Students from around the US participate in the Powerhouse Theater Training Program for actors, directors and writers. These young artists are exposed to a wide range of theatrical experiences and are provided with the opportunity to work on the development of theater productions headed for Broadway and top-ranked theaters nation-wide.
Theater students from across the country and around the world participate in each summer season presenting public presentations of classic plays and new material. In addition, up to 20 different professional projects are publicly presented, typically engaging more than 250 professional artists. Plays, musicals, and screenplays are presented in a variety of forms: readings, workshops, and fully staged productions.
WRITE. ACT. DIRECT.
Experience A Theater Training Program Like No Other
- Challenge your point of view about theater
- Create a community of like-minded artists
- Discover your voice as an actor, director, or writer
The summer program is the result of a unique collaboration between Vassar College, a prestigious liberal arts institution in Dutchess County, New York, and New York Stage and Film, an established professional theater company. Its an exhilarating environment. Everyone who is part of the theater community is here to do the work, and that is what everyone talks about during meals and late into the night. As one student said, You can always sleep later. Make your summer one to remember by being part of our 31st season and help bring great new theater to the world.
The apprentice season typically consists of up to three outdoor productions, studio productions, site-specific plays, readings and workshops. The professional season typically includes two main stage productions, second stage and workshop productions, musical workshops, and two play-reading festivals.
A Powerhouse Day
Participants in the Powerhouse program choose a discipline (acting, directing, or writing) and then work alongside some of the countrys leading and emerging theater practitioners for five weeks, observing and participating in the process through which new works are brought to life. A Powerhouse day includes morning classes taught by an outstanding faculty, in acting, voice, movement, directing, writing, and Soundpainting. Powerhouse afternoons and evenings feature rehearsals for the outdoor theater season, workshops, and calls to assist in the shops. Master Classes for all disciplines are scheduled based upon the availability of visiting artists and professionals who are on campus working on various productions.
The Powerhouse Theater season takes place on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, in the beautiful and historic Hudson River Valley. Poughkeepsie is located on the banks of the Hudson River, halfway between Albany, the state capital, and New York City. The college is about three miles from the city center on a 1,000-acre campus surrounded by residential neighborhoods.