HISTORY

The Payomet experience is like no other.   You can feel it during the spellbound moments of a fully staged professional theatre production, or under the colored lights and open night sky of our outdoor dance floor, or amidst the roar of applause for artists like Rosanne Cash and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  And then there are moments like on a sunny summer morning as parents sit on picnic benches waiting for a children’s theatre class about to end when all of a sudden the laughter of young voices rings out, a teacher’s voice rising above it all with praise for her students.  The tent is alive, it is electric.  The tent is magical.

Founded in 1998 by Guy Strauss, a professional stage and film actor residing in Truro, Payomet has always striven for excellence.  From the beginning, our theater productions have sought to use highly trained professional actors and directors. Payomet’s status and reputation as a professional theatre has grown and over the years has been affirmed by press coverage locally and regionally, including in the Boston Globe and New York Times. Our stage is home to talent with credits on Broadway, Off-Broadway, as well as in film and television.

In 2008 Kevin Rice became Managing Artistic Director of Payomet Performing Arts Center in Truro. Kevin is an award-winning playwright, director and actor. His plays have been produced at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Russia, New York and his last piece, "Hoppers Ghost, played to sold-out houses at Payomet. Three of his plays have been produced by the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater including his most recent play "Oblomov".  Rice has continued Payomet’s tradition of professional theatre and humanities while greatly expanding its activity in the realm of music productions. He has also successfully pursued synergies and collaborations with other Cape non-profits. Today located at Highlands Center inside Cape Cod National Seashore in North Truro, Payomet Performing Arts Center celebrates its 16th Year in 2014 as one of Cape Cod’s leading producers of live music, theatre and humanities. We are also constantly expanding our commitment to children’s performances and acting classes.

Our diverse programming can be summed up as “outside the box and inside the community.” Our audiences have come to expect national talent on the local stage whether in the form of Grammy-winning music artists and emerging young stars, or at our summer theater productions showcasing professional actor and directors from around the country.  We produce more shows all the time at various venues, especially in the off-season, including at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, and at Provincetown Town Hall.

Payomet is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP),  Cape Theatre Coalition and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod.  In addition we are members of the Truro Chamber of Commerce, the Provincetown Business Guild, the Wellfleet Chamber of Commerce and has received generous support from the Truro Non Resident Taxpayers Association.