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!
CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
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.
Teen Mainstage Productions
Teen Mainstage productions are for students ages 13 – 18 and give teens an opportunity to perform full length musicals on the Seacoast Rep stage that are produced exactly like Seacoast Rep's professional productions with the same Directors, Musical Directors, Choreographers, Stage Managers, Costumer Designers, Props Masters, Lighting and Sound Artists. Teen Mainstage productions typically occur in January and August.
Our 2022 Teen Mainstage Productions are:
"Be More Chill" runs from January 19th-January 23rd
"Les Misérables: School Edition" runs from August 25th–September 4th
AUDITIONS for Les Mis will be on Monday June 20th with Callbacks on Tuesday June 21st. More details to be announced the first week of June!
PAPA JR Productions
PAPA JR productions are designed for students ages 9-14 and puts on 2 Musicals a year, in the Spring and in the Fall. Students will perform condensed versions of classic Broadway musicals, Disney favorites and modern works that are custom-tailored to the needs of young people with music written in keys that are appropriate for developing voices. The shows are performed on The Seacoast Rep stage in the Spring and Fall.
Our 2022 PAPA JR Productions are:
"Shrek, Jr" runs from May 18th-May 27th
"13: The Musical" runs from October 26th-November 2nd
Pre-College Teen Intensive Program
The Pre-College Teen Intensive Program is a 2 week program for the serious teen performer ages 14-19. This teen musical theatre intensive is focused on zeroing in on the unique qualities of each student to help them shine in the audition room, the rehearsal room, and on the stage. Each day’s rigorous schedule is packed with performance based courses taught by musical theatre professionals, workshops and masterclasses by Broadway performers and Seacoast Rep’s Resident Artists and Company members.
In 2022 the Pre-College Teen Intesive Program is from July 11th-July 22nd.
Teen Boot Camp
Teen Boot Camp is designed for teens ages 13 through 18. In just 2 weeks teens will audition for, rehearse and perform a Junior version of a Broadway show.
The 2022 The Teen Boot Camp: June 27th - July 8th
PAPA Summer Day Camp
PAPA Summer Day Camp is a 2 week camp designed for campers from ages 8 to 13. Campers will use their creativity and imagination to strengthen their performance skills, meet new friends with diverse talents, interests and backgrounds and increase their self-confidence while having an amazing time in a supportive and all-inclusive environment.
2022 Summer Day Camps:
June 27th – July 8th
July 25th - August 5th
August 8th - August 19th
PAPA Vacation Camps
PAPA Vacation Camps are open to campers ages 8 – 13, and are an amazing introduction to musical theater and the perfect way to spend February and April vacation! Campers will use their creativity and imagination to strengthen their performance skills, meet new friends, and increase their self-confidence, all while having fun! Students will be singing, dancing, playing theater games, learning Improv and so much more and will present a showcase for parents on the final Friday of camp!
PAPA offers vacation camps for both New Hampshire and Maine's scheduled April school vacations.
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.