Welcome to Lyric Performing Arts Academy
"Performing arts with a purpose"
Lyric Performing Arts Academy (LPAA) is a faith based performing arts organization and production company guided by the three principles of inspiration, education and service. We believe in performing arts with a purpose. As such, we teach the performing arts, to students of all ages, as a tool of liberation. The performing arts are our weapon of choice. Thus, in addition to performing professionally, we also offer non-arts specific educational, healing and well being workshops, trainings, and lecture demonstrations to outside groups and organizations.
Why do we do so many things? Because as human beings who are also educators, we acknowledge that we are not one dimensional. We are the sum total of our experiences. Thus, everything that we have experienced, either positive or negative, that we have had the opportunity to learn and/or grow from, we pay forward by teaching others.
What We Do Differently
Education and healing through the performing arts
More than a performing arts studio, Lyric offers community education, inspiration and service through African American culturally relevant performing arts. What does that mean? We educate in a way that is accessible and engaging for audiences of all ages. Moreover, as a performing arts academy, we teach all aspects of the performing arts. So if you have a need for classes, we can teach those as well.
Do you have a summer program, school or community center that needs a variety of performing arts class offerings for the summer, fall, and/or winter? Our instructors will travel to you to teach multiple styles of dance, theater, and put on a performance within a specified time frame. We also put on performances on various topics, for all types of audiences. Whether you want to learn the performing arts or put on an event where you are looking for live entertainment, you have come to the right place.
We Also Offer …
Educational Performances and Productions
We believe the arts are the perfect vehicle to educate the masses. Many people who do not read a book, will go and see a show. As such, we do our teaching in an entertaining and exciting way: on the stage! Our historical and social justice themed productions include live music, dancing and acting (by talented professionals) who make audiences cry, laugh, think, and come away from each performance having learned something.
What would you like to know more about? World history? Black history? Jazz Music? Negro Spirituals? Healthy eating? Healthy weight loss? We got you! Our staff is comprised of artist educators, who are also historians, activists and certified life coaches. We don't just talk at you about all of these subjects, we interact with you in an educationally, engaging and supportive environment.
Why? In 20+ years of teaching the arts to people from all walks of life, one recurring theme we have repeatedly seen is that many of us are survivors of abuse and/or sexual assault. Because we learned to harness the performing arts as a tool for healing, we began to offer healing conferences and workshops to help survivors turn their trauma into triumph. Would you like to know more about world history? African American history? Jazz music? Negro spirituals? Healthy eating? Healthy weight loss? We got you! Our staff is comprised of artist educators who are also historians, activists, and certified fitness and life coaches. We don't just talk about al of these subjects, we interact with you within an educationally, engaging and supportive setting.
Racism Eradication Workshops
Why? Because racism literally affects every area of society and every aspect of our lives. Since racism is explicitly taught and subconsciously learned, it can be consciously and explicitly un-taught, and un-learned. We give people concrete tools they need to begin that process immediately, beginning with naming the problem. The problem is not race. It is not inequality, nor is it a lack of equity. The problem is racism. Let's eliminate the problem.