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.

Beth Walker

Musical Theatre Instructor/Stage Director

Beth Walker is a theatre kid for life and has been performing, teaching and directing for a combined 27 of her 30 years on the planet. She spent the first half of her life in California before moving to New Braunfels with her family. She returned to California to attend California Baptist University for a double major in English Literature and Theatre before coming home to NB where she met and married the love of her life Simon, whom she met at NBPA! They have two children, Lincoln (2) and Athena (3 weeks), and she can't wait to share her love of theatre with both of them. Her favorite roles include Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Ida in Honk!, and Dolly Tate in Annie Get Your Gun.


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 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.