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About the Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA)

Artist Statement

Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) reaches over 25,000 people each year through a broad range of performing arts services including school partnership programs, academy classes in dance, drama and music, and community theatre and dance productions. Through the school partnership programs, highly trained professional teaching artists in drama, theatre and music provide standards-based arts education to elementary school students.

Since 1975, we have guided young people in their journey of self-discovery through the arts. Our school partnerships are our way of making sure that all students have arts opportunities in their classrooms. The Voices program enhances students’ literacy skills through drama. Students learn how to use their bodies, voices and imaginations to make stories come alive. Tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual classroom, Voices helps students meet benchmarks in drama/theatre and language arts while building their self-confidence and teamwork skills. We are also proud of our Educational Theatre Tours which bring live theatre directly to schools statewide and our Take Note program providing music education to Maui elementary schools.

Teaching Artists

Donna Breeden

Formerly MAPA’s Director of Drama Education, Donna now splits her time between Maui and Alaska where she has taught English, visual art and drama for more than four decades. She also has 30 years of experience designing and teaching arts integration professional development workshops for classroom teachers.

Hoku Pavao Jones

A graduate of the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City and currently MAPA’s Assistant Artistic Director, Hoku is an accomplished performer. She applies her acting knowledge and skills to her work as a teaching artist and director for MAPA’s School Partneship programs and youth summer camp productions.

Sally Sefton

With more than 35 years of experience in the public and private school classrooms teaching English, speech and drama, Sally is one of Maui’s most revered drama teaching artists. She is also a theatre director, with more than 40 years of experience working with actors of all ages.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.