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

CAPAC'S Mission Statement

Through performing arts and sciences, CAPAC educates, entertains, and encourages diverse youth, teens, and adults in Northern Virginia to ignite STEAM curiosity, creativity, and problem-solving skills as a formula to diversify and sustain STEAM -science technology, engineering, arts and math workforces for lifelong success.

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CAPAC's Strategic Planning Team

CAPAC'S History

CAPAC was founded in March 16, 2002, in Prince William County, Virginia, by patrons of the arts led by Co-Founders Lawrence A. Dulin and Denise M. McPhail. The CAPAC Board of Directors was comprised of patrons throughout the Washington, DC, area who understood the need for diversity and artistic enrichment in Prince William County and surrounding areas. These 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
Lewis "Reggie" Turner, Treasurer
Sheila Anderson
Melissa Davis
Jean Gary
LaTonya Jackson
Shennell January, Ph.D
Eric Johnson
Vernell Lewis
Desirea Moore-Mitchell

CAPAC Leadership and Creative Team

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

Finance Committee

Lewis "Reggie" Turner, Chair
Loretta Freeman
Denise McPhail
Ciarra McPhail

Jazz in the Park Committee

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

Marketing Committee

Melissa Davis, Chair
Stacy Booker, Website Coordinator
(Vacant), Editor
(Vacant), Graphic Artist

Membership Committee

(Vacant), Chair
Juan McPhail, Co-Chair
Denise McPhail
Jacqui West

Planning Committee

LaTonya Jackson, Chair
(Vacant), Co-Chair

Volunteer Committee

(Vacant), Volunteer Coordinator