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Our Vision

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) is the only dedicated performing arts academy in the Middle East. We will train, educate and produce graduates with a competitive edge in an international market, with all the necessary skills to develop a lasting and prosperous career within the professional performing arts industry.

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Our Vision

Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) is the only dedicated performing arts academy in the Middle East. We will train, educate and produce graduates with a competitive edge in an international market, with all the necessary skills to develop a lasting and prosperous career within the professional performing arts industry.

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At Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) we will ensure His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah’s vision of providing students with an opportunity to study, practice and take part in developing professional performing arts in the region is fully and successfully realised.

SPAA graduates will be strong, confident, independent individuals with life skills that enable them to make a significant contribution to society. Our graduates will be enterprising, creative skilled artists, entrepreneurial, socially mobile and generous human beings. They will be world wise and capable.

Our Mission

At Sharjah Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) we fundamentally believe that the performing arts has the capacity to affect and benefit every single person. SPAA is an independent, non-profit, coeducational institution of higher education that promotes excellence in teaching and learning in a conservatoire. 

SPAA provides a comprehensive education for the professional performing artist and for production and technical specialists. We encourage students to direct their natural gifts and abilities into developing the skills required for their chosen career. We provide students with specific and focused training and education, which includes individual coaching and mentoring by a dedicated, professionally qualified, motivated and caring staff. 

We expand concepts of intelligence beyond academic ability, and most importantly we prepare students for professional work in the performing arts. Performing arts and performing artists includes all those involved in the collaborative process of making professional performance. Specifically, actors, musicians, singers, dancers, technicians, stage managers, designers, directors, choreographers, costume makers and lighting designers, for example.

Professional performing arts are collaborative and practical; our programmes embrace this ethos. The central component of the Academy will be people coming together to create and develop performance. The performing arts embraces a diverse range of performance environments and numerous styles and ideas. Freeing the imagination and developing creative individuals who are able to collaborate in any global context will be the focus of all strategic aims in the Academy.

SPAA informs, challenges, educates, questions, discovers and shares diversity in a safe environment, where everyone strives for excellence and the best means of storytelling by embracing all cultures and all styles. 

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