Construction Blog

Plans Re-submitted to Town of San Anselmo

Our detailed plans for the remodel (54 pages in all!) were submitted to the Town of San Anselmo on Feb. 23, 2017. The plan check process is supposed to take 4 to 6 weeks. On April 14  (7 weeks later) we received the plans back with a request to clarify various items. Our architect and building consultants reviewed and responded to the comments and resubmitted the plans. We hope to receive a building permit very quickly, but are at the mercy of the Town. We’ve been told it could take up to three weeks to review our responses, but we are optimistic that this will be done much quicker. The clock is ticking and we are very anxious to  begin work. The scope of the work that needs to be done is extensive and is expected to take five months.

Chalked out the floor plan

Virginia, Sharon and Lily used a tape measure and chalk and chalked out the floor plan in the vacant warehouse. It was a lot of work, but it was so exciting! We were able to easily visualize the spaciousness of the new studios and better envision what it will be like in our new home!  The Stapleton community was invited to drop in to see the space at an open house on Saturday, April 1. We will continue to provide tours of the space, so if you’d like to see it, email

The public phase of our Capital Campaign gets underway

Dear Stapleton families and friends:

What a year 2017 is shaping up to be, on many fronts! Amidst all, we have the performing arts – to challenge and inspire us, to give us hope and sometimes a needed escape.

Thank you for your friendship and support of Stapleton School of the Performing Arts. We believe that now more than ever, it is important to invest in the arts and to foster that love at an early age. It has been such an honor to serve the Marin Community for nearly 30 years and we are ready to move into our next stage in our history – building a new home for the school!

I’m writing to ask you to join us in building our new home at 70 Greenfield Avenue. Our final plans have been submitted to the Town and work will begin soon. We are excited about what this new space will mean for our families and our community and we cannot do it without your support. Today, I am asking you to make a meaningful gift to help us towards this $750,000 capital campaign.

With your support, we will turn the expansive warehouse of nearly 9,000 square feet into a beautiful state of the art performing arts center that our current and future students deserve. There are multiple giving options available and we are striving for 100% participation from our families. Your generous support is an essential component to the success of this project.

A pledge and donation envelope is enclosed along with more details about the project. For gifts at the ‘Director’s Circle’ level, please call us to discuss special recognition opportunities. Thank you so much for your consideration.

Exciting News

Dear Stapleton families and friends:

It is with great joy that I write to you with an exciting announcement. A few weeks ago we came to terms on a long-term lease for a new home for our school. The building, at 70 Greenfield Avenue, is steps away from our main studio and allows us to remain in our hometown of San Anselmo for the next twenty years and beyond.

This has been a ten year dream of mine, and staff, to find a building in this area. The location and space are perfect…no more satellite studios! The building is over 9,000 square feet and will allow the talented actors and dancers to have all of their classes, programs, and rehearsals in one location.

The architect’s plans call for six studios, with over 5,500 square feet of dedicated studio space – a 55% increase over our two current locations! We will have spacious dressing rooms and seating nooks, costume and prop storage, a large waiting room, and ample restroom facilities as well as proper administrative offices and staff room.

The location is ideal, as it will continue to allow students to arrive by bus for their after school classes. I could not have envisioned a more perfect solution to the dilemma we faced when told that our current building was being sold. This expansive warehouse offers a blank slate where we will create a beautiful state of the art performing arts center for our community and the ballet training facility our students so richly deserve.

There is much work to be done and it will take “a village” to complete this exciting project. Our lease at 118 Greenfield ends on July 31st and we need to begin construction at 70 Greenfield very soon. I hope that you are as excited about what this means for our community as I am!

I’ll be reaching out to ask for your financial support and hope you will consider a meaningful gift to help us create a new home for our talented students.

In the meantime, if you want to get involved in helping make this project a reality, please get in touch with Sharon Burns at We need hands-on help and vitally need ways to raise money…more than we already have to start the initial phase of construction. With your help, we look forward to celebrating the opening of our beautiful, spacious new home next summer.