With a studio in the heart of the Columbia Arts District, PACE is the premier youth theatre in Mid-Missouri. PACE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization funded primarily through its tuition, ticket sales and outside contributions. We offer theatre classes on such subjects as acting, vocal technique, theatre makeup, and stagecraft, as well as a variety of dance classes. We stage 4-5 main productions a year and our students are given the opportunity to audition and perform on stage, or work backstage in a variety of technical roles. Quite a few of our older students have become our employees, working as production staff, teaching artists, and artistic designers. 

What is your mission?

Our mission drives everything we do! So, here it is . . . PACE encourages, enriches, and educates young people of all backgrounds through high quality theatrical opportunities designed to develop individual artistic talents as well as supporting the students' overall personal growth and development.

What can my child learn from theatre?

Theatre teaches teamwork, problem solving, personal responsibility, value of diversity, and community involvement. These experiences, in turn, build students' self-esteem, self-control, adaptability, perseverance, critical thinking and social skills.

What is your philosophy?

PACE classes adhere to the philosophy, goals and objectives of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Class guidelines are based on current practice, research and the expertise of more than 70 project contributors from across the nation.

How did PACE get started?

We're glad you asked! Performing Arts in Children's Education was formed in December, 2003 with the express desire of developing a youth theatre program uniquely and exclusively for young people. Most theatre programs for children are under the umbrella of a parent organization that primarily accommodates adult actors with the youth program as its secondary focus. PACE offers high quality entertainment for all ages.


Mailing Address:

511 E. Walnut St. #1325

Columbia, MO 65205

Studio Address:

1313 Grand Ave Suite B

Columbia, MO 65203

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