In addition, the YPAS scene shop, costume shop, and production facilities favorably compare with those of many universities and professional theaters. The rehearsal and classroom spaces are excellent.
The YPAS facility includes a suite of acoustically treated music rooms with a suite of practice studios; four acting labs that provide spacious rehearsal and workshop rooms; five dance studios, including a room that is specifically designed for tapping; a computer lab for playwriting and directing classes; a fine-arts-dedicated library; and the Robert W. West Experimental Theater, which seats 100 to 150 patrons during our main production season.
One of the focal points of the scholarship process is our annual College/Career Fair, usually held in late October or early November. Admissions officers and departmental representatives from 60 to 100 colleges from across the country come to YPAS to audition seniors for placement and scholarships. The continuing goal of YPAS is to place graduating seniors in the next training level.
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The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the national program of NAfME which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. There are more than 1,700 chapters across 50 states, involving more than 67,000 students in grades 6-12. Each year, these students contribute more than 750,000 service hours to their school and local communities, and raise nearly $1 million for causes they care about. NAfME awards more than $2,000 in scholarship each year to chapters that demonstrate exceptional service and leadership.Sponsor: Michael Kagan
The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education. The YPAS chapter of NHSDA is particularly committed to community service. In addition to attending NHSDA meetings, members are also required to participate in at least two society sponsored community service activities per year in order to stay in good standing. Sign-ups for activities are available at the meetings.
Sponsor: Kimberly Mansilla
In addition to serving as a continuing resource to the other schools in the Jefferson County Public School District, YPAS is actively engaged in reaching out to residents of the Louisville Metro area. YPAS maintains nine separate touring companies ranging from vocal music, band, orchestra, drama, musical theatre, and dance that go “on the road” to perform at conventions, civic functions, schools, and corporate venues. YPAS students also are active in professional local and regional performance venues and on film, in industrial performances, on the radio, and in television commercials. YPAS students are provided multiple opportunities to perform at the school, but they also share their vast array of talents with the community.
Corporate Sponsorship/Professional Partnerships
Corporate scholarships are an important part of the YPAS program. Students have opportunities to explore corporate and professional situations through internships and part-time employment. Students’ performance and managerial skills in the arts have been enhanced through ties with Stage One; Louisville Children’s Theatre; Actors Theatre Louisville; The Louisville Theatrical Association; Louisville Orchestra; The Louisville Ballet; the Musician’s Union; and several public relations, marketing, and advertising firms.