Our Theater-The Marilyn Nelson Theater at Studio B Performing Arts Center

Studio B Performing Arts Center has been providing live theater and acting classes and workshops in The Center since 1999. It is currently under the direction of Artistic Director, Elizabeth Nowell.  When Studio B began, it was a part of The Academy of Fine Arts owned and operated by Sarah Tedesco, whose family (The Nelsons) donated the building and land for its use as the academy. The theater itself was dedicated to Mrs. Tedesco’s mother, Marilyn Nelson, who was instrumental in bringing the arts to the community. When the academy closed in 2002, Pamela-Putman Whittaker was named as Artistic Director for Studio B and the theater began to operate as a non-profit community theater alongside the Highland Village Parks Foundation. She continued operating Studio B adding performances and classes as well as promoting community awareness about the theater. In 2007, Robin Hackett took over as Artistic Director and in 2008, DeAnna McDearmont was hired as Managing Director and soon after took over the role of Executive Director until the summer of 2013 when she moved out of the area with her family. During Mrs. McDearmont’s time as Executive Director, she expanded on the offerings of Studio B with more classes, workshops and productions and worked to bring much-needed technology and an online presence to the theater.  Jen Adame was named Executive Director in the summer of 2013 following Mrs. McDearmont’s  departure.  She immediately hired Elizabeth Nowell, a director and instructor at Studio B to help her run the theatre and continue to help it to grow.  Studio B continues to grow and still strives to maintain a family-friendly environment while providing the local community with quality live theater throughout the year as well as providing top-notch theater training to students of all ages.

Our Mission

Our mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of theatre, music, and the arts overall. Studio B strives to foster creativity and develop skills in acting, musical theatre, voice, dance, script development, and all around knowledge of the stage and theatre. Studio B prepares students for further studies in this genre and genres associated with it. Through classes, workshops and productions, we endeavor to create an atmosphere of creativity, imagination, collaboration and independent thinking. Through performing arts, the young and old alike can build self-esteem and confidence. Most importantly, Studio B unites the community and brings families together.


Studio B Performing Arts is located at 2400 FM 407, Highland Village, Texas in the building called thee Center. Our street address is sometimes also referred to as 2400 FM 407 @ 1 Nelson Parkway or 1 Nelson Parkway.

We are located near the intersection of FM 407 and Morriss Road/Highland Forest, behind the Chase Bank and Hidden Pines Wedding Chapel.

Map to Studio B

Studio B Performing Arts Center occupies about 8,000 square feet in The Center. This includes our Theater with a seating capacity of 100, our lobby and box office area, the Mini Room, Dance Room, The Actor’s Green Room and backstage area, the office and tech area.

Our theater seats about 100 and our stage is ever-changing according to our current production.
Most of our musical theater classes are held in the theater.

Our “Mini” room is a small classroom that is used for smaller acting classes, dance rehearsals, and music rehearsals and lessons.

Our large dance room with wall to wall mirrors is perfect for choreography rehearsal or a large meeting space.

Our spacious lobby and box office area.

Actors green room and prop/costume storage.

We RENT OUR FACILITIES when they are available?? Email studiobtheater@gmail.com for info!!

Studio B Rental Brochure


Elizabeth Nowell (Artistic Director) is a graduate of Midwestern State University with a degree in Vocal Music Education. She has a passion for theater and loves to share that passion with her students. She has many years of both theater and vocal training. Elizabeth has starred in musicals such as West Side Story and The Wizard of Oz as well as the opera production Die Fledermaus.  At Studio B she has taught Triple Threat Tween Musical Theater, Broadway Bound, Dramatic Play, Stage Players and choreographed Annie, Jr. and Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver!, and many more. She has also directed The Magical Land of Oz, Bugz, Dear Edwina, Arf!, and cowrote and directed the camp Hats Off to Broadway as well as the teen productions of Grease and All Shook Up, just to name a few! Elizabeth is currently also teaching 2-year-olds at DKH and loves it. She looks forward to sharing her love of music and theater with your children at Studio B!  

*To view bios on Studio B’s class instructors and directors, please see the Instructor and Director page listed under Classes


Studio B is a non-proft community theater that relies on the support of the local community. The support Studio B receives enables us to continue offering quality productions and scholarships for students.  There are many ways to support Studio B and we offer many levels of sponsorship. 

We would like to thank our constant community supporters:

The Highland Village Parks Foundation

The City of Highland Village

The Summers Family

Big Frog of Flower Mound/Highland Village

Harry & Gana Crenshaw

The Pine Family

The Adame Family

The Fischer Family

Shane Summers Photography

Buster & Karen Tipton

Frescos Mexicana-Highland Village

Heavenly Taylored Sweets-Denton

Farmers Insurance-Brost Agency

Chicken Express-Highland Village

Adam Auten

Chris Dirker Photography

Michelle CC Photography



Studio B relies on lots of volunteers and we love people (of all ages) who come to help out! We train our students (and parents) to not only work on stage, but to work behind the scenes, too. They often assist with set building, painting, prop making, costume making, working backstage and running the lights and sounds. The Highland Village Parks Foundation supports us in many ways, but also keeps our theater and building in shape. The Studio B volunteer committe are often found behind the scenes and running our box office and community events.

Our theater would not be possible without the following:

The Highland Village Parks Foundation Board Members

Studio B Volunteer Committee:

Sara Martin, Jess Hoisington, Karen Tipton, Karen Lott, Sasha Taylor, Jarrett Moore, Jennifer Duncan, Stephanie Mayes, Meredith Turnbow, and Lesley Carver

Interested in volunteering? We need lots of volunteers for lights, sound, backstage and more!

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can help!

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