PAPA Classes

For aspiring performers looking to get valuable instruction in stagecraft, the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts offers year-round instruction for all ages and skill levels.

We offer several sessions for ages 4-12, as well as workshops and intensives for ages 10-17, and classes for adults. Some classes repeat throughout the year, so if you can’t make a certain session you will be able to sign up for the next one!  Check back throughout the year for exciting updates.  Returning students are always encouraged to register, as no two sessions are ever the same!

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“PAPA is where I found my love for theatre. Through workshop shows, I’ve gotten better at acting and singing, and learned a lot of fun theatre games. I’ve learned how to improv with confidence! Through PAPA, I’ve taken dance classes which have helped me learn the basics of dance and perfect them, which helps so much! I even got to be the dance captain of a show, which I would have never imagined to be possible. I’ve made so many incredible friends and memories, and I’ve even stage managed and helped choreograph numbers! PAPA is such a home to me and I really really recommend it to anybody who wants to get into theatre, but doesn’t really know how to start. “
-Elizabeth Westbrook

“I have been a part of the PAPA program since I was 5 years old, and it’s always been such a special place for me. Participating in Day Camp, Overnight Camp, and PAPA Mainstage I have met some of my best friends and learned so much about myself. The Rep creates a wonderful, nurturing environment for kids and adults alike, allowing everyone to learn, grow, and feel accepted. The performer and person I am today reflects my time in the PAPA program. As I head to college in the fall, I am very thankful for the opportunities and love The Rep has given me. “
-Mary Jardine