Performing in front of an audience doesn’t have to be scary. With practice, anyone can gain the presentation skills and confidence to act, sing, or dance onstage. The key is finding a nurturing environment where you can hone your craft—a place that encourages you to try new things without fear, and lets you explore your talents and creativity in a fun, encouraging setting.

Paper Mill Playhouse Education & Outreach programs are generously sponsored by The Goren Family & Harmony Helper.


Whether you’re an aspiring performer or you simply want to increase your comfort level with public speaking, there is a part for you at Paper Mill Playhouse Theatre School.


Summer Training

Taking part in the Summer Training is a remarkable opportunity, providing experience and exposure that simply can't be obtained anywhere else.


College Musical Theater Common Prescreen Criteria

Paper Mill Playhouse is honored to support the College Musical Theater Common Prescreen Criteria. The guidelines were drafted in collaboration with online arts platform, Acceptd, and the input of faculty from over 40 collegiate Musical Theater training programs nationwide.


Rising Star Awards

Modeled after Broadway’s Tony Awards, the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards was created in 1996 to encourage and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production of New Jersey high school musicals. The Rising Star Awards is a statewide high school recognition program and has been replicated in several regions nationwide with Paper Mill Playhouse’s assistance.


Adopt a School

Paper Mill Playhouse founded the Adopt-A-School Project in 1989. The program was designed to introduce New Jersey high school students to the performing arts, to stimulate partnerships between educators, artists, and businesses and to encourage the permanent inclusion of arts programming as an integral part of New Jersey’s educational system.