“SPCPA is where I learned what it means to maintain an artistic practice. It’s where I learned the importance of generous collaboration, to come from a place of curiosity and play, to organize and to be organized, to manage a chaotic schedule, to take the fear we artists feel and try my best to convert it to fuel, openness, humility, solidarity… Who would I be without SPCPA?”
“SPCPA supplied me with the space to cultivate my adult-self and the tools to dive deeper into creation. Being a thinker and mover is one of the most important things I bring to my work with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.”
“SPCPA was the first time I felt at home with my peers. I felt celebrated, supported and I’m so grateful for the time we spent together sharing our love of acting. I still connect to this part of myself through the projects I love most, be that in improv or collaborating in films.”
“The day I met SPCPA students for the first time, I remember coming home, dropping my backpack to the floor, falling on the couch (very dramatically) and saying, “Mom, I think I found my people.”
“There is a freedom of exploration at SPCPA, whatever your interests may be, and a constant encouragement to invest in yourself. I didn’t know how much I needed that until I was there.”
“SPCPA taught me a lot about independence, time management, and responsibility. An open campus is a great way to learn how to “adult”. It taught me that a career in arts/entertainment is legitimate and valuable!”
“SPCPA taught me so many valuable lessons about art and life and also developed me as a multifaceted artist. Becoming educated on such a diverse range of dance forms has helped me become the dancer and choreographer I am today. I am a professional ballet dancer and choreographer that is currently based in Grand Rapids, Michigan working with Grand Rapids Ballet.”
“I had an amazing experience at this arts school! From the moment I walked through the door, I felt inspired by the creativity and talent all around me. The faculty and staff were incredibly knowledgeable and supportive, always pushing me to be my best and never giving up on me. Not only did I develop my artistic skills in ways I never imagined, but I also made lasting friendships with fellow students who share my passion for the arts. The resources and opportunities available at this school are unparalleled, and I feel so grateful to have been a part of such a vibrant and welcoming community. I would highly recommend this arts school to anyone looking to grow their talents and discover their potential as an artist.”
“Without a doubt, SPCPA is the reason I am a playwright today. I honestly hadn’t realized that writing scripts professionally could be an option for someone like me until I was part of a playwriting workshop for J-Term and fell in love with it. SPCPA helped me realize my voice was worth believing in and gave me the skills, resources, and support to make this my career.”
“SPCPA played a massive part in making me who I am today. Both artistically and personally. It taught me to unapologetically be who I am in all walks of life. I simply do what I want because I enjoy doing it and that is what SPCPA gave to me. Now I am in sales and doing film work when I can, YOU CAN DO BOTH AND LIVE IN BOTH WORLDS! I have multiple past and continuing film projects that have premiered in theaters across the US and can be seen on many streaming platforms, working with some of the worlds most amazing film talent. All of this while succeeding at the the best sales job someone could ask for. Thank you SPCPA for teaching me it’s ok to be who I am.”
“You don’t have to be perfect or the best talented. Experience exploring the endless opportunities of finding who YOU are and what is going to make you unique. Remember this….. when at first you don’t succeed, try and TRY again!”
“I have been able to apply some of the communication skills I mastered while training and performing at SPCPA to my career as a journalist. But it’s not just the skills: It’s the way SPCPA fostered an environment that encourages students to be themselves and find their voices….I really owe some of my strong sense of self and comfort communicating news to SPCPA.”
SPCPA opened in 2005 with a mission to prepare students who wished to pursue the professional arts after high school. The purpose of this page is to celebrate those who did that. We have done our best to include as many of you as possible here, but we have missed many, many of you.
If you are a former SPCPA student and continue to pursue the professional arts (theatre, dance, music, visual art, creative writing) and are not listed here, please send your name, what you are doing, and a preferred photo to firstname.lastname@example.org so we may include you on this page.