Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts

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Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) is a presenting and training professional residential theatre company in Santa Maria, California, offering a two-year acting and technical theatre conservatory program, operating out of Allan Hancock College.[1]


From onstage to offstage, PCPA’s Conservatory provides specialized training for its students; the two-year vocational certificate program combines lectures, labs and classes with the practical hands-on training which students learn when mounting a fully realized production. Conservatory students are mentored by practicing professionals in the classroom.

For actors, the comprehensive curriculum offers no elective subjects, it is a full-time, six- days-a-week commitment. Classes include Acting, Voice, Movement, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Shakespeare, Theatre History, Stage Combat and more; the technical theatre students examine all aspects of production enabling them to develop as designers, craftspeople and technicians. Their areas of study include Stagecraft, Lighting, Sound, Drawing and Rendering, Costuming and Scene Painting.[2]


Over the years, PCPA’s conservatory alumni have gone on to become distinguished theatrical professionals. Former members of the school include[3]:


PCPA receives operating funds from the Allan Hancock College, an endowment, ticket revenue, and the fundraising efforts of the PCPA Foundation to secure corporate and individual donations.[4]


  1. ^ Tangeman, Carol (30 August 2018). "Arts Beat: A look behind the scenes at PCPA". KCBX.
  2. ^ "PCPA's Technical Theatre Training". Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Alumni". Pacific Conservatory Theatre. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  4. ^ Linn, Sarah (29 April 2013). "'Theater Heaven' Realized at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts".

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