Musical Theatre - Govenor's School for the Arts


A Campaign for Transformation Expansion of Arts Education in Hampton Roads

Specifically, the campaign will fund:  
1) Increase in the student body and faculty
2) Expansion of GSA’s facility on Granby Street
3) Engagement in greater community outreach

Last January, more than 700 students in Hampton Roads summoned their courage and participated in their own personal version of “Fame” - auditioning to be accepted to attend The Governor’s School for the Arts.  Unfortunately, there was room for only 110 of these ambitious and talented students.  Every year, The Governor’s School for the Arts, which attracts students from the eight cities and counties of South Hampton Roads, turns away hundreds of qualified students.  Now, The Governor’s School has an exciting opportunity to expand its instructional space, and with it, significantly increase enrollment and transform its impact on students, and the entire community, for decades to come. 

The result of this expansion will take The Governor’s School for the Arts’ renowned arts education program to an even higher level, affording the students an experience that transcends the  classroom and traditional performance venues by reaching out into the community to create an unprecedented creative energy in Norfolk. 

In total, the Foundation is seeking to raise $6.25 million in the next few years to expand its footprint on Granby Street, increase its student body throughout South Hampton Roads, and significantly broaden its outreach efforts.   

An Investment That Truly Performs!

The Governor's School for the Arts Foundation was created in 1989 to support the programs of the School.  Its mission is to form financial collaborative partnerships with individuals, businesses, foundations, and local, state and federal agencies.

The GSA Foundation is a 501 (c)3 not for profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

The Foundation Board of Directors:

Kathryn Shelton, President
Eric Thompson, Vice President
Susan Russell, Treasurer
Dena Cain, Secretary

Beth Boehmcke,JD, Jennifer Cahoon, Nancy Creech, Cynthia Cutler, Linda Dyer, Susan Eilberg,PhD, Lindsay Eure, Joseph Familant,MD, 
David Hare, Sarah Kingsley, Sarahjane Kirkland, Nathaniel Kinnison, 
Barbara Hamm Lee, Donald Linskey, Dalbe Markman, Cassie Rangel, 
Karen Conwell Smith, BC Wilson, Michael Woodhead, Deborah Wyld

Make your Gift: Contact the GSA office at 757.451.4711 or Deborah Thorpe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 link here for Expansion Campaign Brochure

By supporting The Governor’s School for the Arts, you will be investing in the next generation of artists, innovators and community leaders. In addition to producing a fine roster of performers, the School is also educating the next generation of audience members. The dedication required by students at The Governor’s School serves them the rest of their lives, whatever career path they choose. The reasons for supporting the School are many and you get some cool stuff.

  • GSA impacts Hampton Roads artistically and culturally by contributing to the vitality and energy of the arts community.

  • Each year over 15,000 people and 2,000 school children experience a GSA production or exhibition

  • GSA contributes economically to the region by paying admission taxes, venue rental fees, employing teachers, designers, and support staff, and by purchasing materials from local merchants.  GSA generates revenue through parking, restaurants, and shopping.

  • Each year, our graduates garner millions of dollars in college scholarships.

  • Our students study at colleges and universities such as The Juilliard School, Cornell University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, New York University, Columbia University, Brown University, Princeton University, University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, James Madison University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Michigan, Rhode Island School of Design, among others

Major projects funded by the Foundation include:
  • Pianos/Instruments
  • Music
  • Books
  • Scripts
  • Costumes
  • Video/Audio Equipment
  • Lighting Sound Equipment
  • Computers
  • Guest artist sponsorships
  • Production Sponsorships
  • Student Scholarships

Main Office

Main Office: 
757-451-4715 Fax 
254 Granby Street
orfolk, Virginia 23510