Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders
Saltwater Performing Arts believes that every child has the potential to be a leader or a positive force in society.
Saltwater Performing Arts believes that all families and children deserve the opportunity to discover their full potential through programs that engage the entire community.
Fosters Diversity & Inclusiveness
Saltwater Performing Arts believes in the value of every individual and that diversity and inclusion creates a global understanding of the importance of acceptance.
Building a Culture of Arts
Saltwater Performing Arts believes that providing a cultural education develops passion, creativity, imagination, and confidence which are critical for coping with society's challenges.
The mission of Saltwater Performing Arts, formerly St. Marys Children’s Theatre, is to provide a performing arts education that inspires and enhances the cultural life of the coastal communities of southeast Georgia and northeast Florida by offering a stimulating, creative and supportive outlet to children and youth, families and the community, helping them build self-confidence and character, while developing self-expression, independence, and responsibility.
Saltwater is more than theatre and entertainment, more than things to do, and more than family events. While those all play an important role in what we do, we see a bigger picture for our community, our participants, and you!
We envision a theatre program where young people are inspired, challenged and driven to contribute to community and to be a leader in today’s world. We strive to develop the full potential of young people as members of the community, enhance the quality-of-life component with expanded exposure to the arts, and achieve the highest possible standards of theatre through artistic excellence.
Marci has a Bachelor’s degree in Art Education from the University North Florida and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas Arlington. She taught art and media production for 13 years. Prior to working with Nassau County schools, she spent 6-years as Programs Manager for a Jacksonville non-profit working with abused and neglected children.
Founder & President
and Music Director
Mrs. Kaufman, is also the Owner and Vocal Instructor of The Friese Studio of Music. Mrs. Kaufman has a Bachelors of Music from The College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University - Chicago, and a Masters of Music - Vocal Performance from The University of North Florida
Lisa serves as the Vice
President, co-director, and choreographer for SPA.
Throughout her 23 years in Camden County, Lisa has choreographed, directed, and volunteered for countless shows for several organizations, to include Camden County Schools, St. Marys Little Theater, churches, pageants, parades, and local festivals. Lisa is an active and proud member of the community, supporting local charities as well as serving as a proud member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Director of Operations
In addition to her roles
with Saltwater, Jan
Schiff is the Vice President and Operations Director for The Friese Studio of Music and Performing Arts.
She has a Bachelor's of Business degree from Northern Illinois University and 25 years experience in corporate operations and mergers and acquisitions.