entertainment journey at age 8yrs with the Showstoppers Academy of Musical Theater. She studied and performed with them through high school at East Central HS, where she also served as Captain of the dance team. Immediately following HS, Renee began her long professional entertainment career, performing on multiple cruise lines, tours, Branson, MO, dance studios, and regional and professional theaters. She dedicated 17 seasons of her career to Six Flags Fiesta Texas, as a performer, director, voice over talent, host, and choreographer. She was honored to win the “Big E Award” as Best Female performer in 2009 by the International Assoc. of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). She also worked as Lead Choreographer for Sea World San Antonio, has choreographed for wedding couples, quinceaneras, local dance teams and show choirs, Spurs street team, NB Performing Arts Academy, and numerous shows at the RockBox Theater in Fredericksburg. Renee has been blessed to pay tribute to some of her favorite legends, Lucille Ball and Patsy Cline. Off the main stage, Renee leads her special event variety band “Blow My Cover”, winning “Best of Weddings - Variety Band in SA” by The Knot Magazine in 2014-15. She is in the process of developing a full service entertainment company called Elite Events Entertainment featuring professional upscale acts such as tribute artists, vocalists, dancers, actors and comedians, show production and design, along with multiple live music acts, including our party band After Five, classic country female led band Rebel West, and 40s-today show band On The Radio!!!! Oh...and she recently joined legendary show band Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, and is the proud mom of her hilarious 12yr old son!
Acting Instructor/Director: Hope Raymond
Hope MacKenzie Raymond recently graduated Texas State University with a 3.65 GPA and a degree in Performance and Production. While in school, she was often found on or back stage, getting her hands in every theatre experience her schedule would allow. Hope is passionate about creative problem solving and competed in nine different Destination ImagiNation challenges, including 3 at the state level. She performed with Thespian troupe #0893’s improv group for four years. Hope has been a performer, a director, a stage manager, a choreographer, a lighting designer, a sound designer, and a costume master. Her best friend is her cat, Spencer.
Dance Instructor/Choreographer: Alley Anderson
Alley Anderson started dancing at the age of 3 at San Jose, California where she studied Ballet and Jazz. Alley continued her dance training in Texas at Ballet New Braunfels where she studied Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe and performed in numerous shows with Company. Alley was a member of the award-winning Monocera Dance Team at New Braunfels High School for four years and served on the officer line for two years. During this time, she was accepted in the HTE Dance and Kick Academy. Alley currently attends Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, studying Public Health. She was a member of the Strutters Dance Team for three years and served as a Line Officer and on the Pom Squad. She has taken part in numerous performances such as Spurs Halftime shows and at the Presidential Inauguration.
Stage Director/Choreographer: Garrett Bettersworth
Garrett was this annoying kid who would burst out into song in my daughter's math class without even knowing he was singing. My daughter took a liking to his quirkiness and Garrett invited her to join this new theatre group that he and his mom were putting together. We were hooked from that moment on. Garrett inspired my daughter to try out for NESA when he found out that he had been accepted. She got into NESA too and 4 families spent their freshman year figuring out how to carpool these crazy kids to San Antonio and back. Garrett became like another son to me and I am so proud to have watched him continue to flourish into a polished actor and a somewhat zany almost young adult. He has starred in either the lead role or support of the lead role in almost every production with NBPA. He heads off to the Studio School in the fall of 2018 but will always have a place here at NBPA.
Stage Director/Choreographer/Tap Instructor: Randy Bianchi
Randy has been actively involved in dance and theatre for over 30 years. Randy studied musical theatre at Humphrey’s School of Musical Theatre in Houston, Texas. He has studied with some of the best tap instructors in the country including Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, and Fayard Nicholas. Randy has professionally taught tap classes and seminars for numerous dance schools and theatre groups all over the country. He founded Katy Performing Arts Theatre in Katy, Texas, and served as vice-president on the board of that organization. Randy has also spent many years working in theatre directing and choreographing numerous musical productions including Anything Goes, Jekyll and Hyde, Annie, and Oklahoma to name a few.
William “Brian” Potts started his acting career at age 8 taking the lead in the play “The Little Boy Who Never Learned to Read” At the age of 14 he signed with this first professional talent agency, Actors Etc. in Houston, TX, where he went on to be cast in several commercials, and day player roles in movies such as Robocop, Lonesome Dove, and Flesh and Bone. Brian also continued his acting career through High School where he competed in UIL One Act Play and won several Best Actor Awards, All Star Cast, Honorable Mention, and State Champion for Set Design. He was awarded a full scholarship to Stephen F Austin State University where he starred in a number of productions, musicals, and directed his own productions. Brian graduated with a B.F.A. in Acting and Directing. After graduation, Brian moved to Austin, Texas where he was signed by Actors Clearinghouse Talent Agency, and continued his professional career racking up a number of commercials, industrial projects, TV series, and movies. It was in 2001 that Brian married and went on to have 2 daughters. To support his family, he took jobs at tech giants, like Dell Computers and Tokyo Electron. The fast paced nature of these jobs didn’t allow him to work very often, and left him dreaming of a way to get back into Theater and Film. In 2006 Brian left corporate America to become Co-Owner of Calliope Talent in San Antonio, TX. After two years of working at Calliope, Brian knew what the agencies lacked in the Texas market, was a talent/management agency that could focus on not only auditions, but on intensive training and development of marketing for actors, models and musicians. Brian left Calliope to launch Topp Drawer Talent, an agency that would not only represent talent, but focus on intensive training and skill development. Brian, utilizing his years of theatre, TV, and Film experience soon became one of the most sought after coaches for auditioning, character development, and improv. Brian coached hundreds of Texas talent who have gone on to book projects such as Disney’s Girl Meets World, TV’s Prison Break, Friday Night Lights, and to movies such as Spy Kids 3, Spy Kids 4, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Grindhouse, and Bernie to name a few. Brian was hired by Discovery Channel to cast numerous shows on their Investigation Discovery Network. Brian’s love for talent development, and his belief that training and skills are best fostered at a young age is why he has come on to the New Braunfels Performing Arts program to help mentor and train a new generation of talent to succeed in the theatre and film industry. Whether wanting a career on the Movie Screen, the TV screen, or the Stage, Brian’s intensive training classes will provide your child with all the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed professionally. The training sessions will focus on Auditioning Techniques, Improve skills, Dialect Training, and Character Development.