Junior Academy for the Performing Arts

Curtains up! Discover the magic of theater this season with JAPA

Since 2016, The Junior Academy of the Performing Arts (JAPA) has provided semi-professional level performing arts experiences for youth and teens in Prince George’s County and the Greater Washington, DC area. JAPA introduces 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 performance. Students discover the magic of theater through the process of auditioning, rehearsing, and performing a Broadway-style musical theater production presented on the stages at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland. 

JAPA presents a fall and spring musical production and offers summer camps for ages 8 to 12. The program rehearses at the Prince George’s County Suite at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.   

JAPA 2022 Fall Workshops

The Junior Academy of Performing Arts is back this fall with a vocal intensive workshop series for aspiring singers ages 10 – 15. Led by Performing and Teaching Artists Marvin McCoy and Camille Jones, students will learn the fundamentals of vocal styles and techniques from Broadway, Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Gospel; and close the season with a final performance for family and friends. The workshop will be held at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the following days/times: 

Saturday, 10/29, 9 am-1 pm 

Saturday, 11/5, 9 am-1 pm 

Saturday, 11/12, 9 am-1 pm 

Saturday, 12/3, 9 am-1 pm 

Saturday, 12/10, 9 am-1 pm 

DRESS REHEARSAL: Thursday, 12/15, 4:30-6:30 pm 

PERFORMANCE: Saturday, 12/17: 3-4:30 pm 

At The Prince George’s County Room, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 8270 Alumni Dr., College Park, MD, 20742

Register for JAPA Fall 2022 hereEnter Activity Number 23643-502B. 

Additional Information

For additional details and questions, please email Sofia.Hailu@pgparks.com