Seth Rolbein, President
We are a non-profit performing arts organization committed to gradual and sustainable growth in order to remain true to our core mission: to produce exciting professional live music, circus, theatre and humanities events rooted in strong social values.
We believe in our audience. Our artistic decisions are greatly influenced by the eclectic tastes of our outer Cape audience, seasonal visitors as well as year-round residents. For this reason, we describe Payomet programming as “outside the box and inside the community.”
We seek to ensure that our events result in one or more of the following outcomes:
- To nurture artists’ creativity
- To foster education and excellence in the performing arts
- To cultivate cultural and social awareness
- To explore issues of relevance to the communities we serve
We believe that access to our programming should be not just for the privileged few, but should be available to and affordable for everyone.
Payomet audiences have come to expect national talent on the local stage. Our summer venue and season are sometimes summed up as “small tent, big shows.” Our professional circus performances feature some of best young performers in the country. Our theater productions include fully staged Shakespeare productions and showcase emerging professional actors. Likewise, our 40-50 music concerts each year include many Grammy winners and international artists.
Our outreach and history of presenting in numerous regional venues are keys to our delivering excellence in performing arts to the largest possible audience on Cape Cod. During the summer, our home is our tent. During the shoulder months and off-season, Payomet produces concerts and events at venues from the mid-Cape to Provincetown.
While music, circus and theatre performances dominate the season, Payomet’s programming includes circus classes for children, as well as humanities presentations in the form of lectures, film screenings and literary evenings. Whenever possible, we create educational opportunities from our performances, by means of audience involvement, panel discussions and “Meet the Artist” opportunities. Our unique location inside the Cape Cod National Seashore reinforces our commitment to present interpretive historical programs exploring Cape Cod’s natural environment and culture of her native peoples.