Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State


As children of Depression-era parents, Lam and Lina Hood grew up in farm families who subsisted on the basics.

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Since graduating from the Penn State School of Theatre in 2014, Roberto Sinha has toured with several Broadway productions, including KINKY BOOTS, working to inspire audiences through musi

Cyndi Lauper rests her chin in her hand while looking up.

In 2013, Cyndi Lauper made history as the first woman, without a writing partner, to win the Tony Award for best score. Arts journalist John Moore interviewed Lauper in 2014.

Bria Skonberg holds her trumpet in front with her arm extended.

Since moving to New York City in 2010, trumpeter Bria Skonberg has been rubbing elbows with members of the city’s jazz circles.

Isabel Leondard smiles with her chin resting on her hand.

If opera star Isabel Leonard’s life were to be captured in a song, it would require many verses to sing it.