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 Spring Workshops 

Join the Junior Academy for the Performing Arts this spring for a series of themed workshops to act, dance and express yourself. Register for one workshop or join for the whole series!  
Ages 8-12 
County Residents: $50/workshop 
Non-residents: $65/workshop 

Clown with Daniel 


Saturday, April 16, 10 am-3 pm 
Create a menagerie of balloon animals, juggle, and clown out with teaching artist, Daniel Riker at this improvisational circus skills workshop. 
Activity #23643 202A 

Dance with Candace 


Saturday, May 7, 10 am-3 pm 
Unlock your love of Musical Theater and learn about story creation through movement at this high energy dance workshop led by teaching artist, Candace Jones. 
Activity #23643 202C 

Perform with Carter


Saturday, May 14, 10 am-3 pm 
Learn performance techniques to help you sparkle on stage through fun games and theatrical experiments with teaching artist, H. Carter. 
Activity #23643 202D 

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

Masks must be worn indoors and participants are required to follow UMD COVID-19 protocols. Please visit www.umd.edu/4Maryland for up to date guidelines. 

Register for JAPA Spring 2022 here

Production History

  • A Night of Rising Stars (April 2016)
  • Aesop’s Foibles (May 2018)
  • Annie Kids (July 2017)
  • Willy Wonka (August 2017)
  • Disney’s Cinderella Kids (July 2018) 
  • Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. (August 2018)
  • A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol (December 2018) 
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes (May 2019)
  • Sleeping Beauty Kids (July 2019) 
  • Peter Pan Jr. (August 2019)
  • A Rockin’ Tale of Snow White (December 2019)
  • A Virtual Rap-Punzel (December 2020) 
  • Cinderella: A Virtual Musical Play (May 2021)
  • Coming Up! We Kids Be Kids (December 2021)

Additional Information

For additional details and questions, please email Sofia.Hailu@pgparks.com. See you on the virtual stage this fall!