ABOUT

 
Learning to Perform!
CAA provides performing arts classes and programs for students ages 8-18 that want to expand their skills in theatre performing.​
Along with theatre training, students learn the value of community service, the importance of diligent hard work and the joy of team accomplishment.

 

 

 
Our Philosophy and Core Principles

 

CAA has always seen the performing arts as more than performance opportunities. Unlike many youth theatre organizations, our programs focuses on a blend of training and performance. In a typical year, we provide acting classes, recitals opportunities, workshop projects and an annual full show performance.

 

The core principle of CAA's  programs is to provide a professional and fun learning environment for emerging artist that frees them to explore their art to its fullest extent.​

 

That environment is:

 

  • Emotionally safe
  • Nurturing for the gift
  • Stretches their horizons
  • Character building
  • Challenges the whole artist
 

WHAT MAKES CAA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER YOUTH THEATRE PROGRAMS?

 

  • Emphasizing the blend of training and performance

  • One of the only organizations that gives students an opportunity to perform non-musical drama outside of school programs

  • Focus on giving every student an opportunity to contribute to the success of the program or class

  • Look for creative ways to grow individual talent at a pace that is achievable and still challenging

  • Do not measure success based on the number of students involved, but rather the growth of each participant.

 

People Behind The Scenes

Charles L. Hand

Executive and Artistic Director

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Meredith Hopkins

Musical Director

Meredith Hopkins has been CAA's Musical Director for 5 years.  She is an integral part of the CAA staff as she brings her experience and ability to teach students of all ages.  

Lisa Hand

Box Office & House Manager

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Board of Directors

Ron Ohst

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Honorary Board of Members

Kyle Cannons

CAA Founder

Kyle Cannons founded California Artist's Academy as a way to bring performing arts opportunties and education  to North County youth.   She is currently employed at People's Light and Theatre Company  in Malvern, PA.  Remember, as artists have the privilege and opportunity to give a voice to voiceless and inspire students of all ages and backgrounds that their world can be changed for the better through the arts.

California Artist's Academy is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization.