Beyond the Beach: Discover Panama's Thriving English-Language Theatre Scene
Swap the beach for the stage and dive into Panama's vibrant English-language theatre scene. From community productions to professional performances, discover the cultural richness that awaits in this tropical paradise. Join us as we explore this hidden gem with insights from T. Rob Brown, the artistic director of PaCT - The Panama and Coclé Theater.

Panama, a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and the iconic Panama Canal, holds a secret that's waiting to be discovered: its thriving English-language theatre scene. As an expat destination, Panama is evolving, offering a rich cultural experience that goes beyond its natural beauty. Today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to T. Rob Brown, the artistic director of PaCT - The Panama and Coclé Theater, who will take us on a journey through the vibrant theatre community in Panama.

The expat experience in Panama has transformed over the years. It's not just about soaking up the sun on the beach anymore; it's about immersing oneself in the diverse cultural tapestry of Panama. And a significant part of that cultural immersion is the burgeoning theatre scene.

Theatre, a reflection of society's soul, offers unique insights into our lives and the world around us. For expats in Panama, the growing English-language theatre scene provides a unique opportunity to engage deeply with the culture. It's not just about watching plays and musicals; it's about becoming part of a vibrant community of artists, writers, and theatre enthusiasts, and contributing to the cultural life of your adopted country.

Join us as T. Rob Brown shares his experiences and insights into the world of theatre in Panama. His passion for theatre and his commitment to fostering a thriving English-language theatre scene in Panama are truly inspiring. Let his words encourage you to explore this exciting aspect of Panamanian culture

Book today – they usually sell out well in advance.

T..Rob Brown • Artistic Director of PaCT

T. Rob Brown's Insights:

Embrace the excitement of expat life in Panama with its unique offerings. From obtaining your driver’s license in Spanish to discovering exotic fruits and vegetables, every day is an adventure. But after a couple of years, you might start to wonder, "What else is there to do in Panama?"
Whether you're an adrenaline junkie looking to surf, hike, or explore jungle paths, or you're someone who prefers a slower pace due to health reasons, Panama has something for everyone. And if you're looking for an activity that doesn't require physical exertion or language proficiency, the answer is simple: immerse yourself in the theatre!

English-language plays and musicals are a thriving part of Panama's culture, from the mountains of Boquete to Panama City. The Boquete Community Theater, the longest-running English-language theatre in Panama, offers Broadway-style hits such as Chicago, The Play That Goes Wrong, and A Chorus Line.

As the artistic director of PaCT - The Panama and Coclé Theater, I've had the privilege of contributing to Panama's vibrant theatre scene. Our critically acclaimed show, PANAMA: THE MUSICAL, received a fantastic review from Broadway World. We're also excited about our newest show, GREY HAIR: A HAIR-larious comedy about ageing, opening in Coronado on Dec 14, 2023.

The Ancon Theater in Panama City, once the longest English-language theatre in the country, now produces a lot of Spanish-language theatre. But don't worry, you can still find English shows on their schedule.

A night at the theatre in Panama is a unique experience. Audiences come in casual attire and enjoy the social aspect of attending a show. Many of our shows encourage audience participation, and many people make their on-stage theatrical debuts in our theatres.

The theatre offers various exciting opportunities, from acting to set design, lighting, costume, hair, makeup, or even writing your own play! It's a chance to get involved, meet new people, and try things you've always wanted to try.

The Emotions Dinner Theater and Sushi Bar in Panama City, run by former Cirque de Soleil Las Vegas crew, is a must-visit. With shows running year-round from Wednesday to Saturday, it's a DO NOT MISS in Panama City.

Just because you now live in the tropics does not mean you can’t enjoy some first-class theatre - IN ENGLISH!!

As T. Rob Brown's insights reveal, Panama's theatre scene is a vibrant and exciting world waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a seasoned theatre-goer or a newcomer to the stage, there's something for everyone. From the community-driven productions of Boquete Community Theater to the professional performances at the Emotions Dinner Theater and Sushi Bar, Panama offers a rich and diverse range of theatrical experiences.

So, if you're wondering what else there is to do in Panama, why not check out a show? As T. Rob Brown says, "Book today – they usually sell out well in advance." It's a chance to immerse yourself in the culture, meet new people, and enjoy some first-class theatre - all in English! 

Useful Links:
  • For PaCT - Send an e-mail to: [email protected]
  • Panama The Musical: Official website for the critically acclaimed Broadway-style production set in The Panama Canal Zone in 1927.
  • Events Boquete: Find out about the latest events and shows happening in Boquete, including the Boquete Community Theater's line-up.
  • Ancon Guild: Check out upcoming shows in English at the Ancon Theater in Panama City.
  • Emotions Dinner Theater: Discover the exciting shows at this first-class professional theatre in Panama City, run by former Cirque de Soleil Las Vegas crew.

This article includes content provided by T. Rob Brown, the artistic director of PaCT - The Panama and Coclé Theater.

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Beyond the Beach: Discover Panama's Thriving English-Language Theatre Scene
Matt Ferro 20 July, 2023
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