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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

The Powerhouse Theater Training Program

An Important Update

After thorough evaluation and thoughtful deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the 2020 Powerhouse Theater Training Program, due to the ongoing global crisis. 

We encourage all writers, directors and actors interested in the Powerhouse Theater Training Program to consider applying for the program next summer. Applications will open on January 1, 2021. 

Please stay safe and stay healthy. We look forward to receiving your application next year.


Experience a theater training program like no other. 

  • DISCOVER your artistic process.
  • CREATE your aesthetic.
  • FIND your voice. 

The Powerhouse Theater Training Program asks participants to engage with theater and theater makers in new and meaningful ways by living, breathing, and creating work with peers and professionals alike. Each participant will gain valuable insights and practical tools to take with them as they pursue a life in the theater. 

Powerhouse Theater is a unique collaboration between Vassar College and New York Stage and Film. Projects that trace their developmental roots to Powerhouse include Tony award-winners Hamilton, Doubt, American Idiot, and Sideman, as well as the Pulitzer prize-finalists A 24-Decade History of Popular Music by Taylor Mac and Sarah DeLappe’s The Wolves. Everyone who is part of this community is here to do “the work” with conversations and collaborations often continuing outside of the rehearsal room, during meals and late into the night. As one student said, “You can always sleep later.”

A Powerhouse Day

Students in the Training Program work alongside some of the country’s leading and emerging theater practitioners for five weeks, observing and participating in the process through which theater is made.  A Powerhouse day includes morning and early afternoon classes. The core classes for all disciplines are acting, movement, and Soundpainting. Powerhouse afternoons and evenings consist of rehearsals, masterclasses, performances, crew calls, and much more.


$60 - Application Fee (non-refundable)

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

*A deposit of $1,000 (non-refundable) is 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 available financial aid to applicants based on need. To apply for limited financial assistance, please include the following at the time of application:
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.