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For the Actor

Classes are held daily and are taught by leading artists in various theater disciplines. The core classes are: Acting, Voice, Text and Movement. These are supplemented with workshops such as audition technique, Soundpainting, in addition to master classes and discussions with artists in residence.

For the Director

Directors meet in two sessions, each twice a week, with one session devoted to the reading and analysis of text, and one session devoted to the fundamentals of theatrical composition. Additional classes in collaboration, performance, improvisation, and 1-on-1 meetings with faculty support these sessions. Students have the opportunity to apply their skills by directing new scripts written by playwrighting participants, as well as scenes from a published play.

Directors are also assigned to assist in the rehearsal process for both training company and professional company productions.

For the Writer

A light class schedule allows writers to devote more of their time to writing. Classes are scheduled two times per week and are supplemented by individual consultations with their instructor. Students have the opportunity to apply their skills by writing new scripts for different projects that are then directed by directing participants.

Writers are also assigned to assist in the rehearsal process of the professional company.

Master Classes

Master Classes for all disciplines are scheduled based upon the availability of visiting artists and professionals who are on campus working on various projects. As it is the goal of the Powerhouse Season to develop new work, Writing and Directing participants are part of that process as observers and assistants to the professional company in rehearsals of workshops and main stage productions.

Some of the members of the Powerhouse professional company who have shared their time through master classes and/or talkback sessions designed exclusively for training program include:

Ayad Akhtar*

Ken Barnett

Hunter Bell, Eli Bolin, & Lee Overtree

Mario Cantone

Findley Davidson

The Debate Society

Jeremy Dobrish

Erik Ehn

Scott Elliot

Michael Esper

Santino Fontana

Marcus Gardley

Zach Helm

Don Holder

Laura Innes

Russell G. Jones

Thomas Kail

Sheryl Kaller

Josh Radnor*

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld

Steven Sater

John Patrick Shanley

Cotter Smith

Cory Michael Smith

Cheri Steinkellner

Gerard Stropnicky

Shona Tucker

Jennifer Westfeldt

Scott Wojcik

*former Powerhouse Training Program Participant