Picture from our Dear Evan Hansen master class with Olivia Puckett

Picture from our Dear Evan Hansen master class with Olivia Puckett

Our Story

Riverside Theatre Arts was founded in 2010 by Laurie Perrone and her (then thirteen-year-old) daughter, Livi. Laurie and Livi worked to develop a company that would offer programs for young performers that wanted a professional learning environment to practice acting, singing, and dancing skills outside of school.

We focus on the learning aspects of theater and not on “who gets the lead role”. We want all of the students to have equal opportunities to learn and grow, so we collaborate with performing arts professionals on ways to create inclusive content. Students learn to love performing without the stress of other, more competitive programs. All levels of experience are welcome because we take the time to personalize the process for each student.


“How fortunate we are to have Riverside Theatre Arts here in the Hudson Valley, I cannot say enough positive things about this program. Laurie and her team are extremely talented, supportive, kind, and caring. Riverside partners with several accomplished directors, musicians, and choreographers from NYC. All of who use their expertise to bring out the best in these young performers, the results are truly amazing. Participants learn all aspects of putting on a production and work together as a cast, everyone feels like they are actively participating and contributing to the show. My son never complains about sitting around waiting for something to do, they are always learning or doing something new. The feedback from Laurie and her staff to participants is positive and encouraging, while expectations and standards are high. My son cannot wait to come back.”

-Joanna Orkoulas, parent of Riverside student

“My daughter has been a part of Riverside Theatre Arts for 6 years. She immediately fell in love with them. Everyone is kind and inclusive. She gets to work with some of the most talented Broadway professionals in the business and most importantly she has fun! The opportunities Riverside gives our children is invaluable and I can't thank them enough for what they do. I highly recommend Riverside Theatre Arts if your looking for a Theatre program for your child.”

-DeeDee Faranda, parent of Riverside student

“The Riverside Theatre Company is a well-oiled machine. They produced “Honk” in less than five days and the production itself was spectacular! Our daughter loved the immersive experience and it has completely reinforced her interest in drama and the arts. Under the stewardship of Laurie and Livi Perrone this company is in great hands. We plan on having both of our daughters in their productions for years to come.”

-Christy Larkin, Cornwall-On-Hudson PTO president

“My now 11 year old daughter, Mia, has participated in Riverside since she was in 1st grade, starting with "Annie and the Newsies." We have always been impressed with the level of professionalism and caring that Riverside brings to their young performers. We have enjoyed many years of both summer and fall acting workshops and theater camp performances. The directors are always top notch. Always striving to help their performers reach their potential on stage. Mia has made lasting friendships with her fellow cast mates and we look forward to many more in years to come. Thanks Riverside!”

-Charisse Pagano, parent of Riverside student

“My kids were part of the five-day intensive of " Honk Jr." and had such a great experience! The fact that the instructors were able to put together a full show -- with some really fantastic performances -- is a testament to their professionalism and experience. It was amazing to see how much they learned in just a week. I also appreciate that even though it was a very busy five days, the kids left every day with smiles on their faces and none of the stress you'd expect would come from putting a show together so quickly. I highly recommend Riverside Theatre Arts and know that both my kids hope to come back next year!”

-Jessica Ladlee, parent of Riverside student