Founded in 1974, Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to bringing educational and performing arts programs to the people of Hawaii. MAPA began as an after-school drama program and was incorporated as a non-profit in the name of Maui Youth Theatre in 1977 with the goal of providing quality theatre productions for youth, by youth. In 1990, Maui Youth Theatre changed its name to Maui Academy of Performing Arts to reflect the growth and expanded direction of the organization.
MAPA has continued to grow into one of the state’s largest performing arts organizations offering a full range of educational performing arts programs. Every year hundreds of students build strength, grace and self-confidence in Academy programs. Our community productions offer what no digital form of entertainment can ever match: the magic of live theatre. And each school year, our school partnership residency programs, Voices and Take Note, use the performing arts to enrich the lives of 3,500 Maui students while our Educational Theatre Tours bring professional theatre directly into schools across the County of Maui, enabling more than 7,000 kids to experience live theatre, many for the first time. We offer programs today that represent the efforts and experiences of nearly a million people who have participated with us over the past 42 years. The choices we make in terms of productions, academy classes, events and our work in the schools are based on the belief that the arts are an essential and positive force in our lives.
It is our goal to grow strong individuals with the tools to transform themselves, their families and their communities. From building self-confidence, self-discipline, and self-esteem to developing a workforce capable of analytical thinking and inspirational problem solving, participation in the arts profoundly affects us. They shape our lives, define our humanity and explore the nature of our relationships with one another. One person at a time, the arts change the world.