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TNT STAFF

Dennis Yslas, Executive Director

Dennis Yslas became, Executive Director of TNT on July 1, 2017. Dennis studied Musical Theatre at East Texas Baptist University and is a member of Actors Equity Association. Though he has worked extensively in professional theatre, Dennis has also worked in community theatre since 1979. He was an Artistic Director at OnStage in Bedford and served as the Administrator at Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas. Dennis has served as an adjudicator for AACTFest at the Quad, State and Regional levels since 1999. He worked previously as Customer Service Manager with Fort Worth Opera, responsible for Box Office operations and managing every aspect of the customer experience.

Frieda Austin, Managing Director

Frieda E. Austin, started working at TNT as Administrative Assistant in 2008, was promoted Administrative Director in 2015, and then to Managing Director in 2017. Her management and people skills were developed during periods of working at as a waitress, and during the six years she lived and worked in New York City. Growing up in Fort Worth, TX, Frieda began her dance and theatre training at Fort Worth Country Day which provided opportunities to perform and be involved in many theaters and dance companies in the community. She has performed with Bruce Wood Dance Company, Hip Pocket Theatre, Artes de la Rosa and Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. In addition to her work at TNT, Frieda teaches dance and aerial silks in Arlington and serves as board president for FurtherDance Fort Worth.

Preston Isham, Programs Coordinator

Preston Isham, a 2012 graduate of Oklahoma City University with a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre, is a working actor in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He has appeared in Crazy for You and Avenue Q at Theatre Three in Dallas, Titanic, Golden Apple, Fiddler on the Roof and Grand Hotel at Lyric Stage, and Phantom Curtains at Mainstage Irving/Las Colinas in Irving, The Baker's Wife at PFamily Arts in Plano and Fiddler on the Roof at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth. Preston has worked at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and in the Box Office for the Fort Worth Opera Festival. Previously he spent two summers performing in Oklahoma at Discoveryland outside of Tulsa, OK, and served a technical internship at The Point Theatre in Ingram, Texas. His early training was at the Creative Arts Theatre & School (CATS) in Arlington, TX where his favorite roles included Frog in A Year with Frog & Toad and the Beast in Beauty and the Beast.

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TNT programs made possible in part by

Arts Council of Fort Worth