Sharron Miller's Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA) provides comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts to students at every stage of life. Our holistic philosophy inspires students to believe they can achieve, nurturing the potential within each student by encouraging creativity, building skills, fostering self-discipline and bolstering self-esteem
Sharron Miller is Founder/Director of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA), a 501c3 arts education organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive, inclusive developmental training in dance and related theater arts to children, teens, adults and seniors. She is a former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater soloist and veteran of seven Broadway shows. She has appeared on television, film, and hundreds of radio and television commercials. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Ms. Miller, who attended The Juilliard School, is committed to enriching the lives of young people through the arts. Her early training began with the late Fred Danieli, founder and director of the Garden State Ballet, who taught her the value of self-discipline, self-respect, and a commitment to excellence. Ms. Miller’s educational focus is to foster, nurture and encourage skill building, self-discipline, self-esteem and creativity in every student.
She served on the faculty of The Renaissance Middle School for 13 years where SMAPA provided the dance and drama program for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students during the school day. This program was developed with multi-year leadership support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, praised by the State of New Jersey as an “outstanding arts education model,” and eventually fully-funded by the Montclair Board of Education. Ms. Miller has also served on the faculty of Montclair Kimberley Academy, Far Brook School, and has been affiliated with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center as an arts-in-education consultant/partner.
At SMAPA, she not only continues to train hundreds of students yearly, but also continues to develop her arts enrichment programs and community outreach, which includes working in partnership with Quitman Street Community School in Newark providing a year long dance residency for K-5 students; providing a dance residency over the past three years to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade students in ten elementary school in East Orange; creating a 6-week full-day arts program, Prime Time Summer Arts, for children 6-14 in association with the Montclair Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs; and adapting Prime Time Summer Arts to a nine week, half-day theme-based preschool summer arts program for children 3-5.
SMAPA receives generous financial support from foundations including the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Victoria Foundation, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, the Turrell Fund, and the Montclair Foundation, among other contributors.
Ms. Miller resides in Montclair, New Jersey with her daughter, Jaimie.
SMAPA Board of Directors and Advisory Council 2017-2018
Board of Directors
Sharron Miller, Chairman
Founder and Artistic Director, Sharron Miller’s
Academy for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Darcy Lowe, Interim President
Business Relationship Manager,
Santander Bank, N.A.
Martin Krumholz, Treasurer
CPA, Sultanik & Krumholz, LLC
Terrence Rose, Secretary
Executive Assistant, Mount Calvary Baptist Church
Social Media Marketing Manager,
AETC National Coordinating Resource Center
VP- Strategic Workforce Planning, ADP
Attorney/Owner, Hyderally & Associates, P.C.
President (Executive Coach and People Strategy
Consultant), The Lemon Group
Director of Gift Planning,
National Resources Defense Council
Associate Artistic Director, Faculty Member, and
Chair of Preschool and Junior Divisions, Sharron
Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Inc.;
Dance/Drama Specialist, Montclair Kimberley
School Health Specialist
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network
Barbara Brooks Andrews
Bridgit Burton Brown
Human Resources and PR Consultant, Springboard
Consulting Partners LLC
Maria Di Dia
Owner, Maria Productions, LLC
Founder and Managing Member,
Heavens Law Group, LLC
Executive Director - Temporal Affairs, Diocese
Counselor, Rosa L. Parks School of Fine &
Performing Arts and Garrett Morgan Academy
Marta Lucia Vargas
Poet and Arts Educator
SMAPA is a Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organization.