How It All Began...
After the tragic death of our longterm friend, performer and Actors Studio family member, Scott Lawler August 2011. Randy and Nate determined they wanted to ensure the community had a legacy to remember this talented individual.
Up to this 2011 they had been awarding a scholarship to one (or sometimes 2) KAS performers or crew to pursue post secondary education. They immediately changed that to the Scott Lawler Memorial Scholarship and compiled a board of directors and the KAS Foundation - which also quickly morphed into not only an annual scholarship but a full blown non-profit entity to foster excellence in arts education for youth in the Okanagan.
The Academy is a fully developed performing arts program for Grades 9 thru 12 and includes the new Young Performance Company (YPC) an advanced training program for students aged 12 thru 19.
Bringing quality performing arts training to the valley. and encouraging our participants to ‘build a little character.