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About Us









 Welcome to The Arts Project of Orange County. Our goal is to foster the arts in our community by creating a space for students of all ages to grow and develop as performing and visual artists. Through many conversations with parents it became clear that not only did San Clemente need Fine Art, Music and Theatre studios, it needed a comprehensive facility that could be a one-stop solution. Aimed at cultivating a passion for the arts locally, we are here to serve as a creative third home. (A place outside of the home, school or business) With a safe and affirming environment, and a variety of teachers, we are here to serve our community’s artistic needs, and save parents a little driving time and gas by offering it all under one roof.

“We made it a point to create a studio that is a second home to our kids and we hope that The Arts Project becomes that for our clients and kids. We want to start an arts movement by creating community and collaboration between the arts and the artists in our beautiful town of San Clemente.”

-Michelle Hanson

(Owner & Artistic Director)

Emily Patterson

Patterson is a Boston native, after graduating from Indiana University in 2009 she moved back to the city directing at The Boston Playwrights Theatre, The Boston Center for the Arts, The Cannon Theatre, Bunker Hill College and with Blank Page Productions, all the while Patterson went back to her hometown middle school and created its theatre program from the ground up. While teaching at her old middle school Patterson fell in love with educational theatre. She moved to CA in the summer of 2014 to follow her passion and found The Arts Project of Orange County. Along with directing the shows for the season Patterson teaches acting, musical theatre and improv at TAPOC.

(Theatre Deparment Head) 


Karen Barrus 

Nicolas Scott

Nicolas Scott is a passionate young local musician and pianist. He started playing piano at the age of 5 and has stuck with it ever since. In that time he has performed in numerous recitals and school functions performing classical pieces. He is currently attending Saddleback Community College studying piano performance and music composition. His time spent there has strengthened his fundamental knowledge of music and piano technique. Nicolas Scott hopes to positively influence others to share with them the fun and joy in playing the piano.

(Piano Instructor)

Drew Brock 

Drew Bock has been playing drums for over a decade. He began his journey studying classical percussion and jazz drumming from elementary school all the way through high school. He then continued his studies in Los Angeles at the LA Music Academy (now called Los Angeles College of Music). It was there when he had the opportunity to work with Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Joe Porcaro (Studio legend), Dave Beyer (Melissa Ethridge, Christopher Cross), Brad Rabuchin (Ray Charles), Richie Garcia (Stevie Wonder), and many more. Drew currently spends his time playing in venues throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, touring, recording and teaching.

(Drum Instructor) 

Iman  Moujtahed

Iman Moujtahed grew up meddling in the arts in some way, shape, or form. From sewing to digital art, Iman has always had a love for creative expression. She's been teaching children for nearly 10 years. Iman has had her artwork published numerous times including the cover of Saddleback College's Literary Journal which incidentally won the Judge's Award from the Community College Humanities Association. She also won second place in photography through Saddleback College. Aside from teaching, Iman is a freelance artist ranging from jewelry making, textile paintings,  art prints, photography, & more. Her passion for art can never be silenced and she thrives in inspiring others and evoking emotion through her work. She hopes to relay this kind of passion to others.

(Art Instuctor)

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