New Braunfels Performing Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the arts in New Braunfels and surrounding areas by providing quality performances for all ages to enjoy. We are committed to creating opportunities for children and adults to grow their talents through our shows, performances and educational workshops. Our mission is to inspire appreciation for the arts, including theatre, music, art, photography and film; and by doing so, enrich our community by encouraging our local youth to participate in and enjoy the arts.

Meet Our

Our Instructors

Sherry Bettersworth

Artistic Director

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.

Ashley Kennedy

Vocal Coach/Music Director

Ashley Kennedy 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!

Garrett Bettersworth

Stage Director/Choreographer

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.

Erin Erxleben

Musical Theatre/Dance Instructor

Erin grew up in Austin, Texas where she began dancing at 5 years of age. She excelled in competitive dance team and drill team where she was awarded numerous honors at competitions and on the field. Her love of dance brought her to her love of musical theatre where got accepted into one of the top Musical Theatre programs in the country, Texas State University, where she graduated with a BFA in musical theatre. After graduating, she began teaching dance and choreographing musicals with NBPA while playing lead theater roles at a regional theater in San Antonio. Her passion then took her to perform with top cruise lines such as the new Asian luxury cruise line, Dream Cruises- Genting Dream where she was 1 of 2 Americans on the whole ship. She also danced on Bahama Paradise Cruise lines, and had the honor of being in the first cast of "Broadway Christmas Wonderland"-Tokyo with Dublin Worldwide/Spirit Productions. Her career has taken her to exotic destinations all over the world such as Singapore, The Bahamas, Japan, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and most recently, Guam. Her most recent contract was 10 months at Sandcastle Guam in the Las Vegas style magic show “Zubrick” as a showgirl/dancer. She also taught on the beautiful island as a dance teacher & choreographer at Body Arts. Erin most recently made her 3rd move to NYC last fall to pursue her dreams of Broadway where she consistently auditioned, strengthened her vocal technique, and started training in the Meisner technique taking acting classes at MCS studios in NYC. She has continued Meisner+ TV/film acting classes through zoom, and has grown to learn & love TV/film acting as well. Erin has starred in musicals such as “Erma” in Anything Goes, “Janet” Rocky Horror Picture Show, “Pippi” Great American Trailer Park Musical, “Lucinda” in Into the Woods and more. She loves to combine her love of dance with the story telling world of musical theatre, and has a passion to inspire the next generation of artists with all she has learned.


Enjoy our gallery of past performances


We have a fun and unique way to celebrate a birthday! Rent a Character or Characters for your birthday party either at the location of your choice or at our theatre.

We will Provide:

Goodie bags

Here are some suggestions but we can accommodate almost any type of party.
Princess Party: Cinderella, Snow White, Belle, Princess and the Frog, Moana, Ariel, Anna, Elsa
Superhero Party: Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, Wolverine, Black Ops, Zombie
Pinkalicious Party: Cupcakes, backdrop, and a special visit from Pinkalicious!

Era Parties: 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s

Karaoke Party: we provide the music and song leaders for a fun karaoke party!
Mad Hatter Tea Party: Alice, the Mad Hatter, and March Hare will guide your kids through a wonderland tea party. Party can include special treats or you can bring your own for a Mad Time!

For more information about parties, please call 830-609-7768 or email



We offer classes in Dance, Voice and Musical Theatre


We present a variety of shows including Broadway favorites


Join us for our summer camps and mini-camps


We usually hold auditions in September, January and May.