Southwest Washington’s home for quality arts education and entertainment…for all ages!

Metropolitan Performing Arts  is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 that offers the community a complete well-rounded education in acting, singing, dance, musical theatre, music and tech. Our curriculum allows each student to realize and reach their creative potential through class placement and individualized educational plans. Students will be assessed and placed in classes that best suit their individual needs. Upon placement, the progress of your student is monitored to ensure they are continuing on their educational plan.

Not only are our students encouraged to focus on their specific areas of study, but also try out classes to see what other talents they may possess. Students will also find a balance between our technique driven classes, as well as our performance related classes. Our class description page provides for further details on what we offer and more information on classes and workshops.

We hope you will join the Metropolitan Performing Arts  family in our goal to instruct, cultivate, nurture and enhance the lives of our students ages 7 to adult. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at exec.director@metropaa.org



MPA is located inside Schell Dance Studio in Vancouver.


Metropolitan Performing Arts  is located inside Schell Dance Studio. This is just on the east side of the Hwy 99 in Vancouver. Please note that MPAA does not have any exterior signs. Parking is available behind and to the side of the building, and is accessed from NE 68th Street.


Costume and Prop Rentals

Need costumes or props for your upcoming performance? Metropolitan Performing Arts has a large costume and prop shop.

We offer the following show packages.

  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr
  • Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr
  • Winnie the Pooh KIDS
  • Disney’s 101 Dalmatian KIDS
  • Little Women
  • Chicago
  • Thoroughly Modern Millie
  • Seussical

Please contact Carol Babilon, Rental Coordinator, festersfavorite@yahoo.com or 405-464-4989 for quotes and questions.

Studio Address

905-D NE 68th Street
Vancouver, WA 98665
Phone: (360) 975-1585

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 5159
Vancouver, WA 98668-5159

Hours of Operation

Regular Office Hours (September 2016-June 15th 2017)
MondayFriday 5:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm

Our Staff

Barbara RichardsonExecutive Director
contact- exec.director@metropaa.org

Our Board Members

MPA is managed by a completely volunteer Board of Directors and parent staff who work together to make the lives of our children fuller and richer through performing arts.

Kathleen JungPresident
Marci Caputo Vice President
Shelly NystromSecretary
Ross AshdownTreasurer
Heather Skogen
Jocy Walla
Nancy Herron

Our Volunteers

Carol BabilonCostume Rental Coordinator
Mike Jung — Sets Shop Manager
Erika Caudle — Props Manager
Natasha Hauskins — Photographer
Michael Jung — Videographer

Did you know?

Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy was started seven years ago as a non-profit organization with the mission of enriching our community by providing performing theatre arts education and community theatre to Southwest Washington. Costs for instructors, sheet music, show rights, classroom facility rental, and theatre rental can be great. Your tuition, admission, and concession donations help us make this happen. Thank you for your support!!

Oregon/Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other criteria protected by law.