We are dedicated to the academic study of theatre through process (curriculum in the classroom) and product (production) learning. Students will achieve excellence through quality instruction, a college prep-curriculum and high performance standards in productions of classical, contemporary and new works.
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players;" except here at SPA. Our players are students first, taught and mentored by theater professionals and academics who know the craft of theater and the demands of the profession.
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Theater Department Chair, Teacher
Varlo Davenport graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in Theatre and a minor in English literature. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in Acting at The Ohio State University.
Varlo has produced, directed and performed in numerous theatrical productions throughout the country, and has many film and television credits. He wrote and performed the award winning one-person show John Wesley Powell: The Last American Adventure. He has taught at Utah State University, College of Eastern Utah, Utah Valley State College and Ohio State University.
Varlo taught at Dixie State University for 15 years where, while building an award winning theater program, he directed more than 22 productions.
Musical Theater Teacher
Jess holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Thesis: Fabiana Aziza Cunningham in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot), a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Youngstown State University (Magna Cum Laude, Senior Project: The Witch in Into The Woods), a Shakespeare Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and a Musical Theatre Certificate from the Open Jar Institute in New York City. Jess was a two-time Irene Ryan Acting Competition nominee and was a semi-finalist for Musical Theatre Initiative in 2017 at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She has worked internationally as a theatre artist and is incredibly grateful to be joining the team of superstars here at SPA!
Theatre Tech Teacher
Cara Pomeroy-Allan is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Theatre Department where she earned a BA in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in Scenic Design. She has worked as the master electrician for The Grand Theatre and as a carpenter and scenic painter for Pioneer Theatre Company.
She is currently the Founding Technical Director of Umbrella Theatre Company, a company whose mission includes identifying particularly exceptional theatre design students and connecting them with resources to help them take their first professional strides. She works as adjunct faculty teaching stagecraft and scenic painting at Westminster College, as well as a freelance scenic designer in the Salt Lake area.