402 Oakfield Dr Brandon, FL 33511

About Us

The Florida Academy of Performing Arts is an organization established to support the performing arts through programs at the academy for children as well as offering scholarships to students as they continue their performing arts education in our classrooms, theatre, and beyond. The Florida Academy of Performing Arts is an approved non-profit organization organized under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Please contact us for more information on scholarships and donations.

Mission statement

The Florida Academy of Performing Arts is committed to providing extraordinary theatre experiences that educate and challenge along with inspiring students and our surrounding communities. FAOPA fosters self-discovery, creativity, confidence, group responsibility, and pride in accomplishment. FAOPA celebrates the professional artistic disciplines of music, dance, and the visual arts. FAOPA strives to be a model of excellence in theatre for all our audiences.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Florida Academy of Performing Arts admits individuals of any race, color, age, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to individuals at the academy. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Heather S. Ochalek, President, 5668 Fishhawk Crossing Blvd. #309, Lithia, FL 33547 (813) 490-2787.


We Want To. . .


To produce productions that allow our students to reach new level of competence, self-esteem, and confidence. We maintain a strong, quality team of directors and teachers to collaborate and insure accountability.


To thrive as a non-profit specializing in teaching acting, dancing, singing, and more.


To encourage personal growth. We want to equip students with tools to navigate social issues and develop self-confidence to help them thrive in our society.

Be Affordable

To be affordable. We do not want a student to miss an opportunity due to financial situations. We offer scholarships for those who need assistance.


We Believe That. . .

  • Theatre can illuminate, transform, and heal.
  • Experiencing theatre is essential for all people to thrive.
  • We have a responsibility to nurture, honor, and respect the imagination of our audience.
  • Theatre can create a community that brings together a diverse audience including all ages and backgrounds.
  • How we treat and work with one another matters.
  • Creating a working environment that encourages collaboration and creativity allowing everyone to be self-expressive. enables artists and staff to be fully self-expressive