Pioneers of Imagination, Spirit and Performance

Founded in 1913 by Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp nestles into 74 acres within the mountains of Steamboat Springs and is the oldest continuously operating performing arts summer camp in the United States. Perry-Mansfield offers nationally renowned summer performing arts training in theatre and dance for students ages 5 and up.


The camp also offers professional and student performances to local residents and visitors in the summer. Throughout its history, the camp has been a pioneering influence in the development of modern dance, choreography, and performing arts education.

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.

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Camp & Equestrian

Explore Perry-Mansfield summer day camp and equestrian programs.


Summer Intensives

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


Community Programs

Community-based academy programs, the Perry-Mansfield Players, and our work with schools.