Who We Are

Kabby Mitchell III, Founder

Klair Ethridge, Co-Founder, Director

Jade Solomon Curtis, Interim Artistic Director

Our Mission

Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center’s mission is to provide our most deserving youth world class opportunities to achieve Artistic Excellence in the Performing Arts through  

  • Community classes and Pre-professional Training
  • National and international mentors and intergenerational guest artists 
  • Whole person development  and community give back 

About Our Founder

Kabby Mitchell, III

"Kabby Mitchell III was in his early 20s when he became the first black company member of PNB, back in 1979; pictures of him from the time show a charismatic young man clearly at ease with being elegantly airborne. He danced with the company until 1984, reaching the rank of soloist. It was the beginning of a rich career that took him around the world — he performed with Nederlands Dans Theater, as well as Dance Theater of Harlem, PNB and other companies — but kept him rooted here in the Pacific Northwest, where he became a beloved choreographer, teacher, mentor and role model." -Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times



Board of Directors & Advisors

T.U.P.A.C. Board of Directors

Joye Hardiman, PhD, President   

Liza Rognas, Secretary 

Trish Corbert, Treasurer   

Pamela Lewis-Bridges  

Dr. Eric Clausell        

Pamela Cowley     

John DuVille

Gilda L. Sheppard, PhD

Jimmy Shields

T.U.P.A.C. Advisory Board

Salmh Ayers

Jade Solomon Curtis

Alease Fresian

Arif Gursel

Maxine Mimms, PhD

Video

Our Students learn & execute mending as their parents take our Open African Dance Class.