Chautauqua School of Performing Arts is a continuing educational program of the Chautauqua Playhouse. Started in the 1980’s by Jim and Linda Arnold and Boots Martin, the program has reached out to budding artists for nearly 30 years, instructing in the areas of dance, singing and acting.

In 2012, under the leadership of Linda Small and Warren Harrison, the Summer Showcase program was expanded to include stagecraft, auditioning techniques and costuming.

The photograph above is from the 2012 Summer Showcase production of “Alice in Wonderland”, a new musical adaptation written and tailored especially to the talents of CSPA participants.  This successful production played to enthusiastic sold out houses for all performances.

In the works for the summer of 2013 is another new original musical, this time with a western theme, utilizing the great songs of the Golden West.

Check back here for information on the Chautauqua School for Performing Arts Workshops will be scheduled for Summer of 2014.