Creative and Performing Arts Center
ABOUT Creative and Performing Arts Center Inc.

CAPAC'S Mission Statement

CAPAC develops extraordinary art that emphasizes the rich culture and ethnic traditions of people of color. CAPAC provides creative expression opportunities for diverse people of all age groups through acting, singing, dancing, creative writing and community engagement in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

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CAPAC's Strategic Planning Team

CAPAC'S History

CAPAC began March 16, 2002, in Prince William County, Virginia, by a group of concerned citizens led by Co-Founders Lawrence A. Dulin and Denise M. McPhail. The CAPAC Board of Directors was comprised of citizens throughout the Washington, DC, area who understood the need for diversity and artistic enrichment in Prince William County and surrounding areas. The individuals believed something should be done to fill a void for cultural diversity in performing and visual arts in the Greater Prince William County area. From a great deal of discussion by the group, the collective opinion was to start a performing and visual arts program that would provide programming year-round.

CAPAC was originally recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable establishment February 11, 2004. CAPAC was established for the enjoyment of all people that love the arts.


To meet the increased demand for CAPAC's artistic education and family theatrical entertainment, CAPAC has begun work to secure its own multi-purpose facility in Prince William County, VA, a building of sufficient size to house multiple CAPAC classes and productions in operation simultaneously. A CAPAC-owned facility would expand our capacity to nurture and grow a repository of singers, actors, dancers and creative writers to support future CAPAC productions and touring ensembles.


Although CAPAC is not a religious organization, we do believe through the power of our prayers, our faith and our dedication to task, that CAPAC will continue to experience God's grace and blessings.


We are keenly aware that establishing and honoring relationships with diverse communities are to the success of our organization, which transcends to the success of our community. CAPAC is well-known for developing close, meaningful and lasting relationships that extend beyond the art experience.


With each production, CAPAC creates an atmosphere that promotes a delightful experience for our audience and participants. The generous expressions of deep satisfaction and appreciation for our work is our greatest reward. We pledge to continue to honor our commitments.


CAPAC professionals maintain a culture of excellence in a supportive environment. This atmosphere not only develops acting, singing, dancing and creative writing skills but also builds confidence for students to succeed in school, work and life. CAPAC offers internship opportunities to high school and college students to inspire a new generation of theater professionals.


Since CAPAC's inception guiding principles have included, maintaining a collaborative environment, encouraging our team to respect each other and striving for excellence during each production. As we continue to grow, we pledge to continue to uphold these guiding principles.


Board of Directors

Loretta Freeman, President
Jacqueline West, Vice President
Melissa Davis, Secretary
Bettie Roberts, Treasurer
Sheila Anderson
Jean Gary
LaTonya Jackson
Shennell January, Ph.D
Eric Johnson
Vernell Lewis
Desirea Moore-Mitchell
Yvette Pile
Elizabeth Price

CAPAC Leadership and Creative Team

Denise M. McPhail, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Catrina Stroman, Choreographer
Tommy Johnson, Technical Director

Finance Committee

Bettie Roberts, Chair
Loretta Freeman
Denise McPhail
Yvette Pile

Jazz in the Park Committee

Jacqui West, Chair
Loretta Freeman, Co-Chair
Denise McPhail

Marketing Committee

Melissa Davis, Chair
Stacy Booker, Website Coordinator
Valerie Oliver, Editor
Jalyce Mangum
Kalyn Simmons
(Vacant), Community Outreach Coordinator

Membership Committee

Shennell January, Ph.D, Chair
Juan McPhail, Co-Chair
Denise McPhail
Jacqui West

Newsletter Committee

Planning Committee

LaTonya Jackson, Chair
Elizabeth Price, Co-Chair

Volunteer Committee

Elizabeth Richardson, Volunteer Coordinator