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Junior Academy for the Performing Arts

Growing beyond the stage...

Curtain down. Lights up. The cast lets out a joyous scream. WE DID IT! But it’s not over. There are no goodbyes in musical theatre. The victories, the experiences, the friendships remain.

About the Junior Academy for the Performing Arts 

The Junior Academy of the Performing Arts (JAPA) introduces musical theater to students who have a talent and curiosity for the performing arts and strengthens the knowledge and skill level of students already interested in pursuing theatre as a profession. 

Through the disciplines of singing, acting and dance, the students will grow in their confidence, team-building, problem-solving, as well as artistic knowledge and skills.

In an intimate setting, they will discover the very best of themselves and be encouraged to share their stories in their own unique way.


Our instructors and guest artists are seasoned professionals in their field—respected actors, singers, and dancers of the performing arts. This program will foster a greater understanding of the necessity of the arts and creative expression in forming healthy, happy and productive adults.

Program Sessions

The next JAPA session will start in March 2018. We look forward to working with our future stars in the Spring!


Learn about our Frequently Asked Questions.  


Please contact our Program Director, Elizabeth Malone at 301-446-3232 or