Pioneers of Imagination, Spirit and Performance

Summer camp at Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs

Summer Day Camp

Explore Perry-Mansfield summer day camp.

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Summer Intensives

Residential camp programs including  Emerging Artist Camps and Professional Dance Intensives.

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Equestrian Programs

Explore Perry-Mansfield Equestrian Programs.

Summer camp at Perry-Mansfield in Steamboat Springs

The Players

The Players at Perry-Mansfield provide community theater throughout the year.

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The Academy at Perry-Mansfield

The Academy offers year-round programming in dance and theater in Steamboat Springs and Hayden

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Historic Walking Tours

Join historian, Karolynn Lestrud, to discover the history of America’s oldest performing arts camp.

Founded in 1913 by Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield


Nestled into 74 acres of wilderness, Perry-Mansfield is the oldest continuously operating performing arts camp in the United States. The camp was founded on the principles that an exploration of the arts in a natural setting would create new inspiration for art as well as to allow for collaboration between artistic disciplines while challenging campers physically, artistically and emotionally.
Throughout its history, the camp has been a pioneering influence in the development of modern dance, choreography, and performing arts education.

Founders Charlotte (Kingo) Perry and Portia Mansfield spent their lives “lifting” people and encouraging others to follow their dreams no matter how impossible they appeared. Today, both students and faculty dream new dreams of lives in the arts and continue to shape the future of dance and theatre.

 

Perry-Mansfield Today

Perry-Mansfield’s Mission is to provide young people superior arts training in body, heart and mind and to promote creativity, a sense of the close association of the arts, and the values of a way of life close to nature. 

Our Vision and Mission

The Vision of Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield that we still embrace today is to encourage experimentation and risk-taking.

 

Our goal is to nurture a love of the arts in a breathtaking setting that brings students closer to nature and their artistic and personal dreams than they have ever been before.

 

We want to help bring students to their full potential by continually adding artistic strength, vision, and diversity to every program.

 

We do this by:

  • Providing an artistic experience for students from all over the world

  • Encouraging collaborative study between artistic disciplines

  • Attracting a stimulating and world-class faculty

  • Preserving the historic, artistic, and environmental integrity of the nation’s oldest continuously operating performing arts camp

 

Perry-Mansfield’s Mission is to provide young people superior arts training in body, heart, and mind and to promote creativity, a sense of the close association of the arts, and the values of a way of life close to nature.