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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.


Community Outreach

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.
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Core Values

Who's Who


of Directors

President: Megan Kaufman
Vice President: Lisa Allen
Treasurer: Jan Shiff
Secretary: Polly Johnson

Fundraising: [Vacancy]
Marketing: [Vacancy]
At Large: Brice Buenning
At Large: Becky Vail


In addition to her roles

with Saltwater, Jan Shiff 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.

Jan Shiff

Treasurer & Director of Operations

Bio coming soon....

Polly Jonson

Secretary & Director of Educational Programming

Lisa Lashan Wolfe holds

an MA and BA from

Jacksonville University

and has been building strong ties with the community and leading choral students to excellence as the Director of Choral Studies Camden County High School since 2017.  As a lover of both music and history she served as the AP U.S. History teacher at CCHS for 13 yrs. prior to her current position.

Lashan Wofle

Executive Director

Making Music

President, Founder

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.

Megan Kaufman

Founder & President

Artistic Director

Piano Note

Lisa serves

as the Vice President,

co-director, and

choreographer for SPA. Lisa has choreographed, directed, and volunteered for countless shows for several organizations. 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.

Lisa Allen

Co-Founder & Vice-President

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