During the 1980's, Jay Craven, founder and then-director of St. Johnsbury's Catamount Arts, began producing a series of outstanding performing arts events in theater, dance, music, and comedy in the Northeast Kingdom. When Jay left Catamount Arts in 1991 to start his film production company—Kingdom County Productions—he focused on making narrative feature films. But in 2009, after producing Burlington's 13-day festival to commemorate French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s lake expedition into the territory now known as Vermont, Craven decided to expand KCP’s focus to include performing arts presentation.
Jay collaborated with Catamount Arts' new executive director, Jody Fried, and together they revived the series—this time as a project of Kingdom County Productions. By 2015, it had transitioned back to Catamount Arts where Jay Craven continues to curate and co-produce the series bringing world class performances to the region.
Since 2009 KCP Presents has brought artists such as blues guitar ace Buddy Guy; the Tony-winning Guthrie Theater; flamenco star Jose Porcel; grammy-winning Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster; soul divas Mavis Staples and Bettye LaVette; comedienne Paula Poundstone; country singers Rosanne Cash, Leanne Rimes, and Clint Black; 60’s icons Arlo Guthrie and Little Anthony and the Imperials; jazz stars Trombone Shorty and Cassandra Wilson; Afro Beat pioneer Femi Kuti; choral groups Stile Antico and Seraphic Fire; the bluegrass genre-defying Infamous Stringdusters; the dazzling dancers of MOMIX; Jessica Lang, Suzanne Farrell—and many more.
These sold-out events bring enduring moments of shared community to the far reaches of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. They stimulate the local economy and provide special access for young people who receive free tickets through KCP's AccessArts program—which also guarantees baseline prices to any show for just $12.
Please join us for a show!