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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

The Powerhouse Theater Training Program

June 21 - July 29, 2019 


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 Powerhouse Theater Training Program challenges you to look at the art of theater in new and meaningful ways. Explore the boundaries of theater by living, breathing, and creating theater with peers and professionals alike. A summer at Powerhouse provides you with an experience that will inform the rest of your life.

The program is the result of a unique collaboration between Vassar College, a prestigious liberal arts institution, and New York Stage and Film, an award-winning New York City based-professional theater company. It’s 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 a part of our 35th season and help bring great new theater to the world.

A Powerhouse Day

Participants in the Powerhouse program choose a discipline (acting, directing, or writing) and then work alongside some of the country’s 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 and early afternoon classes. The core classes for all disciplines are acting, movement, and Soundpainting. Powerhouse afternoons and evenings feature rehearsals, performances, crew calls to assist in the shops, and more. 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 Cost

$60 - Application Fee (non-refundable)

$5,800 - Program Fee (including Room/Board and access to professional offerings)*

*The program fee includes a $1,000 non-refundable deposit due when acceptance is confirmed. This deposit may be applied to future summers if the participant needs to withdraw from the program after it has been paid and before arrival on campus.

Financial Aid

To encourage access to this community, the Powerhouse program makes scholarships available to applicants based on need. To apply for financial assistance, send the following to the Powerhouse administrative office by March 29, 2019:
1. A personal statement, detailing your and/or your family's current financial situation.
2. Supporting documentation from your academic institution or the US Department of Education, such as a FAFSA report.


Visit to complete an application. 

Applications are accepted between January 1 and April 1.