About Homeschool Performing Arts
Homeschool Performing Arts (HPA) is a 501(c)(3) organization with the purpose of establishing a community of homeschool families in which students and parents work together to produce music, drama, and musical theatre productions that glorify and honor the Lord. Our mission is for students to experience spiritual growth, personal growth including the areas of commitment, responsibility, self-confidence, composure, interpersonal communication, social understanding, conflict resolution and work ethic, as well as artistic growth in their performing abilities, including public speaking, singing, dancing, and acting.
Homeschool Performing Arts began in Grand Rapids in 1997, grew to include Kalamazoo in 2004, and Lansing in 2008. God has certainly blessed us! We began with a few students in drama classes and HPA has now grown to include:
- Multiple Drama and Musical Productions in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing
- Drama Classes in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo
- Summer Performing Arts Camps in all three cities
The focus of HPA classes and shows is on developing quality performances, glorifying to God and with aesthetic value. The goal is to help individuals develop as actors and people, through instruction and personal experience.
HPA Executive Director
Brad Garnaat is a former homeschooler and a graduate of the teacher education program at Cornerstone University.
Brad has been very involved in music and drama for most of his life, performing in many shows and choirs in high school and college. He directed the Caledonia Community Players production of Jack and the Beanstalk, played the role of Perchik in The Fiddler on the Roof, and appeared as Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Master Arts Theatre. In 2007, he performed the role of Gaston in Caledonia Community Players production of Beauty and the Beast.
Brad and his wife Tanya homeschool their four children.
Executive Business Manager
Beverly has been serving with Homeschool Performing Arts since 2004 and can’t imagine a job she would enjoy more. Her favorite part of her job is building relationships with the cast members and getting to witness God growing them in character and His likeness. Mrs. Bishop has also published a book, My Friend with Autism, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education. She has enjoyed teaching computer classes for both private and public institutions, but what she has treasured the most in life is her family, Thad, Sebastian and Breanne.