Mission & History


Collaborative Arts Project 21, a.k.a. CAP21, is dedicated to creating new work, developing new talent and building new audiences. CAP21 replenishes the American musical theatre by training the next generation of performers and infusing the entertainment industry at large with talent and source material. The goal is to create programs that achieve substantial and lasting contributions to the future of the arts.

Every CAP21 endeavor embraces the following values:

  • collaboration and exchange between emerging and accomplished artists
  • a nurturing support system
  • an infusion of the traditional with the innovative
  • a commitment to serving and cultivating a diverse audience


CAP21 was founded in 1993 by Frank and Eliza Ventura to create a home where theatre artists could bring their work to life and continue honing their skills in a collaborative environment. As a professional theatre company with a conservatory. CAP21 began in 1994 and continues to provide programming for new works for production at CAP21 or to move on and be produced at venues in New York and around the country. Each season, three new works are produced. In addition CAP21 works in development with over twenty new musicals and new plays providing in-house and public readings. CAP21's season features diverse offerings of new plays and new musicals for a multi-generational audience. Hundreds of theatre artists are engaged each year to create and present new work.

The CAP21 Conservatory provides an in-depth actor training program specializing in musical theatre performance. The school, which began in 1994, is now an internationally recognized musical theatre conservatory. Currently, through its various programs, the Conservatory annually trains 400 emerging performers who come from all over the United States and internationally. Over 140 Alumni of CAP21's Conservatory Training Programs have appeared on Broadway.

CAP21 is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and ART/New York and is a certified not-for-profit 501(c)(3).

CAP21 and its programs do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, access, or employment. CAP21 complies with the Rehabilitation Act, the ABA, and the ADA. To request any necessary accessibility accommodations please email info@cap21.org or call 212-807-0202 ext. 19.

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