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Education and Outreach

Theater Teachers Bring Enthusiasm to Online Learning Through Puppetry

With a little imagination, some common household items and inspiration from children’s books, the two teachers, both regular participants in The Smith Center’s Nevada High School Musical Theater Awards (NVHSMTA), helped their students to develop virtual puppet performances specifically aimed at young audiences.

Discovering The Smith Center

Black History Month: Black Artists Who Unite and Empower

While The Smith Center’s stages remain silent during Black History Month, the messages of passionate Black artists who performed there still ring loud. Many performers skillfully adapt music, dance and theater to cultivate inclusion and educate the world about Black culture and history. Below, The Smith Center highlights some of these leading artists who have graced our stage, giving Southern Nevadans a taste of their joyful art that unites and empowers.

Discovering The Smith Center / Retrospective Series

How Dreams Come True at The Smith Center

Las Vegas native Brooke Solan made her Broadway debut as a teenager because of The Smith Center. “That was actually the biggest highlight of my life,” says Solan, now a professional performer and vocal coach. “It meant that I was on the right path to achieving my lifelong dreams.”

Education and Outreach

Smith Center Teaching Artist Honors Black Composers in Martin Luther King Day Concert

When Smith Center teaching artist and accomplished pianist Dr. Bethany Campbell joins the Santa Monica Symphony on January 16 for a virtual solo recital celebrating Martin Luther King Day Weekend, she’ll be honoring her own African American heritage by bringing to life the music and stories of several black composers.