The Pocono region is in need of a center where theater groups can rehearse and perform, artists have more locations to exhibit their works, art educators can teach in classes with proper supplies and facilities, other non-profit art organizations can be housed, and the community and tourists can be entertained and experience the works of local and national artists.
Founders Skip Scheetz and Richard Spezzano have had extensive experience in the Arts. They are committed and determined to build the Pocono Center for the Arts and hope that you will join them in this important and exciting endeavor.
Create a Destination Center in the Poconos for the Visual and Performing Arts that Inspires, Educates and Enlivens the Human Spirit and provides a place for other Arts related entities to thrive.
To become regionally and nationally recognized as a diverse, innovative collaboration of visual and performing arts, education, community engagement, and personal enrichment.
Users of the center will be mostly students and adults looking to learn or enhance their artistic talents.
Rooms will house equipment for the Arts disciplines. Classrooms are flexible allowing more than ten disciplines unless otherwise noted as “dedicated classroom”.
Sound Stage Initiative
The sound stage initiative has taken a lot of planning before we could announce it. Now is the time and it is a big game changer! Here’s why…. For years Pennsylvania has wanted to bring the film and recording industry into our state and have set up tax initiatives accomplish it. We plan on taking advantage of these tax credits by building a state of the art sound stage. Having a sound stage in the Poconos has huge benefits to producers. They not only can film inside the studio, but also on location taking advantage of our the natural resources in the Poconos such as the mountains, woods and towns. This studio will rival those in New York and Hollywood.
1200 - 1500 seat Theatre with sprung floor, fly loft, full lighting grid, house and backstage speakers, projection capabilities and scrim, wing space, green room, orchestra pit and dressing rooms, hair and wig room, light and sound booth. Legs and Main drapes Wireless communication system. Loading dock. Production and theatre management offices and conference rooms. Onsite rehearsal/audition space. Lobby with box office and reception space. Used for concerts, dance programs, traditional musicals and plays.
Black Box Experimental Space
150 - 300 seats with flexible seating for educational theatre, theatre for young audiences, developmental readings, emerging artists initiatives, cabaret and experimental dance. Light and sound booth with catwalk. Box office. Dressing rooms.
Creative Support Facilities
Main Gallery aprox 1452 Sq Ft for larger local and international shows. A dividing wall can convert the space into two smaller galleries.
Pop Up Gallery: Small gallery that allows us and other organizations to put up a short term exhibit.
Small rooms for artists can use to create their art. Space can be rented by the ½ day, day, week or month.
To support our staff and other arts organizations who cannot afford a full time office.
A space for meetings and for use by other organizations.
Shared living space for outside artists. A low rent space for out of state/country artists to live for a season. These artists will help bring new influences to the Poconos and as part of their residency, they will agree to help staff the center and donate some pieces to the center.
A small gift shop will sell the creations of the artists.
Located next to the culinary classroom and serving some of dishes the students created.
Some storage rooms will be needed for paperwork, forms, art collection, stockroom (for giftshop) etc.
Pocono Center for the Arts
Current Active Board affiliations:
Pocono Center for the Arts