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The Laramie Project

Near & Arnold’s School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE) presents The Laramie Project, one of the most performed plays in America today. The play, written by Moises Kaufman and directed by Joel Shura, is a chronicle of the life in the town of Laramie, Wyoming, one year after the murder of Matthew Shepard. In 1998, Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project conducted more than 200 interviews with people from the town. From these interviews, they wrote the play, which is a docudrama that presents the diverse views of the townspeople, the writers, and the actors.

The Laramie Project, for mature audiences, will be performed at the SPACE Theater in Ukiah on:
Friday, March 7 & 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 & 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 & 16 at 2 p.m.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for youth 18 and under and are available at Mendocino Book Company and the SPACE Box Office. For more information look at our UkiahSPACE Facebook Page, or call 462-9370 x101.

SPACE will be working with violence prevention and LGBTQ support groups in Ukiah to bring people together around this issue.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 10:53
Annie JR.

Near & Arnold’s School of PerAnnie Castforming Arts & Cultural Education (SPACE) presents Annie Jr., a musical theater classic based on “Little Orphan Annie.” Annie Jr. is directed by Joel Shura, with musical direction by Janice Timm and choreography by Marieclaire Wilcox.
The show
l be performed at the SPACE Theater located at 508 West Perkins St. in Ukiah, on Saturdays with showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on January 18, January 25, and February 1.
General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 18 and under.
Tickets available at Mendocino Book Compa
ny and the SPACE Box Office. For more information, visit our office or call (707)462-9370. You can “bet your bottom dollar” that this will be a show you won’t want to miss.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 10:58
John Reischman & The Jaybirds

 John Reischman & The JaybirdsSPACE (Near & Arnold's School of Performing Arts & Cultural Education) presents Ukiah’s own John Reischman & The Jaybirds on December 14, 2013!  With a fourth critically-acclaimed album and expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirds are a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power.  Join us at SPACE Theater on December 14 at 8pm. The night will feature wine, treats and a silent auction to benefit the SPACE Scholarship program. 
eneral admission tickets are $30 for adults and $20 youth 18 & under, available at Mendocino Book Company, Dig! Music and the SPACE Box Office. 
For more Information call (707) 462-9370.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 11:52
Sin Palabras

Sin Palabras Poster

SPACE invites you to its fall production titled “Sin Palabras” (Without Words.) This production is the story of a communities pain when losing it's culture to alcohol, drugs and gangs, and the struggle to keep it alive. This story is seen through the eyes of a Mexican farmworkers son and provokes reflection from all cultures.The audience will be taken to a place in their heart, where hope and strength point the way to a healthy diverse community. This production will showcase the art of silhouettes, multimedia projection, and live musicians to deliver a message of unity during hard times. Come and experience "Sin Palabras"!

November 15 &16 at 7:30pm.

Sin Palabras is directed by Carlos Jacinto and tickets are available at Joyeria Angelica & Mendocino Book Company!

Tickets are $5 and general seating.
If you have any question call (707)462-9370.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 12:43
Faculty and Staff

SPACE's Co-Founders


 Laurel Near is a performer, director and playwright. She was an original co-founder  
 of Wallflower Order Dance Collective. She has studied modern dance and theater
 extensively, and creates multi-cultural dance and theater projects. She believes that
 in order to work successfully with children the families that raise the children and the
 community that harbors them must be included in the process.
 Laurel is also one of the contemporary dance teachers at SPACE.

 If you need to contact Laurel please e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   pa3    Paulette Arnold is a director, playwright, and performer. An instructor at Mendocino 
 College, she has a B.A. from Duke University and was a California Artist-in-Residence
 for 3 years. She is committed to using the performing arts to interrupt discrimination
 and harassment and reinforce respect and cooperation. Giving young people the
 opportunity to express feelings, experiences and ideas in their own words is a major
 focus of her teaching style.
 Paulette is also an acting teacher at SPACE.

 If you need to contact Paulette please e-mail her at 
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Office Staff

 kristen Business & Marketing Manager:
Kristen McCallum
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ia1 Latino Program Director:
Ignacio Ayala

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 lb1 Administrative Assistant:
Lucia Bianchi

SPACE Instructors

jb 1Jim Beatty

Creative Movement
For ages 2 1/2 - 6.


Erica Brewer






Nikola Clay


Folk Dance from
Around the World
Nikola is an artist
the schools.


kira Kira Gibson

Creative Dance and
For ages 5-12.
ryan johnson
Ryan Johnson

Director for
Street Dance Fusion
Summer Dance Intensive

Axel Martinez

Break Dance
For ages 8 - 12.
sm2 Sandy Metzler



am1Ali Miller

A Cappella Singing /
Music Together

Music Together is
for ages infant - 5.




IMG 20130824 170724Michael Miller

Contemporary Dance
Ages 13 -18.


Leslie Rich

Ages 7 - 12.
Amanda Rosenberg

Street Dance
Ages 8 - 18.
erynEryn Shon-Brunner

Contemporary Dance
Ages 13 - adult.
Joel Shura

Ages 12 - 18.
Janice Timm

Sarah Walker


Ages 5 - 7.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 12:06
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