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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater

Classes

Faculty 2019

Devin Kawaoka Acting, Script Analysis
Nurit Monacelli Movement
Caitlin Ryan O'Connell Directing (Script Analysis, Stage Composition)
Tom Pacio Acting
Doug Paulson Voice and Speech
Max Reuben Playwriting, Soundpainting
Tommy Schrider

Text Analysis

 


 

 





Actors

Actors gain practical tools that they can begin to apply to their varied projects. They meet for class daily, with the core classes being acting, voice, text, movement, script analysis and Soundpainting. Classes are taught by leading artists in their fields. The core curriculum is supplemented with workshops, master classes and discussions with artists in residence. Actors are cast in one of the two outdoor productions plus studio projects and workshops.

At the end of the program, actors are cast in new theatrical pieces, developed over the course of the summer by the directors and writers of the training company.

If time and schedules permit, actors are given opportunities to work alongside the professional company as observers and/or readers of stage directions for various projects. 

Directors

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 acting, collaboration, movement, Soundpainting, and a round table discussion of the Powerhouse season support these sessions. 

Directors are also assigned observerships of the rehearsal process for both training company and professional company productions. Each director will have the opportunity to work alongside one of the productions in the Powerhouse season, observing their process as they tackle the challenges of bringing a new project to life.

At the end of the program, directors and writers will collaborate to present a new theatrical piece, developed over the course of the summer, featuring actors from the training company.

Playwrights

Playwrights gain practical tools for generating work by writing and revising new short plays every week, both in and out of a rehearsal process. Additional classes in acting, collaboration, movement, Soundpainting, and a round table discussion of the Powerhouse season support these sessions. 

Playwrights are also assigned observerships of the rehearsal process for both training company and professional company productions. Each playwright will have the opportunity to work alongside one of the productions in the Powerhouse season, observing their process as they tackle the challenges of bringing a new project to life.

At the end of the program, writers and directors will collaborate to present a new theatrical piece, developed over the course of the summer, featuring actors from the training company.

Master Classes

Below are some members of the Powerhouse community who have shared their time through master classes and/or talkback sessions designed exclusively for training program participants:

Ayad Akhtar*

Ken Barnett

Hunter Bell

Jocelyn Bioh

Sarah Benson

Eli Bolin

Mario Cantone

Michael Cassara

Rachel Chavkin

Will Davis

Sarah Delappe

Jeremy Dobrish

Erik Ehn

Scott Elliot

Michael Esper

Raúl Esparza

Santino Fontana

Marcus Gardley

Zach Helm

Elizabeth Hess

Don Holder

Laura Innes

Russel G. Jones

Thomas Kail

Sheryl Kaller

Michael Mayer

Joanna Murray-Smith

Josh Radnor*

Bill Rauch

José Rivera

Seth Zvi Rosenfeld

Steven Sater

John Patrick Shanley

Duncan Sheik

Cotter Smith

Cory Michael Smith

Cheri Steinkellner

Gerard Stropnicky

Lucy Thurber

Shona Tucker

Jennifer Westfeldt

Scott Wojcik

*former Powerhouse Training Program Participant