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Our Mission

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Our mission is to train community members in, and promote the theater and performing arts through, the study, interpretation and staging of the works of Filipino musical, dance, literary and cultural artists.

  • We are the only nonprofit 501(c)(3) Filipino community-based theater and performing arts company of its kind in Northern California.
  • Participants learn not only about the arts but specifically about the works of Filipino composers, dance artists, writers and cultural practitioners.
  • Participants learn to appreciate and understand the Filipino culture and values.
  • We offer quality experience not duplicated in ordinary schools or even in most homes, Filipino or not.

Our Programs

The SFTPAA has three signature programs: Sinag-tala: A Theatrical Revue, the Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble and the Sinag-tala Rondalla Program. In addition, the SFTPAA also presents lectures, workshops and performances by visiting artists and scholars.

Sinag-tala Theatrical Revue

Each year, the Theatrical Revue offers 12 weeks of free training in basic artistic and business aspects of the theater and performing arts. Participation is open to all interested children 4 years and older, teens and adults. All ethnicities, racial backgrounds and skill levels are welcome. No prior experience or training is required, and no one is turned away. Led by master artists, the training consists of workshops and rehearsals emphasizing the study, interpretation and staging of Filipino musical, dance, literary and cultural works and culminates in a professionally staged annual theater production during the first weekend of December involving some 100 singers, actors, dancers and musicians.

Sinag-tala Theater Ensemble

The Theater Ensemble is a Touring Ensemble that provides selected participants opportunities to present a wide-ranging repertoire before diverse audiences in different venues throughout the year. The Touring Ensemble performs regularly at the Sacramento World Music and Dance Festival, Pacific Rim Street Fest, CA State Fair, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Crocker Arts Museum, Filipino Fiesta; and other popular festivals, as well as at schools, college campuses, community events, conferences, concerts, corporate functions and private gatherings. The Touring Ensemble consists of as many as 50 members drawn primarily but not exclusively from the cast of the Sinag-tala Theatrical Revue.

Sinag-tala Rondalla Program

The Rondalla Program offers instruction in Philippine rondalla music, which is performed on string instruments unique to the Philippines.

Get Involved

As a non-profit organization, SFTPAA relies greatly on its volunteer staff, members, participants, sponsors and the community for support and resources. Such support enables SFTPAA to provide the community with its unique projects that aim to enhance the artistic and cultural lives of those who share and believe in its mission and vision.

There are different ways to get involve with SFTPAA to help sustain its projects and realize its goals.

Please contact us for any questions you may have about helping us out at sftpaa@gmail.com.