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

Originally from sunny Southern California, Katelin Knight holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance from Southern Utah University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and as Outstanding Graduate in Dance for the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. 

Katelin has performed professionally as a dancer, singer, and actor with the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Opera, the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, Hale Center Theatre Orem, and Performance Riverside. She was resident choreographer for the Utah Shakespeare Festival Playmakers children’s theatre for five years and has worked collaboratively with the children’s theatre program at the Utah Festival Opera. 

Katelin is thrilled to be a part of the Faculty at SLSPA and to get to share her love and knowledge of theatre, music, and dance with her students. 



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.


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2291 S. 2000 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84106

(801) 466-6700

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