The next stage of the American Theatre begins here at PCPA where each year $500,000 in scholarships are awarded to actors and technicians to support the work onstage, backstage, and in the classrooms and labs. These funds allow interns, guest artists, and students to further their craft while providing the highest level of theatre to our patrons.

Artist Director Mark Booher said, “The support you provide for scholarships for developing professionals today, also sets the stage for the future of the theatre and the greatness of our American culture for years to come.”

For 2nd year acting student Scott Fuss, PCPA’s training has not only given him the tools he will need in his profession, but also the confidence to realize his artistic potential. Acting Intern and PCPA alumna Anne Guynn said her PCPA experience has changed her life. “Because of this program, I feel confident, competitive, and prepared to enter the professional theater market.” Fuss was featured in Little Women in the role of Laurie, and Guynn has appeared in Pride and Prejudice and plays Sue Bayliss in All My Sons.

Fellow PCPA alumni who received their training here and have gone on to play a role in the American Theatre include Brad Carroll, who has had a long career composing, acting, and directing. His most recent musical composition, Lend Me a Tenor the Musical played London’s West End and is set for a revival in Vienna. Jeff McCarthy made his Broadway debut opposite Anthony Quinn in Zorba and has been featured in subsequent Broadway productions playing the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Dubhdara in The Pirate Queen, and Billy Flynn in the long-running revival of Chicago. The long list of alumni also includes multi-Tony winner Boyd Gaines, Oscar winners Kathy Bates and Sharon Davies, Emmy winner Robert Blackman, as well as, Belita Moreno, Mark Harelik, Randal Mylar, Mercedes Ruehl, among many, many others.

PCPA is asking the community to support the Next Stage of the American Theatre. ACT NOW! by making a donation to the scholarship campaign either online at or contacting the PCPA Foundation at (805) 349-9135.