Welcome to the Mrs. H.D. Dear, Sr. and Alice E. Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Our school is comprised of the academic areas of Art, Music, New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts, and Theatre and Dance.

The academic areas of Art, Music, and Theatre are nationally accredited, which shows they meet the highest academic standards. Designated by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors as an “Area of Excellence”, the School strives to assist students with the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary for professional careers in their chosen fields.

An outstanding faculty and staff seek to encourage the development of creativity and performance capabilities of students, and to provide for the cultural enrichment of the University, the Natchitoches community and beyond. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of music ensembles, perform in plays and exhibit their work in galleries regardless of classification.

Performance scholarships are available in all academic units with the School, and the majority of our students who require out-of-state fee waivers are able to receive them.

A degree in an area of creative and performing arts prepares students for careers in education, the arts, production, management and a variety of fields that require creativity and rigorous work habits.

Please consider this a personal invitation to visit our campus and to experience the quality of our programs, facilities, faculty and students.

Both the baccalaureate and master’s degree in Art are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The baccalaureate and master’s degree in Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The baccalaureate degree in Theatre is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre. The baccalaureate degree in Music Education is accredited by both the National Association of Schools of Music as well as the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
Music

Brenda Rudd-retired Music Educator/Choral Director, Pineville High School, Pineville, LA

Karl Carpenter-former Music Educator/Principal, Pineville High School, Pineville, LA

Art

Bill Gingles-High School Art Educator, C.E. Byrd High School, Shreveport, LA

Rachel Waskon-Independent Designer, Shreveport, LA

Theatre/Dance

Terry Lavell-Professional Broadway Actor, New York City, New York

Jacob Smith-Professional Sound Engineer, Las Vegas, Nevada