Mission Academy of Performing Arts @ Brava (MAPA@Brava) trains youth ages 13–18 in theatrical production and performance. Students can choose from an array of programs, including San Francisco Running Crew, Brava’s hands-on training program in theater production, design, and management; Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza, which explores the traditions of Mexican Baile Folklorico, hip hop, and modern dance styles; Mariachi Juvenil La Misión, where students learn mariachi-style music through individual coaching and classes; and Young Thespians Theatre Lab, offering students high quality performing instruction integrating drama, movement, and music. Brava is also home to Loco Bloco, a youth performance organization using music, dance, and drumming to influence social and political change.  

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San francisco Running Crew

Theatrical Production, Management & Design Training for Youth Ages 13-18

SFRC provides hands-on technical training in theater production and design. 


Cuicacalli Escuela De Danza 

Dance Technique & Practice

The program builds communities through dance, expanding, exploring, and celebrating the dance traditions of Mexico Baile Folklorico, Hip Hop, and Modern Dance styles.


Mariachi Juvenil La MisiÓn 

Music Mariachi Style

Learn to make beautiful music mariachi style through a combination of individual coaching, small ensemble and full class learning circles. 

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young thespians theatRE lab

Youth Theatre Integrating Drama, Movement, Music and Auditioning Best Practices

The program offers high-quality performing instruction integrating drama, movement, and music.

Apply Now!

For more information please contact Melvign Badiola at mapa@brava.org or 415-641-7657 x5.

Download the 2019/2020 MAPA Brochure

Click on the image below to download a hardcopy version of the brochure and application.

Credits: MAPA@Brava's presents Enda Walsh’s Chatroom, April 19 & 20, 2019, and Between Dirt & Sky: A Musical inspired by the life of César Chavéz, April 20 & 21, 2018. Created in collaboration with the San Francisco Running Crew, Cuicacalli Escuela de Danza, Mariachi Juvenil La Misión, and Young Thespians Theater Lab. Chatroom photos by Gooch. Between Dirt & Sky photos by Aleksey Bochkovsky.  

MAPA@Brava is funded in part by the Department of Children, Youth, & Their Families, Grants for the Arts, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Miranda Lux Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the San Francisco Arts Commission.