Who We Are
CAPAC, Inc. (The Creative and Performing Arts Center), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3), charitable organization for people who love the arts. While CAPAC began on March 16, 2002, in Prince William County, Virginia, it was incorporated February 11, 2004, by a group of concerned citizens led by Co-Founders Lawrence A. Dulin and Denise M. McPhail.
The CAPAC Board of Directors is comprised of citizens throughout the greater Washington, DC area who understand the need for diversity and artistic enrichment in Prince William County and surrounding areas. CAPAC’s mission has been to provide the residents of Prince William County and surrounding jurisdictions with educational excellence, enrichment and quality entertainment through the arts while inspiring the community to participate in cultural diversity.
As an arts institute, CAPAC, promotes arts enrichment and provides opportunities for children, teens and adults, to express themselves through a variety of facets including drama, dance, art, poetry and more. CAPAC is active year-round and produces two-three performances per year utilizing a dedicated team of professional volunteers. CAPAC Mission is demonstrated through the following:
- Showcasing Visual and Performing Arts
- Involving Children, Teens and Adults
- Providing Arts Resources
- Understanding Arts Enrichment
CAPAC’s 2014 spring production of The Wiz received a five star review from DC Metro Theater Arts. CAPAC experienced historic ticket sales as all seven performances were sold out. Theater critic, Michael Poandi, praised not only The Wiz’s acting, dancing and singing, but the music as well as the costuming. He described our spring performance as “having bottomless energy.” In September 2013, CAPAC’s performance of Debbie Allen’s Dancing in the Wings also received a five star rating. Audrey Thornton posted
this crowd pleasing friendly musical that has something for everyone has fast-paced dialogue, exceptional singing, and a cast of young actors and adults who earn high marks for stage presence and vocal execution.
This year is a year of celebration for CAPAC as this performing arts center celebrates 10 years of excellence. CAPAC’s first decade has allowed us to embark on our artistic path throughout Prince William County with a passion to inspire with the arts. Our theme for 2014 is Cultivating Community through the arts.
What We Do
CAPAC is an organization for people who love the arts and it is designed for the enjoyment of all people. Since its inception, CAPAC has been committed to engaging and interacting with the community-at-large, connecting each of its programs with community service projects through education and outreach and/or business and community partnerships. As an arts institute CAPAC provides programming for children, teens and adults. The programs include drama, dance and art workshops, performance workshops, plays, poetry readings, auditions, musicals, recitals, arts festivals and more. These programs enhance the poem within, the movement in dance, the melody of a song and the feeling of self-expression. To support its educational excellence, CAPAC has a strong support from the Prince William County Public School system, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University and NOVEC.
The CAPAC Ambassadors are a touring ensemble that provides high quality performances based on artistic excellence. The CAPAC Ambassadors were created in response to the community’s requests for quality performances outside of the theatre. Currently the performers represent vocal and dance genres with a vision to include acting. The Sankofa Singers, a vocal ensemble are the first members of the CAPAC Ambassadors. Recently, the Bailamos Dancers were created to join the CAPAC Ambassadors.
Over the course of ten years, CAPAC has produced more than 20 performances including I Am One, Send Me, The Life of Jennie Dean, Having our Say, Shakin’ the Mess Out of Misery, Peter in the Wolf, Remembering Angels in Birmingham, On Their Way to the Slabtown District Convention, Amazing Grace, Debbie Allen’s Dancing in the Wings, and The Wiz, to name a few.
Who We Serve
The impact of CAPAC and its mission reaches far and wide as it encourages the diversity that is indicative of the Prince William County community. CAPAC is managed by a board of directors, which is comprised of citizens throughout the greater Washington DC area. The board members believe that CAPAC encourages and provides an important public stage for the diversity of artistic expression in our community. That diversity – featuring performers, dancers and artists of all ages – has been shared with audiences as far as Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and are not limited in its hard work and vision that extend CAPAC’s reputation throughout various cities in Virginia and Maryland and our Nation’s Capital. The Creative and Performing Arts Center serves all those interested in the performing arts, from every demographic and age group.
In addition to two-three performances a year, CAPAC sponsors an annual golf tournament, and participates in the annual Marine Corps Black History Month Program, Fredericksburg, Virginia.
CAPAC is financed by dues from members, organizations and contributions from individuals. CAPAC is one of the founding resident partners with one of Prince William County’s treasures, the Hylton Performing Arts Center, located on the Manassas campus of George Mason University. CAPAC is also affiliated with Prince William Arts Council, The Boys and Girls Club of America and the National Guild for Community Arts Education. CAPAC’s sponsors/supporters include A2G Music, Women in Community Action (WICA) and Northern Virginia Community College.