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The Powerhouse Theater Training Program

June 22 - July 30, 2017



  • 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 in Dutchess County, New York, and New York Stage and Film, an established 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 33rd season and help bring great new theater to the world.


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 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.


$60 - Application Fee (non-refundable)

$5,000 - 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.


The Powerhouse program is severely limited in its ability to meet applicants’ demonstrated financial needs. To apply for limited financial assistance, send a statement of your need and a detailed description of your personal and your family’s current financial situation. A statement of need from your academic institution with tuition fees must be forwarded by March 31, 2017.