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!
Musical Theatre/Acting Teaching Assistant: Allie Heath
Allie Heath is a recent graduate from New Braunfels High School and is currently taking a gap year to further prepare herself for college and her career in the arts. She is originally from Puyallup, Washington and moved down to New Braunfels when she was 11. Even though it was tough at first, she later found her calling. In her freshman year of high school, she discovered her love for theatre and acting and hit the ground running to pursue her new-found passion. Throughout high school, she amassed many awards with the University Interscholastic League (U.I.L.) and is a 2-time Best Actress winner as well as a 2-time All Star Cast winner and 3-time Honorable Mention All Star Cast winner. She served as NBHS’s Drama Club President for 2 years and received the Excellency in Theatre Arts award from her school her freshman and senior years. In her sophomore year, she auditioned for NBPA’s “The Little Mermaid” and played Ursula in her first musical and has stuck with the company ever since. Her favorite roles would most definitely be the Magic Carpet in NBPA’s “Aladdin Jr.” and Bananas Shaughnessy in NBHS’s “House of Blue Leaves.” In the future, she hopes to get a BFA in Acting/Musical Theatre and to be either on Broadway or in films, or to be a theatre teacher. Besides theatre, she enjoys binge-watching “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” or “Ink Master,” painting and drawing, and traveling.
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: Lyssa Rumsey
Lyssa Rumsey is going into her junior year as a Dance major at Texas State University and serves as the President of Transient Dance Collective, an improv dance group run by dance majors. She began her performance journey at the age of three at A Time To Dance studio in Lake Jackson, TX. As her time there came to a close, she started discovering musical theatre in summer workshops at Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences in Clute, TX. She found a love for musical theatre at the age of 12 when she was cast in The Women at Brazosport Center Stages. From there, she continued her career in dance at Footsteps School of Dance and in the Brazoswood Buccaneer Belles, her high school's dance team. She also was a member of the Brazoswood High School Choir and was inducted into the Thespian National Honor Society in her sophomore year of high school. She joined the All-State Treble Choir in 2017, and she graduated later that spring. She's partaken in many performances, but her most recent accomplishments include choreographing and acting in Shrek the Musical [Brazosport Center Stages, Clute, TX], organizing and performing in Transient Dance Collective's Informance [Texas State University], and performing in the Dance Division's Choreographer's Showcase [Texas State University]. Although she sings and acts, dancing is her favorite pastime, and she is well-versed in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and musical theatre dance. In her free time she also plays guitar and piano, sews, and watches movies with her fiancé.
Stage Director/Choreographer: Garrett Bettersworth
Garrett was this annoying kid who would burst out into song in my daughter's 7th grade 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 studies at the Studio School in Los Angeles 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.