Perry-Mansfield has played host to several people throughout the years who would go on to achieve fame. Well-known alumni and faculty include:
Julie Harris: Star of “The Belle of Amherst,” “I Am a Camera,” “The Gin Game,” “A Doll’s House” and many other Broadway productions. Star of “The Member of the Wedding,” “East of Eden,” “The Haunting” and many other films. Five-time Tony Award winner and record-holder for most acting nominations.
Dustin Hoffman: Star of “The Graduate,” “Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Rain Man” and many other films. Director of “Quartet.” Winner of two Academy Awards.
Lee Remick: Star of “A Face in the Crowd,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “Days of Wine and Roses” and “The Omen.”
Mako: Star of “The Sand Pebbles,” “The Great Train Robbery” and “Seven Years in Tibet”; founder of Asian-American theater East West Players.
Joan Van Ark: Star of “Knots Landing” and multiple TV shows.
Agnes De Mille: dance instructor, choreographer for “Oklahoma!,” “Carousel,” “Brigadoon,” “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” “Rodeo” and many other Broadway productions.
Lowell Whiteman: Theater instructor and student, founder of the Lowell Whiteman Ranch for Boys and The Lowell Whiteman School.
Merce Cunningham: Dance instructor, founder of Merce Cunningham Dance Co.
John Cage: Music arranger, musical director of Merce Cunningham Dance Co. Composer of the ballet “The Seasons” and many other musical works.
Louis Horst: Dance and music instructor, director of institutions such as Denishawn Co. and Martha Graham Dance Co.