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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)

Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport

2017 Yazzy Workshop & Auditions
25th annual Summer Morning Mix

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

Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport (TPA) is sponsoring its annual Yazzy Workshop & Auditions for school aged children/youth ages 7 – 24 who are interested in joining our Yazzy Youth Celebrating Jazz program. The Yazzy Workshop consists of classes in instrumental music, dance, voice, theater, and visual arts. This 2-day workshop will take place on Friday, June 2 & Saturday, June 3 at Midway Elementary located at 3840 Greenwood Rd., Shreveport, LA. Friday, June 2, registration for new students will begin at 5:30 pm, class rotations from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, June 3, registration for new students will begin at 8:30 am, class rotations from 9:00 to 11:15 am. Thereafter, auditions for new students will take place from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. There is no cost for participation.

Students who audition at the Yazzy Workshop, will be selected to participate in our 25th Annual Yazzy Summer Morning Mix. The Summer Morning Mix is an intensive cultural arts program, beginning June 12th thru July 28th, Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:30 noon, at Midway Elementary. Tuition is $100.00. Scholarships are available. For 7 weeks, participants will take structured classes in instrumental music, voice, dance, theater, and visual arts. The program will culminate with a grand finale performance on Friday, July 28, 7:00 pm at The Riverview Theater, 600 Clyde Fant Parkway. This performance will feature guest artist Michael Ward, Jazz Violinist, and Stephanie Jordan, Jazz Vocalist, both from New Orleans, LA.

To register, visit our website at to download a registration form, scholarship form, and audition procedure information. For additional information contact Theatre of the Performing Arts’ office at 318-525-0740, 318-621-8914, or by email at