Our Vision

VISION

Our vision for Coastal Performing Arts Foundation is to provide high quality theatrical experiences and outreach programs in the performing arts for the youth of San Luis Obispo County, supported by a strongly funded and well-staffed organization. We passionately believe that when young people have opportunities to grow and flourish by participating in exceptional training and professional quality performing arts productions, they are becoming not only the next generation of artists and arts appreciators, but the next generation of engaged citizens: empowered to commit, focus, communicate, and energetically participate in a collaborative process.

ARTISTIC MISSION

Our Artistic Mission at Coastal Performing Arts Foundation is to create exceptional performing arts experiences for members of Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet, Coastal Youth Theater and Beyond Boundaries, that educate, challenge, and inspire.  Through these three organizations, CPAF provides opportunities for young artists to develop their creative potential, giving them the chance to express themselves through the performing arts, fostering confidence, commitment, dedication, perseverance, compassion, a sense of community, and the capacity to imagine and create.

FINANCIAL MISSION

Our financial mission is to grow and solidify our funding to continue providing a high standard of excellence in performance and outreach opportunities, and expand our artistic reach in the community. By further developing our board of directors and hiring dedicated staff, we will be better able to steward our donors, establish an endowment program and maximize our grant opportunities. In addition we will cultivate a strong cadre of volunteers to reduce overall costs, which in turn will reduce company member participation fees making our programs more affordable and accessible to all families in San Luis Obispo County.

The TEAM

Founders: Tara Behnke & Kathy Schultz 
Executive Producer: Kathy Schultz
Associate Producer: Tara Behnke
Managing Director: Bronwyn Keith
Board President: Moyses Muguira
Secretary: Brad Schultz
Treasurer: Suzanne Eisworth 
Board Members: Kimberly Berg, Beth Curran, Sally Deveraux, David Feldman, Victoria Lai, Michael Nunley, Doreen Curtze

Core Values


As an organization that believes in the power of live performances to enrich and transform the lives of children, families and communities, we embrace these core values:

•  COMMITMENT – We passionately believe that when young people have opportunities to participate in exceptional training and professional quality theater productions, they are becoming not only the next generation of artists and arts appreciators, but the next generation of engaged citizens: empowered to commit, focus, communicate and energetically participate in a collaborative process.

•  CHALLENGE AND SUPPORT – We believe that the performing arts help our youth to grow not only as artists, but also as people.  Our company members are encouraged to set personal goals and work hard while exploring their creativity. Our Directors strive to promote a cohesive company, as well as focusing on the individual, creating just the right balance of challenge and support.

•  ACCESS – We are committed to offering access to our theatrical productions to underserved populations in our community and outreach opportunities to our local schools to enhance their performing arts curriculum.  CPAF offers scholarship opportunities and performer sponsorships so that all youth have an equal opportunity to pursue their passion for the arts.

ARTISTS – Whatever their age and ability level, the members of CCYB, CYT and Beyond Boundaries are treated as artists.  Their input is valued, and they are encouraged to be part of shaping the final product.

•  ESPRIT DE CORPS – We teach, cast and rehearse with the idea that all of our performers are a family and equally contribute to a successful show, no matter how “large” their role or amount of time on stage.  We believe in assigning multiple roles and in challenging company members to embrace both lead and supporting roles. We nurture a supportive, collaborative art-making process – not a competitive one.

• PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT – We believe parental involvement makes our companies better.  We utilize volunteers for various tasks related to mounting the best show possible.  Our group of talented young performers and supportive parents help to build a larger community of theater-lovers.

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