The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts

The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts provides elite theatre education in the form of classes, camps, workshops, and Teen and Youth Productions, taught by Broadway and Regional Theatre professionals, including Seacoast Rep's own Rep Company members.

Our mission is to create a supportive, all-inclusive environment, where students with diverse talents, interests and backgrounds can collaborate to create and perform theater. To instill in them the skills they will need to develop into the best performers they can be. To challenge, engage and inspire students to celebrate the power of the performing arts by finding the beauty in our own uniqueness and the strength in our differences to build a more conscious and compassionate society.

We are thrilled to announce that Tony nominated Broadway performer JOSH YOUNG will be returning to Seacoast Rep to lead our teen intensive this summer! In his early years, Josh got his start at The Rep in numerous mainstage productions. He went on to perform internationally in West Side Story, Les Miserables, and Evita, and was nominated for a Tony for his role as Judas in the Broadway revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Receiving numerous awards throughout his starry career, he is also a celebrated member of the faculty of Oakland University. We are beyond excited to be heralding his return to Seacoast Rep to mentor the next generation of performers in our Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts!

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The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts offers classes in musical theater, dance, acting and voice. Classes are taught by Regional Theatre professionals, including Seacoast Rep's own Resident Artists & Company members. Classes are open to students from ages 10 and up.



PAPA History

In the beginning...

The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1985 by Eileen and Roy Rogosin of Los Angeles, who moved to the Seacoast to start a performance school and company. They established PAPA in the Button factory on Islington street. In 1986 they took up residency in a late 19th century brewery warehouse on Portsmouth’s historic Bow Street that housed the Theatre by the Sea, converted into theatre space by Joseph Sawtelle and the Bow Street Theatre Trust in an effort to improve the culture and economy of Portsmouth. In 1988 it became the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

Questions? The Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts is run by Seacoast Rep's Director of Education, Kristen Dalton, who will be happy to answer all inquiries!