SAS Performing Arts Company and Studio Inc. founded by Musicologist and Conductor Stephen Scovasso and Patron of the Arts Alberto Benitez, offers the singing artist an invaluable gift during this season of pandemic; the opportunity of performing for an audience in a safe virtual format.
During this uncertain period of theater closures, Messrs. Scovasso and Benitez have invested their time, talent into creating and maintaining an enthusiastic digital audience with musical selections from opera, musical theater as well as sacred music.
My fourteen years singing leading Mezzo-Soprano roles at the Metropolitan Opera were seen by an audience of a few thousand opera enthusiasts. The SAS Performing Arts Company has the possibility of reaching an audience of millions of music lovers around the world through their Internet performances.
It has been my pleasure to participate in these marvelous music events with colleagues on the precipice of major careers as well as remarkably talented and seasoned stars who have had the chance to sing new and unusual repertoire. I salute the SAS Performing Arts Company which promotes musical excellence in vocal performance and serves as a priceless asset to the community of singing artists.
Dr. Isola Jones
I appreciate SAS Performing Arts Company working to flourish the arts during these times.
In a time where those of us pursuing creative careers have been faced with unprecedented insecurity and a dearth of opportunity, SAS Performing Arts Company has stepped up to provide a professional, supportive and meaningful creative experience through their virtual season of shows. The shows are filled with a great level of talent where you feel valued and reminded that the arts are more important than ever. They have raised virtual theatre to a new standard and I hope their journey and their contributions both to artists and the theatrical world continue for years to come!
The SAS Performing Arts Company is a fantastic group to work for and with. As a beginner actor, they saw something in me and took a chance. The cast of well seasoned actors were welcoming and supportive in my growth and receptive to my feedback. Their productions have been a great outreach during this pandemic as they are not only bringing these productions to homes around the world, but also bringing actors from all over together to share their art with the world. The entire company has helped me grow in my art and those of us in the Company are fortunate to have the opportunities that the SASPAC has offered. The world is truly better with SAS Performing Arts Company in it.
Being involved with SAS Performing Arts Company, especially during these trying times, has been nothing short of a blessing and an honor.
Their continuously positive, kind, and generous spirits have led to truly collaborative productions. The leadership has shown a remarkable readiness to adapt to the shifting natures of the business, such as online productions. Throughout this process, constructive input has always been encouraged and appreciated.
I am genuinely grateful for their continued investment in us artists at a time when opportunities are few and far between.
Working with SAS Performing Arts Company has been a fantastic experience! The people are friendly and inviting, and the atmosphere professional. I've also been very impressed with the ambition and rapid growth in capability by the company leadership in terms of the several shows we've managed to mount in the last four months!
While I certainly miss the live theatre of my home market (Chicago) and look forward to its return, getting a chance to meet and play with all these lovely people in a whole new city has been a real bright spot in all the upheaval going on in this industry.
Working with SAS during the pandemic has been an incredible experience. In a time when we were unable to participate in and consume live theatre, Steve and the SAS team put so much effort into re-creating the experience as much as possible, ensuring that each actor had access to props and costumes and finding beautiful backdrops to create the world of each play. Even over Zoom, SAS has been able to cultivate a community of kind, hilarious, talented individuals, and I felt like I was able to get to know many of them as if we had been in person. Additionally, Steve’s expertise as a theatre practitioner makes for enjoyable seminars, where he provides brief yet in-depth and interactive overviews of dense topics including the history of musical theatre and the work of Stephen Sondheim.
Michael E. Miller
It has been a great privilege and honor to work with SAS PERFORMING ARTS under the spirited leadership of Stephen Scovasso. He has assembled a multi-talented ensemble of leading and emerging professionals in musical theater, opera, and drama, and along the way has created a family through his warmth and caring nature. His organization has been a blessing particularly during the pandemic. I don’t think I would have been able to manage the ups and downs of the COVID crisis had I not had this wonderful outlet to feel that I am growing as a performer in the new medium of virtual theater. I can honestly say that I am moving forward when most of us bemoan that our lives have been standing still. I wholeheartedly thank SAS for that. I am so excited to be on a journey with this company and have the chance to watch its boundless potential continue to flourish and be fully realized. The role of the arts in today’s fragile world can never be minimized, and SAS PERFORMING ARTS,I know, will see that meaningful artistry has its rightful place in continuing to stir the hearts and souls of its viewers.
Working with SAS Performing Arts Company has been not only a pleasure, but a privilege. As someone who is just starting out in the business in the midst of a pandemic, their shows have given me the opportunity that has been slowly disappearing due to the current crisis. Stephen Scovasso is an amazing director who gives constant encouragement to his actors and singers, and because of that their talent and confidence in their work grows. I can say that because that's what it's done for me. He also cultivates a safe, understanding and wonderful work environment for all of his actors, which is a blessing. Through the hardest year many of us have been through, SAS has been a beacon of hope for the arts and shows that no matter how difficult the times may be, the arts will always endure. I will always be grateful for my time with them, as I'm sure are many actors,singers,students and audience members alike.
I was lucky enough to perform in two (2) SAS productions during 2021. The artists involved were passionate, extremely hardworking, and undeterred by challenges brought on by the technology and learning curve associated with digital theatre. I saw a complete dedication to the idea that the show must go on, and an even greater conviction that the show must be great.
When the world was shut down, SAS found a way to keep the arts alive and flourishing under extremely challenging circumstances. I participated in an online concert, and while the logistics were somewhat challenging due to the fault of absolutely no one - nothing beats a stage, after all - the experience was overwhelmingly positive and ultimately quite fulfilling. SAS made it work. They refused to let the pandemic stifle the music and let us sing out loud. Company leadership is what sets SAS apart from its peers. Empathetic, kind, and hardworking people are at the helm here, and they are certified experts in the field of opera. I was overwhelmingly supported. Please don't sleep on this organization. It is a safe space for singers who want to expand their performance experience, and it deserves considerable public attention and financial support.
Kevin J Allen
I had a great time working with Stephen Scovasso and SAS PERFORMING ARTS. Stephen has a great way of taking talented performers from different walks of life and at different stages of their careers and building them into a wonderful ensemble. I applaud the work SAS is doing to keep the arts alive virtually and in person. I'm grateful that SAS gave me an opportunity to do more of what I love. I know that Stephen and his team will continue to inspire performers and audiences alike.