Mission: The Academy of Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that stages year round productions of live theatrical performances in a unique and historic arena theater setting and produces a wide array of educational opportunities in the performing arts, all serving the greater Cape Cod community from its home in Orleans.
Our Vision: The Academy of Performing Arts is a recognized premier center for the performing arts, bound only by our limitless imagination.
It is with great pride that we continue to welcome you all to take part in our pursuit to enrich the community through the performing arts. We have many people to thank for our continued success: from Gordon and Betsy Argo, whose initial vision and daring it was to convert the Town Hall into a Playhouse, to John and Elizabeth Kelly who envisioned of a school for the performing arts, to the incorporators, subsequent board members, and volunteers, whose dedication and hard work have ensured our survival. Add to that a consistently outstanding and dedicated faculty, and most importantly, the very life blood of our organization – the students, parents, performers, volunteers, and audience members who continue to sustain the dream of those founders.
As we begin our 42nd season of classes in dance, music, theatre, outreach residencies, workshops, assemblies, main stage Playhouse and School productions as well as informal in class demonstrations and presentations, we are left with the clear understanding of one thing. This venerable institution survives because of what it continues to offer this community. Music, dance, drama, and the opportunity to find it within yourself and share it is a magic like no other. Long may we pursue this noble adventure and keep the possibilities and dreams alive for generations to come.
Peter Earle – Executive/Artistic Director
Our 2016-2017 Board of Trustees
Peter Brown – Chair
Laura Clements – Vice Chair
Barbara Segall – Treasurer
Trisha Daly-Karlson – Secretary
Marcia Pioppi Galazzi