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About Us

It all started

In 1914, two ladies came to the frontier mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado with a mule named “Tango.” Although the town was populated with people primarily engaged in mining and ranching, it was Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield’s vision to explore and teach “natural dance forms” and artistic expression “close to creatures and mountains and out-of-doors.”

Quickly regarded by the locals as the “mad ladies of Steamboat,” Charlotte and Portia founded Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in this spectacular mountain setting – a 76-acre campus 7,000 feet above sea level and 150 miles northwest of Denver.

From their humble beginnings in a few rustic cabins and some lean years when the “scenery was the salary,” Charlotte and Portia nurtured Perry-Mansfield into one of the premier performing arts schools and camps for children and youth of all ages. Their bold vision for the camp, “Creative practice through art and nature manifests in an insightful, compassionate and courageous life” still guides us today.

Today Perry-Mansfield is the oldest continuously operating performing arts camp in the country that attracts 250 students (ages 8 to 21) from across the country and showcases twenty performances each summer. With the nation’s best faculty, staff and students, Perry-Mansfield is the place where innovation and imagination are expressed in theatre, dance, musical theatre, and creative writing.

Dance and Theatre Legends

Notable alumni and faculty have included Julie Harris, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Jose Limon, Hanya Holm, Valerie Bettis, Merce Cunningham, Louis Horst, Agnes de Mille, Martha Clarke, Dustin Hoffman, Jessica Biel, Ruthana Boris, Robert Battle, and many others.

To see Dance Companies which have employed recent Perry-Mansfield alumni, CLICK HERE

To see Theatre Companies which have employed recent Perry-Mansfield alumni, CLICK HERE

2018 Summer Highlights

This summer Perry-Mansfield staged a total of 15 performances including crowd favorites Perry-Mansfield Under the Stars and Steamboat’s Fourth of July Parade. Audiences enjoyed the annual Professional Dance Showcase, Emerging Artist Showcase, Pre-Professional Evening of Dance, Pre-Professional Theatre Showcase, Young Artist Intensive Evening of Dance & Theatre (BrainStorm), and the Pre-Professional Musical (Godspell). A Flashmob dance performance by the YAI’s at the Saturday Farmer’s market was a huge crowd pleaser catching the market by surprise.