PIONEERS OF IMAGINATION, SPIRIT AND PERFORMANCE In 1913, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield fulfilled their dreams of creating a theatre and dance camp in the mountains. Perry-Mansfield is recognized as the oldest continuously-operating performing arts school and camp in the nation. Throughout the years, a number of distinguished alumni, faculty, and guest artists have passed through the doors of Perry-Mansfield. Today, students from all over the world take classes from a select group of accomplished and internationally renowned faculty. The tradition of Perry-Mansfield remains unsurpassed as the camp continues to prepare emerging young artists for the stage. Recent alumni are performing with Ballet Hispanico, Battleworks Dance Company, Munich Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nederlands Dance Theatre, and in film, on Broadway and television. We invite you to share in the magic of Perry-Mansfield. To learn more, watch the overview video below.





Joan Lazarus

Executive Director

Joan served as Executive Director of Oakland Ballet, General Manger of Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center, and Executive Director of WestWave Dance, an annual festival of new choreography presented in San Francisco. She was capital campaign consultant for ODC/San Francisco’s expansion project, is former President of Dance Bay Area and served on the Steering Committee of Bay Area National Dance Week. Joan has performed with or in the works of Alonzo King, Cliff Keuter, Ellen Bromberg, Victoria Morgan, Krissy Keefer, Frank Shawl, Bill DeYoung, Toni Pimble, Richard Colton and Alan Ptashek. She taught at the University of Oregon, Mills College, San Francisco Ballet, Dance Circle of Boston, The Princeton Ballet, RoCo Dance & Fitness, and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, and co-authored the Dance Curriculum Guide adopted by the San Francisco Unified School District. She holds a BA in Psycholinguistics, a MA in Dance, and a MA in Arts Administration. She received Bay Area National Dance Week’s Contribution to the Field of Dance Award in 2006, and in 2012 she received an Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Sustained Achievement. Lazarus was named 2011 Dance MVP by The San Francisco Chronicle. jlazarus@perry-mansfield.org

Edward Watson

Director – Facilities

Edward has lived in the Yampa Valley for 16 years and has owned 3 businesses in town. Fat Eddy’s Threadworks, Spiffy Dog Pet Products and Wood Wise Productions. He brings to P-M 30 years experience all facets of property management. Edward is very creative and tackles projects head on with a keen vision and an evolving plan for the life span of a product or structure. Originally from Tennessee, he moved here to Colorado 22 years ago to enjoy all the mountains have to offer. He can usually be found Rafting or exploring the backcountry with his two daughters. He also likes to spend time on stagecoach lake and of course Telemark skis in the winter. He graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta and loves the visual and performing arts world. One thing to know about him is he can fix anything and knows how to build everything. ewatson@perry-mansfield.org


Associate Director

Toni is a native of the Midwest, but has called Steamboat Springs home for almost 20 years. Toni and her family were drawn to Steamboat for its strong sense of community, its natural beauty, and its many opportunities. Toni brings a background in administation, management, and human resources to P-M. In her free time you will find her spending time with her husband and two daughters, finding and trying new recipes, and taking advantage of all that the Yampa Valley has to offer. Toni is honored to be at P-M, working to keep the vision of Charlotte and Portia alive for many years to come. toni@perry-mansfield.org


Office Manager

DeeDee grew up in Biloxi, MS and graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Mathematics, as well as a B.A. in Accountancy. DeeDee and her husband have called Steamboat home since 2008. They have two children who love being Steamboat Kids. admin@perry-mansfield.org

Kevin Shaffer


Kevin is originally from South Bend, IN. He attended Colorado State University. Kevin can be found enjoy the Yampa Valley fishing or swimming at Old Town.

Meg Southcott

Community Outreach Manager

Meg is originally from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts and Simmons School of Education & Human Development in Dallas, TX. earning her BFA in Dance Performance and BSc in Applied Physiology & Sport Management, respectively. She has performed in the Meadows School of the Arts Fall and Spring Dance Concerts performing works by Martha Graham, Shen Wei, Danny Buraczeski, and Christopher Dolder, to name a few. She has choreographed and danced in the Brown Bag Dance Series and Sharp Show at SMU and performed in Choreographers X6 (2013) at the ERJCC in Houston, TX. Meg was a camper at P-M for 6 years before becoming a staff member. She is excited to finally make the Valley her home. meg@perry-mansfield.org


Kathleen Wasserman, President

Gary Wilner, Vice President

Lore Marvin, Treasurer

Faye Morgenstern, Secretary

Jim Steinberg, Past President

Linda May Morrison

Sue Neville

Pat Walsh

Michelle Osterman

Alice Klauzer

Cami Bunn

Gail Goode

Lisa Brown

Kathy Barker

Joan Lazarus