august, 2021

14aug1:30 pm2:30 pmThe Divinely Mad Ladies of Steamboat Springs


Event Details

Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp was established in 1913 and revolutionized the arts. “Art is born of nature,” Charlotte was often quoted as saying. Their camp took that philosophy to heart, engaging all campers in dance, theater, art, the equestrian program and outdoor activities.

By the 1920’s their remote camp was serving as a hub for top dancers such as Jose Limon and Harriette Ann Gray to hone their craft. In addition to training thousands of pointed toes and arched feet the school taught English Riding through their equestrian program and developed standards for Western Riding. The theater department, run by Charlotte Perry, grew in notoriety through performances of Shakespeare, Garcia Lorca and Tennessee Williams’ work. The theater program eventually attracted budding actors like Julie Harris Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Biel.

Author Dagny McKinley presents the history of America’s Longest continuously running performing arts camp.

Note: This presentation was resecheduled from June 19th, 2021 due to technical issues.


(Saturday) 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm