Paper Mill Playhouse Brings Summer Program To UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage

RAHWAY — Paper Mill Playhouse’s competitive Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory will open on June 30 in its new home at the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) and Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, in cooperation with their affiliate theater, music and dance companies.

Auditions for talented young performers ages 10 to 18 are scheduled for Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 at UCPAC. An appointment is required to audition for the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory. To schedule an audition appointment, email an appointment request to on or after Jan. 2.

“Paper Mill Playhouse is thrilled to join the notable New Jersey arts groups that have recognized the many advantages of coming to the Rahway Arts District to utilize the historic Union County Performing Arts Center and the new state-of-the-art venue, Hamilton Stage,” offered Director of Education Lisa Cooney. “The Rahway Arts District has grown rapidly due to the focused engagement of the city’s leaders in courting creative endeavors. Also, Rahway’s central location will enable our students and Rising Star nominees from central, southern and the Jersey shore communities to have easier access to the Conservatory by car and two train lines. Our New York City based students and faculty will love that Rahway sits just 35 minutes from Manhattan by train.”

Union County Performing Arts Center Executive Director Larry McCullough agrees. “Our new partnership with Paper Mill Playhouse enables UCPAC/Hamilton Stage to become the host site for their highly competitive Summer Conservatory and helps us meet a mission objective in promoting arts education to our region-wide audiences. We anticipate that Paper Mill’s Summer Conservatory will bring many new young artists and arts consumers to the Rahway Arts District. We are excited for the future.”

Students will participate in demanding classes in singing, acting, auditioning, dance, and a series of guest artist workshops led by professional actors, directors and casting agents. Paper Mill Playhouse’s Professional Training Programs are comprised of two tracks: the five-week Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory held in July, or the three-week August Musical Theatre Intensive.

To qualify for the programs, every student – including returning performers – must audition. Student tryouts are judged for vocal skill, dance ability, personality and song interpretation skills (acting through your song). Students will be placed in a program based on their auditions.

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