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

CAPAC'S mission statement - CAPAC is devoted to increasing arts appreciation and cultural awareness in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. CAPAC develops extraordinary theatrical productions that emphasize the rich cultural 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 to cultivate the next generation of theater professionals, artists and audiences.

CAPAC's Strategic Planning Team
From left to right starting in the front: Desirea Moore-Mitchell, Loretta Freeman, Denise M. McPhail, Vernell Lewis, Sheila Anderson, Dana Hill, Evelyn Kershaw, Tommy Johnson, William "Bill" Reeder, Gerry Griffin, Catrina Stroman and Deidre Crawford. Not Pictured: Crystal Arful-Addoh, Tyrell Lashley and Harriet Parker

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 greater 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 is an organization for people who love the arts. It is designed for the enjoyment of all people.


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.

Strong Faith and Devotion

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.

Connected to Our Community

We are keenly aware that establishing and honoring relationships with diverse communities are vital 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 extends beyond the arts experience.

Committed to Our Patrons

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

Dedicated to Education

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. To inspire a new generation of theatre professionals CAPAC offer internships to high school and college students.

Encourages Team Support

Maintaining a collaborative environment, which encourages our team to respect each other and strive for excellence during each production, has been a CAPAC guiding principle, since its inception. This will continue to be our guiding principle as we work to achieve our common goals.


Board of Directors

Loretta Freeman, President
Alonzo Wilson, Treasurer
Vernell Lewis, Secretary
Sheila Anderson
Janice Broom Brooks
Deidre Crawford
Gerry Griffin
Desirea Moore-Mitchell
Denise McPhail, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Tommy Johnson, Technical Director
Tyrell Lashley, Artistic Director
Catrina Stroman, Choreographer

Marketing Committee

Desirea Moore-Mitchell, Chair
Deidre Crawford, Co-Chair
Stacy Booker, Website Coordinator
Melissa Davis, Social Media Coordinator
Simone McPhail, Graphics Designer
Valerie Oliver, Editor
(Vacant), Community Outreach Coordinator

Membership Committee

Gerry Griffin, Chair

CAPAC is seeking additional membership committee members. Please consider becoming a member of CAPAC's membership committee today. Send your email to and