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Vassar College and New York Stage and Film Present Powerhouse Theater


The Powerhouse Apprentice Company presents two performances of "Untitled," directed by Emily Mendelsohn, July 5 and 6, 2010.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--Vassar & New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Apprentice Theater Program will present two performances of Untitled, directed by Emily Mendelsohn and performed by the Powerhouse Apprentice Company, on Monday, July 5, and Tuesday, July 6, at 6:00pm in the Mug in the basement of Vassar College's Campus Center.

Untitled is "a devised presentation of material based on conversations that examine the seductive and difficult concept of salvation by looking at the foreign aid response to systemic poverty in East Africa," according to director Mendelsohn.

The cast will include Frankie Allegra, Marissa Bergman, Katherine Burns, Mara Dale, Genevieve Fowler, Juliet Garrett, Margaux LeBlanc, Diane Machin, Elisabeth Mitchell, Victoria McNaughton, Francesca Placidi, Clare Redden, Laura Schramm, Bria Schultz, Rachel Sedwick, and Kate Wachsman.

The Powerhouse season, June 25 - August 1, is the result of a unique partnership between Vassar College & New York Stage and Film. The professional season consists of an eight-week residency on the Vassar campus during which more than 200 artists live and work together to create new theater works. Over this same period, for six weeks, members of the training program form the Powerhouse Apprentice Company and perform classic and new works - alongside the professional company.

About the Director

This is Emily Mendelsohn's eighth year at Powerhouse. Mendelsohn is a writer and director committed to art as a civic practice. She teaches a course at California Institute of the Arts to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for a summer exchange in Rwanda and Uganda; part of a conversation on arts, genocide and the work of renewal held through conferences and exhibits at Brown University and CalArts, where she earned her MFA in directing.

About the Powerhouse Theater Training Program

Each of the student apprentices choose a specific discipline to focus on during the six week program: acting, design, directing, or playwriting. During the course of the summer, an apprentice company of actors, designers, directors, and writers is formed and work within the larger framework of the whole season.

Apprentices have the opportunity to work alongside some of the country's leading and emerging theater artists such as John Patrick Shanley, Duncan Sheik, and Tomi Tsunoda. 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 2010 Powerhouse Theater Training Program artist faculty includes: Nastaran Ahmadi, Drew Cortese, Michael Early, Christa Kimlicko-Jones (associate education director), Casey Kurtti, Mark Lindberg, Brian McManamon, Emily Mendelsohn, Jared Mezzochi, Tom Pacio (education director), Tomi Tsunoda, Shona Tucker, Jennifer Tullock, and Scott Wojcik.

Throughout the summer, apprentices work in their own theater company. They write, perform, and direct two-minute plays and site-specific work - and each week host table readings of works in progress by the apprentice writers. All acting apprentices are cast in one of the outdoor productions of classical texts, which are open to the public. From July 9 - 12, the apprentices will perform Machinal by Sophie Treadwell, directed by Tomi Tsunoda; from July 16 - 19, they will perform Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, co-directed by Drew Cortese and Mark Lindberg. The performances are free and open to the public and will begin at 6:00pm at the Outdoor Amphitheater.

Past performances have included the works of Shakespeare, Brecht, Chekhov, and Aeschylus, all presented under the direction of professional directors and writers. In 2007, these performances were selected by Hudson Valley Magazine as the "Best Way to Introduce Kids to the Classics" in the annual "Best of the Hudson Valley."

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact the Campus Activities Office, (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861. 

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, July 1, 2010