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-Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
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-Leon J. Suenes

Programs | Yazzy (Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert) | Saturday Development Academy | Yazzy Summer Morning Mix | Yazzy Workshops | Artist-in-Residency

Yazzy Registration Form (PDF)
Audition Procedure Form (PDF)

Contact Persons: Gloria C. Gipson, Executive Director
Martina Williams, Administrative Assistant
318-525-0740 / 318-621-8914 (2nd line & fax)

Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport

2-day Yazzy Workshop & Auditions
7th annual Saturday Development Academy

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  Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz Concert Rackcard
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Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport (TPA) is sponsoring a 2-day Yazzy Workshop & Auditions for school aged children/youth ages 7 - 24 who are interested in joining Theatre of the Performing Arts' Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz program.  The workshop will consist of arts classes in instrumental music, dance, theater, voice, and visual arts.

This Workshop & Auditions will take place on Friday, December 21 & Saturday, December 22, at Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy, 2550 Thomas E. Howard Drive.  Friday, December 21, registration for new students will begin at 5:30 pm, classes from 6:00 to 8:30 pm.  On Saturday, December 22, registration for new students will begin at 8:30 am, classes from 9:00 to 11:15 am.  Thereafter, auditions for new participants will be held from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm.   Yazzy faculty include Donald Walters & Charles Walker in Instrumental Music, Briauna Harris in dance, Nolan Budgewater in theater, Julie B. Lester & Iris Sherman-Ester in voice, and Joanne Y. Black in visual arts.  There is no cost for participation.  Registration forms and Audition Procedure Information can be accessed on our website at

We are currently searching for students to join our series of programs, importantly our upcoming 7th Annual Saturday Development Academy at Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy.  The Saturday Development Academy is a cultural arts training program designed to stimulate participant's creativity in the arts as they explore their own artistic originality and cultural background with a primary focus on jazz music.  This 7 week program begins January 12 through February 23, 2019.   The first 3 weeks of the Development Academy will consist of workshops for all arts disciplines.  Weeks 4 thru 7 will consist of courses and private lessons for instrumental music and voice participants only.  A culminating recital will take place on March 2, 11:00 am, in Green Oaks Performing Arts Academy –Auditorium.  Tuition for the Saturday Development Academy is $100.00.  Scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis.  Contact 318-525-0740 or 318-621-8914 or by email at for additional information.