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 Theater 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.

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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 theater lab

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

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

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

Credits: MAPA@Brava's presents 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 San Francisco Youth Theatre. 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.